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January 2014 E-News
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»In This Issue

»Message from the Chair

»Message from the

»Recruitment of
Class XXVIII Begins

»Excellence in
Leadership Gala

»Upcoming Member Events

»Class XXVII in
Oklahoma City

»Did You Expand Your Trust?
OES Did!

»Announcements and Upcoming Events

»Leaders on the Move

»Member Directory

Message from the Chair

Joe Moran, III 2013-2014 Board ChairJanuary is the month for State of the Union addresses. I am happy to say that the state of Leadership Oklahoma is excellent! We even have an Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award to prove it. Our CEO, Dr. Ann Ackerman, has been named an honoree for Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs. The organization is well run, financially stable, and providing meaningful educational opportunities. LOK is supported by volunteers throughout the state, who serve on the board, in committees, or by planning class visits in their community. We read in the e-news article "Leaders on the Move”, that our members are recognized on a regular basis for prestigious awards like Women of the Year, or by their industries or communities. Whenever I have the chance to visit with a member of Class XXVII, it is satisfying to see them light up and say what a great experience they are having. LOK consistently provides memorable class sessions about Oklahoma’s opportunities and issues, which educate and inspire our members. I think that it is fair to say that LOK is "hitting on all cylinders”

There is an old adage which says that there is no success without a successor. If Leadership Oklahoma is to continue to be an excellent organization in the future, it is important that we have a high quality pool of applicants for upcoming classes. Across America, membership organizations are on the decline and in need of new members.  Fortunately, that is not the case with LOK. In order to assure that we continue, we need for you to please ask a fellow leader in your community, industry or company, to submit an application. I appreciate you making this effort, and for all that you have done for LOK.  See you at the Gala!


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»Message from the CEO

Ann Ackerman, CEO 2014 New Year Resolutions for LOK Members

Lose weight.  Exercise more.  Develop better eating habits. Spend quality time with family and friends. How many years have I made these same New Year’s resolutions?  Too many.  In 2013, I decided to make changes and to try new things.  For 2014, I want to be like the Walgreens’ slogan "at the corner of happy and healthy”. So as I was thinking about my resolutions for 2014, I started thinking about what would make LOK, its members and Oklahoma "at the corner of happy and healthy”.   Here are a few ideas:
  • Reconnect with a member of your LOK class that you have not seen in a while.  If you are in the current class, sit on the bus next to someone you have not spent time with.  Over the weekend, I had the good fortune to see a member from my class that I had not seen in some time. Reconnecting with an old friend brought back fond memories.
  • Participate in at least one LOK activity or event.  Come to the seminar on Human Trafficking on January 31 or the Gala on February 15 or participate in a local planning committee for a class session or a class reunion.  Just participate.  Stay connected.
  • Visit the LOK website and membership community or Facebook group to learn more about what is happening in LOK.  If you have ideas for activities, let us know.
  • Identify and recruit an applicant for Class XXVIII.  We are taking applications now and you are our best recruiters.
  • Give back to your community and state.  Be involved in at least one community organization, run for office, campaign for someone running for office, be a mentor. 
The list is endless and it can be big or small.  

Happy 2014 and see you at the "corner of happy and healthy"!!!  


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 »Recruitment of Class XXVIII Begins

Class XXVII is quickly approaching its halfway mark of completion, which means it is time to focus on recruiting for Class XXVIII.  The Recruitment Committee is working diligently to find applicants for the upcoming class, but we need your help.  I would like to challenge each of you to find at least one person to apply.  I believe you will agree, LOK has brought so much value to our lives personally and professionally; and you know better than anyone the type of applicants we want to be in Class XXVIII.  Please encourage those you know to consider completing the application and investing in the LOK life changing adventure. 

Applications are currently available on the LOK website.  The deadline to submit an application with a discounted application fee of $25.00 is March 14, 2014.  Applications received after that date must submit the $40.00 application fee.  Completed applications are due in the LOK office no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2014.   

I appreciate having so many wonderful LOK ambassadors working to keep the recruitment process strong. Thank you in advance for your assistance.  

Jodi Cline
Adult Recruitment Chair

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»2014 Excellence in Leadership Gala

February 15, 2014
Reception begins at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner, program and dancing from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, Oklahoma City  

Mary Blankenship Pointer and Jim Robertson (both Class XXII) are the co-chairs for the event.  Invitations have been mailed and we look forward to seeing you at the Gala!  Live music featuring Amarillo Junction will follow the awards program.   

