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1-10-17

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a) Brent Stockwell was born and raised in Guthrie where he graduated high school. He now lives in Edmond with Debi, his wife of 17 years. They have 3 grown children, 12 grandchildren with 8 of them under 12 years of age.
b) For the last 17 years he has been with Worldpay US, Inc. He currently is a Portfolio Manager representing the merchant side of VISA and MC payment processing. He shared with me his business address is gate 15 United Airlines.
c) Brent has been featured for segments on Channel 4 and Channel 9 for his expertise in credit card transactions.

d) He loves to pay golf at Gaillardia and a ‘secret hideaway’ somewhere in Oklahoma! Early in his career Brent shared the stage speaking with Zig Ziglar and Norman Vincent Peale.
e) Brent is active at Crossings Community Church and an officer in his HOA board.
f) Be nice to Brent as he holds a 3rd degree Brown Belt in Taekwondo.
g) He loves the beach and in 10 years plans to live near the 3rd Palm tree on the left.

Brent’s birthday is May 30th.  His children are Kord Stockwell, Katy Miears and Jamie Zink.  Before his stage speaking engagement with Zig Ziglar, he had to be interview and approved by Zig which was one of his most memorable life moments. On multiple occasions he has had television segments to explain credit card security and potential issues with credit card processing.  Family travel and beaches are two of his passions.  His company is based in Atlanta, GA.

Rotarian Sponsors: Mike McAuliffe, Gary Marrs and David Fleet

taylor_clay_c_2016 a) Clay Taylor is married to his college sweetheart, Becky, who is in development for a local nonprofit. Together they have one child, Josie.
b) Clay is a native of Oklahoma City, but has lived in Houston, Denver, Washington, D.C., Muskogee, and on the island of Aruba.
c) A graduate of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, Taylor went on to earn a degree from Oklahoma State University in Political Science in 2009 and then completed his JD at Oklahoma City University in 2013. He was a Phi Delt at OSU.
d) Clay Taylor is the principal lobbyist of Taylor Capitol Group, LLC., in Oklahoma City. They are a political consulting and lobbying firm and Of Counsel with Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison, & Lewis.
e) As most of you know, Clay is following in the footsteps, leadership and example of his Club 29 Rotarian father into “Service Above Self”.
f) Clay loves to snow ski, play golf and involvement in politics. Looking at his picture, it appears his scares some Democratic clients!
g) He is active at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
h) Clay is passionate about Oklahoma and Oklahoma City, and is very engaged in the non-profit community in Oklahoma City.

Clay Taylor has been involved in Oklahoma politics for all of his life and has made it his profession, choosing to lobby full time at the state capitol.
Politics is the family business but Taylor branched out early to forge his own path running a successful congressional campaign before starting his lobbying career. Taylor attended law school while lobbying full time, and has blended a career of lobbying and legal work that allows him to offer clients a full range of services, whatever their needs might be.
Representing a wide array of from independent businesses, associations, and large corporations, Taylor continues to focus his lobbying work on helping businesses maintain and create a strong business climate in the state. Taylor also boasts strong contacts with members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation and has helped Oklahoma clients navigate federal issues.
Outside of his legal and lobbying work, Clay is passionate about Oklahoma and Oklahoma City, and is very engaged in the non-profit community in Oklahoma City. He has a passion for seeing his city grow. He enjoys being with his family – his wife and two children – or golfing.

Rotarian Sponsors:  Jerrod Shouse, Meg Salyer, Betsy Brunsteter and Mike Turpen

Thanks to Jim David for the biographies of these 2 new Rotarians

1-31-17

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Susan Beaty is originally from Ponca City, Oklahoma. Although she has lived in Oklahoma City for the past 25 years so I think we can claim her as one of our own!

She has been a Law Clerk in the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals for the past 21 years, working for the Honorable Judge Kenneth Bittner.

