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2018 ANNUAL EVENTS Transformation U

March 9, 2018 | 11:30 am Agriculture Appreciation Banquet

April 3, 2018 | 6:30 pm

CH A MBE R MIS SION The Stillwater Chamber is the leader in representing business and the driving force behind the economic development of Stillwater. The Chamber builds business through educational programs and establishes connections while representing business at the local, state and federal level.

Golf Classic

April 23, 2018 | 11:00 am Leadership Stillwater Applications

Open — May 7, 2018 Leadercast

CH A MBER P UR P OSE The Chamber is organized to advance the general wel-

May 11, 2018 | 8:00 am

fare and prosperity of the Stillwater area so that its cit-

Legislative Luncheon

izens and all areas of the community shall prosper. All

June 8, 2018 | 11:30 am 1st Annual Stillwater/Guthrie Chamber Skeet Shoot

June 15, 2018 | 8:00 am (Guthrie, OK) Leadership Stillwater Application

Deadline — June 29, 2018 | 5:00 pm

necessary means of promotion shall be provided, and particular attention and emphasis shall be given to the agricultural, civic, commercial, cultural, economic, educational and industrial interests of the area.

Crazy Days

July 19-22, 2018 Leadership Stillwater Begins

August 16, 2018 Total Resource Campaign

Thank you to our 2017 Elite Annual Sponsors

August 27 – October 19, 2018 Mayoral State of the City

Presidential Partners:

September 7, 2018 | 11:30 am Jingle Bells Sweepstakes

November 9 – December 17, 2018 Economic Summit

November 9, 2018 | 11:00 am Leadercast Women

Visionary Partner:

Champion Partners:

November 15, 2018 | 8:00 am Jingle Bells Sweepstakes Live Drawing Event

December 17, 2018 | 5:30 pm

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Message from the chair I will certainly say this last year flew by quickly! Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your Chairperson for the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce during 2017. It was truly an honor and privilege.

I

am grateful to have worked with a wonderful executive

remain above the national average for communities of our size,

committee which devoted time and expertise to ensuring

increased participation in events, introduce successful new

the mission of the Chamber was carried out to its fullest. I

programming such as the Professional Women’s Council and

had the pleasure of engaging with a Board of Directors whom

1 Million Cups, and Stillwater being recognized by the state

each shared their ideas and resources in governing the orga-

and our regional partners as a competitive place to locate

nization and ensuring the sustainability for our members.

and grow business.

I had the enjoyment of a membership that is involved and

Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve as Chairperson. I

participated in the many lunches, educational sessions, after hours and ribbon cuttings to support and celebrate the individuals and businesses in our community. Most of all, I had the benefit of working with a committed and hard-working

look forward to continuing the journey for the growth and economic development of Stillwater and our business community. Wishing you a blessed and prosperous 2018,

Chamber staff who work tirelessly to create value for each and every Chamber member. We have spent 2017 working together to create a positive future for our community. The Chamber has seen our membership

REBECCA EASTHAM Meridian Technology Center

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S T IL LWAT E R C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E

2017 Board of Directors EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

John Koemel Koemel Law, P.L.L.C.

Rebecca Eastham Chair, Meridian Technology Center

Justin Minges Secretary, President and Chief Executive Officer

Gary Clark Immediate Past Chair, Oklahoma State University Gary McCune Vice-Chair, Camco Home Improvement, Inc. Cade Crawford Treasurer, Bank SNB

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Howard Aufleger, C-Star Management Jeremy Bale, Aspen Coffee Drew Beverage, ProValue.Net Adam Brown, BancFirst

Kelly Harris Keystone Engineering

Jamie Payne Oklahoma State University

Ted Smith, H.E. Ted Smith & Co., LLC Connie Stokes, Coldwell Banker-Team Stillwater Bruce Tifft, ASCO Aerospace, USA Shannon Williams, Greige Goods

EX-OFFICIO DIRECTORS Jim Aulgur, Oklahoma Career & Technology Education Representative Greg Babinec, District 33 Representative Dennis Casey, District 35 Senator Tom Dugger, District 21 President Burns Hargis, Oklahoma State University

Steve Brown, RCB Bank

Dr. Doug Major, Meridian Technology Center

C.C. Crane, Golden Oaks Village

Norman McNickle, City of Stillwater

Gary Johnson, Stillwater Regional Airport

Dr. Marc Moore, Stillwater Public Schools

Kacy Litzy, National Standard Company

Mayor Gina Noble, City of Stillwater

Scott Petty, Stillwater Medical Center Foundation

Commissioner Chris Reding, Payne County District 2

Mandy Lyons Events Coordinator

Kala Hillock Executive Assistant

CHAMBER STAFF Deann McKeever Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Rachel Burnett Business Services Coordinator

Aubrie Bowlan Communications Coordinator

Katie Hollingsworth Membership Development Coordinator

Trenton Inselman Economic Development Coordinator

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S U P P O R T & PA R T N E R S H IP

Event Sponsors A special thank you to all our 2017 sponsors and event partners! We have been fortunate to have so many organizations on board over the years and are humbled by their support and partnership in moving Stillwater forward! 1907 Meat Company

Enbridge

Payne County Bank

Wooden Nickel

Advance America

Encore Energy

Payne County Youth Services

Zannotti’s Wine Bar

Advocare

EVERYMAN

Peak Pest Control

Zurvita – Wayne and Jennifer Scott

Aflac

Exchange Bank

Primrose Retirement Communities

Amber’s Lighting & Home Accessories

Farmers Insurance

ProValue.Net

FFO Home

Quest Technological Services

Arkansas Electric Co

First Gunn Financial Group

Ray Smith Wealth Management

Arvest

First National Bank of Weatherford

Razook’s Drug

ASCO

Formal Fantasy

RCB Bank

Atherton Hotel, The

Forman Harley-Davidson

Red Dirt CrossFit

AT&T

Freddie Paul’s Steakhouse

Red Rock Bakery & Deli

B&L Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.