There are four great honorees this year:


Lifetime Achievement:
George Nigh
Distinguished Graduate:Stan Clark
Business Leadership:The First National Bank and Trust Co. of Miami
(Chuck and Ann Neal)
Statewide Community:The Chickasaw Nation

Individual tickets are $125 and can be purchased here. Sponsorship opportunities are available, click here to learn more.

The Courtyard by Marriott on NW Expressway has a block of rooms for LOK at $89 per night.  Book your room by January 31, 2014 for the group rate by calling 1.800.321.2211 and request LOK block Feb2014.

Want to check out the band, Amarillo Junction, before the event? You can find them here.

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»Upcoming Member Events

January 31, 2014

Human Trafficking: Combat Through Awareness
DaySpring Villa Women and Children’s Shelter | Sand Springs
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost:  $10 per person
Who:  LOK Member and guest
Register by: January 24, 2014

Human trafficking is the second most profitable, illegal industry in the world, earning more than $32 billion a year. According to government agencies, there are approximately 27 million people around the world who serve as human slaves – more than any time in history. Just recently, Oklahoma sentenced its first federal human trafficking case in Tulsa.

Please join us at DaySpring Villa in Sand Springs on January 31, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to gain awareness on the topic of human trafficking. This is a rare opportunity and LOK is privileged to have DaySpring Villa open their facility to our membership. They were the first certified shelter in Oklahoma to provide services to adult human trafficking victims.

Members and guests will have an opportunity to tour the DaySpring facility, learn the facts and red flags of human trafficking, hear testimonials, and take away knowing what resources are available locally and nationally. Speakers include professionals from the Oklahoma Department of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and will include a perspective from a survivor of human trafficking. To see the full schedule and speakers download the agenda here.

Register here by January 24, 2014. The cost to attend is $10.  The Journal Record ran a great story on this topic in December.  Click here to read their story.

If you have questions about this activity, contact Allyson at (405) 848-0001 or by email.

April 18-19, 2014

Hey Altus…..”Wat-er” You Doing with Water?

Quartz Mountain Lodge | Altus

Cost:  $10 per person, plus lodging and Saturday breakfast.
Who: LOK member and guest

Register by April 11, 2014.   

The Altus Alumni invite you to learn about water, the issues and impact. This overnight event will begin mid-day Friday at the Quartz Mountain Lodge.  From there, the group will spend the afternoon viewing and discussing water infrastructure, the Altus dam at Lugert and irrigation district below; discovering cotton production process, from equipment used to irrigation practices to the ginning process. Everyone will return to the Quartz Mountain Lodge Friday evening for dinner provided by the alums with questions and answers from the day and an evening of LOK conversations! Saturday morning, we will head to Altus Air Force Base for an opportunity to learn how the Air Force trains pilots, explore the training regime (simulators, plane tours, interaction with Air Force personnel, etc.). In typical LOK fashion, lunch will conclude the event early Saturday afternoon.

Register here by April 11, 2014. The cost to attend is $10. 

If you have questions about this activity, contact Allyson at (405) 848-0001 or by email

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»Class XXVII in Oklahoma City

Experience and observations by Jerry Franklin and Bob Jack, Class XXVII members

This session was held in Oklahoma City over the weekend of January 9th to the 11th.  The session components were designed to inform as to the structure and funding of state government, and the contribution the energy industry makes to the state.  

The Friday session included Secretary of State Chris Benge providing an overview of the legislative process describing the interactions of the House and Senate and how he is involved in the process representing the Executive Branch. He was very informative and, having been a former legislator, provided many insights about the daily activities of the leaders of state government. State Treasure Ken Miller described the makeup of the $7B budget for the State of Oklahoma. Treasurer Miller explained the majority of funding is derived from the income and sales tax while the majority of spending goes to education and health initiatives for the state population. A topic of much discussion was the unfunded liability for state pensions, the majority of which is for the Teacher Retirement System. Finally, lobbyists Clayton Taylor, Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap provided a very informative and entertaining overview about how the "sausage” of government is really made. Particularly describing how a lobbyist is engaged and the wide range of service and information they contribute to the legislative process.  

