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Chamber Chair Chamber Directors By the Numbers Census Partnering for Success Caffeinating an Entrepreneurial Community

28 Driving Stillwater’s Economic Prosperity 35 Stillwater’s Emerging Leaders Recognized

36 Preparing Future Generations

62 Leadership Stillwater 65 Shared Dreams 68 Fill Your Employees’

18 Caring Starts Early Cups First 21 Teacher of the Year 70 Winter Wonderland 24 Backstage 72 The 411 22 What’s the Big Deal about Shopping Local?

Hideaway Pizza............................. 60 Josh Dean Photography.............. 56 Keystone Engineering................. 67 Lee Glass & Window.................... 42 Meridian Technology Center...... 31 Oklahoma State University...... BC

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Amber’s Lighting & Home Accessories ............................... 56

OSU Foundation .......................... 30 OSU Athletics .................................12 Pennie Works Studio................... 60 RCB Bank ........................................63

Amy Parsons, Real Estate Professionals............................ 67

Razook’s Drug............................... 60

Ann Morgan, Real Estate Professionals............................. 15

Re/Max Signature............................ 1

Real Estate Professionals............. 3

ASCO Aerospace USA................... 57

Stillwater Habitat for Humanity.............................72

B&L Air Conditioning and Cooling, Inc ............................... 20

Stillwater Medical Center............32

Backstage Stillwater.................... 69 Century 21 ..................................... 58 Chickasaw Telecommuni­cations............... 31 Coldwell Banker, Team Stillwater....................................... 4 Connie Stokes, Coldwell Banker......................................... 30 Denise Talley, KW Stillwater...... 56 Dibble & Son Furniture............... 54 Drumright Dental Center........... 50 Edward Jones.................................. 15

Stillwater Medical Center Physicians Clinic .....................FC Stillwater Regional Airport........... 7 Stolhand Wells Heating, Plumbing and Air..................... 60 Tiffany Aranda, Real Estate Professionals............................. 11 Tinker Federal Credit Union...... BC Universal Surveying & Mapping...................................52 White Star Petroleum.................. 67 Wooden Nickel............................... 23

Fisher Provence Realtors........... 41

Young Professionals of Stillwater............................... 34

Formal Fantasy.............................. 23

Zannotti’s Wine Bar....................... 23

Hampton Inn & Suites.................. 31

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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.

Agriculture Awards


43 AgriBusiness 44 Next Generation of

46 Hall of Fame 48 Citizen 51 Chamber Choice 53 Family Owned Business


45 Farm Family

55 Non-profit Business 56 Large Business 57 Small Business 59 Leading Edge 61 Ambassador 61 Young Professional

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Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way While this familiar saying may seem simplistic to some and harsh to others, it has been my philosophy for most of my life. I have had many opportunities to lead groups and organizations. I could contribute the time, talents, abilities and resources to help that group progress for their intended purpose and goals.


here were times when I supported the vision, but it was not

to fuel the growth of our community. It is a group that I can

mine and my best contribution was to follow and help those

support and get behind, just as you should.

that had the direction needed.

All of us have abilities that contribute to make our community

Then there were those times when I could not

the best that it can be. But as in anything, if

support the efforts, but rather than complain

it does not get the willing support of those

and be a roadblock to the project, I needed

like you, the overall objective will not happen

to get out of the way. Today there may be too

and we all suffer. Join the chamber if you have not. Serve on a

and offer no solutions that would be bene-

committee if you have. Seek leadership posi-

ficial to the cause. These are the ones that

tions that will make us better.

need to step aside and be silent.

Lead follow or get out of the way.

Your Stillwater area Chamber of Commerce is


vital. They see the vision of a better community. They recognize the opportunities that are in front of us. They have the resources and individuals that can make things happen

GARY McCUNE, Chair Central Electric Cooperative

Gary McCune, Chair

“Your Stillwater area Chamber of Commerce is vital. They see the vision of a better community.” — GARY McCUNE

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many of us that would choose to complain


Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

2018 Board of Directors E X E C U T I V E C OMMI T T E E GARY M C CUNE


Chair, Camco Home Improvement, Inc.

Treasurer, Oklahoma State University



Immediate Past Chair, Meridian Technology

Koemel Law, P.L.L.C.





Chair-Elect, Bank SNB

Keystone Engineering



Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer,

National Standard Company

Board Secretary

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B O A R D OF DIR E C T OR S HOWARD AUFLEGER , C-Star Management JEREMY BALE , Aspen Coffee — Fountain Square DREW BEVERAGE , ProValue.Net ADAM BROWN , BancFirst

Ex-Officio Board of Directors JIM AULGUR , Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology

Education TANNER BUFFINGTON , Young Professionals of Stillwater



K ARI EASSON , Stillwater Medical Center


GARY JOHNSON , Stillwater Regional Airport


SCOTT PETTY, Stillwater Medical Center Foundation DALE SORRELL , Advantage Plumbing, Heating & Cooling CONNIE STOKES , Coldwell Banker, Team Stillwater BECKY TAYLOR , Our Daily Bread

PRESIDENT BURNS HARGIS , Oklahoma State University DR. DOUG MAJOR , Meridian Technology Center NORMAN MCNICKLE , City of Stillwater DR. MARC MOORE , Stillwater Public Schools





A ARON WILSON , Wilson Auto Family


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City (estimated)



Population Within A 20 Mile Radius


People Within A 60 Mile Radius



1 Person




2 Person



Average Income


3 Person



Median Age


4 Person



Male 51.16%

5 Person



Female 48.84%

6 + Person



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<$10K 18.01%



$10-$20K 16.39%

10-19 15.56%

$20-$30K 12.12%

20-29 37.19%

$30-$40K 9.59%

30-39 11.07%

$40-$50K 8.31%

40-49 6.96%

$50-$60K 6.45%

50-59 7.06%

$60-$75K 5.76%



$75-$100K 8.22%




>$100K 15.15%




Oklahoma State University


Stillwater Medical Center


Stillwater Public Schools


City of Stillwater


Ok Department of CareerTech


Meridian Technology Center


Central Electric Cooperative


Closed units sales


Median Sales Price


Median days at market to sale


Median asked to sold ratio


Months supply




ASCO Aerospace USA


Oklahoma State University


National Standard


Northern Oklahoma College


Armstrong World Industries


Langston University


Stillwater Milling Company


Meridian Technology Center




KICKER/Stillwater Designs


Frontier Electronic Systems


SST Software




Average local commute time

15 Minutes

Interworks 40

Time To OKC & Tulsa

1 Hour (car)

Time to DFW

1 Hour (air)

Bachelor’s Degree


High School Degree


Local unemployment rate


State unemployment rate


National unemployment rate


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U.S. Census 2020 Decennial population census is a must in most countries of the world and particularly in the U.S., where the current population is approximately 323.1 million. Population census is conducted after every 10 years in the U.S. to gather basic information on the total number of people living at a particular time. This information is absolutely essential to plan services, fix budgetary allocations and improve the quality of life for citizens.



ensus data is used by government min-

hits 50,0000, the city can get many ben-

rural-urban divide, demographics and

istries, different agencies, researchers

efits from the U.S. government. They can

ethnicity. These factors weigh heavily

and academics to plan and analyze

get maximum budget for social and eco-

on the headcount exercise. For any kind

demographic trends as well as plan and

nomic development.

of economic development, health of the

project future scenarios. For any such

The community can also influence gov-

masses matters. It is important to par-

planning to be effective, accurate information on population numbers is a must.

civil society of Stillwater can actively par-

ticipate in the upcoming U.S. census as a headcount is key to determining the

ticipate in decision-making of various pol-

burden of disease.

be held in 2020, it is very important for

icies and tilt them in its own favor. A head

The World Health Organization uses

the Stillwater community to participate in

count is necessary to get immediate ser-

population data to determine the global

the upcoming census because it can prove

vice delivered by the government.

burden of diseases and undertake projec-

a golden chance for the population of up

The country has changed enormously

tions vital to health planning and financing.

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ernment policies through electorate. The

to 50,000 in terms of economic development, health and education.

in terms of political consciousness, the

By opting the same method in the Stillwater community, the health budget can

All the people in Stillwater have a role

be increased.

in making the census drive success for

In addition, epidemiology, an important

themselves in the 24 national census

part of public health, deals exclusively with

in the U.S. If the population of Stillwater

the study of distribution of determinants


All the people in Stillwater have a role in making the census drive successful â&#x20AC;Ś . A head count is necessary to get immediate service delivered by the government.

and frequency of disease distribution in a

Moreover, population census data con-

shortage of labor, both of skilled and

given population. This discipline of public

tains crucial information on housing con-

unskilled manpower.

health is unlikely to make accurate pre-

ditions, which provides vital information

dictions about the incidence and preva-

about the social determinants of health.

lence of disease if population census data

Better housing conditions and basic ame-

is not accurate. In fact, epidemiology and

nities of life can be provided to the masses

demography are historically tightly bound

only if we have correct information about

with each other.

the total number of people.

Another important issue, climate change,

Additional information about disabled

For the economic development, the population census in used trade associations, chamber of commerce, and businesses to make business decisions, economic and strategic planning. Hence, it can be said that the more the population of Stillwater community will be in the next census, the

can also be addressed by accurate head

people in Stillwater community is of great

more vistas of development will open.

count. As the weather has become extreme

help in designing services appropriate to

These vistas will not be possible without

in many parts of the world, migration of

this segment of the population.

the participation of the entire Stillwater

One of the major benefits of recording


people has increased from one part of the country to another to avert extreme weather conditions and its effects on population.

more people in the Stillwater community is that it would help in eradicating

If the population of Stillwater hits 50,0000, the city can get many benefits from the U.S. government. They can get maximum budget for social and economic development.


