Learn From These Influential Oklahomans
Bill LobeckBusinessman, Daily Rental Car Industry
His vision, financial management, and leadership skills have fueled the success of major brands in the car rental industry.
Blue Cross Blue ShieldInsurance Company
Learn the history of how health insurance came to Oklahoma.
Bob AnthonyAnthony's Department Store
Corporation commissioner Bob Anthony tells the story of C.R. Anthony and Anthony's Department stores.
Burt B. HolmesBusinessman, QuikTrip
A young man's business vision and a chance encounter with an old friend was the beginning of QuikTrip.
Carl WillisAllied Stamp Corporation
These once-popular stamps traded like dollar bills and have an interesting Oklahoma connection.
Chester CadieuxFounder of QuikTrip
The story of building QuikTrip into one of Oklahoma's most beloved companies.
Clifton TaulbertBusinessman & Author
Overcoming obstacles of segregation, he went on to achieve success as an entrepreneur.
David GreenFounder, Hobby Lobby
He combined business and faith to grow Hobby Lobby from one store to more than 450.
David WaltersFormer Oklahoma Governor, Founder of Walters Power International
A business and public policy enthusiast, David Walters founded Walters Power International and was the 24th Governor of the State of Oklahoma.
Dick CarsonCarson Attractions
Dick Carson shares how his family's business became a pillar of entertainment promotion for over 66 years and three generations.
Don E. PrayAttorney
Although he grew up "in a garage," Don worked hard and achieved great success in his life while helping others along the way.
Ed MalzahnFounder, Ditch Witch
His wisdom and guidance nurtured Ditch Witch into a competitor in the global marketplace.
Ed TaylorCommunications Pioneer
A pioneer in the satellite communication business and philanthropist for many good causes.
Frank RiesingerOwner of Riesinger's Jewelry, WWII Vet, Creator of V-J Day Celebration
A master jeweler and craftsman who loved God, country, and family above all.
Frank RobsonProperty Investor
A businessman, philanthropist, and member of the Sam Walton family.
Gene RainboltBanker & Philanthropist
Because of his investment in Oklahoma, thousands of individuals and businesses have flourished.
Harry A. Clarke Jr.Clarke’s Good Clothes
His family's claim to fame was Clarke's Good Clothes -- this is an Oklahoma retail success story.
Henry R. KravisInvestor & Philanthropist
Following the example of his parents, he achieved decades of success as an investor and NYC philanthropist.
Henry ZarrowBusinessman & Philanthropist
A generous heart and humble spirit make him one of Oklahoma's most beloved.
Herman MeindersAmerican Floral Services
Herman's international company brings happiness and comfort to millions of people.
J. Paul GettyLegendary Oilman and Philanthropist
Listen to the final interview of J. Paul Getty as he sits down with interviewer Bob Gregory in the film "A Man's Perspectives on Business and Life"
James C. LeakeOklahoma Television and Radio Pioneer
In this 1998 interview, James C. Leake shares the journey he and his family faced when pioneering modern broadcast television in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
James L. GalloglyPresident of OU
The first Fortune 500 CEO to be appointed President of the University of Oklahoma.
Jenny BrouseBusiness Owner / Community Leader
From Russian to Tulsa. Jenny and her son, Brian, tell the family's immigration story.
Jim EconomouThe Coney Island Story
In 1926, the Economou family introduced Tulsa to what became a local tradition: Coney Island hot weiners.
Jim RodgersFounder of Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital, Owner of Cain's Ballroom
A great surgeon, a good father, and a man whose indelible legacy includes revitalizing the legendary Cain's Ballroom and founding one of Oklahoma's most successful physician-owned hospitals.
Joe CappyPresident of American Motors, CEO of Dollar Thrifty Car Rental
An influential part of the automotive industry's most dynamic times, Joe Cappy helmed the American Motors Corporation and was CEO of Dollar Thrifty car rental.
Joe MooreMoore Funeral Homes
He combined businessman and comforter as he gracefully guided people through times of loss.
John F. HausamJohn Hausam Realtors
After unwittingly avoiding death in war, he eventually established one of the largest real estate companies in Tulsa.
John HughesRancher and Cattleman
A legendary cattleman, John Hughes grew his family's ranch from 1,800 to over 12,000 acres during his 30-year agricultural career.
John T. NickelOwner, Greenleaf Nursery
A genuine love of nature drove his business decisions and led him down the path to preservation.
John WilliamsWilliams Companies
John, co-founder of Williams Companies and long-time CEO, is also well-known for his community leadership.
Joseph H. WilliamsBusinessman, Nature Conservationist
As a business leader, he reshaped Williams Cos. but the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is his lasting legacy.
King KirchnerOilman, Unit Corporation
From roughneck to co-founder of one of the largest U.S. onshore drilling companies, Unit Corporation.
L. Francis Rooney IIIManhattan Construction and U.S. Ambassador
A leader on the homefront at Manhattan Construction and former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.
Lilah MarshallPioneer Behind Bama Pies
A true pioneer, she built her family bakery, Bama, into an international company.
Mary Helen StanleyOwner of Stanley Funeral Home, Centenarian, Grief Expert
Mary Helen Stanley is a centenarian who's not afraid to tell you exactly how she feels. A longtime teacher and always a hard worker, she was the owner of Stanley Funeral home, working until the age of 85 as a funeral director offering compassionate council to the grieving for decades.
Maxine KelamisSavoy Restaurant
Maxine Kelamis and her son, Bill, tell a story of immigration, food, and the American dream.
Nancy SevenoaksDaughter of James C. Leake, Sr., OK Television and Radio Pioneer
Nancy Sevenoaks, daughter of Oklahoma broadcast television pioneer James C. Leake, tells the story of her father's incredible life and legacy.
Paul ThornbrughPolitician and Businessman
Known as "Mr. Republican," Paul was a businessman, patriot, public servant, politician, and -- most proudly -- a family man.
Randy FoutchEntrepreneurial Oilman
His success as an oil and gas executive began with forming privately-held companies.
Known as "Old Man River," Ray made as career as an ad man and entrepreneur.
Red StevensonBusinessman and Pilot
Colorful businessman and high-flying storyteller.
Robert E. ThomasBusinessman
The ambitious founder of Mapco chose Tulsa for its headquarters.
Robin SiegfriedBusinessman, NORDAM
The family's successful business, NORDAM, gives them the opportunity to give back to their community.
A riverting story of why the Boston Mafia murdered this Tulsa businessman.
Sid PattersonUp With Trees
His legacy lives on in Tulsa's buildings, in its road infrastructure, and in the "Up with Trees" program.
Stan ClarkEskimo Joe’s Owner
Stan took Eskimo Joe's from a small college town bar to a national brand known worldwide for its quirky logo and cheese fries.
Steve StephensonBusiness Owner
After founding Steve's Sundry in 1947, he was cherished by Tulsa's readers and authors.
Tom ClarkPresident & CEO, Tulsair
Tom's business skills and successes gave him the opportunity to make a lasting impact in Tulsa.
Wayne CreasyBusinessman, Insurance
The insurance business gave Wayne an interesting life which included real estate, Roy Clark, and Branson, Missouri.
A leader in Oklahoma's state law and business communities.
William S. AthertonBusinessman, Pizza Hut
Bill applied the work ethic and values he learned from his family to build a lasting, meaningful business legacy.
William VandeverVandevers Department Store
The story of Vandevers Department Store and the family's many years of faithful civic duty.
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