Furniture Showcase

REI

Golden Oaks

Re/Max

Gose & Associates

R.K. Black, Inc.

Greige Goods

The Saville Center

Habitat for Humanity

Sherwin-Williams Co.

Hampton Inn

Simplicity and Co.

Coldwell Banker, Team Stillwater Connie Stokes

Herc Rentals

Skar Accounting

C-Star Property Management

Hideaway

Stillwater Medical Center

EVERYMAN

HireOSUgrads.com

Stillwater Medical Center Gift Shop

First Gunn Financial Group

I Support Stillwater

Greige Goods

Backstage/ Teubner Properties Balanced Coffee Co. BancFirst Bank N.A., The Bank SNB Barry Sanders Supercenter Best Buy Blue Spruce Brewer Carpet One Brookdale Brown’s Shoe Fit Co Celebrations Catering Central Bank of Oklahoma Chickasaw Telecommunications Services Cimarron Casino Clean Line Energy Partners Cobalt15 Graphic and Web Design Coldwell Banker, Team Stillwater

JuvoWeb

Stillwater Medical Center Physicians Clinic

Keystone Food Service

Stillwater Medical Center Pediatrics

Keystone Engineering

Sprint

Koemel Law

SST Software

Kwik Kar

State Farm- Lucas Grounds

Lambert Construction

Stillwater Cares

Lowes

Stillwater Home Builders Association

M&K Lighting

Stillwater Honda Cars

Meridian Technology Center

Stillwater Newspress

Metro First Realty

Stillwater Steel & Welding Supply

Mill Creek

Stolhand-Wells Plumbing, Heating and Air

Coldwell Banker, Team Stillwater – Connie Stokes

Northern Therapy and Rehabilitation

Community Escrow & Title

Northside Cleaners

Companion Health Care

Oklahoma AgCredit

Cowboy Copy

Oklahoma Closing and Title Services

Central Electric Cooperative

Oklahoma State University

Cundiff Custom Fabrication

Oklahoma WONDERtorium

Dane & Associates Electric Co.

One Broker Place

Danny Cochran, CFP, CPA

OSU Alumni Association

DuPree’s Sports Equipment Co.

Outlaw Diesel

Edward Jones Investments

P&K Equipment

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Keystone Engineering Lambert Construction Liberty Federal Savings Bank Meridian Technology Center Oklahoma WONDERtorium One Broker Place OSU Career Services Quest Technical Services Ranchers Club, The RCB Bank Simplicity and Co. Stillwater Medical Center State Farm - Lucas Grounds Stillwater Cares Stolhand-Wells Plumbing, Heating and Air Stonewolf Casino Tinker Federal Credit Union University and Community Federal Credit Union Wyndham Garden


ACTIVITIES

Progams & Celebrations Annual Events 16 reaching 1,726 attendees ANNUAL AWARDS GALA — 300+ Attendees The Chamber Annual Awards Gala was held on February 3, 2017 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. The event, presented by Oklahoma State University, highlighted the Chamber’s achievements for 2016 and awarded the winners of those businesses and individuals who excelled in their efforts to make Stillwater a better place. This was also the first year to add the Leadership Stillwater commencement, recognizing Class XXV. More than 300 members and supporters were in attendance. The 2016 Chamber Award recipients honored at the Gala were:

Family Owned Business of the Year: Companion Healthcare Not for Profit Business of the Year: United Way of Payne County Hall of Fame Award: Bob and Peggy McCormick Ambassador of the Year: Jennifer Scott, Zurvita – Wayne and Jennifer Scott Young Professional of the Year: Kari Easson, Stillwater Medical Center Citizen of the Year: Gary Johnson, Stillwater Regional

Chamber Choice: SST Software Large Business of the Year: Food Pyramid Small Business of the Year: Brewer Carpet One

Airport

Presented by

– Stillwater

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TRANSFORMATION U — 75 Attendees Our first annual Transformation U was held on March 3, 2017

of her book provided by Stillwater Medical Center. This pro-

with author of Lunchmeat & Life Lessons: Sharing a Butch-

gram came with tears and inspiration to bring out the best

er’s Wisdom, Mary B. Lucas. This year we hosted the free lun-

in yourself and others by creating meaningful connections in

cheon for 75 members of the community. Those in attendance

the workplace, networks and personal life.

got to hear the inspiring, heartfelt story of Mary Lucas’ life growing up as a butcher’s daughter and received a free copy

Gift courtesy of

AGRICULTURAL APPRECIATION BANQUET — 300+ Attendees The Agribusiness Committee, Payne County Expo Center, and

Agriculturalist. Held on March 28, 2017 at the Payne County

the Payne County Conservation District partner annually to

Expo Center this free event had over 300 attendees in the

honor agriculture producers and economic contributions in

ag-community to support and recognize their peers.

the Payne County region while recognizing a Farm Family of the Year, Agribusiness of the Year and Next Generation of

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GOLF CLASSIC — 114 Participants and Volunteers The Golf Classic provides an excellent opportunity for Chamber