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Partnering for Success A few Stillwater companies have united under one common cause: support shop local efforts. 1907 Meat Co., Blue Spruce, and Simplicity & Co. are teaming up to encourage shopping in Stillwater. “Shopping local is vital to the success of the community,” said Adam Gribben, founder of 1907 Meat Co.


hese Downtown Stillwater residents are selling products

1907 Meat Co. and Blue Spruce, she has been able to gain life-

made by surrounding businesses to encourage their cus-

long friends.

tomers to expand their shop local experience.

“If not for the friendships we had built with the owners of Blue

“We have several places that offer a unique experience in down-

Spruce,” she said, “we would have never made the connection

town Stillwater,” said Colby Bennet, Blue Spruce founder and

with other business owners. Their friendships have been more

co-owner. “Even if we can show customers a sample of what a

than valuable to us.”

fellow business has to offer, hopefully we can help direct busi-

These businesses all have one factor that brings them together:

ness their direction.”


They want to provide Stillwater residents with a unique experience.

Simplicity & Co. teas can be found on the shelves of both 1907 Meat Co. and Blue Spruce. Both businesses serve a few select

“We wanted to bring tea to the Stillwater community in a way that was simple and easy to digest,” said Ray. “We wanted to create a warm, cozy environment for people to feel like they

Ashley Ray, Simplicity & Co. founder and co-owner, said she

could stay a while and have good conversation.”

is thankful for the support she and her husband have received

Gribben also strives to bring a unique feel to his business

since opening their doors in Downtown Stillwater. “These fellow business owners not only want to see us succeed,” Ray said, “they want to help drive customers to our doorstep.” Helping promote other businesses brings more than just customers to their storefronts. Ray said by working together with

through his vendors. Showcasing Oklahoma-made products is one of 1907’s signature features. The business’ name even results from the year Oklahoma became a state. “We are supporters of products that are locally grown and locally made,” Gribben said. “Keeping business flowing


“We all want to keep business in Stillwater. Simply talking with another business owner, and establishing that connection, could lead to a beneficial partnership.” — ASHLEY RAY

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flavors to their customers.

in Oklahoma and Stillwater is important in improving local

Although Blue Spruce’s partnerships go beyond 1907 Meat Co.

sustainability and helping support families that rely on these

and Simplicity & Co., the partnership between these three busi-

businesses to live.”

nesses has been unique in encouraging others to shop in Still-

Ray said businesses looking to partner with other businesses should just make the original connection and build a relationship. “If you think there is a business that could be a good match,” Ray said, “ or you could be complimentary to one another, then make the connection. We all want to keep business in Stillwater. Simply talking with another business owner, and estab-

water, Bennett said. “The easiest part about partnering with both businesses is that they have a mission that is in line with our own,” he said. “There is no better feeling than the feeling you get walking in Downtown Stillwater, where your friends and neighbors want you to succeed.”

lishing that connection, could lead to a beneficial partnership.”

“There is no better feeling than the feeling you get walking in Downtown Stillwater, where your friends and neighbors want you to succeed.” — COLBY BENNET

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Caffeinating an Entrepreneurial Community

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Stillwater’s entrepreneurial spirit is brewing, and residents are invited to engage in entrepreneurship, caffeine and conversation as a newly recognized 1 Million Cup community.


he 1 Million Cups program was estab-

Cups sites. Each meeting consists of two

“This framework is a safe place for entrepre-

lished by the Ewing Marion Kauffman

representatives nominated to share their

neurs to share their stories, their struggles

Foundation and is based on the notion

company’s story to an audience of men-

and their successes with other entrepre-

that entrepreneurs discover solutions and

tors, advisors and entrepreneurs. Each

neurs and the community,” according to

network over a million cups of coffee. The

presenter has six minutes to share who

Justin Hazzard, Director of the Meridian

national program is designed to educate,

they are, what they’re doing and why they

Technology Center for Business Devel-

engage and connect entrepreneurs within a

are doing it. Following their presentation,

opment. “The program is based on the

community. Stillwater is now one of nearly

the presenter and audience engage in a

idea that everyone brings value. It truly

150 locations nationwide that offers the 1

20-minute question-and-answer session.

celebrates the diversity of entrepreneur-

Million Cups program.

Each segment ends with the event’s host

ship. The presenters will represent a wide

The program’s format is casual, high

asking the presenter, “What can we as a

variety of ages, backgrounds and busi-

community do for you?”

ness ventures.”

energy and uniform across all 1 Million

17 Photo cutline: Bobby Wintle, owner of District Bicycles, presents at one of Stillwater’s 1 Million Cups events. Stillwater’s 1 Million Cups events take place from 9 – 10 am on the first Wednesday of the month at the Oklahoma State University Riata Center Downtown, located at 619 S. Main St. The event is free and open to the public.

Oklahoma is one of four states that has

to shape their futures and be successful.

1 Million Cup programming in smaller,

The Kauffman Foundation is based in

the month at the Oklahoma State Univer-

rural communities, as the majority of the

Kansas City, Missouri, and uses its $2 bil-

sity Riata Center Downtown, located at

1 Million Cups communities are located

lion in assets to collaboratively help people

619 S. Main St. The event is free and open

in metropolitan areas including Chicago,

be self-sufficient, productive citizens.

to the public. No registration is required.

Denver, San Diego and New York City.

Local entrepreneurs and economic

Stillwater is the sixth community to have


a 1 Million Cups program in Oklahoma.

Entrepreneurs from all industries are invited

Stillwater’s 1 Million Cup program is a

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Founda-

to apply to present. Companies should be

collaborative effort among representatives

tion is a private, nonpartisan foundation

development entities drive the program.

from the Riata Center at Oklahoma State

that works together with communities in

University, Meridian Technology Center

education and entrepreneurship to create

and the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce.

uncommon solutions and empower people

less than five years old. Those interested in presenting at an upcoming 1 Million Cups event should submit an application at

“ … a safe place for entrepreneurs to share their stories, their struggles and their successes with other entrepreneurs and the community.” — JUSTIN HAZZARD

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Stillwater’s 1 Million Cups events take place from 9 – 10 am on the first Wednesday of


Caring Starts Early Stillwater Makes a Change’s (SMAC) inaugural year was 2010. A single student wanted to do something to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. Her goal was $5000.


n the seven years since, SMAC week has made a change not only in the Stillwater community, but in the students, the recipients and the high school as a whole. SMAC week is the

single biggest undertaking of the year for Stillwater High School. SMAC leadership consists of 2 executive directors, a sponsor,


50 heads of committees and 175 student workers. The entire school plays a part in attendance, spirit and willingness to make a change. And make a change, they do. Students will show up for SMAC related events in numbers higher than any athletic outing or fine arts production. Organizations from all over Stillwater vie for the possibility of receiving the profits of SMAC week. They must meet four guiding values: they must be a local nonprofit, must have some

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type of tie to Stillwater Public Schools, cannot be affiliated with any religion and the proceeds must help a broad group of individuals. In addition to the Make a Wish Foundation, Wondertorium Children’s Museum, Payne County Youth Services, YMCA of Stillwater, Turning Point Ranch, The Humane Society of Stillwater, The Saville Center for Child Advocacy, MPower

“When I moved to Stillwater my sophomore year, I didn’t want to focus on myself. I love people and helping anyone in a way that they can’t give back to me,” says Reuter. “SMAC changes the lives of the people we help and also the students in the school,” says Henneha. “Our students also become

and now Our Daily Bread have been grateful recipients of these

leaders because of it.”

large, organization-altering gifts.

As SMAC builds future leaders and engages seniors who oth-

To date, the largest donation was to MPower and cashed in

erwise might be checked out; it also sheds light on Stillwater’s

at $170,038.21 with the help of three companies who pledged an in-kind donation totaling $50,000. If this sounds like it involves a great deal of coordination, it does. This year’s directors, seniors Mallie Reuter and Beau Henneha spend about 15 to 20 hours a week in preparation for SMAC week. An hour and a half a day is spent in the classroom with fellow SMAC leaders, and the rest is on their own. One has to be driven to do this kind of work.

nonprofit organizations. Last year, 17 organizations applied for SMAC and the tables were turned on the organization’s executive directors. Interviews are arranged with the directors and tours are scheduled of each facility. “We asked each organization’s director how their group impacts the city of Stillwater,” says Henneha. Impressions are made on both the students and the organizations after the interview process is completed.



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SMAC week not only changes the lives of the students and organizations involved. It makes a powerful impact on the community of Stillwater.

“Groups have told us, ‘wow, that’s impressive, we wish we could do what you’re doing’,” says Reuter. “SMAC tears apart stereotypes of high school kids being self-centered. We’re loving people in the community and that transfers to being more accepting of others here in school.”

yearly gala and have the ability to earn themselves naming rights for the shopping area. “If we’re able to raise $150,000 for Our Daily Bread, they will name the shopping area, the SMAC area,” says Josh Taylor, SHS teacher and SMAC sponsor.

