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1950s

Graham Johnson

Graham Johnston (BBA, Management, 1958) is both an international and Masters Swimming Hall of Fame inductee. Originally from South Africa, Johnston met his wife, Janis Thompson (BS, Education, 1951), at OU in 1951. At age 87, Johnston holds 180 U.S. Masters Swimming records and 105 FINA Masters World Records, the highest of any male in the world. Among other distinctions, Johnston won silver and gold medals in the British Commonwealth Games in 1950, swam in the Olympics in 1952, and has been awarded six All American awards. He is the only swimmer ever to hold 21 national masters long distance records at one time in three different age groups. He was named the 2001 Masters Swimmer of the Year and was featured in 2013 on NPR. He and Janis are still married and have five children.

 

1970s

Randy Bauman

Randy Bauman (BBA, Marketing, 1978; JD, 1982) recently announced his retirement after 21 years of service as a federal public defender for the Western District of Oklahoma. After receiving a degree in marketing management, Bauman later received his Juris Doctorate from OU Law. For the past 10 years, Bauman has served as supervisor of the Capital Habeas Unit in Oklahoma, and spent over two decades defending death row clients in the state. Bauman was responsible for helping establish the Bob Lemon Capitol Defense Attorney Scholarship Fund, which provides funding to train attorneys in the professional development of capital cases.

 

Phil Kramer

Phil Kramer (BBA, Accounting, 1978) received an OU Regents’ Alumni Award in May for his dedication to the University of Oklahoma. Kramer retired as Executive Vice President of Plains All American Pipeline last year, after 34 years of service with the company. Kramer serves as senior adviser for the Price College of Business Board of Advisors and is also a member of the university’s Seed Sower Society.

 

David Rainbolt

This summer, David Rainbolt (BBA, Finance, 1978) was selected for induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, joining the 691 individuals who have been honored since 1928. Over 25 years as CEO of BancFirst Corp., the company went public and expanded into metropolitan areas, where the company grew from under $700 million to over $7 billion by 2017, when he was named executive chairman. Rainbolt is active in civil and criminal justice reform, and his civic involvement includes the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central Oklahoma, the Children’s Center Foundation and Oklahoma Bankers Association.

 

1980s

Carl Campbell

Carl Campbell (BBA, Finance, 1982) recently was named the 2018 Landman of the Year by the American Association of Professional Landmen. Campbell has served Alamo Resources, LLC as COO for the past 14 years. Campbell is a Certified Petroleum Landman and has extensive industry experience in the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States and in Canada. Alamo Resources currently has holdings in the Gulf of Mexico and recently divested of operations in over 225 wells in the Permian Basin. Over the course of his career, he has been directly involved in producing property acquisitions and divestitures totaling in excess of $550 million. Campbell is a member of Price College’s Continuing the Climb Campaign Cabinet and a new member of the Energy Management Board of Advisors.

 

Jeff Weber

In September, Jeff Weber (BBA, Management, 1986), presented at the Entrepreneurial Summit and Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur? events in Oklahoma City. Weber is CEO of zone•TV, an AI-based digital TV service that learns from viewer habits and helps personalize the viewing experience. Weber was among the first graduating class in Price’s Management Information Systems program. Prior to zone•TV, Weber was Principle at 2Door Partners, a television consulting film, and President of Content & Advertising at AT&T.

 

1990s

Ryan Burke

After 24 years at Ernst & Young, Ryan Burke (BBA, Accounting, 1994) was recently promoted from Global TAS Consumer Products and Retail Sector Leader to Global Growth Markets Leader. According to the website, in his new role, Burke will “oversee all aspects of EY Growth Markets strategy and operations, including driving market awareness around the EY 7 Drivers of Growth, offering customized sector services for the middle market and building relationships with the growth companies of tomorrow.” Prior to EY, Burke served as Vice President of Chartwell Capital for four years. Burke is a board member of Price College’s Steed School of Accounting.