1st Place: Peak Pest Services

members to entertain their prospects and connect with cli-

2nd Place: Keystone Food Service

ents in a casual way on the golf course. With the help of the Young Professionals of Stillwater and many volunteers from the chamber membership, we hosted 26 teams on the Country Club Golf Course for a beautiful day of competitive, friendly golf on April 24, 2017. Naveen Kodadhala was this year’s

3rd Place: Wilson Auto Family

Thanks to all the volunteers, golfers and sponsors who helped make this a great event!

winner of the $500 Ball Drop prize. Here are the team winners:

TOTAL RESOURCE CAMPAIGN — 25 Volunteers and 157 Participating Businesses Each year, the Chamber holds its annual Total Resource Cam-

The Total Resource Campaign theme changes annually to add

paign, connecting members with sponsorship and advertising

a little flair for our volunteers. The theme for 2017 was “The

opportunities that are available through the Chamber. This

Oscars.” We had fun celebrating with our volunteers as the

fundraising event and membership campaign also allows the

campaign wrapped up. It was our way of saying thank you to

Chamber to provide new and existing programs to members.

all of those that volunteered their time to assist our member

The campaign runs annually from August to October.

businesses. Together, they were able to help over 150 members plan their marketing for 2018!

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MAYORAL STATE OF THE CITY — 124 Attendees After a postponement of the 2016 May-

The attendees got to see the first-look at the new City of Still-

oral State of the City due to Mayor Gina

water website before it was launched.

Noble’s health, we hosted this annual event on March 24, 2017 to provide an

Presented by

update on the status of the community, projects under way and plans for the fiscal year.

PICNIC IN THE PARK — 185 Attendees After a weather-related delay, we held our 3rd Annual Picnic

Presented by

in the Park membership appreciation event on October 3, 2017. This fun-filled night was held at Boomer lake for chamber members, their staff and families to have a night on us. There were inflatables, music, food, potato sack races and a chance to pie our President and CEO, Justin Minges in the face.

SOONER STATE DAIRY SHOW — 250+ Attendees The Agribusiness Committee assisted with the Sooner State Dairy Show in hosting the Dairy Judging Contest and Annual Exhibitor’s Dinner attended by over 250 guests on July 21, 2017. We had 20 teams compete for the prize of milk and cookies in the Dairy Judging Contest. This year’s top scorer was Kenny Josey, Vice President of BancFirst.

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ECONOMIC SUMMIT — 87 Attendees Each year the Chamber brings together community leaders

Persimmon Group. Fournet’s presentation titled “The Future

and businesses to hear from a key local, state and/or national

of Work” was on generational diversity and how employers

expert(s) at our Economic Summit. On November 3, 2017, the

handle different generations i.e. Baby Boomers, Gen Xers,

audience got to hear about the changing landscape of economic

and Millennials in the workplace.

development from Bill Fournet, President and CEO of The

JINGLE BELLS SWEEPSTAKES — 37 Participating Businesses and 220 Attendees at the Live Drawing Event The Chamber of Commerce and City of Stillwater partner

we held our Live Jingle Bells Sweepstakes drawing where

together for this shop local economic initiative to keep shop-

one lucky winner got to walk away with $7,500 in cash and

pers in Stillwater during the holiday shopping season. With

$2,500 in vouchers from any Jingle Bells Participating Mer-

over 30 businesses around town participating in our Jingle

chant(s). Donated door prizes were given away at the event

Bells Sweepstakes over the holiday season, thousands of tickets

for those in attendance.

were handed out to shoppers from purchases for a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize. On Monday, December 18

Thank you to all the participating business that helped us make this event successful!

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Monthly Events 32 with 2,226 attendees LEGISLATIVE FORUM — 150 Attendees in 2017 The Legislative Forum is held the third Friday each month

and Dennis Casey come together to encourage active discus-

during the Legislative Session (January–June) and brings

sion and address concerns.

information to the Stillwater community on relevant local

These breakfasts provide Chamber members the opportunity to

and state policies. Our region’s four legislators: Senator Tom Dugger, and Representatives Greg Babinec, Cory Williams

establish and strengthen their relationships with key decision makers while voicing their opinions on issues moving forward.

BUSINESS@LUNCH — 984 Attendees in 2017 This networking luncheon combines building relationships

information about the community, leadership training and

and making connections with business education. For many

other business-related tools.

years, members have selected this event as the most benefi-

The monthly Business@Lunch is held the second Friday of

cial program the Chamber provides. Each month the program features speakers and presenters who provide important

most month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Meditations Catering and Banquet Facility.

WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL — 383 Attendees in 2017 The Women’s Professional Council is designed to inspire, sup-

women’s health, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, leadership,

port and empower professional businesswomen of all ages by

management, politics and balanced living. The council will

offering networking and educational opportunities that allow

meet on the fourth Tuesday of every other month for the oppor-

women to be their best self and excel in their chosen career

tunity to network, discuss and hear from other inspiring and

path. The council organizes speakers on topics relating to

successful women.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS — 709 Attendees in 2017 One of the most loved Chamber events, Business After Hours

promote their products and services by hosting other mem-

offers the perfect opportunity for businesses to showcase their

bers at their company location. Each sponsoring business is

story. Business After Hours is a relaxed, casual networking

recognized and provided time to speak to those in attendance.

event that gives Chamber members a great opportunity to

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VOLUNTEERS

Ambassadors T

he Chamber’s Ambassador committee is comprised of member volunteers who make personal visits to

Chamber members throughout the year to gather feedback on their perception of the Chamber’s programs and services.