Once an organization is chosen, SMAC engages other areas of the community and students to become involved in giving and sharing creativity. Meridian Technology Center students donate their graphic designs for each year’s logo and themes play a part in each year’s build up. Themes over the years have included SMAC to the Future, Welcome to the Jungle, Dr. Seuss, Superheroes, Harry Potter and now Disney. None of these themes are done in a small way. The school is bedecked from one end to the other with gigantic cut-outs bearing the theme’s characters. Events center around the themes and students are immersed in the theme daily. This year the SMAC executives have taken their involvement with the recipient, Our Daily Bread, one step further. Students

In addition to assisting in Daily Bread’s food operations, the money earned this year will be used toward setting up the back of the facility. This area will serve as a hub for other nonprofit organizations. SMAC week not only changes the lives of the students and organizations involved. It makes a powerful impact on the community of Stillwater. “Our community is grateful and proud of the work these students do,” says Taylor. “SMAC shows the best side of high school students, but more importantly it makes the underserved feel loved and seen.” BY HOLLY BERG BOWER

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Natalie Cox 2017 Teacher of the Year Educating youth has been a passion for Natalie Cox from a young age. A resident of Stillwater since 1989 and a teacher for 20 years, Cox was named Teacher of the Year for Stillwater Public Schools.


ach year, a teacher is selected from each

They provide us with everything we could

Stillwater school. After each teacher is

ever imagine.”

selected, three teachers are selected to

The teachers collaborate and work to teach

compete for Teacher of the Year for all of

the children skills unique in a classroom

Stillwater and their peers vote.

setting. Their mini society project teaches students the value of working for a hard-

“I was in shock,” Cox said. “Stillwater has several highly respected teachers, so I

earned dollar.

feel very blessed. I am so honored to get

“We teach them economics of supply and

to represent Stillwater as a whole.”

demand and how to make a dollar. They

Cox, a fourth grade teacher at Richmond

each have jobs every week, and they get paid for those jobs. They get fines as well

teacher for giving her the inspiration for

as rewards.”

her chosen career path.

The students create their own businesses

“Knowing I had someone who acknowl-

and develop their own products to spend

edged me and loved me really opened

“We work as a team and help one another.

their money on at the end of each semester,

my eyes to teaching. I knew that was my

I haven’t ever felt as cohesive with a group

Cox said.

calling. “I pray for that I can inspire at

as I have with my fellow teachers. They

least one student every year, and help them

are there to lift me, and I hope I do the

Although teaching is her occupation, Cox

build a positive self-image of themselves.”

same for them. We are family.”

Cox said this is a critical age for edu-

Cox said Stillwater is the ideal teaching

cating children.


“This is a make-or-break age. This is when

“I think Stillwater is the best fit for me

they start maturing. We can inspire and

because of the team environment and the

influence each kid in some way.”

level of comfort and respect I feel from

Inspiring the children of Richmond Ele-

my fellow colleagues and community

supportive team, Cox said.

members. I work in the dream district.

said that her students are always her first priority. “I hope that if I don’t teach my students anything else, I teach them that there is always someone that is going to care for you or love you,” she said. BY K YLIE SELLERS

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Elementary School, credits her former

mentary is easy when surrounded by a



What’s the Big Deal about Shopping Local? Only 4 percent of Oklahomans remit use tax to cover the sales tax on their online purchases, and only 170 of the top 500 online retailers collect sales tax. Despite Governor Fallin’s efforts to establish tax policies with retail giant


Amazon, Stillwater’s tax revenues have remained stagnant.

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ity of Stillwater Chief Financial Officer

municipalities rely primarily on sales tax

of Stillwater and the Stillwater Chamber

Melissa Reames said the city received

collections to fund city government oper-

of Commerce partner to host shop local

$2,438,935.83 in sales tax in November

ations,” McNickle says. “Sales tax revenue

events each year. Crazy Days, Small Busi-

2017, which is an increase of $6,149 from

makes up most of the General Fund, which

ness Saturday and Jingle Bell Sweepstakes

November 2016 but down $11,866 year-

pays for the city’s day-to-day operations

promote shopping locally and supporting

to-date and under budget by $147,217.

like police, fire and streets.”

businesses in the Stillwater area.

What do these numbers mean? Stillwater

By shopping locally, consumer tax dollars

is largely dependent on sales tax to com-

stay in Stillwater to help improve road-

plete essential daily services, but shopping

ways, support public safety and emergency

local is the only way to ensure these taxes

services, and fund quality of life projects

reach the city. When people shop online

such as the splash pads. The community

or outside Stillwater, the city never sees

involvement and relationships built with

any of that money.

area business owners are immeasurable

Stillwater City Manager Norman McNickle

benefits of shopping locally, as well.

says this is not a new issue for the city nor

For anyone unsure how to best support

state. “Oklahoma is the only state where

local business, Visit Stillwater, the City

CRAZY DAYS Crazy Days is Stillwater’s most widely-known shop local campaign. Typically centered around Eskimo Joe’s Anniversary Celebration and Oklahoma State University’s Big 3 Field Days, it provides retailers an opportunity to clear out seasonal inventory while providing shoppers with great

Keeping dollars local increases community involvement, builds relationships with area business owners, and promotes a vital and active Stillwater.

deals. Many families choose to spend the

Chamber provides during the holiday

With the number of businesses located

weekend back-to-school shopping. Coor-

season to encourage residents to do their

in Stillwater, there is plenty of opportu-

dinators and vendors work together to

holiday shopping in town. Each year, shop-

nity for the city to collect the revenue it

market and promote the campaign to

pers collect tickets from participating local

needs if area residents support local stores.

make it bigger and better every year.

businesses with their purchases. A few

By shopping locally, residents have the

days before Christmas, one lucky ticket

opportunity to save money, save time and

holder receives the $10,000 grand prize

help impact our community’s quality of

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Backstage opened in 2015 as an elegant hospitality venue. “I liked the idea of creating something hidden and special, with a speakeasy feel to it,” says Russ Teubner, co-founder and CEO of HostBridge TEchnology and owner of Backstage. “I do it because I want to create things that add beauty to our community. Obviously, one dimension of ‘beauty’ is adding to the cultural and aesthetic landscape of Stillwater. That motivates me.” At first, the space was only available for private events. Teubner wasn’t satisfied with that and wanted to offer more — his vision was live music, a dinner series featuring regional chefs and other events. Thus, Backstage went public. Currently, it hosts 60-70 public and private events a year (and the public events sell out fast). Situated on a quiet block in historic downtown Stillwater, in a building Teubner acquired in the early ’90s to house his first company, Teubner & Associates, Backstage has taken on the air of a discreet and modern marvel, mixing early 20th-century pieces with iconic mid-century modern representations, offering a unique experience for all.

The Experience Where do you go to host a private event for special guests? Where can you make a really wonderful first impression? These were questions Teubner pondered as he flirted with the idea of Backstage — a project he initially referred to as his “hobby.” “I jokingly call it a hobby … my wife might call it an obsession,” he says. Julie and Russ Teubner have been longtime supporters of the OSU Chef Series, which happens four times a year and offers limited seating. The Teubners decided to take that concept and make it more frequent and accessible. “Whereas the OSU Chef Series features nationally prominent chefs, we wanted to showcase local and regional chefs,” he says. There’s a strong appetite for additional food and beverage events in Stillwater, and there are a number of great chefs within 50 miles of Stillwater, wandering around Payne County. So, our formula is very simple: We invite a chef to design the menu, set the price and even do wine pairings if they wish. Backstage

becomes the space in which they do their magic. And we’ve had some really magical dinners!” For example, consider Robert Raab, whose day job is assistant director of OSU’s First Year Success Office. “I don’t know if Robert is formally trained or not, and frankly I don’t care; he’s really talented,” Teubner says. For some time now, local chefs such as Sarah Ramsay (owner of downtown’s Good Little Eater), Jeff Denton (owner of TS Fork in Tonkawa, Oklahoma), Ben Coffin (of Guthrie, Oklahoma’s Granny Had One) and Raab have delighted Backstage patrons with their menus, themes and prices. “I think it’s such a unique space for Stillwater,” says Ramsay, who was the guinea pig at the premiere dinner in 2015. “There’s absolutely nothing like it. He has all this amazing artwork, and it’s just a beautiful setting.” From wine and food pairings to buffets, French-style cuisine to barbeque, the options and experiences are limitless, thanks to the versatility of the venue itself. “What he brings to Stillwater is really cool because even though the town is primarily about the university and its students, this is an opportunity for adults

Chef Jeff Denton graduated with a bachelor’s degree from OSU’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration in 1982.

to engage in the community as well,” says Raab, whose niche is wine and food pairings. “So, for someone like myself, this is great. It’s a hobby. It’s a craft. You get to do that, and do it in an area that you know is among the community.” The intimate gathering space allows patrons to hear, smell and see the food as it’s being prepared. Chefs educate diners both formally and in casual conversations.


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“The vision was to create a space that was comparable, in terms of art, architecture and interior design, to any topnotch hospitality venue in the U.S. Since my customers in the software business are outside of Oklahoma or somewhere around the world, I’ve seen a lot of great spaces over the last 30 years. And that’s what guided me in creating Backstage,” Teubner says. “I also wanted to create a space that reflected our history.” Originally the Aggie Theater, the venue is a bit of an anachronism — a feeling well illustrated by its main event area, where restored red brick walls dating back to the early 1900s are lined with a series of original Andy Warhol screenprints. “Everything I create tends to become an exercise in ‘integration,’”


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Teubner says. “The idea is to bring things together that are old and new, creating a juxtaposition between them that causes someone to go, ‘Oh, wow. I like that.’” Teubner’s passion for projects like Backstage, as well as his newest one across the street, directly relates to his day job. “Our specialty is building software that helps large organizations tie together older and newer technology,” he says. “One of the really fun things about this project is that it’s a tangible expression of what we do in the software world. We are architects who bring together things that are existing and things that are emerging

and make them work together in new, useful and delightful ways.” The five featured Warhols, belonging to a collection titled “Cowboys and Indians,” define the color palette with a vibrant, modern mood. They also bring a sense of humanity and Oklahoma history to the space. “Geronimo died here, Annie Oakley performed here, [George Armstrong] Custer fought here, the Trail of Tears ended here, and Teddy Roosevelt signed the state into existence.” Visitors can find other unique works sprinkled throughout the venue, even a couple Teubner created himself. For

example, the Backstage wine room was once filled with computer equipment and servers. “The question was: ‘What can you do with a room that has five tons of air conditioning and fire suppression?’” Teubner says. “Well, that’s wine storage, right!? But then, do we get rid of the server cabinets? Well, of course not. You use what’s there; you honor what the space has been. So, I re-engineered my old Dell server cabinets to be wine storage racks. The Backstage project was all about attention to detail, but that’s the kind of stuff I enjoy.”

