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January 2015 E-News
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»In This Issue

 Message from the Chair

 Message from the CEO

 Class XXVIII Visits McAlester

Recruitment for Class XXIX

Upcoming Member Events

Excellence in Leadership Gala

Member Directory Updates

Announcements and Deadlines

Leaders on the Move

»Message from the Chair

Bruce Benbrook, LOK Chair

As we begin a new year, I am pleased to report that Leadership Oklahoma had a fantastic 2014.

The current class XXVIII is having a very exciting, informative, and productive year as they approach their halfway point. They just completed the session in McAlester where they studied and learned about the state’s criminal justice system. They are an outstanding class that is carrying on the LOK tradition of taking advantage of every opportunity to learn about our great state and develop their leadership skills for the future.

The Excellence in Leadership Gala will be held February 28, 2015 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.  It will be a wonderful evening as we honor Robert Henry for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Ken Busby as the Distinguished Graduate, Wymer Brownlee as the winner of the Business Leadership Award, and the Oklahoma Heritage Association as the Statewide Community Award winner. Please make plans now and register to be with us as we honor these very deserving award winners and celebrate another great year for LOK.

A big thank you to our outstanding staff and all of you who donate your time, talents, and resources to make Leadership Oklahoma the “best it can be” in serving our great state.

I know 2015 will be another tremendous year for Leadership Oklahoma and the positive role we play in improving Oklahoma’s future.

Bruce T. Benbrook
Leadership Oklahoma

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»Message From the CEO

Ann Ackerman, LOK CEO


Lose weight. Exercise more. More quality time with family and friends. How many years have we all made these same New Year’s resolutions? In 2015, I decided to simplify my resolutions to just being “happy and healthy” (stole this from Walgreens’ slogan). And as far as LOK related resolutions - 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 holidays, I had the good fortune to see several members from my class that I had not seen in some time.  Reconnecting with old friends brought back fond memories
  • Participate in at least one LOK activity or event. Come to the LOK Gala on February 28 or participate in a local planning committee for a class session or attend a class reunion. Just participate.
  • Stay connected with LOK through the 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 XXIX. 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 an elected office, campaign for someone running for office, be a mentor, etc.

The list is endless and only limited by our creativity.

Happy 2015 and see you at the "corner of happy and healthy"!!!


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»Class XXVIII Visits McAlester

The most recent stop for Class XXVIII was McAlester to learn about the Criminal Justice System.  Click here to see more photos from the very powerful session. Below are some reflections from Class XXVIII members Anita Vanderveer and Zac Perkins.


Robin Roberts Krieger
2014-2015 Chair, Adult Program Committee


Comments from Class XXVIII member, Anita Vanderveer
Senior Vice President, People
Sonic, America's Drive-In

Leadership Oklahoma has proven to be an amazing leadership experience for me and has helped me understand Oklahoma's needs.  As a relative newcomer to Oklahoma, it has helped me learn about the great state and all it has to offer its citizens.  The experience gives you an education about our home state in a way nothing else can. It also introduces you to a network of fabulous leaders that you can leverage for years.  It's a very strong, well developed program.



Comments from Class XXVIII member Zac Perkins
Assistant General Manager
Tri-County Electric Cooperative

The trip to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester had a way of concentrating the mind. We are halfway through our season as a member of this class of Leadership Oklahoma. It has been an amazing opportunity to get insight into the tent pole issues of our state while developing relationships that I hope last the rest of my life. McAlester made me more grateful than usual for the life I have and gave me an increasing sense of urgency that I not just slide back into my business bubble once this class is at end.

At what point does this class coalesce around an issue and commit to advancing change that matters? There are people – from staff professionals to selfless volunteers – who have dedicated themselves to causes in and around every topic we will engage in as a class. The good news is none of us would be starting from scratch. We would just put our hand to an oar already in the water.