Ambassadors not only work to retain our existing membership, but also assist in attracting new members. They attend

2017 CHAMBER AMBASSADORS: Chris Allen, Meridian Technology Center Pat Ardern, TransAmerica Financial Advisors Richard Ayers, Community Investor Kathleen Bays, Community Escrow & Title Co.

ribbon cuttings, grand openings and

Bill Breese, Workforce Oklahoma

mentor new members for the first year

Tanner Buffington, Shelter

of any new membership.

Jody Hayes, Alterations by Jody Aaron Malin, KICKER Devin Mages, Encore Energy Services Mindy Murray, Farmers Insurance & Financial Services – Mindy Murray Sharyl Pickens, Metro First Realty Jennifer Scott, Zurvita – Wayne and Jennifer Scott Nadia Thomas – Advocare

Insurance – Tanner Buffington

Interested in becoming a Chamber Ambas-

Kevin Bell, Danny Cochran, CFP, CPA

sador? Contact the Chamber for details on

Sheri Carter, United Way of Payne

how you can get involved! 405-372-5573.

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CHAMBER GROWTH

114 New Members 405 Mercantile

CPR Cell Phone Repair

A Cut Above

Del Rancho

Absolute Carpet and TileGraphic Idea: Advance America- Cash Advance

Land Run Lawn Care & Landscaping

Sleeptight Pest Solutions, LLC

Derek’s Lawn and Tree Service, Inc.

Land Run Tree Service

Smart Wellness & Therapeutic Massage, LLC

Dolese Brothers Concrete

Marty’s Garage

Dorothy Blackwell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Clinic

Mediflight of Oklahoma

Dragonfly Village

Aflac — Cothern

Metro First Realty — Bigler

Drumright Dental

Alpine Thermal Imaging Systems

Meyer Chiropractic Clinic

Eagle Heights Baptist Church

Mill Creek Carpet & Tile

Amber’s Lighting & Home Accessories

Edward Jones Investments — Kevin Clark

Minute Maids, LLC

American Telephone Company

Flourishes

Advanced Therapy Solutions, LLC

Ann Morgan Aspen Construction Aspire Home Care Balanced LLC Beeline Consulting Group Bill Knight Collision Blue: A Blow Dry Bar

Lowes

Focus Institute of Stillwater, LLC

Mercury Marine

Mint Mobile Detail

North Central Oklahoma Internal Medicine Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Order Up Stillwater

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Papa Johns

Greenmaster

Partsmaster

Hansen Construction

Payne County Tree Service

Hearing Group Higley Consulting, Development Services

Progress405 Raising Cane’s

State Farm Insurance- Jeff Millerd Stillwater Cancer Center Stillwater Diabetes & Endocrinology Stillwater Eyecare Stillwater Internal Medicine Stillwater Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Stillwater Otolaryngology Stillwater Pediatrics Stillwater Rheumatology Stillwater Trailer Sales Stillwater Urgent Care Sushi House Thai Loco The Book Merchant, LLC The Cigar Box

Real Estate Professionals — Parsons

The Rehab Center

Buckle

Horizon Construction of Cushing

Capstone Roofing

iFix Repair Center J. Hilburn

Total Health Aquatics

Church of Christ

Red Dirt International Film Festival

Clean Line Energy Partners

Josh Dean Photography

Clear Shines

Junior Partner — Brown

Clear Value Eyewear

Junior Partner — Mackey

Coldwell Banker Team Stillwater — Powers

Junior Partner — Swanson

Community Investor — Bradshaw

Keller Williams — Wooldridge

Community Investor — Routh

Keller Williams — Sneed

Shelter Insurance- Buffington

Community Investor — Means

Kennel & Crate

Sitex Enviornmental, Inc.

Land Run Construction

Body, Mind & Spirit Balance

Keller Williams — Newport

Keller Williams — Landis

Therapy Specialists

Red Earth Yoga Center

Town Hall

Rhino Computer Repair

Tungsten Wealth Management

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Tupperware- Pittser

RydnStyle Limo Service

U.S. Army Recruiting Station

Scale Data LLC

US Cellular

Seas the Day Vacations

Walmart Neighborhood Market Wen Oklahoma, LLC (Wendy’s) WorkIT Coworking Center Yard Monsters

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EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS

Businesses of the Month T

he Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month

• Account must be in good standing.

award recognizes outstanding achievement for both “for

• Must be in business for at least (2) years.

profit” and “non-profit” organizations in our community.

This award is presented to a Stillwater Chamber of Commerce member business that shows strong support in the areas of community involvement, economic growth and professional

• Have demonstrated outstanding support to the community of Stillwater. • Be actively engaged with the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce.

relationships. Organizations are nominated and then selected by the Cham-

• Provide superior customer service and/or products.

ber’s Board of Directors each month based off the following

• Be considered a successful and professional business by

criteria:

peers.

• Must be a Stillwater Chamber of Commerce member for a minimum of (1) year.

• Can only be awarded business of the month (1) time per calendar year.

Congratulations to those businesses recognized in 2017 for Business of the Month! January:

May:

September:

February:

June:

November:

March:

August:

December:

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2017 ANNUAL CHAMBER AWARD RECIPIENTS Each year, the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce seeks to recognize those who have made a significant impact in the Stillwater community. Ten annual awards are presented to deserving businesses and individuals who promote a positive business and civic environment and have a powerful impact on both the chamber and the community.