Rotary has been a staple of Susan’s life, her father is a 40yr+ Rotarian in Ponca City and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Susan is very involved in the Arts community as a volunteering. She has helped with a multitude of visual arts events and has served on the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Board.

Rotarian Sponsors: Julia Kirt, Carl Shortt, Suzanne Mitchell

 

Hulsey_Blu_2016  Blu Hulsey was born in Chickasha and grew up in Skiatook. Aside from spending a couple years living in Washington DC, working for Senator Inhofe, he has been a lifelong Oklahoman.

After graduating Skiatook High School Blu received a BS in Management from Oklahoma State and a Law Degree from the University of Tulsa. Blu and his wife Erin have two young children, Joanna (8) and Davis (7).

Blu has served as the City Manager for Skiatook and Bixby. He has been with Continental Resources since 2010 and currently serves as the Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs. Blu has serves on the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s Board of Director’s and is Chairman of the Legislative Committee. He also serves on the Board of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and is currently Wildcatters Club Chairman. In 2016 he was awarded OIPA Member of the year.

Rotarian Sponsors: Allen Wright, Jerrod Shouse and Clayton Taylor

Thanks to Rotarian Kitt Letcher for the Biographies

2-7-17

Streuli_Ted_2017Ted Streuli grew up in San Francisco, California and attended college at Sonoma State University with a BA in English.

Ted has worked in the publishing and advertising industries since 1988. Prior to moving to Oklahoma, he lived and worked in California and Texas. While working as a senior reporter for the Galveston County Daily News, Ted covered national stories including the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and the Robert Durst murder investigation.

Ted, and his wife Betsey, moved to Oklahoma City in 2004 when Ted became the Editor of the Journal Record, a business newspaper that we’re all familiar with which has been the recipient of 10 Sequoyah Awards by the Oklahoma Press Association since Ted’s arrival. He is now the associate publisher as well as the editor.

Ted is very active in the community. He’s involved in more charitable endeavors than I can list right now, but some examples include serving on the Board of Directors of Leadership Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Press Association and Campfire Heart of Oklahoma. He is also the founder of The Colby Foundation, named for his late son, which works to raise public awareness about mental illness.

Rotarian Sponsors: Russ Florence, Brooke Haneborg, Ann Ackerman  

 

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Katie Fitzgerald became the CEO of the Regional Food Bank on November 7, 2016. Prior to joining the Food Bank, she served as the President and CEO of Make-a-Wish Oklahoma and was the Executive Director at the Center for Children and Families in Norman for 6 years prior to that.

Katie lives in Norman with her husband, Dr. Brad Stevenson, Associate Professor of Microbiology OU. They moved her 11 years ago from Michigan and they have 3 children.

Katie is currently participating in Leadership OKC Class 35 and, in what little free time she has, enjoys exercising, gardening, traveling and just trying to relax.

Rotarian Sponsors: Robert Clements, Adam Rainbolt and Collins Peck 

 

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Jonathan Krummel is the Chief Financial Officer for the Medallion Group, which is a real estate development company.

Jonathan grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a graduate of Jenks High School. He attended the University of Oklahoma and received a degree in Finance in 2007 and his MBA in 2011.

He lives in Edmond with his wife, Alicia , and son, Connor and one on the way. He enjoys going to the Lake, playing golf and traveling.

Rotarian Sponsors: Eli Hellman, David Cottrell, and Evan Grace

Thanks to Rotarian Cori Loomis for the Biographies

 


2-21-17 

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Robert L. (Bob) Wilson is an Oklahoma native, born in Miami and stayed there through his high school graduation. He then attended The University of Oklahoma for undergraduate studies and for his MD in gastroenterology

Bob spent the last 20 years as the President and CEO of Digestive Specialists, Inc. Bob has served on several Oklahoma State and County Medical Society boards. President and CEO Digestive Specialists, Inc., Oklahoma County Medical Society President, Oklahoma State Medical Society Board of Directors, Oklahoma County Medical Society Chairman of Finance Committee and the Jim Thorpe Association Executive Committee.

