Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business will induct five business and community leaders into the OCU Hall of Honor during the 28th annual Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor luncheon on Oct. 29 at the Cox Convention Center.
The annual luncheon is organized to honor members of the local business community. Proceeds benefit the Meinders School of Business scholarship program.
Josephine Freede will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award, in recognition of her outstanding philanthropic efforts in Oklahoma City and beyond. Freede’s fundraising efforts led to the construction of the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center at OCU.
Tom Hill will reciece the Chairman’s Award. Hill has served as chairman of the board for Kimray, Inc., and has used the position to build character within the company, which led him to creating Character First, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and training families, schools, businesses and other organizations.
James Pickel will be honored with the Entrepenuerial Spirit Award for his work in the architectural and construction industry. He serves on over six boards of local organizations, including Allied Arts Foundation, Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Myriad Gardens Foundation, Oklahoma Arts Council and Friends of the Mansion.
David Rainbolt will recieve the President’s Award. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the BancFirst Organization in Oklahoma City. In the past, Rainbolt served as chairman of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Bankers Association. He currently serves as chairman of the Oklahoma City Industrial and Cultural Facilities Trust and as a trustee for the Presbyterian Health Foundation. He is also the director of the Oklahoma State Fair.
William J. Ross will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his dedicated service to the community. Ross served as a member of the Admissions and Grievances Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and chairman of the Federal Judicial Nominating Committee. He is currently the chairman of the OU College of Law Board of Visitors. He has been engaged in numerous civic activities in Oklahoma City, including president of the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation; president of the William Fremont Harn Homestead Museum;and chairman of the Oklahoma Heritage Association Committee on Teaching of Oklahoma History. He is a member of Economic Club of Oklahoma and Fortune Club and is listed in Who’s Who In America, Who’s Who In American Law and Who’s Who In the World. Ross received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from OCU in 2005.
Individual tickets to the luncheon are available by contacting Melissa Cory at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by registering online at www.okcu.edu/business/registration.