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Citizen of the Year

Kevin Fowler Kevin Fowler has an impressive 50+ years

Kevin is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXV and

residing in Stillwater, the place he and

has spent significant amounts of time and energy serving the

his family call home. He graduated from

community of Stillwater, including past and present board

Stillwater High School in 1981 and graduated from Oklahoma

chairman roles for the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, Still-

State University with a Bachelor’s in Finance/Accounting in

water Medical Center Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters

1985. While at OSU, he was the All Big 8 third baseman for

and Stillwater Public Education Foundation. He has also been

the Cowboys and the only player to have started in four Col-

the past chairman for Stillwater Area United Way Campaigns

lege World Series teams.

and Stillwater Public Schools Bond Promotion Committees.

Kevin and his wife, Kris, have two children, Anna and Will,

His current community roles include: Chairman of the Still-

who also graduated from Stillwater High and are current stu-

water Area Sports Association (SASA), President of the United

dents at Oklahoma State University.

Way of Payne County Board of Directors, Stillwater Medical

Fowler has spent 19 years with Bank SNB, most recently as

Center Finance Committee Member, and Stillwater Public

Stillwater Market President. Growing up in Stillwater, the ser-

Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

vant leadership he most respected came from those at Bank

Kevin is clear that he has been afforded tremendous tailwinds

SNB. He saw the bank as a company with an initial objec-

by his family and Bank SNB. A primary personal/professional

tive to enhance the community with the understanding that

goal of his is to provide similar opportunities for those fortu-

we all benefit over time. This long-term approach has served

nate enough to call Stillwater their home.

Stillwater well.

Hall of Fame

Gerald E. Bradshaw — Owner, The Bradshaw Agency May 20, 1926 – December 16, 2017 Gerald Bradshaw moved to Stillwater where his family considered “home” in 1938 when he was only 12 years old. Upon graduation from Stillwater High School in May 1944, Gerald enlisted in the Army Air Corps along with other young Stillwater men, later also known as “City Fathers” Winfrey Houston and Harold Bauman. Stationed in Germany with occupational forces following V-E Day, Gerald returned to Stillwater, finished his

As a young and engaged businessman in Stillwater, Gerald thrived on projects where vision and resources were needed. Over the years, Bradshaw served the Stillwater business community in a variety of leadership roles and played an integral part in Stillwater’s economic development, assisting in the recruitment of Moore Business Forms, Swan Hose and National Standard, et al. Those original industrial sites have expanded dramatically and still provide Stillwater with a consistent tax revenue and quality jobs in the community and

business degree and graduated from Oklahoma A&M Col-

county as a whole.

lege in 1949.

A longtime and dear friend of Dr. Buel J. Staton, Bradshaw

His business career in Stillwater formally began when he

was also privileged to serve as primary trustee of the Dr. Buel

joined the Henry Campbell Agency, a general insurance agency where his father, Claude, was already a successful life insurance representative. Gerald purchased the agency in 1953 and

J. Staton Charitable and Humanitarian Trusts. Gifts initially totaling over $1.8 million, Gerald carefully selected beneficiaries of Dr. Staton’s funds to begin, build and bolster many

owned and operated it for 60 of its 83 years.

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organizations who serve Stillwater with the same philan-

the significant impact he made in Stillwater, leaving a legacy

thropic focus of their benefactor.

behind with the countless people he influenced and cared for.

Until his death in December 2017, Gerald remained an invested member of his community. He will always be remembered for

Chamber Choice Award

EVERYMAN From its start, EVERYMAN has had a

our clients. We’ve expanded our menswear presence to places

mega-vision to impact young men and

such as OSU and broadened our exposure to the formal wear

serve the community. Our goal is to have

and wedding communities. We’ve built an incredible staff

a venue that elevates the conversation surrounding mens-

vested in the customer experience and cherishing those who

wear, barbering, coffee and alcohol. Additionally, we strive

patron our establishment. We’ve taken a novel approach to

to be irrationally generous with our time and resources. That

coffee that is allowing our customers to explore coffee in a

being said, all dreams are just dreams unless you take action.

beautifully unique way.

I still remember telling my wife, Raychel, I wanted to create a

Finally, we’ve built relationships with several new Giveback

business that incorporated these four pillars of business sur-

Partners. Our mission has never wavered: “Haberdashery with

rounded by giveback. At the time, she thought I was crazy,

Giveback.” We will continue to look for ways to give back to

but that has since turned into an unwavering support and her

organizations that mentor young men because the relation-

being a massive contributor to our early success.

ships we’ve built over the last year with our Giveback Part-

Being open just over a year, we’ve been very well received by

ners has been both humbling and motivating.

the Stillwater community, a community I was born and raised

We hope to continue to grow with the support of the commu-

in. In our first year, we’ve grown our barbering operation, which

nity as we expand in our efforts to promote the male experi-

focuses on delivering a world-class barbering experience to

ence. We are blessed to get our start in Stillwater.

Leading Edge

David Swank David Swank, CEO of Central Electric

Swank. Under his direction, Central Electric Cooperative has

Cooperative, is on the “leading edge” of

implemented the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to aid in

innovation for the community of Still-

line inspection and disaster relief.

water. Swank believes in the statement, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” He sees new technologies as opportunities to empower individuals and create quality of life for those within the community. His entrepreneurial spirit and pivotal role in several collaborative initiatives this past year and throughout his career have earned him the Leading Edge Award. Swank believes innovation has always been at the heart of economic growth. Advanced technology like drones, robotics, renewables and smart grid technologies are nothing new to

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Swank’s leadership and collaborative spirit has helped the community innovate solutions. Swank has been influential in creating Innovation Pointe Cooperative, a new cooperative that will guide the community in implementing the strategies created by the Smart Community Source initiative. Swank contributes much of his innovative thinking from a drive to seek results for those he serves and to the leaders he surrounds himself with. Swank strongly believes that a key to innovation is continual learning and application of that knowledge to end results. He believes communities and

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people deserve the conveniences afforded by innovation and

the OSU Cowboy Technologies Board and the Oklahoma State

its value to society; that it can close the gap between the haves

University Research Foundation Board. He has been involved

and have not’s.

as Chair of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, a member

Swank and his wife, Renee, have two daughters and enjoy the

of the Stillwater Economic Development Council, a YMCA

Stillwater community. Swank serves as a board member for

board member and a managing member of the NESI-SES OSU Collaboration.

