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Mick Cornett is a former TV personality, businessman, and 4-Term Mayor of Oklahoma City. In 2018, he was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the The 50 Greatest Leaders in the World.
His latest book, The Next American City was recently published by Penguin/Random House last year.
Cornett spent 20 years as a television sportscaster/news anchor/sports play-by-play broadcaster. Following the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 he diverted his attention to public service and served as a full-time college professor before winning a seat on the Oklahoma City Council in 2001.
In 2004 he won the city-wide election for Mayor and thus began a series of record-setting political victories. His re-election percentage of 87% in 2006 is the highest in city history. During his tenure, Oklahoma City experienced an economic renaissance that is still in progress.
Cornett is best known for helping to bring an NBA franchise to Oklahoma City and for addressing the community’s shortcomings in areas of health and wellness. His leadership to pass the transformational MAPS 3 initiative has spurred an enormous amount of private investment into the city.
Newsweek called him one of The 5 Most Innovative Mayors in America. The European based World Mayor Organization named him the second-best Mayor in the World. And Governing Magazine proclaimed him a Public Official of the Year. He was the President of the United States Conference of Mayors in 2016-17.
In 2018, he chose not to run for a fifth term as Mayor.
He has a Journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from New York University.
Chair of the Day
A native of Long Island, Meg Salyer has made her home in Oklahoma City for more than 35 years. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, having also completed two years of study abroad at the University of London, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Franklin University Switzerland.
She began her professional career as a corporate loan officer with the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. For 25 years, Salyer led Accel Financial Staffing; she just completed the sale of the firm to her team of long-standing employees. She is also principal of Broadway Realty, investing in, and repurposing, historic properties.
Salyer made the decision to take her community service commitment to a new level in November 2008 when she successfully ran for the Ward 6 City Council seat. She served several terms as Vice-Mayor, served as a member of the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority and was a Mayor’s appointee to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Salyer served as a member of the Council Finance Committee, Council Economic Development Committee, and as chairman of the Council Social Services Committee. Meg retired from the Council April 8, 2019.
Salyer was inducted into the Oklahoma Woman’s Hall of Fame in 2017. She served as the first woman president of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, (2003/2004), one of the largest Rotary Club in the world. She has been recognized by Downtown Oklahoma City with the Dean A. McGee Award and was the 2003 Journal Record Woman of the Year. For more than a decade, Salyer led the team that established the Automobile Alley Main Street Program.
Current Board service includes: First Fidelity Bank, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, United Way of Central Oklahoma, the Oklahoma School of Science and Math Foundation, i2e (Innovation to Enterprise), The Arts Council of Oklahoma City, and the Civic Center Foundation. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, Leadership Oklahoma City, and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City.