I don’t know about you, but I was shocked and dismayed at some of the statistics we heard as to our state’s rankings in various areas related to crime and punishment. There are dismaying aspects to each topic we address. However, what is and has always been true is that when, individually or as part of a team, people commit to creating change for good over time, it happens. I want to be part of making that happen.


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»Recruitment for Class XXIX

G.T. Bynum, Class XXIV

2014 - 2015 Chair, Adult Recruitment Committee

Now is the time each year when the future of LOK is in your hands: recruitment for the 2015-16 class is in full swing. Our mission is clear: "Oklahoma leaders making Oklahoma the leader". To accomplish this, we need to be constantly identifying leaders who can help us make Oklahoma better.

Applications are due at the LOK office by March 16th to qualify for the discounted application fee, and April 1 at 5:00 p.m. is the absolute deadline to be considered. Applications are now available on the LOK website here. Please take a few moments to consider people you believe would benefit from participation in the next class, and pass an application their way. It will mean a lot to them, and it will help LOK continue to lead. If you are interested in assisting with the recruitment effort in your region, please let us know. Thank you for your help!

Contact for the regional recruitment chairs below:



Michele Campbell

Ed Fulmer







Julie Daniels

Jason Kirksey







Jason Hitch

Tom Evans







Greg Elliott

Rick Henry







Jesse Boudiette

Cassie Reese







Kristin Peck

Marnie Taylor


Oklahoma City



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»Excellence in Leadership Gala

February 28, 2015

Excellence in Leadership Gala

Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Dress:  Black Tie Optional


The Excellence in Leadership Gala is a wonderful opportunity for LOK to shine the light on businesses and individuals that make Oklahoma the great state that it is. 

Lifetime Achievement:

Robert Henry

Distinguished Graduate:

Ken Busby

Business Leader:

Wymer Brownlee

Statewide Community:

Oklahoma Heritage Association & Gaylord Pickens Museum

Sponsorships need to be sent before January 30, 2015 to be included in the program. Click here to review sponsorship levels.  Individual tickets are $125.  Invitations were mailed yesterday!

The Doubletree at Warren Place has rooms available at a special rate for out-of-town guests.  To make reservations, call 918.497.2182.  The deadline for the group rate is February 7, 2015.

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»Upcoming Member Events

March 31, 2015

Cushing: The Pipeline Crossroads of the World

All that crude has to be stored somewhere—and a good portion of it makes its way to tanks in the small Oklahoma town of Cushing through a vast network of pipelines.  It is a vital transshipment point with many intersecting pipelines, storage facilities and easy access to refiners and suppliers.  Crude oil flows inbound to Cushing from all directions and outbound through dozens of pipelines.  Presentations will be around the impact Cushing has on the world energy market and an explanation around the pricing of oil/gas (how it is determined).  With the current issues surrounding oil prices and the economic impact this will have on the state makes this a very timely event.

Details are being worked out, but don’t forget to save the date!


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»Announcements and Upcoming Events


January 30, 2015
Gala Sponsor Deadline
February 7, 2015
Deadline for Group Rate Hotel Reservations for the Gala
March 16, 2015
Deadline for Discounted Adult Program Application Fee
April 1, 2015
Adult Applications Must Be In the LOK Office by April 1, 2015!





Upcoming Events:

January 26, 2015 Vision 20/15: The Year to Perfect Education in Oklahoma - Registration is full!!!
February 28, 2015         
Excellence in Leadership Gala, Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 
March 31, 2015
Cushing: The Pipeline Crossroads of the World - Details to Come!

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»Leaders on the Move

Chad Alexander, Class XXV, has been named to the 2015 Board of Directors for OKC Metro Alliance, Inc.


The Chickasaw Nation has named Christopher Anoatubby, Class XXIV, Under Secretary of Tribal & Commercial Health.

Ken Busby, Class XVII, who has led the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa for the past 12 years, announced that he will resign his position as the council’s executive director and CEO. Busby said he had no immediate plans but was evaluating a number of potential opportunities, and no final date has been set for his departure.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority has named Tanya Case, Class III, to its Board of Directors.