Large Business of the Year

Bank SNB In 1894, Bank SNB opened its doors in

financial holding company. We will continue to serve the Still-

Stillwater, Oklahoma as Stillwater State

water community as Bank SNB.

Bank. From providing the first auto loan in Oklahoma to offering the first drive-thru in the state, we have led the way in adapting to the resources and convenience

The Chamber’s Large Business of the Year nomination stated, “I know banks seem to have one designated person to attend functions and be on committees. Bank SNB doesn’t limit their

our customers need.

volunteerism to one person. With so many different employees

In 1900, we changed our name to Stillwater National Bank,

on different boards and committees, they encourage all of

and the legacy of “SNB” was born. For decades, we have built

their employees to involve themselves in the Stillwater com-

relationships with Oklahoma-based companies who relied on

munity as they are best suited. Bankers tend to be friendly

us to help grow their businesses. Since then, we have expanded

people, naturally, but the Bank SNB employees are not afraid

into Kansas and Texas and in 2015, we acquired First Com-

to put themselves out there, volunteer, and be leaders of ideas.”

mercial Bank, which strengthened our network in Oklahoma

Bank SNB’s nomination for this award captures our heritage

and launched an expansion into Colorado.

as well as our present culture. We appreciate the opportunity

Recently, our holding company, Southwest Bancorp, Inc. merged

to serve Stillwater.

into Simmons First National Corporation, an Arkansas based

Family-Owned Business of the Year

Camco Home Improvement, Inc. Gary McCune has been a successful busi-

growth of the housing industry in and around Stillwater and

ness student of OSU, an outstanding

was recognized in 2004 by the Oklahoma State Home Builders

example of professionalism, an instru-

as Oklahoma’s Remodeler of the Year. Gary currently serves

mental director of organizations and a giving community ser-

as chair-elect for the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and

vant over the past 40 plus years in Stillwater. He has developed

serves on the economic and infrastructure committees.

Camco Home Improvement into a quality building company. Gary has served on several board of directors for various

He has not done this alone. His dedication to his community is but a small portion of what has made him successful. He

building organizations. While serving as president of the local

and wife, Yolanda, have raised their sons, Tray, Ty and the late

Stillwater Home Builders Association, he started the Annual

Tekon to be the best men that they can be, as well. In 2017, Ty

Home and Garden Show. The proceeds from the show have

and Tray acquired their father’s business. Longtime employees

contributed nearly $500,000 to local charities and organi-

have also contributed tremendously to the organization.

zations since its inception. His leadership has assisted in the

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Truth, integrity and high-quality building practices have lead

The McCune family has continued its success over decades

Camco Home Improvement, Tray McCune Homes and their

and generations while continuing to be active contributors

other businesses to be successful. Their trust in the word of

to the local professional and civic community organizations.

others for whom they’ve worked stands behind their solid his-

They are a good example of how one family can impact the

tory of craftsmanship and professional service.

families of an entire community.

Small Business of the Year

1907 Meat Company 1907 Meat Company is a butcher shop and

In a market where consumers are wading through labels —

restaurant located in downtown Stillwater

organic, pasture-fed, natural, cage free — and trying to learn

at 919 South Main Street. The namesake

which means what, 1907 Meat Co. is helping people across

of the shop, 1907, is the year Oklahoma achieved statehood,

Oklahoma understand where their meat comes from. “We

and championing Oklahoma farmers is the mission of 1907

tell the truth,” said Adam Gribben, owner and operator of

Meat Company. Beef, pork, lamb, bison and chicken are pur-

1907 Meat Co. “That was something I really wanted to harp

chased directly from local area farmers then crafted into

on — the authenticity and transparency. There are so many

steaks, roast, chops, and housemade sausage by the staff of

standards out there, and there are different levels of skep-

expert butchers. The kitchen, headed by Chef Matt Buechele,

ticism, depending on the label you’re looking at. It’s a bom-

serves lunch and dinner on the weekdays and brunch on the

bardment of different terms, and the consumer just wants to

weekends. Menu items range from local, dry-aged burgers

know what’s good to eat, what’s good to feed their families.

on freshly made buns to pecan pancakes and chicken-fried

Know your food, know your farmer. Or if you don’t know your

steaks, all made from scratch.

farmer, know your butcher.”

Non-profit of the Year

Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center The Stillwater community has rallied

robust resource center that will focus on the social issues that

around Our Daily Bread Food & Resource

brought a family to Our Daily Bread needing food assistance

Center since 2015 when it was simply a

in the first place. Hunger is a symptom of a larger problem,

concept rooted in better serving the neediest people of Payne

and hunger affects everything. Success at Our Daily Bread is

County. Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center provides

determined by the number of hungry neighbors who are leaving

food assistance to underprivileged and under-resourced indi-

with full grocery carts and simultaneously with the number

viduals and families living in Payne County. With an emphasis

of neighbors that are no longer in need of food assistance.

on fresh fruits and vegetables, Our Daily Bread offers guests

Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center opened its doors

a guided shopping experience with a personal shopping assistant in which the guest can choose from an abundance of foods to fill his or her fridge, freezer and pantry.

on September 6th and has served nearly 1,000 households each month since opening. It is impossible to feed that many households without the support of the community. The unique

Due to the interconnected nature of food insecurity and other

feature of Our Daily Bread is the community collaboration

social issues such as poverty, unemployment and health care,

necessary for success.