 

2000s

Kimberly Anderson

The Journal Record, Oklahoma’s authority in business, legislative and legal-related issues,  recently profiled Kimberly Anderson (MBA, Business Administration, 2007), Director of Student Life at Heritage Hall School in Oklahoma City, for their Achievers Under 40 issue. Since 2012, Anderson has served at Heritage Hall, a private college preparatory school, where she has implemented character education principles in order to instill ethical and performance values to students. She also has served as the director of strategic initiatives at Casady School and as a board member of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

 

Chuck and Amando Burkardt

Chuck Burkardt (MBA, Business Administration, 2016) and Amanda (Curtis) Burkardt (MS in Management of Information Technology/MBA, Business Administration, 2017) recently were married in Las Vegas. The couple met as students in the OU MBA program, where they regularly competed and placed in business plan competitions across the country. In 2016, Amanda pursued a venture she developed in the MBA program, Nutripeutics. Originally formed as an alternative to antibiotics and founded to meet the current needs of the livestock industry to combat antibiotic resistant bacteria and the elimination of antibiotics in the use of livestock feed, Nutripeutics has expanded with a consulting wing that is currently serving several different animal and human health, pharmaceutical and technology start-ups. Serving as a battery commander before joining the MBA program, Burkardt recently was promoted to captain in the U.S. Army. The couple recently moved to Germany.

 

Vanessa Diaz

Vanessa Diaz (MBA, Business Administration, 2003) recently was recognized by Hispanic Executive as a Leading Latina in the STEM field. The feature article focuses on Diaz’s experience pursuing a career in STEM while equipping students with tools to do the same. Diaz has served at Transamerica for three years and recently was promoted from Vice President of Market Insights to Senior Director of Marketing Automation. Previously, she served business intelligence roles at Reed Group, OtterBox and Liquidnet.

 

John Edwards

John Handy Edwards (MBA, Business Administration, 2005; JD, 2005) recently was named an Achiever Under 40 by Oklahoma’s The Journal Record. In August, Edwards was named Partner at Hartzog Conger Cason and Neville, an Oklahoma City-based firm, where he provides legal representation and guidance related to finance, venture formation, business transactions and other commercial matters. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Halcyon Works LLC, a coworking space in Oklahoma City designed to nurture creativity, community and entrepreneurship.

Andy Judd

Andy Judd (BBA, Marketing, 2001; MBA, Business Administration, 2004) was named CMO of One Brands in April. He has led teams across brand marketing, insights and creative services from large strategic CPG enterprises to emerging high-growth brands. Most recently, he was VP Marketing for the Boulder Brands business unit of Pinnacle Foods. He previously was leading the management of the So Delicious brand at WhiteWave, where he also spent time transforming the organic and non-dairy yogurt business into one of the fastest-growing yogurt companies in the United States.

Rebecca Miller

On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina promoted Rebecca Miller (BBA, Marketing, 2005) to Senior VP of Marketing this summer. In her new role, Miller oversees all marketing and advertising initiatives, as well as culinary innovation, guest relations and catering for the largest Mexican food restaurant chain in the country. Prior to joining On the Border two years ago, Miller served in marketing and brand management positions at Pizza Hut, Inc. for nine years and advertising at JCPenney Company. Miller recently spoke at Price College’s The Now and the Next Symposium.

Brandon and Sara Scott

Brandon Scott (BBA, International Business, 2002) recently was voted as a 2018 Best of Katy, Texas, in the Realtor category by Katy Magazine. After graduating from OU with honors, Scott worked with ALDI Foods as a district manager, then took on a role as Director of Real Estate. This led to a new passion for helping people make one of their most important financial decisions: home ownership. Scott recently added his wife, Sarah ‘Rushing’ Scott (BA, Communication, 2003) to the business. Together, they focus on the west Houston real estate market and specialize in residential listings, relocation of buyers and sellers, and referrals.

Calisha Williams

Seasoned educator Carlisha Williams (BBA, Entrepreneurship and Venture Management, 2008; BA, African and African/American Studies, 2008) joined ImpactTulsa this month. As the organization’s new Executive Director, Williams will oversee the development of shared regional strategies to improve education outcomes and develop supporting education advocacy initiatives in partnership with community leaders. She most recently worked with Tulsa Legacy Charter Schools as Executive Director, and is the founder and Executive Director of Women Empowering Nations. Williams recently spoke at this fall’s The Now and the Next Symposium.

