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President’s Awards Day!
Roy Williams became the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on January 1, 2004, after having served as Executive Vice President of Economic Development since mid-2002.
Roy has held numerous executive leadership positions in Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development organizations in Texas, Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma. Additionally, Roy was Partner, co-founder, and President of The Economic Development Group, Inc., an international economic development consulting firm with offices in Ohio and Arizona. Roy also serves on the faculty for several professional certification programs including the United States Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management and the International Economic Development Council’s Economic Development Institute.
Roy has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Lutheran University and pursued his M.B.A. at Sam Houston State University. As well, he is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management at Southern Methodist University, successfully completed the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Leadership Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina, and is a graduate of the Governor’s Center for Strategic Leadership for State Executives program at Duke University.
In 2008, Roy was the recipient of the prestigious Chairman’s Award from the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Board of Directors for his significant contributions to ACCE and the chamber profession. Roy served as Chairman of the Board for ACCE for 2012 -2013. Roy also recently earned his Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) certification. This is the only national certification for chamber professionals and demonstrates extensive knowledge in four core chamber management areas.
Mark W. Funke is currently CEO of MWF Management, LLC., a management consulting firm he started in January of 2020.
Previously, Mark was President of the Southwest Division of Simmons Bank, which is a subsidiary bank of Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC), a publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He also served on the Simmons Bank Board. The SW Division included Simmons Bank Operations in Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas along with Austin and San Antonio, TX.
Mark Joined Simmons Bank upon the merger of Southwest Bancorp (OKSB on NASDAQ), parent company to Bank SNB into Simmons. Mark served as the President and CEO of Southwest Bancorp and Bank SNB from 2012 until the merger. Previous to Southwest Bancorp, he spent 34 years in the banking industry where he spent most of his time with Bank of Oklahoma where he was appointed Market CEO for Oklahoma City.
Mark currently serves on the boards of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma State Chamber, where he serves on the executive committee and is immediate past chairman of the OK State Chamber. He also serves on the boards of the Allied Arts Foundation and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City both boards he previously chaired.
He also serves on the board for the United Way of Central Oklahoma where he was city-wide Campaign Chair in 2010. In addition, Mark is on the board of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation serving as chairman of their Finance and Audit Committee.
Mark served for six years on the Oklahoma Bankers Association Government Relations Council. He previously served in a similar capacity for the American Bankers Association. He also served on the board of the Research Institute for Economic Development, a group which assesses legislators and their support of pro-business legislation.
Mark is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class VII and Leadership Oklahoma Class VIII. He was awarded the Paragon award in 2002 by Leadership Oklahoma City, the Urban Pioneer award in 2008 from Oklahoma City’s Plaza District Association, the John Kirkpatrick Award from the Lyric Theatre in 2009, and was recognized in 2013 as one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO’s by the Journal Record.
Mark is a graduate of Kansas State University and a graduate of the ABA’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He attended the Graduate Business School at the University of Houston.
Mark and his wife Beverly have two grown children, Bill and his wife Lauren, who live in Edmond, OK, and daughter Annie who resides in Los Angeles, CA. He also has two grandchildren Avery and Teddy.