Kevin Buie Sr., Pamela Kelly and Patrick Smith Sr.

A department leader in a financial services firm, director of Talent and Inclusion at a food ingredient supplier, and vice president at a utility company will be recognizes as Salute to Excellence in Business awardees at the St. Louis American Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Business Awards & Networking Luncheon on Friday, November 30.

As the department leader of U.S. and Canada receipts and Canada disbursements at Edward Jones, Kevin L. Buie Sr. takes pride in helping people to succeed – and then “to see them do the same for people coming after them,” Buie said.

Buie oversees about 20 people who are responsible for incoming funds in the U.S. and Canada into the Edward Jones firm, which is based in St. Louis, along with outgoing funds in Canada. 

He spent nearly two decades in the telecom industry. In May 2016, he made the transition into the financial services industry with Edward Jones. At the firm, which has nearly 7 million clients and $1 trillion in assets under management worldwide, he helps a group of people of color who are not yet leaders in the firm.

“I map out what their career looks like,” he said. “We talk through how to have discussions with their leaders and have some transparency there. It’s helping them to navigate in their current roles and looking forward.”

As director of Talent and Inclusion at Dot Foods, Pamela Kelly uses diversity to drive results for Dot Foods. “I have learned the secret behind inclusion and diversity organizational success is great leadership from the top,” Kelly said, “and the ability to translate goals and insights into action that enable companies to establish higher-functioning, more inclusive work.”

Kelly chairs the company’s Diversity Leadership Group, which is charged with creating the vision and mission for diversity at Dot Foods. She directs diversity efforts across all departments and locations, with the end goal of improving Dot’s competitive talent advantage.

Dot Foods receive the St. Louis American Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Diversity Award, two years after Kelly joined the company, a $7 billion ingredient supplier founded in 1960 in Mount Sterling, Illinois, about two hours north of St. Louis. After she joined the company, she said, Dot Foods experienced an “135 percent increase in salaried diverse talent.”

As vice president of division operations at Ameren Missouri, Patrick E. Smith Sr. directs personnel who are responsible for design, construction and maintenance of Ameren Missouri’s electric energy distribution systems and leads strategy execution for Customer Operations. He has served in capacity since July 2017, although Smith’s Ameren career spans nearly three decades.

Smith started off as a meter reader in the East St. Louis, Illinois office of Union Election (now Ameren), then worked his way up as a journeyman lineman, supervisor of Electrical Operations, strategic analyst, and superintendent of Operations in Ameren Missouri.

Smith is an East St. Louis native and earned a bachelor of science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and an Executive MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation has 1.2 million electric and 130,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. Its service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. Its parent company, Ameren, had more than $6 billion in revenues in 2017.

The 19th annual Salute to Excellence in Business Awards & Networking Luncheon will be held Friday, November 30 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel St. Louis, with a networking reception at 11 a.m. and luncheon program at noon. Tickets are $100 for Preferred/VIP seating and $75 for general admission. Call 314-533-8000 or visit www.stlamerican.comfor more information or to purchase tickets. 

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