He is now beginning retirement life, in fact, he and his wife, Lorraine, just returned last Friday from a wonderful journey to New Zealand. Bob and Lorraine have 2 children, Rob and Megan. While retired he can continue to pursue his love of car restoration and flying. His other hobbies include music, sports, golf, dancing and travel.

Rotarian Sponsors: Linda Haneborg, Peter Vitall and Jim Farha

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Multi-Grammy and Emmy nominated musician, David B. Hooten is known as the “Musician’s Musician” and the “Maker of Memories.” Born in Frascati, Italy into an Air Force family, Hooten livedin various cities through the U.S. and Europe. Hooten received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music Education from North Texas State University and a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Oklahoma.

As a child, Hooten took trumpet lessons from the local music store owner, Merle Brandon, for which he was never charged a cent. Brandon always said, “Do what I tell you, and that is payment enough.” Hooten later studied with legendary trumpet instructor, Don “Jake” Jacoby. In May 1989, Hooten released his first album, “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” produced on his own label, D.B.H. Productions, Inc. The critically-acclaimed album, which included his first hit single, “Amazing Grace,” sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide. He has since released over 20 albumsand has performed on and produced over 100 albums.

In addition to recording, Hooten’s busy schedule includes appearances worldwide as a guest trumpet soloist in recitals and with symphony orchestras. Hooten has been soloist with The Kiev Symphony Orchestra, The Garland Symphony Orchestra, The East Texas Symphony Orchestra, The Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, The Enid Symphony Orchestra, The Mormon Youth Orchestra and Choir, The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Thailand National Symphony Orchestra, for Thailand’s gala event of the year, and for Queen Elizabeth II 60th Birthday.

Hooten also performed a private performance for The Royal Family and was invited to record an album with the Princess of Thailand. Hooten has performed numerous times as a soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Conductor Joel Levine is quoted as saying, “David is a joy to work with. He really knows how to excite the audience.”

From 1999-2008, Hooten hosted Oklahoma’s highest rated Sunday morning radio show, “Sunday Sonrise.” On April 19, 1996, Hooten had the honor of performing “Amazing Grace” at the Memorial Ceremony for the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing which was broadcast worldwide. Hooten has performed our National Anthem for numerous events including, the Olympic Games, the Legends Tennis Tournament, the Virginia Slims Tennis Tournament, the New York Yankees at old Yankee Stadium, the Dallas Cowboys, the University of Oklahoma Sooners football program, and the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball organization.

On Father’s Day 1997, David performed on “The Hour of Power” television show from the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA to a 70 plus country audience. Since then, Hooten has appeared 22 additional times on the show. In September 1999, Hooten was honored to perform at a private audience for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome. Hooten was humbled to speak to and be blessed by The Holy Father, who is now Sainted!

Hooten has performed for numerous presidents, including Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. While performing at the White House for President Bush, Hooten proposed to his then girlfriend, Whitney, in the China Room. She accepted an Oval Diamond engagement ring to coincide with the Oval Office. Whitney and David were married and now have three beautiful children, Henry David, Ave Elizabeth, and David Benjamin Hooten Jr. Hooten is currently the official trumpeter for the “Palmer Cup” and performs throughout the world for the worldwide college golf event. Hooten also composed “Fanfare for an Amateur Athlete,” which is the Palmer Cup Theme and has been aired on the Golf Channel internationally.

In February of 2000, Hooten was invited to be the soloist with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra to record a solo album. The recording of romantic classical music and opera arias, adapted for solo trumpet and orchestra by Hooten, was a fantastic success. The album is entitled “From Kiev with Love.” Hooten has released two duet albums with guitarist, Edgar Cruz, entitled “Timeless,” and “Sweet Georgia Blue.” Hooten has also released two duet albums with clarinetist, Bob Snyder, entitled “Dixieland Praise” and “A Grand Christmas.” Hooten has raised millions of dollars for charities over the years. Hooten established and now serves as President for The Children’s Music Education Foundation.

