Capitol Hill: Revitalizing Our Community Through Rehabilitating Buildings

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Steve Mason was the principal owner and president of Cardinal Engineering, Inc. from 1989 to 2014 until Cardinal was sold. Cardinal  provided civil engineering, environmental engineering, and surveying services and employed 92 people. His professional highlights at Cardinal included the OKC MAP’s projects, Project 180, the Myriad Gardens, midstream air pollution control, hundreds of miles of highway and pipeline surveys,  and 40 landfill projects.  He permitted and constructed the 3200 acre rail served ECDC landfill in East Carbon, Utah from 1989 to 1996.  Mr. Mason received a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from Vanderbilt University.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Oklahoma. He has served as a member of the ODEQ Environmental Quality Board since 2000 and as Chairman from 2004 to 2007.


He currently serves on the board of directors for the OKC downtown Improvement District, Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Automobile Alley, Scissortail Park Foundation, and Allied Arts. He served on the board of directors for Greater Oklahoma City Chamber from 2005 to 2015. He served on the board of the Oklahoma Community Foundation from 2000 to 2013 and was president from 2009 to 2012.  He served as President of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America from 2007 to 2010. He has also served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma City Arts Council.  Since 2010, Steve has served on the $135 OKC MAPS 3 Transit/Modern Streetcar Subcommittee which opened December, 2018.  Steve has cochaired 7 inaugurations of Oklahoma Statewide Elected Officials since 1994.   He was appointed Chairman of the Oklahoma State Capitol Repair Oversight Committee which is responsible for the $245M renovation of the Oklahoma State Capitol in 2014.  He is chairing the site selection, design, and construction of a $12.2M girl scout camp at the okc zoo.  Steve is the owner of Mason Realty Investors, LLC which has restored, remodeled and manages 38 historic buildings in Oklahoma City in Automobile Alley, Capitol Hill, and the Plaza District with 60 retail, restaurant, and office tenants.


Mr Mason was awarded the 2010 Urban Pioneer Award by the OKC Plaza District Association for his redevelopment efforts in Automobile Alley and the 2010 Distinguished Leadership Award by Leadership Oklahoma City for his extensive community service, success of Cardinal Engineering and his redevelopment achievements in Automobile Alley.  Mr. Mason was awarded the 2012 Neal Horton Award at the 26th Annual Dean A. McGee Awards. He was inducted into the OCU Meinders Business School of Honor in 2012 with the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.  He was awarded the 2014 Juliette Low Philanthropy award by the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma. He was awarded the National Eagle Scout award by the Scouts of America in 2015.  He was selected as Best Community Developer by 405 Magazine in 2016.  He was awarded the Zach Taylor award by Allied Arts in 2016 as the volunteer of the year by Allied Arts. He was awarded the Paragon award in 2018 by Leadership OKC for his extraordinary efforts to lease the site east of the zoo and design, permitting, and pricing.  Steve is the father of Travis, George and Marie who earned their Eagle and Gold Scout Awards.

Aimee Ahpeatone, LPC, LADC is a mental health professional, real estate developer, and entrepreneur. Her background in mental health has led her on a continued path of working with vulnerable communities in varied capacity.  Aimee co-led the place-making initiative in one of Oklahoma City’s most successful areas, the Plaza District as a community volunteer, small business owner and real estate developer.  She spends her time working to disrupt typical development standards by aggressively leading place-making and impact investing efforts in several of Oklahoma City’s most under-resourced neighborhoods. She is the co-founder and CEO of Mosaic Mental Health, which serves the largest population of trans-gender and non-binary individuals in Oklahoma.  She is a co-founder of The Pritchard Wine Bar, Nashbird Hot Dang Chicken, and Well Beauty Studio as well. Aimee has served on the boards of Sunbeam Family Services, Northcare, Lyric Theatre Understudies and The Plaza District. She currently serves on Mother Huggers and her local SOSA neighborhood association and several community committees focused on the arts, real estate, and entrepreneurship.

Chair of the Day

Betsy Brunsteter is an architect with ADG, PC. She specializes in healthcare architecture and has worked in most of the major hospitals in the Oklahoma City metro area as well as in rural Oklahoma. Betsy has a special interest in historical and urban architecture—in fact, over the last 30 years she has served the City of Oklahoma City as a Historic Preservation Commissioner, the Ward 2 Planning Commissioner, an Urban Design Commissioner and the Chair of the Downtown Design Review Committee. During her work on these boards and committees, she has had a front-row seat on the positive changes emerging in Oklahoma City. ADG, PC was the architect of record on the first OKC MAPS project, the Bricktown Ball Park, and has continued to serve the city as the program management firm that has overseen all of the MAPS for Kids and MAPS 3 projects.

Betsy loves art and artists. She has served on the Board of Trustees for both the Individual Artists of Oklahoma and Artspace at Untitled, and currently sits on the OKC Arts Council Board. As the 2015 Festival of the Arts Co-Chair, she was charged with recruiting close to 1,000 volunteers to make the last Festival on Hudson a big success prior to its big move to Civic Center Park. Betsy and her husband have been active with the OKC Museum of Art for years and serve on the Omelette Party committee—a fundraiser for the downtown’s beloved art museum.

Betsy is a proud past member of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Oklahoma City and recently received the Leadership Oklahoma City’s Distinguished Leadership Award.  She has also been honored as one of the 50 Women Making a Difference by the Journal Record.  As a member of Rotary Club 29, Betsy serves as a Board Member and Membership Chairman and was given the honor of Member of the Year last year for her work developing the programs for the club in 2016-2017.

Health is also a huge part of her Betsy’s, which makes her position on the Lynn Institute for Healthy Communities Board a natural fit. She is a walkability advocate who walks almost every morning and bikes to work often.

Betsy lives with her husband, Dub and their dog, Gilda. In addition to community involvement, the couple enjoys world travel. They have two grown children who both live a stone’s throw away with grandchildren—making Oklahoma City heaven on earth for Betsy and Dub.


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