Wade Brawley was born in Tulsa but grew up in Ventura, California. He earned his BBA from the University of Texas, Austin but redeemed himself by earning an MBA with High Honors from Oklahoma City University.
Wade is President of Land Information Services Company, which he formed after serving as Vice President of Land Administration at Chesapeake Energy for 11 years. He has authored industry-specific articles published in The American Oil and Gas Reporter, World Oil and Landman magazines, and contributed to the fourth edition of Brock’s Petroleum Accounting Principles, Procedures & Issues.
Wade and his wife Rebecca have two children in their 20’s who are both still in Oklahoma City. His hobbies include tennis, landscaping, remodeling and real estate and he is a self-proclaimed “organization freak”. Wade makes time for service with two community organizations, serving on the Boards of both Upward Transitions, which is focused on helping people get out of homelessness, and the Linn Institute, whose for profit side does trial studies for pharmaceuticals and non-profit side focuses on education related to healthy living habits. Wade and Rebecca are members of Westminster Presbyterian.
Rotarian Sponsors: Dean Higganbotham, Tim Strange, and Richard Parry
Matt Cowden was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Guthrie, because, he said, his parents were “weekend farmers”.
Matt would go from Guthrie to get his Bachelor’s in Public Relations and Oral Communications from the University of Central Oklahoma.
His career in the hotel industry began while he was still at UCO when he helped open the Marriott Northwest – which is today the Tower Hotel. After living numerous places throughout the U.S., Matt is back home as the General Manager of 21c Museum Hotel.
Matt came up in the hotel industry first through sales and marketing before moving into operations. He returned to Oklahoma City 13 years ago and managed the Sheraton Hotel downtown before leaving the industry for a digital marketing position. Matt says that his main hobby used to be hanging out with the family but today he seldom sees his twins – a boy and a girl – who followed in his footsteps and are active students at UCO. He and his wife enjoy travel when they can, and though Matt also likes fishing and golf, neither are available much with his busy schedule.
Rotarian Sponsors: Jane Jenkins, Bud Ground, Lance McDaniel
Ron would go on to earn a degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University, but in the spirit of Bedlam Week – both of his daughters are OU grads.
He has never practiced accounting but instead put those skills to work as a Principal in Office Interiors, where they sell office furniture and plan the space in which it will function.
Both of Ron’s daughters work as representatives for drug companies, or as Ron likes to say, “They work for the cartel.” He has a granddaughter, Alex, age 8, and a grandson, Brady, age 3. Ron describes himself as “fitness nut” relegated mostly to the gym and golf course these days now that his knees say no more running. He is passionate about is work and says he wakes up excited to go to work every day.
Rotarian Sponsors: Farooq Karim, Vicki VanStavern, Andy Rine
Thanks to Devery Youngblood for the bios of these new members