The Saturday session was all about Energy and was very informative. This session was presented by a wide array of professionals and experts in the oil, natural gas, and electricity industries of the state. These presenters represented small independent well service companies and very large companies such as SandRidge, Devon and OG&E. Oklahoma’s national ranking is number four in gas production, number five in oil production, and number six in wind energy production. The energy industry accounts for one-third of the state’s GDP. The energy industry of the United States is made up of approximately eighteen thousand independent producers and approximately six large integrated producers. The electrical grid for the United States consists of three components; the state of Texas as a standalone grid, the entire area west of the Rocky Mountains, and the entire area east of the Rocky Mountains. Electricity is produced by coal and natural gas fired generation plants and OG&E is one of, if not the largest, owner of water rights in the state. This water is used for cooling in the electrical generation process.

Jerry Franklin, BancFirst

Oklahoma City was the 4th weekend stop for LOK Class XXVII and as with previous visits, provided our class with important information about the Legislative and Energy sectors of Oklahoma. 

My experience started early on Thursday morning at the Midwest City Welcome Center.  From there, we traveled to Tinker to commence a tour that I will always remember.  The group toured the maintenance building, inspected the interior of a USAF Boeing E-3 AWACS plane and a Navy Nuclear Defense E-6B aircraft. We learned a new phase that the Navy uses TACAMO, "Take Charge and Move Out”, sounds like they copied that from a dear lady that loves the color pink.  All I can say because those planes are top secret is, "Way Cool”. Lunch with airmen and a demonstration of base guard dogs finished an experience well worth the time.  Thursday evening was spent with the class at McNellie’s hosted by Elliott Nelson (LOK XXVI).  For those beer lovers (and there appears to be several) it was a great time to taste and learn at Professor Elliott’s establishment. 

Friday was spent at the State Capitol Blue Room listening to presentations by Representative Dan Boren, Secretary of State Chris Benge and State Treasurer Ken Miller.  Treasurer Miller presented the financials for the upcoming state budget and it appears that classmate Representative Leslie Osborn and her colleges will have a challenge in the upcoming session.  Off to the Governor’s Mansion for lunch with Governor Fallin and a great presentation. The afternoon was spent back at the State Capital being entertained and informed by lobbyists Clayton Taylor, Jim Dunlap and Pat Hall, heavy on the entertainment at the expense of Classmate Pete Regan.  Friday evening was LOK Thunder Up time and a special time for all of us.  Especially for Clark and his photo with lovely ladies! 

Saturday morning at Devon Tower was for me the most meaningful part of the trip.  Energy is such an integral part of the Oklahoma fabric and legacy.  The presentations were especially interesting for me, a non-energy sector guy.  The financial impact on the state is very impressive. Overall, another home run for time spent in our great state of Oklahoma. 

February, we are off to my town to experience the kindness of Tulsans and learn about Health and Human Services.

Bob Jack, Manhattan Construction Company

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»Did You Expand Your Trust? OES Did!

We purchased the Franklin-Covey, Inspiring Trust, workshop at LOKs silent auction during the 2013 Fall Forum! Intrigued by "trust” and its hidden cost in work environments, I thought the workshop would be beneficial.  As described by Franklin-Covey, "Long dismissed as a moral or ‘soft’ issue, trust is now recognized for its power to increase speed and reduce operating costs, which drives profits up.”   

In anticipation of the workshop, our company, Oklahoma Environmental Services, (OES) provided copies of Stephen M.R. Covey’s book, "The Speed of Trust”, to employees.  As part of the Leadership module, we took part in a confidential online survey to rank our self-trust levels with the option of having others evaluate us anonymously.  On January 8th, employees from our Enid, OKC and Tulsa offices participated in the four hour workshop.  We learned how to increase our individual "trust quotients" by using thirteen specific behaviors. We selected battle buddies and will attempt to self-improve over the next 21 days.

In addition to learning how to improve our "self" and "relationship" trust levels, I was given the results of our "corporate” trust level derived from the employees’ online survey.  I plan to address OES’ trust quotient with my management team. We will look for ways to improve trust within our organization so that trust is a dividend, instead of a tax upon us.  

Admittedly, we did have some hurt feelings as a result of the survey (my own included)! After the initial shock wore off, we collectively concurred, "If that is how I am perceived by others, what can I do to fix it?”  Using Covey’s 4 Cores of Credibility, we learned how to get our 1) integrity, 2) intent and 3) capabilities to yield the 4) results we desire.  All in all, it was a good opportunity for OES to demonstrate we care about our employees as well as our corporate (and societal) levels of TRUST!

Deanna Atkinson
President, Oklahoma Environmental Services, Inc.