2010s

Chris Buterbaugh

Christopher Buterbaugh (MBA, Energy Management, 2016) was inducted into the Missouri University of Science and Technology Academy of Mines and Metallurgy in April. The advisory group includes graduates who “have made outstanding contributions to their professions.” For the past 11 years, Buterbaugh has served at Chevron, where he began as a refinery materials engineer intern, and currently serves as Senior Facilities Engineer. His latest promotion, in February, moved him from Nanba, China, to the Odessa/Midland, Texas, area, where he serves as project manager for greenfield development projects in the Delaware Basin and manages $50 million in capital projects. He is a member of National Association of Corrosion Engineers International, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Price’s Executive MBA alumni board

Alex Frankenfeld

Alex Frankenfeld (BBA, Accounting, 2018), who was diagnosed three years ago with soft tissue sarcoma, is now in remission, thanks to a series of treatments and surgery from MD Anderson Cancer Center (read his inspiring story here). A recent graduate from the Price College of Business, Frankenfeld was involved with Beta Upsilon Chi, the Finance Student Association, JCPenney Leadership Program, Price Scholars and Wall Street Students. This summer, he started working as a Land Operations Analyst for Stronghold Resource Partners in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Lauren Wagner and Justin Kannady

Lauren Wagner (BBA, Entrepreneurship and Venture Management, 2017) announced her engagement to Justin Kannady in September, with plans to marry in March, 2019. Wagner was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta social sorority, a member of the President’s Leadership Class and a recipient of the Outstanding Student Award. She is currently employed with an interior design firm. Kannady attended Rogers State University, where he has a member of the baseball team. He also attended the Price College of Business.

In Memoriam

William Brooks

William C. Brooks (MBA, Business Administration, 1966), passed away Oct. 3, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan. A civil rights pioneer, community leader and businessman, Brooks served three U.S. Presidential appointments and received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Florida A&M University. Brooks retired from General Motors in 1997, after serving various executive positions for nearly 25 years. He was chairman emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce and Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as past chairman of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Brooks also served as CEO of United American Healthcare Corp. and BPI Communications LLC, and served as vice chair of Netlinks LLC. According to his obituary, he was appointed operations research analyst under President Richard Nixon, assistant secretary of labor for the Employment Standards Administration under President George H.W. Bush and as a member of the Social Security Advisory Board under President Bill Clinton. Brooks co-chaired the first National Convention in Detroit and was a founding member of the Detroit Chapter of the National Black MBA Association as well as a past national president. He led several minority business advancement efforts and was known in the Detroit community as a tireless advocate and a champion for other black business owners. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; son, William C. Brooks Jr., daughters Patricia Elizabeth Brooks and Pamela (Peter) Tully; eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Chuck Hutchinson

Charles “Chuck” Hutchinson (BBA, Management, 1958), passed away April 15, 2018, at his home in Yanush, a small town in southeast Oklahoma. Hutchinson is known in his community as a passionate defender of local water. A longtime board member of Oklahomans for a Responsible Water Policy, Hutchinson helped spearhead a grassroots effort in the early 1990s to stop an impending deal to sell water from the area’s Kiamichi River Basin and Sardis Lake to the North Texas Water District. A decade later, he continued fighting for the lake and its storage rights from outside interests. In 2016, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board granted 70 percent of the right to the water in the lake to Oklahoma City, a decision Hutchinson hoped to see reversed some day. After graduating from high school in Clayton, Hutchinson worked as an accounting clerk for General Motors in Oklahoma City. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War before returning to General Motors and earning his BBA from the University of Oklahoma. He held several jobs over the years, including 12 years working for Union Carbide. He served as a construction project manager for the Lawton-Fort Sill Veterans Sill, then served as a site manager when public schools in Buffalo Valley and Caney underwent remodeling and added classrooms. He also served as commander and vice commander of American Legion Post 68 in Clayton.