Hooten and his wife established the David and Whitney Hooten Foundation through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in 2001. The self-directed foundation helps provide music opportunities for children. Hooten was the title sponsor for the 2003 David B. Hooten Invitational Golf Tournament, a part of the Hooter’s Pro Tour and has chaired Red-Tie Night, Oklahoma’s single largest fundraising event which benefits the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund. In addition to his musical abilities, Hooten has incorporated family traditions and an appreciation for great food. In 1993, Hooten purchased Mama Lucia’s Italian Restaurant and ran it successfully for 15 years, he then closed the 36 year old business to spend more time with his family. On Thursday evenings Hooten would perform for diners with other invited musicians, such as Henry Mancini, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, The Manhattan Transfer, and countless others. Hooten now manufactures David’s Meat Sauce under the Hooten Jazz Kitchen label and it is marketed worldwide.

Rotarian Sponsors: Leonard Sullivan, Lisa Hammond and Henry Browne 

Thanks to Rotarian Georgia Fiering for the biographies.

3-21-17

Teresa Rose Crook was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up in the small town of Burkburnett Texas.

Oklahoma City University brought her to Oklahoma where she graduated in 1988. After a year of teaching English and a few years working in Dallas Teresa returned to Oklahoma to enter law school at OCU and received her Juris Doctorate in 1993.

Teresa is the Director of Community Programs at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and prior to this she held numerous positions in the public and private sector including Legislative Liaison for the State Department of Education, serving as its first Director of Charter Schools, working at OCU and practicing in private law before working as the Senior Director of Community Relations and Events for Chesapeake Energy. Teresa is married to Randy and they are parents to four children. She is active in a number of civic and nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma City.

Teresa enjoys spending time with her two daughters, McKenzie and Paris, and her stepchildren, Aubrey and Garrett. She recently acquired a puppy, Isabel, a miniature Australian shepherd, who she calls Izzy. Teresa loves to travel and is always looking forward to her next trip.

Rotarian Sponsors: Paul Moore, Nancy Anthony and Terri Cooper

 


Phil Busey was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He attended Classen High School and then attended Oklahoma City University where he played baseball. He received his law degree in 1977 from OCU School of law and went on to practice law for 20 years with major law firms in Oklahoma City.

In 2002 Phil and his wife Cathy founded Delaware Resource Group, one of the largest aerospace and defense contracting companies, and currently employs 700 people in 45 locations nationally and internationally.

Phil and his wife are co-founders of El Sistema Oklahoma, a program sponsored by St. Luke United Methodist Church, that is an after school program that uses music for social change for underserved children. We chose this program as our 2016-17 Rotary Project providing $30,000 for a van. Phil and Cathy have 3 children and three grandchildren and another one on its way.

Phil loves to travel with his family and just returned from Maui Hawaii. He enjoys being involved in the community and giving back. In honor of the Tuskegee Airman who flew fighter planes during World War II, he has a P51 Aircraft (Red Tails) at his office headquarters. Phil and his wife, Cathy, met while attending OCU and were married at the Bishop Angie Smith Chapel on campus.

Rotarian Sponsors: Terri Cooper, Linda Haneborg and Peter Vitali 

Thanks to Rotarian Lana Ivy for the Biographies

4-4-17

 Enrique Villar-Gambetta

Enrique was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Attended Law School and graduated as Bachelor of Political Science and Juris Doctor. He has practiced law for 31 years in Peru and through partner law offices handles diverse proceedings in other countries like Chile, Colombia and Panama.

He specializes in foreign investment, corporative, criminal and international commercial relations, and is advisor in international business. Although his previous business operations were in Miami, he has been in Oklahoma for the last 10 years and since 2013, he has been part of the Governor Fallin’s International Team.