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»Announcements and Upcoming Events

Class XXVIII Applications Now Available

Applications for the Adult Class XXVIII are on the LOK website. Applications received by March 14, 2014, can submit a reduced application fee of $25. Applications received after March 14 must submit a $40 application fee. Completed applications are due in the LOK office no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2014.

A Special Thank You

When the December winter storms canceled the LOK Holiday Celebration, LOK donated the desserts that had been already prepared for the event to a charity through the Tulsa Area United Way. Below is the thank you from that organization.

The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless picked up the special desserts and they [the clients] are going to have a holiday party now.   Many of the clients have children and it will be a nice treat for the children and adults.

Thanks again on behalf of the Tulsa Area United Way for reaching out to us. 

Maxine Street
Administrative Assistant, Community Investments
TAUW Day of Caring Coordinator


January 20, 2014: Deadline: Gala sponsorships due if they are to be included in the printed materials.
January 24, 2014: Last day to register for the Human Trafficking Event in Sand Springs
January 31, 2014: Last day to register for the Excellence in Leadership Gala
March 14, 2014: Deadline: LOK Class XXVIII reduced application fee of $25 ends
April 1, 2014: Deadline: LOK Class XXVIII applications due
April 11, 2014: Last day to register for the Hey Altus..."Wat-er: You Doing With Water? Event in Altus

Upcoming Events:

January 31, 2014   Human Trafficking, Sand Springs
February 15, 2014 Excellence in Leadership Gala, Oklahoma City
April 18-19, 2014   Hey Altus..."Wat-er" You Doing With Water?,  Altus
June 20, 2014        Summer Member Event, John Esposito's Airplane Hanger (more details coming soon)

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»Leaders on the Move

The Journal Record has announced the honorees who will be recognized at the Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO event. LOK members who were honored are: Nonproft Organizations - Lauren Branch (Class XXVII), Marci Donaho (Class XII), Mark Graham (Class XVII), Bruce Lawrence (Class XX), Connie Thrash McGoodwin (Class III) and LOK’s own CEO Ann Ackerman (Class I) Private Companies - Cheryl Cohenour (Class X) and Becky Frank (Class XII); Public Company - Mark Funke (Class VII). Ora Morgan (Class XXII) will be honored with a financial stewardship award.

Susan Winchester (Class IX) has been named chairwoman of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Lance Benham (Class V) will also be serving on the Foundation’s Executive Committee. New trustees to the Foundation Board are: Russ Florence (Class XVIII), Beverly Binkowski (Class XXVI) and Jane Jenkins (Class XXVII).

Susan Shields (Class XVII) was sworn in as Vice President of the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors. Jim Stuart (Class IV) will also be sworn in as a three-year term member of the Board.
Karen Cunningham (Class XX) has received the OSBI Director’s Award.

Wade Edmondson (Class XII) has been named as chairman of the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

Becky Frank (Class XII) was named Tulsan of the Year by TulsaPeople.

Tom Friedemann (Class III) is serving on the Board of Directors for the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce.

Scott Hime (Class XXIV) has been selected as the executive director for the Oklahoma State School Board Association.

Vince Howie (Class XXV) has been selected as the director for Aerospace & Defense with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

Carlos E. Johnson
(Class IX) is the 2013-2014 chairman of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Beth Kerr
(Class XXIV) has been named a finalist for the Edmond Chamber’s Woman of the Year award.

Ted Streuli (Class XXIV) was selected as the October 2013 winner of the ONG Editorial Writing Contest.

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»Member Directory Updates

Below are member contact information changes received between December 16, 2013 and January 15, 2014. For a listing of ALL directory changes since the 2013-2014 Membership Directory was printed (July, 2013) please click here.

XXVI • Jesse Boudiette
Propeller Communications
427 S. Boston Ave., Suite 1030
Tulsa, OK 74103
P: (918) 488-0110
XXIII • Barbara Butner
Calm Waters Center for
Children and Families
200 NW 32nd St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
XVII • Mark Graham
XXIII • Jessica Hargis
new name/email
Jessica Knobbe
XIX • Mike Homan
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
9522 E. 47th Pl., Suite D
Tulsa, OK 74145-7211
XX • Patti Ripple
Division Head, Business Administration
Oklahoma State University – OKC
900 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
P: (405) 945-3266
F: (405) 945-3329
XXVI • Jennifer Strickland
Vice President, Business
Development and Strategy
F: (405) 355-8999

XVII • Chris White
The Times Media Company
1140 Perthshire Ln.
Dyer, IN  46311
P: (219) 933-3330

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