Our Daily Bread will eventually strategically implement a

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Ambassador of the Year

Kevin Bell Kevin, Wealth Advisor and Enrolled Agent

membership and community. As an ambassador he has been

with Danny Cochran Certified Financial

a positive face of the Stillwater Chamber as he participates in

Planner and CPA has embraced the mis-

Chamber events, and encourages new member participation.

sion of Chamber Ambassador with enthusiasm. His ready

Kevin assumes leadership with humility and ease, he is an

laugh and friendly demeanor have endeared him to the Chamber

asset to our community and his workplace.

Young Professional of the Year

Kelsey Lee Kelsey Lee chose to call Stillwater home

Through events hosted by the Young Professionals, Kelsey has

like many other young professionals. A

connected with individuals and influenced careers through

native Kansan, Kelsey was offered the

professional development, community engagement and social

opportunity to learn and grow professionally at Oklahoma

networking. During her nine years in higher education, she

State University where she attended college and later began

promoted the importance of career readiness and profession-

her career. She has committed her time civically to serving as

alism. Kelsey continues this now as the Recruitment Coordi-

the Young Professionals of Stillwater chair, Emerging Leaders

nator at InterWorks Inc. where she engages economic

Under 40 chair, Chamber of Commerce Board member and

development by attracting bright new talent to InterWorks

Agribusiness Committee member. In her spare time, Kelsey

offices in Stillwater as well as across the U.S. and internation-

is involved with music ministries at the First United Meth-

ally. Kelsey is excited about bringing innovative ideas and for-

odist Church, Payne County Home & Community Education,

ward thinking to young professionals as well as the community

United Way of Payne County, and Wings of Hope.

of Stillwater.

Farm Family of the Year

Margarita Mendiola With only a grade school education, Mar-

retirement and saved to purchase her additional properties.

garita Mendiola of Michoancรกn, Mexico,

Now, at the age of 80, Margarita owns more than 800 acres,

knew hard work and often manual labor was her best resource for reaching her dreams.

spread out over three farms in two counties. Her son, Eddy, lives on the neighboring property in Perkins and helps her

Her dedicated saving allowed her to pay cash for her first farm

with her farms. When Margarita was going through cancer

in Lincoln County. She purchased 120 acres, 20 heifers and a

treatment, Eddy had to take some of the heavy lifting over for

small tractor. The property was covered with cedar trees, so

his mother. She quickly returned to her regular duties when

she began clearing the property and sprigging Bermuda grass.

she had beaten the disease, though.

On her own at this point, Margarita toiled over her land and work tirelessly to make it into a productive and sustainable property. She continued working for another 15 years after her

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She takes great pride in her immaculate property and jokes that she plans to still be on a tractor at age 100. She wants to continue improving her farms and work

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as long as she is physically able to. When asked how she felt

when she speaks of lush Bermuda grass growing where only

about winning the Farm Family of the Year Award for the

weeds infested the earth before. Her glistening black cattle

second time, she simply says, “I am just doing my job. I don’t

show the care that she dedicates to their raising. Margarita

expect anything. I am not making money, but I enjoy this life.”

is truly the epitome of the American dream of yesteryear and

Margarita’s dignified and humble demeanor glitters with pride

a shining example of agricultural heritage at its finest.

Agribusiness of the Year

Taylor Dozer Services Clint Taylor’s love for his business, family

by word of mouth and often experiences 90 to 120-day sched-

and the agriculture community is evident

uling timelines.

when he talks about his business, Taylor

A father of two young girls, Clint experiences the challenges

Dozer. Taylor was surprised to have been awarded Agribusiness of the Year, but his commitment to quality, customer service and “going the extra mile” for his customers makes it clear why he was selected.

that many small business owners grapple with: the desire to serve his customers’ every request and the pull of quality family time. He and his wife, Melissa, are partners in both their business and their home. They are excited to pass their love of rural

Taylor Dozer provides farm and residential land clearing

lifestyle on to their children. With goals of growing the busi-

and leveling. From building sites and road bases to timber

ness in the future, the Taylors are having to quickly adapt to

removal, terracing and clearing fence rows, this small com-

the rapidly changing needs of their customers.

pany stays busy year-round. A great deal of its clients request conservation-related jobs, and Clint has also received conservation awards for this work, as well. His business has grown

Clint has a clear passion for agriculture and the vital role that Taylor Dozer plays for local farmers and land owners.

Next Generation of Agriculturalists

Derrick and Daniel Oyster With agricultural practices changing

They have adapted to the need for change and opted for no-till

rapidly, the up-and-coming generation

farming, which requires huge capital output. The brothers

of farmers must keep an attentive ear to

constantly try to balance the impact of a global economy and

those with time-tested experience and a weather eye on the

rising production prices with falling commodity prices. Vol-

horizon for the next change. Derrick and Daniel Oyster come

atility in markets makes it challenging to predict profits, but

from generations of farmers who have witnessed rapid fluc-

the Oliver brothers are committed to a tradition of family

tuations and the need to be nimble in their work practices to

excellence despite the obstacles they face. They have the com-

keep up with new technologies, evolving pests and encroaching

munal support, which is so prevalent in the ag community, of

developments. These brothers not only willingly accept their

friends and family to help them through good times and bad.

responsibilities of running their family farm but also balance the dynamic of having “day jobs,” as well. Both graduates of Oklahoma State University with degrees in plant and soil sciences, they are employed at SST Software from 8 to 5 and farm more than 900 acres during their remaining waking hours.