The one thing he misses about Miami is the ocean. He is passionate about free dive and spearfishing. He was part of the national team in Peru receiving national and South American medals.

He is married and the father of two sons, one at OU and one at Bishop McGuinness High School.

Rotarian Sponsors: Patrick Raglow, Amber Sharples, and Barney Semtner

 

 John Semtner has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and Masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a graduate of Bishop McGuinness High School.

Semtner is currently director of Engineering Services at ADG. He loves working on big buildings – recently working on the new residential colleges at OU, the First National Center and the new State Fair arena. He interested in programs that support children and the arts and serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Arts Council of Oklahoma City and Boys and Girls Club. His current passion is the Arts Partnership for OKCPS.

He comes from a high standard in Rotary commitment. By joining club 29, John becomes the 4th generation in his family to be a member of this club. His great-grandfather was a member, his grandfather had 29 years of perfect attendance and his dad’s attendance record exceeds even that.

John is married to Elizabeth and is the parent of two small children, Zach and Katherine. They are members of Christ the King Catholic Church.

John is a Fourth Generation Club 29 Rotarian!

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Rotarian Sponsors: Rick Vermillion, Betsy Brunsteter, and Carl Shortt 

 

David Holt was born and raised in the Oklahoma City, the son of a teacher and a social worker. He is a fourth-generation Oklahoman and an alumnus of Putnam City Schools, which he attended from kindergarten until his graduation as a National Merit Scholar.

David is managing director of investor relations at Hall Capital and is a licensed attorney, and has served as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University. He is also the author of the 2012 book Big League City: Oklahoma City’s Rise to the NBA. David Holt has been a member of the State Senate since 2010 representing District 30. Prior to his senate service, he was Chief of Staff for Mayor Cornett, worked for the U.S. Speaker of the House, and in the White House for George W. Bush. He has declared his candidacy for Mayor of Oklahoma City. Chuck Todd of NBC News to name David a “Rising Star” in Oklahoma politics.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from George Washington University, where he was an award-winning sportswriter, and he also holds a Juris Doctor from the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

David is married to Rachel and they have two children, George and Margaret. The Holts are members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church. David is a member of the Osage Nation.

Rotarian Sponsors: Jerrod Shouse, Brenda Jones Barwick,  Erick Harris, Meg Salyer, Terri Cooper and Robert Henry

Thanks to Rotarian Connie Schlittler for the biographies

4-25-17

 

 

 

Kimberly Anderson is a lifelong Oklahoman, growing up in the metro where she attended Westminster and Casady before boarding school in California. After high school she attended Duke University in North Carolina for her degrees in English and Markets & Management. She went out to LA after Duke to do management consulting in the business world before returning for her MBA at OU and then having 3 kids in 3 years.

Kim enjoyed her consulting work with non-profits and earned a Certified College Counselor designation. Kim first returned to the workforce in education Heritage Hall as Director of Academic Counseling. Kim now also gets to use her MBA to work with the Head of School at Casady, as the Director of Strategic Initiatives, recently completing a huge survey project with all constituents and being in charge of 5,000 volunteer hours in the recent Arts Festival that brought 3,700 students onto their campus.

Kim’s passion is as a Board of Directors member for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, even involving the kids at Casady in her efforts to promote the exceptional work done by Children’s Hospital. Kim is a fervent supporter of Duke University – helping them out each year with interviewing and as an active affiliate in the Duke Alumni Association in OKC. Kim attends and is involved at St. Luke’s UMC in downtown OKC.

Kim enjoys traveling – a lot – traveling each year to Cabo, Mexico and Beaver Creek, CO with family and friends. She also makes sure to get in at least one international trip each year (she has been to St. Barts, Italy, South Africa, England, and lots of other places) and tries to make time each month to get away domestically for a weekend.