An Oklahoma State University alumnus, Teubner graduated from the College of Business in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in management science and computer systems. “When I came to OSU, I didn’t know if I wanted to be an architect, an engineer or something they were calling a ‘computer scientist,’” he says. “I think my father was worried that I would be on the five- or six-year plan, so he said, ‘Well, why don’t you major in business, and find ways to

be involved in the other things along the way?’ And that’s what I did. “Having been in the software business all of my life, I’m now circling back to create design-oriented projects in the community that add to the aesthetic landscape.” It was actually because of OSU that Teubner decided to make Backstage a reality. “Right about that time, OSU President Hargis made the commitment to put the OSU Art Museum downtown — that was a bold and visionary step,” he says. “And so I thought, ‘If he’s willing to do that, then I’m willing to create something that complements OSU’s efforts.’”


For more information about Backstage and to make reservations for upcoming events, visit

Russ Teubner is co-founder and CEO of Hostbridge Technology LLC, chairman of the Board of Southwest Bancorp, the parent company of BankSNB, owner of Backstage, a local event venue, and an allaround entrepreneur.


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Teubner’s passion for collecting art and architectural antiques led him to think he’d collected enough pieces to have a running start at creating an amazing venue. “Frankly, my hope is that the community can just keep up with OSU,” Teubner says. “The emphasis Burns and Ann have placed on the arts has been transformational. And, while OSU can lead the way, it can’t do it alone. An emphasis on the arts on campus will be incomplete without a corresponding emphasis within in the community. “We need community resources that complement campus resources so that when people visit Stillwater (perhaps to attend an event at the McKnight Center) they’ll get it — that Stillwater is a wonderful city that really cares about building a community around the arts. That’s one reason why I’ve been collaborating with others regarding future plans for downtown Stillwater. It’s time for those of us in the community to up our game — starting with a transformational project downtown.” Teubner believes there needs to be a “symbiotic relationship” between OSU and downtown. And the sense of urgency he and others feel is a testament to just how good a job OSU has done. “For as long as I’m able, I want to invest time, energy and resources in projects that reinforce downtown Stillwater as the social, cultural and artistic hub of the community. And while it may seem odd for a software engineer and entrepreneur to focus on a word like ‘beauty,’ it’s one I’ve started using more and more. The more my life has revolved around technology and productivity, the more I need beauty — in all its forms — to keep me balanced.”


Driving Stillwater’s Economic Prosperity The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit association of business, industry and individuals interested in the economic growth and quality of life for the Stillwater community. The Chamber is the only leading business organi-


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The Chamber’s Board of Directors is comprised of 33 business

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membership and business community. Eighteen are elected directors and 12 are ex-officio directors. The Chair of the Board appoints two directors to one-year terms, and the elected directors serve three year terms. Members have the opportunity to nominate directors each year.

Credibility by Association It is no secret that people do business with people they know. Take advantage of the many opportunities the Chamber provides for cultivating and maintaining valuable business prospects and relationships. As a Chamber member, you and your business are recognized as an engaged member of the business


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eventy-five individuals were recognized in 2017 as Emerging

completed an application that was reviewed by a selection com-

Leaders Under 40. Emerging Leaders Under 40 was started

mittee comprised of several community leaders. The selection

by the Young Professionals of Stillwater to recognize and

committee then determined the Top 12 Emerging Leaders who

celebrate those who are making a difference in the Stillwater

were announced at a reception and awards ceremony at the

community professionally, civically and personally. Nominees

National Wrestling Hall of Fame October 18, 2017.



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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


Future Farmers of America and 4-H, Preparing Future Generations Oklahoma is notoriously known for its rich agricultural roots. The age of the


average American farmer was 58 in 2012 according to the US Census; that number is steadily rising each year. The 4-H and FFA organizations are doing their part to ensure future generations are prepared to take over as agricul-

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tural producers when the need arises.


lthough both programs were initially created as a way to give

Each 4-H meeting is kicked off with a business portion and fol-

rural youth agricultural skills, they now have grown into

lowed by recreation and a project activity. Members learn Par-

global organizations that equip youth of all backgrounds

liamentary Procedure and recite, without fail, the 4-H Pledge

with fundamental life skills.

each and every meeting. Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are

With the most distinct difference being the age window of par-

the four “H’s” in 4‑H, and they are the four values members

ticipants, 4-H and FFA also differ in many other ways. The 4-H organization is delivered and organized by cooperative extension: a collection of over 100 state universities. Youth have the opportunity to participate in hands-on projects including but not limited to animal and plant science, citizenship, companion animals, communication and arts, environmental sciences, entomology, fabrics and fashions, nutrition, health and wellness, safety, science and technology, shooting sports through school and community clubs, in-school and after-school programs and 4‑H camps. The 4-H program has nearly 6 million participants from rural farms, urban neighborhoods and all communitites in-between.

focus on throughout every project they encounter. They recite “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world,” and they mean every word. 4-H is broken into two age divisions: 5-7 and 8-18. Beginning at age 5, youth have the opportunity to enroll in the 4-H Cloverbuds. The Cloverbuds is a non-competitive, family-oriented division of 4-H. The main focus is to prepare students for the obligations of membership in a club and allows them to participate in community and personal growth programs early in their lives. Normal 4-H membership begins when



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“I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world,” … .

“… (Through FFA) students learn how to apply what they are learning in the classroom as they prepare to transition into the world of college and career opportunities.”

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students reach 8 years of age and the 3rd grade level. Students

awarded annually. For students who may need help starting up

then focus on projects through their club, which could later

their SAE, grants are readily available to guarantee students a

result in awards and scholarship money. Project areas include

shot at success. Additionally, FFA offers Career Development

science, health, agriculture, leadership, public speaking, and

Events and Leadership Development Events for student growth

citizenship. All members are encouraged to take on proactive

and scholarship opportunity.

leadership roles and they all receive expert guidance from adult

Career Development Events include a wide range of areas

mentors and 4-H specialists. 4-H members in Oklahoma have the opportunity to be selected for several national 4-H leadership trips and the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation awards over $145,000 in scholarships on an annual basis.

such as agricultural sales, agronomy, dairy cattle evaluation and management, food science and technology, forestry, horse evaluation, marketing plan, milk quality, nursery and landscape, poultry evaluation, veterinary sciences and much more.

The agricultural projects are popular in Oklahoma among many 4-H members. Programs available include environmental sciences and alternative energy, engineering and technology, and plant and animal sciences. Additionally, many members also show livestock, which teaches a wide variety of life skills including managing finances, working with others, time management, work ethic and how to challenge yourself and those around you. There is a County Extension office in every county of Oklahoma catering to 4-H members and families to provide a fun, upbeat experience created to grow and nurture Oklahoma’s youth.



he FFA Organization caters more toward providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success directly through agricultural education.

Once a student reaches the 8th grade level, they are eligible to enroll in FFA. Through their high school, students enroll in a widespread variety of agricultural classes which is coupled with an FFA membership. These classes vary from agricultural mechanics and horticulture to agricultural communications and animal science. to focus on a supervised agricultural experience, better known as an SAE. According to the National FFA Organization website, the SAE is a “required component of a total agricultural education program and intended for every student. Through

Leadership Development Events cater more toward business

their involvement in the SAE program, students are able to con-

preparation. Events include the infamous FFA creed speaking

sider multiple careers and occupations, learn expected work-

contests, agricultural issues forum, employment skills, parlia-

place behavior, develop specific skills within an industry, and

mentary procedure and others. Through these differing events,

are given opportunities to apply academic and occupational

students collectively earn more than $4 billion annually through

skills in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment.

their experiences.

Through these strategies, students learn how to apply what they are learning in the classroom as they prepare to transition into the world of college and career opportunities.” SAE’s are competitive on local, state and national levels to

Students have the opportunity to travel across the United States through the FFA, and even some travel abroad. The leadership camps are some of the most note-worthy programs the FFA organizes. Oklahoma’s note-worthy FFA Alumni Leader-

ensure students are putting their best effort into the programs

ship Camp is held each June at Camp Tulakogee in Wagoner,

and approximately 2 million dollars in scholarship money is

Okla. The camp sells out of its 1,600 available


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tickets in minutes. Additionally, Made for Excellence camp and

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal

Advanced Leadership Development camp are offered during

growth and career success training through agricultural edu-

the school year to hone personal growth. MFE explores topics

cation to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859

such as self-esteem, motivation, goal setting and teamwork,

local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the

and ALD explores topics such as communications, team lead-

U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by

ership, personal growth and careers. Members going into their

225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout

senior year of high school can apply to attend Washington Lead-

the U.S.

ership Conference. Located in our nation’s capital, the Washington Leadership Conference is a five-day event that trains


FFA members to make a positive impact in their school, local


community, state and country. This summer conference for FFA

To learn more about the National FFA Organization, visit

members throughout the nation, focuses on problem solving,

To learn more about the 4-H Foundation or to donate online, visit

relationship building, living with character and developing an

attitude of serving others.

