The Growth of the Aerospace Industry in Okla.

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“Mikeal will discuss the growing impact and significance of the aerospace industry to the local economy through the lens of Boeing’s rapidly growing operations in Oklahoma City.”

Mikeal M. Clayton serves as Site Director and Senior Counsel for Boeing Oklahoma City. In these roles, Clayton oversees the daily operations, legal needs, and key strategic initiatives of Boeing’s multi-billion dollar worldwide defense Aircraft Modernization and Modification (AMM) business headquartered in Oklahoma City.
Before joining Boeing, Clayton worked with the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. While there, he investigated and prosecuted complex matters involving sensitive intelligence. Prior to that, Clayton served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Oklahoma where he was Section Chief and Deputy Anti-Terrorism Advisory Counsel. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Clayton was with Vinson & Elkins, LLP, where he handled commercial litigation and white-collar defense matters.

Clayton received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law. He served on the Texas Law Review, was a Cain Fellow, and received the Robert S. Strauss Endowment.
Clayton has been recognized by the CIA for outstanding dedication and service to a vital mission, by the Director of the FBI for outstanding prosecution skills, and by the Director of the Secret Service. Clayton also received the Excellence Award for Service as an Assistant United States Attorney, as well as the Department of Defense, Chief Prosecutor’s Award.

Clayton is an adjunct law professor at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, a Commissioner for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for ReMerge, and is a member of the Economic Club of Oklahoma as well as the Governor’s International Team.

Chair of the Day

Phil Busey is a member of the Cherokee Nation, born and raised in Oklahoma City, where he resides with Cathy, his wife of 42 years.  They have three adult children, four grandchildren and are active in business, church and community.

Phil played baseball as a scholar athlete at Oklahoma City University and graduated from the OCU Law School.  He is an AV rated attorney.  In 2002, Phil formed DRG and serves as Chairman and CEO.  Today, DRG has grown 4,000% and is a highly recognized, defense and aerospace firm. DRG employs over 700 personnel at 45 locations nationally and internationally. Family owned and headquartered in Oklahoma City, DRG trains over 50,000 military pilots and aircrews throughout the world.

Phil has received many business and community awards throughout the course of his career.  He was inducted into OCU’s Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor in 2013.  Most recently he, Cathy, his son Philip and Philip’s wife Heather, received Oklahoma City University Distinguished Alumni awards in 2017.  He and Cathy received the OCU and Bishop Paul W. Millhouse Servant Leaders Award from the United Methodist Conference in 2015.  Phil and Cathy founded and support El Sistema Oklahoma, an afterschool music program for 250 underserved students annually.  Faith, family, and the pursuit of excellence are the threads woven into the fabric of Phil’s life, as is evidenced by all his deeds and accomplishments.

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