Her family grew up going to the lake and she is spending time making sure her three kids – 7-year-old daughter (1st grade), 6-year-old son (kindergarten), and 4-year-old daughter (pre-k) also get to experience the joy of cabin life and boating at Grand Lake in the summer.

Kim keeps active, playing tennis with friends, running for fun, and about four years ago she started a wine club where twelve girlfriends get together monthly to learn about different wines…and to then, of course, do the proper research by traveling to the wineries!

Rotarian Sponsors: Reed Downey, Tim Strange, Ashley Smith, and Jerrod Shouse

Thanks to Rotarian Karen Youngblood for the biographies

5-9-17

Sam Fulkerson is from a Land Run family, so he has been in Oklahoma his whole life, in the Norman area. He attended OU to earn his Bachelor of Arts in the Classics before going to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to earn his Masters in American History. Although he started his PhD there as well, he changed his mind and came back to OU for his Law Degree, a short 25 years ago.

For the last 20 years he was with McAfee and Taft but in January of this year he became the Managing Director of the Oklahoma City office for Ogletree and Deacons – the 70th largest law firm in America, with almost 900 lawyers. Sam is also on the firm-wide management committee, which represents management exclusively in labor and employment law.

Sam is married to fellow Rotarian, Suzanne Mitchell and they have four grown children, all in college and out of the house! One graduated from OU and is going to grad school, one is in college at UCO, one is graduating from Georgetown and moving to New York for a job, and one is in their first year at Bard in Russian Language.

He enjoys gardening and cooking, creating dinner parties for friends and family. They love to travel internationally to Europe and just got back last month from Vancouver and Antigua.

Rotarian Sponsors: Lauren Branch, Jerome Holmes, and Valerie Thompson

 

Tisha Tate was born in Cheyenne, Oklahoma but grew up in Elk City.   She wanted to see the world so she started by attending college at St. Mary’s in San Antonio for graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business.

Ironically, Tisha returned to Oklahoma after graduating from college and has lived in Oklahoma City ever since.   However, she definitely fulfilled her desire to travel and see the world by her career choice.   She started working for Xerox in 1996.

Her title was “world- wide marketing manager” and Tisha traveled for work 300 of 352 days each year.

After 12-13 years, she was road-weary and decided she wanted to stay home a little more so she went to work for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church where she was director of hospitality.

Tisha has now returned to the corporate world and is with DRG as Vice President of Strategic Development.

She has one son, Ian, who lives in Portland, Oregon where he is attending college.

Tisha now enjoys traveling for fun, not for work.   She volunteers with mobile meals, and El Sistema.   She teaches yoga as a volunteer and likes to play tennis.

Rotarian Sponsors: Devery Youngblood, Phil Greenwald and Jeff Cato

 

Brent Giles was born in Oklahoma city and grew up in Edmond, graduating from Edmond Memorial in 1996.

He started college at the University of Oklahoma and joined the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.   He transferred to Mid America Bible College where he played baseball and his team won the NCAA Div. 2 World Series.   Ultimately he finished his degree with the University of Phoenix.

He started his professional life working for HyPress Equipment.     His father worked for Harold’s for over 30 years and Brent would work alongside him in the clothing store while in high school.   Therefore, he returned to his roots and joined his father’s clothing business, Stephen Giles Clothing, 7-8 years ago.

He has completed Leadership Edmond and interned for Senator Don Nickels. Currently, he is vice chairman of the City of the Village planning commission.

He is married to Emily, who works for the House of Representatives. He has 2 children, Olivia (8) and Brooklyn (4) who attend Quail Creek Elementary.

Brent and his family attend Holy Trinity Church. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his 8 year old daughter’s softball team and playing golf whenever he can.

Rotarian Sponsors: John Williams, Eli Hellman, and Will Beckman 

Thanks to Rotarians Karen Youngblood and Cori Loomis for the biographies

 

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