Students have the opportunity to travel across the United States through the FFA, and even some travel abroad.


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Agribusiness of the Year

Taylor Dozer Services C

lint Taylor is a 4th generation bulldozer and heavy equipment operator, and his love for his business, family

and the agriculture community are evident when he talks about his business, Taylor Dozer. Taylor was very 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. Taylor Dozer provides farm and resi-


dential land clearing and leveling. From building sites and road bases to timber removal, terracing and clearing fence rows, this small company stays busy yearround. 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 by word of mouth and often experiences 90 A father of two young girls, Clint experiences the challenges 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, were high school sweethearts and now, after 16 years of marriage, are partners in both their business and their home. Their family owns a

growing the business in the future, the

Clint has a clear passion for agriculture

small commercial cattle herd and a selec-

Taylors are having to quickly adapt to the

and the vital role that Taylor Dozer plays

tion of other fury farm critters.

rapidly changing needs of their customers.

for local farmers and land owners.

They enjoy taking their daughters to play-

With fewer farms in Payne County, Clint

days and gymkhanas on the weekends and

is finding success in outlying communi-

are excited to pass their love of rural life-

ties in Noble County as well as providing

style on to their children. With goals of

more residential clearing services.


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to 120-day scheduling timelines.


Next Generation of Agriculturalists

Derrick and Daniel Oyster W


ith agricultural practices changing rapidly, the up-and-

sorghum as well as houses their cattle operation. They con-

coming generation of farmers must keep an attentive ear

tinue to increase their farms with land in Noble county, as well.

to those with time-tested experience and a weary eye on

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

the horizon for the next change. Derrick and Daniel Oyster

farming, which requires huge capital output. They diversified

come from generations of farmers who have witnessed rapid

their business by offering pheasant and water fowl hunts on

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

some of their land. The brothers constantly try to balance the

keep up with new technologies, evolving pests and encroaching

impact of a global economy and rising production prices with

developments. These brothers not only willingly accept their

falling commodity prices. Volatility in markets makes it chal-

responsibilities of running their family farm but also balance

lenging to predict profits, but the Oliver brothers are committed

the dynamic of having “day jobs,” as well.

to a tradition of family excellence despite the obstacles they face.

Both graduates of Oklahoma State University with degrees in

Having endured the trials of Oklahoma weather, Derrick and

plant and soil sciences, they are employed at SST Software from

Daniel work hard to time their crop’s fertilizing, harvesting

8 to 5 and farm more than 900 acres during their remaining

and planting to allow for the largest yield. They have the com-

waking hours. Both brothers are former Future Farmers of

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

America and 4-H members and Stillwater High School graduates.

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

Their land west of Stillwater was part of the original Oklahoma

They offer advice to the next generation of farmers to learn from

Land Run and is where the Oliver family grows hay, wheat and

the people around them. “There is a lot of knowledge around you,” says Daniel. They share the heavy load of work and optimistic vision for the future. These

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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. BY K ATIE HOLLINGSWORTH


Farm Family of the Year

Margarita Mendiola A

t the tender age of 19, Margarita Mendiola made her way to the Unites States from Michoancán, Mexico. The daughter of a hard-working farmer, she had asperations of a better

life, so she set her sights on California and the “land of dreams.” Having worked alongside her father planting corn and beans, Margarita was able to quickly put her experienced hands to work picking grapes, strawberries and cotton for a meager 60 cents per hour. She labored in orchards, packing houses and fields to earn enough money to bring her parents and two sisters to the Unites States, as well. In September 1969, Margarita married area border patrol officer Howard Ware. They had a son and made plans to move back to Ware’s home state of Oklahoma following his retirement.

After 18 years of marriage, Margarita and Howard divorced, but she settled quickly into her new life in Oklahoma. With only a grade school education, she knew hard work and often manual labor was her best resource for reaching her dreams.

When Margarita was going through cancer treatment, Eddy had to take some of the heavy lifting over for his mother. She quickly returned to her regular duties when she had beaten the disease, though.

She found a great fit for her work ethic in Mercury Marine and

She takes great pride in her immaculate property and jokes

with a laser focused commitment began saving every extra cent

that she plans to still be on a tractor at age 100. She plans to

she could possibly spare in her 401(K) retirement plan.

continue improving her farms and work as long as she is physi-

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

cally able to. When asked how she felt about winning the Farm

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

Family of the Year Award for the second time, she simply says, “I am just doing my job. I don’t expect anything. I am not making

began clearing the property and sprigging Bermuda grass. On

money, but I enjoy this life.”

her own at this point, Margarita toiled over her land and work

When asked about her life, Margarita describes helping her

tirelessly to make it into a productive and sustainable property.

father fatten hogs to sell so her family could buy clothing,

She continued working for another 15 years after her retirement

showing fancy western pleasure horses in California and fond

from Mercury and saved to purchase her additional properties.

memories of holidays with her sisters and brother. Her digni-

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

fied and humble demeanor glitters with pride when she speaks

spread out over three farms in two counties. Every winter, she walks each property and carefully trims back any new cedar tree growth and mends fences as she walks. She plants, sprays, cuts and windrows hay from each of her properties for her 200 cattle. She insists that her son, Eddy, bales the hay, however. She doesn’t want to “mess up” the computerized baling system, so she values his help with this chore. Eddy lives on the neighboring property in Perkins and helps her with her farms.

of lush Bermuda grass growing where only weeds infested the earth before. Her glistening black cattle show the care that she dedicates to their raising. Margarita is truly the epitome of the American dream of yesteryear and a shining example of agricultural heritage at its finest. BY K ATIE HOLLINGS WORTH

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



Hall of Fame

Gerald E. Bradshaw The Bradshaw Agency, owner | May 20, 1926 – December 16, 2017


erald and his family moved “back home” in 1938 at the age of 12, having been born in Memphis, TN where his father owned and operated The Southwestern Book & Bible pub-

lishing company. His father Claude was no stranger to the early foundational development of Stillwater, long before concepts of a Chamber of Commerce were ever thought of. Gerald was no different, even as a young man selling the “Stillwater News” the day Pearl Harbor Day was announced in newsprint He was graduated from Stillwater High School in May 1944,


and 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 Business degree in 1949 and graduated from Oklahoma A&M College in 1949. His business career in Stillwater formally began upon graduation from OAMC when he joined the Henry Campbell Agency, a

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general insurance agency where his father Claude was already a successful life insurance representative. Gerald purchased the agency in 1953 and owned and operated it for 60 of its 83 years in existence. As a young and engaged businessman in Stillwater, Gerald thrived on projects where vision and resources were needed. He and

Other civic and community involvement include:

his father Claude were instrumental in the establishment of the

• Oklahoma Jaycees — Served as the Oklahoma State

Baptist Student Union on the Oklahoma State campus in 1965,

President in 1955-56

which while being relocated, is still serving OSU students today.

• Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Mu chapter — alumni

Bradshaw served the business community in a variety of lead-

club and house corporation board, honored in 2016 with

ership roles, including Chamber of Commerce board chairman,

the “Order of the Lion” award as a distinguished alum

numerous committees as well as through the work of the Stillwater Industrial Authority and Payne County Economic Development board. Gerald was an integral part of recruiting Moore Business Forms, Swan Hose, 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 county as a whole.

• First Baptist Church — the youngest deacon to be ordained in 1957. Served on a variety of committees and taught in various capacities while a member until he and Jeanette lead out with the group charged to form mission church, Eagle Heights Baptist church on property FBC had acquired for that purpose.

• Eagle Heights Baptist Church — founding member

• Cherokee Children’s Museum

• Stillwater American Legion — member and former Post

• ID Ministries


• Operation Catnip

• Stillwater Lions Club — various leadership positions

• Stillwater Medical Center Foundation

• Stillwater Morning Kiwanis Club — member

• Stillwater Cancer Center

• Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma —Board

• Stillwater Wondertorium

of directors, numerous committees and leadership roles for more than 5 decades. • Stillwater Area Independent Insurance Agents Association — served in a variety of roles, including President As a longtime and very dear friend to Dr. Buel Staton, Gerald was privileged to honor Dr. Staton’s memory by serving as the

• Oklahoma Coon Hunters Association • Campus Crusade for Christ • OSU Foundation • Judith Karman Hospice • Visit Stillwater

primary trustee of the Dr. Buel J. Staton Charitable and Human-


itarian Trusts upon Buel’s death in 2006. Through the course

• Fairlawn Cemetery Association

of this service Gerald has carefully reviewed, interviewed and

• Cowboys With Compassion

selected beneficiaries of Dr. Staton’s funds to begin, build and

• MPower

bolster many organizations who serve Stillwater with the same philanthropic focus of their benefactor. A representative sample of those organizations supported and grew as a result of those gifts, initially totaling over $1.8 million, with untold exponential growth as a result, is as follows: • Stillwater Christian School • Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center • Stillwater CARES • Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue • Turning Point Ranch • OSU Botanical Garden • Stillwater Public Library • Stillwater Community Endowment Foundation • Stillwater Humane Society • Stillwater Baptist Collegiate Ministry • Eagle Heights Boy Scout Troop #802 • Stillwater BID District • Pleasant Valley School Foundation • Covenant Community School – Stillwater • Prevent Blindness Oklahoma

• SMAC: Stillwater Makes a Change • Duck Blind Ministry (Sunnybrook Christian Church) • Payne County CASA for Kids • Stillwater Volleyball Club • Eagle Heights Baptist Church • First Baptist Church Woodward • First United Methodist Church • Immanuel Baptist church of Perkins • Wings of Hope • Stillwater Life Services • Community Resources Inc. • Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History • Stillwater Ukulele Association • Stillwater Public Education Foundation • CAAP: Companion Animal Assistance Program • Stillwater CRUSH Volleyball Club • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma • Numerous private humanitarian gifts

• Stillwater YMCA • The Saville Center • Oikos Networks Ministries • Gideons International • National Wrestling Hall of Fame


• Stillwater Big Brothers/Big Sisters


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• Stillwater Community Center

• Stillwater Community Health Center

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Citizen of the Year

Kevin Fowler K evin Fowler is the son of Charles and JoAnn Fowler

those at Bank SNB. It was the Big Leagues for him, then and

and son-in-law of Bill and Jean Heister. His father

now. He saw Bank SNB as a company with an initial objective

is a business and service icon that has demonstrated

to enhance the Community with the understanding that we all

work integrity for over 50 years in Stillwater, while his mother

benefit over time. This long term approach has served Stillwater

had a 35-year ministry at Grace Living Nursing Home caring for

well, and Kevin states is very much in line with his priorities.

and mentoring those in need. Kevin has very much been influenced by their example of a servant’s heart at the highest level.