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They share the heavy load of work and optimistic vision for the future. These brothers offer good hands for the agricultural torch to be passed into. Committed to success, the Oyster brothers will no doubt flourish as the landscape continues to evolve.

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Leadership Stillwater Complex community issues demand creative solutions.

L

eadership Stillwater was designed in 1984 to ensure future

Each year, 25-30 men and women are selected from the Still-

civic leadership by developing skills of emerging and poten-

water area for admission to the program. Each participant

tial leaders from all sectors of the community. Its purpose

must complete a non-profit board internship with a civic

is to identify and motivate potential leaders, acquaint those

organization in Stillwater and the class together completes

leaders with community needs, provide opportunities for

a group project raising money for a non-profit organization

interaction with existing leadership on community issues,

of their choosing.

and build a greater understanding of the nature of community leadership. In the process, participants are challenged to greater community involvement and communications are improved among present and future leaders representing a broad cross section of the community.

The Chamber wrapped up 2017 with the completion of Class XXVI. This class raised over $50,000 after they conducted a bucket pass at the OSU Homecoming game on October 14, 2017, benefiting the Stillwater Strong Memorial. The memorial will be dedicated and will honor the victims and first responders

The objectives of Leadership Stillwater are accomplished

of the October 24, 2015 Homecoming parade tragedy.

through a series of educational sessions covering a broad spectrum of issues concerning the community. Program

Interested in participating? Applications will open on May 7, 2018.

resources include civic leaders, government officials, educa-

Contact the Chamber for details. 405-372-5573.

tors, and experts from a variety of fields. Participants develop an in-depth understanding of the interrelationships and complexities of the community, while broadening their commu-

Presented by

nication and problem-solving skills.

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS X XVI

Chris Allen, Lambert Construction Company

Kimberly Stemm, Chickasaw Telecommunications

Alecia Gray, Oklahoma WONDERtorium

Christy Luper, City of Stillwater

Kyle Eastham, Oklahoma State University

Amber Sawyer, ASCO Aerospace

Cody Cramer, Oklahoma State University

Belinda Butler, Drummond Investments

Corbin Francis, Life.Church

Bradley Collier, The Bank N.A.

Garrett Cundiff, Central Electric Cooperative

Brandon Phillips, OSU-Spears School of Business

Hailey Payne, OSU Foundation

Brittney Federko, University & Community Federal Credit Union

J.D. Sarver, RCB Bank

Bryan McNeil, RCB Bank

Holly Bergbower

Maci Slater, Hampton Inn & Suites Paul Priegel, Stillwater Regional Airport Shelbye Spencer, Bank SNB Tim Hardin, Oklahoma State University Trenton Inselman, Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Bell, Danny Cochran, CPA

Will Andrews, Exchange Bank

Cassy Quilin, Stan Clark Companies

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Y O U N G P R O F E S S I O N A L S O F S T IL LWAT E R

Emerging Leaders

Pictured in back row (left to right): John Mark Day, Marshall Baker, Steve Ruby, Aaron Wilson, Alex Evers and Justin Hazzard. Pictured in Front row (left to right): Kirsten Hoffman, Katie Roberts, Becky Taylor, Megan Horton and Heather Anderson. Not pictured: Rachel Pickens

S

eventy-five individuals were recognized in 2017 as Emerging

completed an application that was reviewed by a selection

Leaders Under 40. Emerging Leaders Under 40 was started

committee comprised of several community leaders. The selec-

by the Young Professionals of Stillwater to recognize and

tion committee then determined the Top 12 Emerging Leaders

celebrate those who are making a difference in the Stillwater

who were announced at a reception and awards ceremony at

community professionally, civically and personally. Nominees

the National Wrestling Hall of Fame October 18, 2017.

Presenting Sponsor:

Leader Sponsors:

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Years of Years of SERVICE SERVICE

220 MEMBERS

140

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The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting initiatives that grow Stillwater’s economy. We work hard to provide resources, leadership and partnership support to a wide array of efforts to attract, grow and retain area businesses.

Closed Unit Sales

Median Market Days

Federal

853 | +8.5%

77 | -11.7%

4.1%

Closed Volume $155,675 | +10%

Median Ask to Sold Ratio

HOUSING

98.5 | -.2%

Median Sale Price

Months Supply

$165,000 | +3.1%

4 | -.5%

Oklahoma 4.1%

UNEMPLOYMENT Payne County 3.1%

Source: Stillwater Board of Realtors, Jan-Oct ‘17

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Stillwater $29,093

Oklahoma $48,038

AV E R A GE WA GE S

$38,085

853 | +8.5%

Public Admin. 3,095

National

846

EMPLOYMENT SECTORS

Retail Trade

$55,322 Source: Unites State Census Bureau

Various 2,188

1,531

Closed Unit Sales Payne County

Manufacturing

Finance, Insurance & Reall Estate

8,323 Source: GIS Planning

Services 17,740

TOTAL EMPLOYED 33,632

20 Duplex Use Tax

$4,208,000

89 Commercial

$1,516,333

$66,581,743

98 Residential

Sales Tax $24,076,385

$25,998,150

BUIL DING P E R MI T S

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Moving Stillwater Forward Together

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