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2019 LOK Fall Forum | Dinner Celebration
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2019 LOK Fall Forum | Dinner Celebration

Thursday morning will kick off with an optional activity to learn about the importance of the OKC Airport Trust and its economic impact. At 1:00 pm, the educational forum on aerospace will kick off. The evening event will be a dinner celebration with a networking/reunion atmosphere.

When: September 26, 2019
12:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: The Skirvin Hilton
1 Park Ave.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73102
United States
Contact: Allyson Carson
405 848-0001

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Join us for our Fall Forum & Dinner Celebration! The Skirvin Hilton has reserved a block of rooms for Leadership Oklahoma at the rate of $159 per night. Book your room by September 6, 2019 by calling 405.272.3040 or by clicking here to book online.


Date: SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am - TOUR OF OKC AIRPORT*

PRE-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT: Seize the opportunity for this rare look at the Oklahoma Airport Trust. Highlights include the history of the airport and the visionary leaders behind its growth, exploring the economic impact of the Trust, a look behind the scenes of TSA, a tour of the air traffic control tower, and a driving tour to see all sides of the airport, including visits with some of the tenants from the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, the Air National Guard, and other private partnerships on the Will Rogers World Airport campus. Limit is 40 people.

*Optional Activity


Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Registration: 12:30 pm

The forum will include discussions on Oklahoma's aviation legacy, the aerospace ecosystem, the current and future climate of the business of aerospace, as well as master talks delving deeper into Oklahoma's aerospace industry and its future impact. Below is a detailed agenda for the day:

1:00 pm - Welcome


1:10 pm - Aerospace Fly-Over
Rick Nagel, CEO, Acorn Growth Companies

1:30 pm - Oklahoma’s Aviation Legacy
Bill Moore, Historian, Producer & Author

1:45 pm - Navigating Our Aerospace Ecosystem
Mike Cooper, Chair, OK Strategic Military Planning Commission | President, Association of Defense Communities

Michelle Coppedge, Director, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center

Chase Beasley, Senior Specialist, State & Local Government Affairs, American Airlines

2:15 pm - Flying High – It’s A Soaring Business
Don Wetekam, Director, Oklahoma ACES Program (Aerospace Commerce Economic Services)

Grayson Ardies, Deputy Director, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Moderator: Brent Kisling, Executive Director, Oklahoma Department of Commerce


2:45 pm - Master Talks: Turbulence & New Horizons


New Heights Requires New Solutions
Adam Pugh, State Senator, District 41 | Aerospace Consultant - CONFIRMED


Igniting the Aerospace Pathway
Paula Kedy, Executive Director, Academics and Instruction, Ada Public Schools & Student Story

Mandy Leemhuis, Director, Office of Corporate Responsibility, NORDAM | Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance Board of Directors, Governance Committee | President, Tulsa Flight Night & Student Story


3:45 pm Mission Possible
Harmik DerSahakian, Principal, United Dynamics, Shawnee
Chris VanDenhende, CFO, Mint Turbines, Stroud
Matt Villarreal, CEO, Infinite Composites Technologies (ICT), Tulsa


4:15 pm Flight Path for Oklahoma’s Future
Vic Bird, Director, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Michael Carolina, Executive Director, Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology


4:45 pm Aerospace Ambassadors
Rick Nagel, CEO, Acorn Growth Companies


Time: 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm


DLA Presentation


Mission Moments
Max Ary, Director, Stafford Air & Space Museum


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