Kevin is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXV and has spent significant amounts of time and energy serving the

Kevin has an impressive 50+ years residing in Stillwater, Okla-

community of Stillwater, including past and present Board

homa, the place he and his family call home. He graduated

Chairman roles for The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce,

from Stillwater High School in 1981 and in 1985 graduated

Stillwater Medical Center Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sis-

from Oklahoma State University with his B.S. in Finance/

ters, Stillwater Public Education Foundation, and Stillwater

Accounting. While at OSU he was the All Big 8 third baseman

Area United Way.

for the Cowboys, and the only player to have started in four

He has also been the past Chairman for the 1987, 2001, and

College World Series’ teams.

2017 Stillwater Area United Way Campaign and the 2007, 2010,

His wife, Kris Fowler is also a graduate from Stillwater High

and 2017 Stillwater Public Schools Bond Promotion Committee.

School and Oklahoma State University. She is a 20-year edu-

His current community roles include: Chairman of the Still-

cator with Stillwater Public Schools, most recently as a Science Teacher at Lincoln Academy.

water Area Sports Association (SASA), President of the United Way of Payne County Board of Directors, Stillwater Medical Center Finance Committee Member, and Stillwater Public

and Will, also graduated from Stillwater High and are cur-

Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

rent students at Oklahoma State University. The entire family

Kevin is clear that he has been afforded tremendous tailwinds by his family and Bank SNB. A primary personal/professional

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

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

Stillwater Market President, and has more than 30 years of

nate enough to call Stillwater their home, now and in the future.

experience in Stillwater’s banking industry. Growing up in Stillwater the servant leadership he most respected came from

Kevin is clear that he has been afforded tremendous tailwinds by his family and Bank SNB. A primary personal/professional goal of his is to provide similar opportunities for those fortunate enough to call Stillwater their home, now and in the future.

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Following in their parent’s footsteps, Kevin’s Children, Anna

attends St. Francis Catholic Church in Stillwater.





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rom its start, EVERYMAN has had a mega-vision to impact

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

young men and serve the community. Our goal is to have

but that has since turned into an unwavering support and her

a venue that elevates the conversation surrounding mens-

being a massive contributor to our early success.

wear, barbering, coffee and alcohol.

We have been committed since the beginning to be as finan-

Additionally, we strive to be irrationally generous with our time

cially conservative as possible. It’s no surprise the following is

and resources. That being said, all dreams are just dreams

indicative of this approach that we started in 2014:

unless you take action.

Living Room Plan: EUREKA! We started building website

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

and business plan from home.


a business that incorporated these four pillars of business

“… all dreams are just dreams unless you take action.” — BRYSON BAKER, OWNER OF EVERYMAN


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Showcase Plan: We purchased $1000 worth of neckties and

such as OSU and broadened our exposure to the formal wear

dress socks and started selling in a 6’’ showcase inside of Down-

and wedding communities.

town Barbershop.

We’ve built an incredible staff vested in the customer experi-

Kid’s Plan: We found a small room within Butterbean Chil-

ence and cherishing those who patron our establishment. We’ve

dren’s Store to expand our lineup.

taken a novel approach to coffee that is allowing our customers

Women’s Plan: We co-located with Pearl Junkie and later Vida

to explore coffee in a beautifully unique way.

Grace, expanding the lineup a bit more.

Finally, we’ve built relationships with several new Giveback

1st Shingle: With the infusion of an investment from a local entrepreneur, we threw on our first shingle on Main to try to marry 3 of our 4 business pillars. Being open just over a year, we’ve been very well received by the Stillwater community, a community I was born and raised in. In our first year, we’ve grown our barbering operation, which focuses on delivering a world-class barbering experience to our clients. We’ve expanded our menswear presence to places

Partners. Our mission has never wavered: “Haberdashery with Giveback.” We will continue to look for ways to give back to organizations that mentor young men because the relationships we’ve built over the last year with our Giveback Partners has been both humbling and motivating. We hope to continue to grow with the support of the community as we expand in our efforts to promote the male experience. We are blessed to get our start in Stillwater.

Our mission has never wavered: “Haberdashery with Giveback.” — BRYSON BAKER, OWNER OF EVERYMAN

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Family Owned Business of the Year

Camco Home Improvement, Inc. G

ary McCune has been a successful business student of OSU,

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

an outstanding example of professionalism, an instrumental

Tekon to be the best men that they can be as well.

director of organizations and a giving community servant

over the past 40 plus years in Stillwater. Since 1972, he has not only achieved a degree in business, but has developed Camco

In 2017, Ty and Tray McCune acquired their father’s business. of which they’ve both been instrumental in helping it grow and be successful for most of their lives. Long time employees have

Home Improvement into a quality building company.

contributed tremendously to the organization and they too con-

Gary has served on several board of directors for various

tribute back to our community serving in various capacities.

building organizations. While serving as president on the local Stillwater Home Builders Association, he started the annual Home and Garden Show. The proceeds from the show have contributed nearly $500,000 to local charities and organizations since its inception. His leadership has assisted in the growth of the housing industry in and around Stillwater and was recognized in 2004 by the Oklahoma State Home Builders as Oklahoma’s Remodeler of the Year. Gary currently serves as chair-elect for the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and serves on the economic and infraHe serves as a trustee for Central Electric Coop having served as chair for 5 of his current 9 years of service. He is the immediate past chairman of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives and their 640,000 member/owners. On the national level, he serves on the National Rural Electric Association as one of the 12 National Advisory Board members. He has not done this alone. His dedication to his community is but a small portion of what has made him successful. He

Camco Home Improvement, Tray McCune Homes and their other businesses to be successful. Their motto is, “Ask your


neighbor, Chances are that we did their work also”. Their trust in the word of others for whom they’ve worked stands behind their solid history of craftsmanship and professional service. Gary is the son of a builder. His sons are builders. This family has continued their success over decades and generations while continuing to be active contributors to their local professional and civic community organizations. The McCune family has shown that hard work, dedication, determination, unselfish and giving hearts can cause communities and businesses to strengthen alongside one another. The McCune family is a good example of how one family can impact the families of an entire community. From building homes, preserving the integrity of the Stillwater Community and people around them, their contribution to their church, the chamber of commerce, the community and business stands above the rest.

The McCune family has shown that hard work, dedication, determination, unselfish and giving hearts can cause communities and businesses to strengthen alongside one another.

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Non-profit of the Year

Our Daily Bread Food &Resource Center T

he Stillwater community has rallied around Our Daily Bread

and simultaneously with the number of neighbors that are no

Food & Resource Center since 2015 when it was simply

longer in need of food assistance.

a concept rooted in better serving the neediest people of

Payne County.

Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center opened its doors on September 6th and has served nearly 1,000 households each

Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center provides food assis-

month since opening. It is impossible to feed that many house-

tance to underprivileged and under-resourced individuals and

holds without the support of our community.

families living in Payne County. In Payne County, 18% of our neighbors are food insecure, lacking reliable access to healthy, nutritious, and life sustaining foods. In Stillwater alone, 33% of our neighbors live at or below the poverty line—this population is also disproportionately affected by poor health that is attributed to a limited access to healthy food.

The unique feature of Our Daily Bread is the community collaboration necessary for success. Throughout the capital campaign and now into operation, many community partners have assisted in making Our Daily Bread what it is today. Stillwater Medical Center, Oklahoma State University, Elite Repeat, the Brown Foundation, and more have contributed to the capital

With an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, Our Daily

campaign and even more invested in hands on volunteer oppor-

Bread offers guests a guided shopping experience with a per-

tunities. From in kind contributions, to manual labor, and more,

sonal shopping assistant in which the guest can choose from

the amount of local businesses, civic groups, churches, and individuals that have helped Our Daily Bread serve its guests

Guests can shop once every 30 days, but are offered emergency

with dignity and love has been tremendous and unparalleled.

food sacks if assistance is needed within their 30-day period.

Volunteers and community support are the backbone of Our

Due to the interconnected nature of food insecurity and other

Daily Bread. Giving Our Daily Bread this award is giving the

social issues, such as poverty, unemployment, and health care,

community of Stillwater the award. Our Daily Bread belongs

eventually, Our Daily Bread will strategically implement a

to everyone and the overwhelming outpour of support, both

robust resource center that will focus on the social issues that

financially and hands-on, makes this award belong to anyone

brought a family to Our Daily Bread needing food assistance

and everyone who has volunteered, contributed, and given to

in the first place.

Our Daily Bread in one way or another.

