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

Kim Henry began her career as a teacher by joining the staff of her alma mater, Shawnee High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma, in 1993. While there, she taught Oklahoma History, Economics, Government and American History. When her husband Brad Henry was elected Governor of Oklahoma in 2003, Henry became the First Lady of Oklahoma.

Henry serves on board of directors for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum.She previously served on the board of directors for Science Museum Oklahoma, Leadership Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Henry is the Executive Director of the Sarkeys Foundation, a private, charitable foundation dedicated to providing support through gifts and grants to Oklahoma’s non-profit organizations.

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