The Realities of Oklahoma’s Economy – Gene Rainbolt

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Gene Rainbolt is an Oklahoma native, well known businessman, civic leader and philanthropist who embodies the American Dream. Raised during the Dust Bowl, Rainbolt graduated from Norman High School in 1947 and earned his bachelor’s (1952) and master’s (1957) degrees in business from OU, before graduating from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He received the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal during the Korean War and returned to Oklahoma to become the president and CEO of Federal National Bank in Shawnee in 1967. He also was president of the Oklahoma Banking Association and formed the first statewide multi-bank holding company before organizing BancFirst Corp. in 1989 in Oklahoma City. Rainbolt currently serves as chairman emeritus of BancFirst Corp. His two children are also OU graduates. His son David Rainbolt serves as executive chairman of BancFirst Corp., and his daughter Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes, M.D., is a long-standing member of the OU Board of Regents



Chair of the Day
John Michael Williams
is the president of the Oklahoma City law firm of Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard, concentrating in the areas of municipal, public finance, and urban planning law. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma School of Law. In 2012, he received the Dean A. McGee Award Life Time Achievement Award for advancement of Downtown Oklahoma City.

He served as chairman of the Board of Regents of Oklahoma City Community College for ten years, and was chosen as the outstanding community college regent for the Western Region of the United States and Canada by the Association of Community College Trustees.

Currently, John Michael serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the State Fair of Oklahoma and on the Board of Directors of Historic Presevation, Inc. He is a 65-year member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and is married to fellow Rotarian, Kathy L. Williams. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

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