Hunger is a symptom of a larger problem and hunger affects meals in our Elite Repeat Teaching Kitchen, will have access to credit repair and budgeting classes, possibly preventive health care or immunizations on-site, and help with resume and job interview skills. Success at Our Daily Bread is determined by the amount of our hungry neighbors that are leaving with full grocery carts

Hunger is a symptom of a larger problem and hunger affects everything.

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an abundance of foods to fill their fridge, freezer, and pantry.

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Large Business of the Year

Bank SNB I

n 1894, Bank SNB opened its doors in Stillwater, Oklahoma

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

as Stillwater State Bank. From providing the first auto loan

water community as Bank SNB.

in Oklahoma to offering the first drive-thru in the state, we

have led the way in adapting to the resources and convenience our customers need.


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

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

volunteerism to one person. With so many different employees

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

on different boards and committees, they encourage all of their

relationships with Oklahoma-based companies who relied on

employees to involve themselves in the Stillwater community

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

as they are best suited. Bankers tend to be friendly people,

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

naturally, but the Bank SNB employees are not afraid to put

mercial Bank, which strengthened our network in Oklahoma

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

and launched an expansion into Colorado.

SNB’s nomination for this award captures our heritage as well

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

as our present culture. We appreciate the opportunity to serve

into Simmons First National Corporation, an Arkansas based


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Small Business of the Year


Meat Company is a butcher shop and restaurant located

In a market where consumers are wading through labels —

in downtown Stillwater at 919 South Main Street. The

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

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

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

statehood, and championing Oklahoma farmers is the mission

homa understand where their meat comes from.

of 1907 Meat Company.

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

Beef, pork, lamb, bison and chicken are purchased directly from

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

local area farmers then crafted into steaks, roast, chops, and

— the authenticity and transparency. There are so many stan-

housemade sausage by the staff of expert butchers. The kitchen, headed by Chef Matt Buechele, serves lunch and

dards out there, and there are different levels of skepticism, depending on the label you’re looking at.

dinner on the weekdays and brunch on the weekends. Menu

It’s a bombardment of different terms, and the consumer just

items range from local, dry-aged burgers on freshly made buns to

wants to know what’s good to eat, what’s good to feed their fam-

pecan pancakes and chicken-fried steaks, all made from scratch.

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

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Leading Edge

David Swank D

avid Swank, CEO of Central Electric Cooperative, is on the “leading edge” of innovation for the community of Stillwater. Swank believes 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.

“Innovation has always been at the heart of economic growth,” Swank said. “Innovative thinking is how problems are solved and innovative solutions create economic prosperity for organizations and our communities.” Advanced technology like drones, robotics, renewables and


smart grid technologies are nothing new to Swank. Under his direction, Central Electric Cooperative has implemented the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to aid in line inspection and disaster relief. As residential and commercial solar arrays have gained popularity, rather than fearing the competition, Swank believed a solar array on Central’s campus could aid in research, analysis and ultimately solutions for consumers. Installation of smart grid technologies have allowed his team to gather data points that will aid the development of Stillwater Swank’s leadership and collaborative spirit has helped the community innovate solutions. Over the past 18 months, 65 of Stillwater’s community leaders from various segments have come together to plan for the future. The planning framework, Smart Community Source has helped leaders learn about the importance of smart infrastructure and how we might leverage it for our future. 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. “Technology represents disruption and it’s changing the way we live and the way we do business,” Swank said. “To harness this innovation and create economic growth, we must begin with a new business model. Collaboration is key for a business

then harness it by executing for results.” 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 people deserve the conveniences afforded by innovation and its value to society; that it can close the gap between the haves and have not’s. Before becoming the CEO at Central Electric Cooperative in 2005, Swank was CEO at Grundy Electric Cooperative in Trenton, Missouri and President of Gekl Technologies, Inc in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a graduate of William Woods University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Swank and his wife, Renee, have two daughters and enjoy the Stillwater community. Swank serves as a board member for the OSU Cowboy Technologies Board and the Oklahoma State University Research Foundation Board. He has been involved as Chair of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Stillwater Economic Development Council, a YMCA board member, and a managing member of the NESI-SES OSU Collaboration.

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and surrounding areas.

model to capture the value proposition of new technology and

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W W W. P E N N I E W O R K S . N E T


Ambassador of the Year

Kevin Bell K

evin, Wealth Advisor and Enrolled

As an ambassador he has been a positive

Agent with Danny Cochran Certified

face of the Stillwater Chamber as he par-

Financial Planner and CPA has

ticipates in Chamber events, and encour-

embraced the mission of being a Chamber

ages new member participation. Kevin

Ambassador with enthusiasm. His ready

assumes leadership with humility and

laugh and friendly demeanor have endeared

ease, he is an asset to our community and

him to the Chamber membership and

his workplace.




Young Professional of the Year


elsey Lee chose to call Stillwater

Methodist Church, Payne County Home

home like many other young pro-

& Community Education, United Way of

fessionals. A native Kansan, Kelsey

Payne County, and Wings of Hope.

was offered the opportunity to learn and grow professionally at Oklahoma State University where she attended college and later began her career. She has committed her time civically to serving as the Young Professionals of Stillwater chair, Emerging Leaders Under 40 chair, Chamber of Commerce Board member and Agribusiness Committee member. In her spare time, Kelsey is involved with music ministries at the First United

Through events hosted by the Young Professionals, Kelsey has connected with individuals and influenced careers through professional development, community engagement and social networking. During her nine years in higher education, she

attracting bright new talent to InterWorks offices in Stillwater as well as across the

promoted the importance of career read-

U.S. and internationally.

iness and professionalism.

Kelsey is excited about bringing innova-

Kelsey continues this now as the Recruit-

tive ideas and forward thinking to young

ment Coordinator at InterWorks Inc. where she engages economic development by

professionals as well as the community of Stillwater.

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Kelsey Lee


Leadership Stillwater Leadership Stillwater is a program designed to identify, motivate and place emerging community leaders to assist in developing their potential.


his is accomplished by stimulating an interest in Stillwater

in Stillwater and the class together completes a group project

and by providing a common meeting ground of shared

raising money for a non-profit organization of their choosing.

concerns among leaders from all sectors of the commu-

Class XXVI raised over $50,000 after they conducted a bucket

nity. LSW prepares participants for more active involvement in the community through a variety of educational sessions held throughout the community. Each participant must complete a non-profit board internship with a civic organization

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 of the October 24, 2015 Homecoming parade tragedy.

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Oklahoma WONDERtorium

RCB Bank

Central Electric Cooperative




ASCO Aerospace USA

Stan Clark Companies

OSU Foundation




Drummond Investments

Lambert Construction Company




The Bank N.A.

City of Stillwater

RCB Bank




OSU, Spears School of

Oklahoma State University

Danny Cochran CFA, CPA





University & Community



Federal Credit Union





Oklahoma State University

Bank SNB

Exchange Bank



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Oklahoma State University



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Shared Dreams Oklahoma State University continues to grow with new buildings, schools and students James Cash Penney, the founder of JCPenney said, “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” This is exactly the case at Oklahoma State University. With generous alumni, kind supporters and amazing corporate partnerships, OSU has continued to bring the best in academics, research and technology to campus.


he visionary gifts from our alumni and friends ensures

In addition to multiple New York Philharmonic performances

exciting opportunities for our students and our univer-

at The McKnight Center, the residency partnership will include educational opportunities for OSU students with Philharmonic musicians and management such as masterclasses, audition

experiences, research capabilities and first-class programming.”

workshops and lectures.

The announcement from alumni Ross and Billie McKnight of

Additionally, a recent gift from philanthropists and alumni

an endowment to support programming in performing arts is

Michael and Anne Greenwood allows for a new facility and

a shining example of this partnership. The McKnight Center

home for the university’s music education programs.

for the Performing Arts, which is scheduled to open in 2019,

The Michael and Ann Greenwood School of Music will house a

will create an environment for artistic expression for OSU and make Stillwater a cultural destination. The opening of The McKnight Center will also include inter-

variety of music laboratories, classrooms, rehearsal spaces and premier teaching studios equipped with the latest technology for high-level studio production, offering a premier teaching

facing with the New York Philharmonic to develop and implement

experience. More than 2,100 students participate in music pro-

its residency partnership that was announced last September.

grams at the university, including the OSU Marching Band,

It will be the first time in more than 30 years that the inter-

orchestra and various chorale groups.


nationally celebrated organization will perform in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State is dedicated to bringing state-of-the-art facilities and technology to Stillwater. With the help from of our alumni, friends and supporters, OSU is able to fulfill that goal.

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sity,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “This is a thrilling

time on our campus as we continue to enhance our cultural



The new Spears School of Business is on track to open in 2018

The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology is also

and will be dedicated in April. More than half of the $63 mil-

gaining a new undergraduate laboratory facility — thanks to the

lion designated for the building came from donors, with the

generosity of Valero Energy Corporation. The new ENDEAVOR

university and Spears School providing the rest. More than 200

lab will provide hands-on learning experiences and allow up

individuals, corporations and foundations made this landmark

to 15 active experiments to run simultaneously.

project possible through their gifts.

The ENDEAVOR lab will also include a high bay space for a dis-

The facility will create an identity and a unified space for the

tillations, separations and absorption processes and advanced

Spears School. Interaction between students and alumni is

teaching technology. The lab is estimated to support 84 courses

another distinctive focus of the building, which will include

with approximately 118 laboratory sections.

space for alumni to spend entire days meeting with students

Another addition to the Stillwater campus is the Boone Pickens

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in small groups or individually.