The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Tom Friedemann, Class III, will serve another term on their Board of Directors.


Marilyn Geiger, Class XXV, became Mrs. Steve Kaplan during the Thanksgiving holidays. The new Marilyn Kaplan then announced her retirement from Mercy to enjoy traveling with Steve. Congratulations to both on this new chapter in their lives.


Frankfurt Short Bruza (FSB) has appointed Rick Johnson, Class XXV, as Chief Operating Officer.


Clark Jolley, Class XX, has been named Chairman of the Senate Appropriations committee.


The Journal Record will honor three LOK Alumni on February 12, 2015 as Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs for their leadership and dedication to the community. Bruce Benbrook, Class XIII, The Stock Exchange Bank and Ronnie Irani, Class XXIII, RKI Exploration & Production LLC, are named as honorees in the Public Company Category. Tom Friedemann, Class III, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, is named as an honoree in the Nonprofit Category.


The Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Tulsa Region, has announced the addition of Ben Kimbro, Class XXVIII, as a board member.


Joe Leverett, Class XXIV, has been asked to repeat a 4-year term on the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Civic Leader Group.This group advises and travels with the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff. There are 28 active members from across the globe.


Pat Martin, Class X, is retiring from the Purcell Tag Agency, effective February 15, 2015. Best wishes on your next adventure.


Brother Benedict McCaffree, Class VI, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, NM, by Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, on Sunday, January 18, at 11:00 a.m.


Brady McCullough, Class XXI, has been selected as Superintendent of Autry Technology Center in Enid.


House Speaker Jeff Hickman has picked Leslie Osborn, Class XXVII, to chair a budget sub-committee.


The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association announced the induction of Ramona Paul, Class VI, into the OSU Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 13, at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.


Bill Pink, Class XXVII, has accepted the position of Vice President and Dean of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, starting in March.


Mary Blankenship Pointer, Class XXII, will serve as the new board of director’s treasurer for Prevent Blindness, the nation's oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization.


Congratulations to Ron Rainey, Class I, who is retiring from Benbrook Economic Development Corporation on January 15, 2015.


Cathryn Render, Class XVII, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools.


Senator Jabar Shumate, Class XIX, resigned from the State Senate on January 6, 2015 to accept another position.


Congratulations to Gary Trennepohl, Class XIV, who after a 37-year academic career, will retire at the end of the month.


C. Joe Williams, Class V, celebrated his retirement from ONG on January 9, 2015. Congratulations Joe!


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»Member Directory Updates

The 2014-2015 LOK Annual Report and Membership Directory has been mailed to LOK lifetime members and those members who have paid their 2014-2015 membership dues. Below are the membership contact information changes from December 16 to January 15. Click here to see all the member contact updates for the 2014-2015 Directory.

If you have not received your member directory, please send us an email or call 405.848.0001. 

Christopher Anoatubby, Class XXIV
Under Secretary, Tribal & Commercial Health
Employer Fax: 580-421-8707
Mary Eichinger, Class XXI
Research Analyst
SWOSU, Center for Business and Economic Development
6807 NW Surreywood Circle
Lawton, OK 73505
P: 580-695-6279
Marilyn Kaplan (Geiger), Class XXV
984 Pinebrooke Ct.
Norman, OK 73072
Pat Martin, Class X
23857 Highway 74
Purcell, OK 73080
C: 405-990-8292
H: 405-527-3464
Suzanne McAuley, Class XX
Updated Home Address
518 Chautauqua Avenue
Norman, OK 73069
W: 405-364-5565
Kathleen Patton, Class XXVIII
Senator Anastasia A. Pittman, Class XXII
Oklahoma State Senate
518 State Capitol Building
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
P: 405-521-5531
F: 405-521-5580
Jim Robertson, Class XXII
Ryan Stafford, Class XXII
Executive Director
AT&T University
208 S. Akard St., Room 2312
Dallas, TX 75202
P: 405-795-3360

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