Bob Mills – From Clerk Typist to Retail Furniture Business

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Owner, Bob Mills Furniture

“From Clerk Typist to Retail Furniture Business”

Ever wonder how Bob Mills Furniture came to be? Through hard work, humility, determination and our passion for people, Bob and his team built a furniture empire. Like many other successful business owners will tell you, it was a long, tremendous, effort-filled road.

Bob was born in Roswell, New Mexico to Jim and Lorean Mills in 1947. Thirteen years later, he and his family moved east to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he attended middle school before becoming a Putnam City High School Pirate. After Bob graduated from PC in 1965, he moved to Weatherford, Oklahoma, to study business and music at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU). He received Bachelor degrees in both business and music in 1969 and is now a member of the SWOSU distinguished alumni group.

In 1971, Bob launched his furniture business in a building located at 2625 S.W. 29th that used to house an IGA grocery store. While there, the business thrived for many years, constantly growing before Bob had to move the business to a bigger location in the late 1980s. The new location Bob moved his furniture business to in the 1980s is the same 110,000 square foot facility at 3600 W. Reno in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma his team uses today!

Bob and his wife Margaret have three children together: Bryan, Tuesday and Chris. His children work with him now to help carry on the family business and giving back to the communities that have been a big part of their families’ lives.

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Don Wetekam is the newly appointed Brock Executive in Residence for the Gallogly College of Engineering at OU.

Don moved to Oklahoma City in 2007 after a 34 year career in the Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant General.  From 2007 until this year, he served as an officer with AAR Corporation, a leading aerospace services company.

Don is a 1973 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and also holds two masters degrees.  He and his wife Sheri reside in northwest Oklahoma City.  They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

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