School of Geology’s Core Research Facility. This new 6,500-

The classrooms will be designed for flexibility and interactivity.

square foot facility will house active research and serve as a “one-

The movable furniture will facilitate any number of configu-

stop-shop” for treatment, storage and analysis of core samples.

rations and incorporate small group exercises into class time.

New undergraduate and graduate programming opportunities

This reflects the curriculum’s hands-on, experiential-learning approach designed to prepare graduates for success in the modern workplace, which often requires working collaboratively in small groups. “The new Business Building is going to be a game-changer for OSU business students. The new building will provide an educational space that fosters engaged and collaborative learning unlike anything we have had before,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “We are excited for the vibrancy and the additional opportunities the new building is

will emerge in this facility, including reservoir rock analysis, which will contribute to petroleum geoscience research. As a result, OSU students will have a better and more comprehensive understanding of core samples and their extensive uses. Oklahoma State University is dedicated to bringing state-ofthe-art facilities and technology to Stillwater. With the help from of our alumni, friends and supporters, OSU is able to fulfill that goal. BY K AROLYN BOL AY

going to provide.”

“This is a thrilling time on our campus as we continue to enhance our cultural experiences, research capabilities and first-class programming.” — OSU PRESIDENT BURNS HARGIS


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Fill Your Employees’ Cups First Happy employees are ready and willing to value and appreciate your customers. Good customer service is the lifeblood of any business! Without happy and


engaged customers, who are willing to repeat transactions with you, along with referring others, it is extremely difficult to stay in business for long. Today, one disgruntled customer can utilize social media to gripe to everyone they

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have ever met, and even more ones they have not, about their experience. Fortunately, the opposite is also true.


eing mindful and intentional about

Warren Buffett once said, “In looking for

customer relationships with a resulting

your customer service will result in

people to hire, you look for three quali-

20% increase in sales.

customer loyalty. On average, loyal cus-

ties: Integrity, intelligence, and energy.

tomers are worth up to 10 times as much

And if they don’t have the first, the other

as their first purchase, according to the

two will kill you.”

White House Office of Consumer Affairs. Quality customer service is a cultivation of not only the right ideas about the cus-

You will be judged by what you do, not what you say! What is happening on the inside of the

Keep your customers close and your employees closer.

organization is felt on the outside to the customer. To provide an authentic, mean-

It is truly quite simple, happier employees

ingful, value-added (insert any number

make happier customers. Those compa-

of buzz words here) experience for your

nies that put their employees first will

customers, your company culture needs

store, the principles remain the same and

see this effort come back to them tenfold.

to be defined as “people focused.

the focus should always be on the people.

Gallup reports in “The State of the Amer-

There are many case studies that can illus-

ican Workplace” that employees who

trate this fact, Southwest Airlines being a

are engaged are more likely to improve

prime example. Their customers recount

tomer experience, but the right people to help that process happen. Whether it is an insurance agency or a fine jewelry

thousands of positive travel and customer

with another person. Surprised? In an

your register. Empower your employees

service experiences because the culture

ever more “plugged in” society it may be

to define your business success through

at Southwest is focused on people first.

hard to believe how important that human

their unique and meaningful contribu-

With a clear and intentional vision, they

connection remains to be.

achieved both high customer satisfaction and increased revenue, becoming the most profitable airline in history. Emphasize personal connection

According to a study by Google, 61% of mobile users call a business when they are in a purchasing phase of a buying cycle. This study also found that consumers are more likely to call a business when making

tions, fostered by a corporate culture of “people first.” Fill their cup • Offer meaningful employee development

Establishing a strong personal connec-

a high-value purchase in categories such

• Make training part of the culture

tion has always been a pillar of good

as auto, finance, or travel.

• Show employees they are supported

customer service. Businesses should should not override the human element.

Happy employees make happy customers.

Research shows that 57% of people gen-

Focus on improving your customer experi-

erally feel more comfortable interacting

ence long before the first sale of the day hits

embrace technology; however, technology

• Create a fun work environment • Give rewards and recognition BY K ATIE HOLLINGS WORTH

On average, loyal customers are worth up to 10 times as much as their first purchase, according to the White House Office of Consumer Affairs.


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Stillwater’s Winter Wonderland

We did it! The Stillwater community and Stillwater visitors embraced it. Stillwater’s Winter Wonderland was wildly successful and we look forward to the 2018 holiday season in Stillwater. These are all statements we fully hope and expect to say by January 1st. We’d love to give you a glimpse, now that 2018 is upon us, of the excitement leading up to the first ever 39-day event in Stillwater last holiday season!


he 2017 holidays actually began around

Stillwater was confident the idea of hosting

workshop included in the experience, free

mid-February last year with a recap of

an ice rink would give the community an

of charge. Our hope was visitors and res-

the 2016 holiday season alongside city

alternative holiday experience that could

idents would have more money to spend

leadership. We discussed what worked,

potentially become a holiday staple for res-

shopping for gifts, eating in restaurants,

what didn’t and began brainstorming new

idents, students and visitors. What began

and going to additional holiday events in

ideas to increase visitor awareness of the

as an idea to offer an ice rink, quickly

our community.

holiday experience in Stillwater.

transformed into creating Stillwater’s

Our opening success statements were pos-

As Stillwater’s Destination Marketing

very own Winter Wonderland in Down-

Organization, Visit Stillwater knew it was

town Stillwater.

crucial to get going on 2017 holiday plan-

From that point forward, an all-hands-

sible because of the power of community partnership. Stillwater’s first 39-day event was a cooperative effort of epic propor-

ning. It is no surprise The Polar Express

on-deck approach was needed to secure

tions. The Stillwater Chamber of Com-

was the main holiday attraction in 2016.

a lease with the city for the needed prop-

merce, Downtown Stillwater Business

It became clear early in the planning

erty, obtain sponsorships to cover the cost

Improvement District #1, Payne County

season we wanted to offer the commu-

of not only the ice rink, but of an entire

Economic Development Authority, Still-

nity and visitors an additional and more

winter wonderland experience, and strat-

water Medical Center, and additional local

affordable holiday experience option to

egize within the Visit Stillwater team to

businesses and media rallied to support

utilize local resources for electricity, waste

Stillwater’s Winter Wonderland. A strong

Upon learning in August of 2017, The

management, land work, etc.

partnership between Visit Stillwater and

Polar Express would not be returning to

The concept for Stillwater’s Winter Won-

Stillwater for the 2017 holiday season, our

derland started to take shape by September.

team, the community and city partners

The goal was to provide an affordable

jumped into action.

attraction over the holidays with ice rink

While the news of The Polar Express

admission as the only cost and carriage

came as a shock to most residents, Visit

rides, reindeer encounters, and Santa’s

OSU Athletics led to increasing the value of the $10 ice rink tickets to include discounted OSU winter sporting event admission throughout the season. BY VISIT S TILLWATER

The goal was to provide an affordable attraction over the holidays with ice rink admission as the only cost and carriage rides, reindeer encounters, and Santa’s workshop included in the experience, free of charge.

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compliment The Polar Express.




24/7 Visitor Information Center 2617 West 6th Avenue Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 743-3697

The 411 E ME R G E N C Y N U MB E R S Ambulance.............................911 Fire.............................................911 Police........................................911 Emergency Coordination (405) 372-7484 Stillwater Fire Department 1510 South Main Street Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 742-8308


Stillwater Police Department 701 South Lewis Street Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 372-4171

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Payne County Sheriff’s Office 606 South Husband Street, #106 Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 372-4522

L O C A L A D MINI S T R AT IO N O F F IC E S City of Stillwater 723 South Lewis Street Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 372-0025 U.S. Post Office 809 South Lewis Street Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 377-3867 Payne County Court Office 606 South Husband Street Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 372-4774 Payne County Clerk Office 315 West 6th Avenue Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 747-8310

Humane Society of Stillwater 1710 South Main Street Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 377-1701

Payne County Election Board 315 West 6th Avenue, #207 Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 747-8350

H O S P I TA L S & U R G E N T C A R E Stillwater Medical Center 1323 West 6th Avenue Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 372-1480 Access Urgent Care 275 South Perkins Road Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 334-5272 AMC Urgent Care Plus 1909 West 6th Avenue #B Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 385-0029 Stillwater Medical Physicians Clinic 1815 West 6th Avenue Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 743-7300

Stillwater Animal Shelter 1710 South Main Street Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 372-0334

Gas Service: Oklahoma Natural Gas 3424 North Perkins Road Stillwater, OK 74075 (800) 664-5463 Waste Management: City of Stillwater Waste Management Division 723 South Lewis Street Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 742-8245

Stillwater Community Center 315 West 8th Avenue Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 533-8433

Water: City of Stillwater Water Utilities Department 723 South Lewis Street Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 742-8245

Stillwater Parks and Recreation 315 East 9th Avenue Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 747-8070


Stillwater Public Library 1107 South Duck Street Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 372-3633

AT&T 520 East Hall of Fame Stillwater, OK 74075 (405) 372-2108

Stillwater Tag Agency 702 South Western Road Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 624-0200

Chickasaw Telecommunications 504 South Main Street Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 533-2111

U T IL I T Y S E R V IC E S 801 South Main Street #1 Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 624-6000

Electric: City of Stillwater Electric Utility Department 723 South Lewis Street Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 742-8252

G E NE R A L S E R V IC E S Stillwater Regional Airport 2020 North Airport Road Stillwater, OK 74075 (405) 372-7881

Central Electric Cooperative 3305 South Boomer Road. Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 372-2884

every donation.

Suddenlink Communications 802 East 6th Avenue Stillwater, OK 74074 (888) 822-5151

every every volunteer. purchase.

Building homes, communities and hope.

OSU Community Transit Service 1006 West Hall of Fame Stillwater, OK 74075 (405) 744-2832

(405) 377-0403

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