Speaker Bios

Teresa Knox

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a 4th generation Oklahoman; Teresa is the Founder and former CEO of Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College which she started in 1995. In the summer of 2015; she converted the colleges from a for-profit corporation, to a public charity, 501(c)(3) called Community HigherEd. Teresa works as an ambassador of the three colleges and serves on the executive board of the nonprofit.

Family life is the best for Teresa! She has three children—Ronnie, Lilliana, and Annabel- and a wonderful husband, Ivan, from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Teresa worked as a dental assistant for 7 years before coming up with the idea of opening a dental assisting school. She believes in the incredible power of career-focused education and wanted to share with others that you don’t have to settle…that you can get out of your situation, no matter how bad it may seem and a rewarding career is the foundation of that change.

Because Teresa deplores drug abuse and how it destroys families, she founded a business called Knox Laboratory Services, a drug and alcohol testing laboratory. Although she sold the business; she is still a huge proponent of drug testing to maintain a clean and safe drug-free workplace and education environment.

In addition for advocating for career and technical education; Teresa is directly involved with commercial property acquisitions. Most recently; with commercial development and historical restoration projects in Kendall Whittier and the Pearl Districts of Tulsa.

A little more…

  • Governor Appointment: Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools (6 year term)
  • Commerce Bank Oklahoma Advisory Board and Board of Directors Nominating Committee (NASDAQ: CBSH)
  • Chair Appointee: Tulsa Ballet
  • Executive Board Member: Community HigherEd
  • Tulsa Workforce Advisory Council
  • Member: Philbrook Museum, Tulsa Botanic Garden, Church on the Move
  • Hobby: Music, Entrepreneurship, Oklahoma Trivia

Teresa is a two time recipient of Tulsa Economic Development Corp’s “Small Business of the Year” and is a recipient of “Women of Distinction” award and her company has made Inc’s list of the Fastest-Growing Companies in America and is a Crystal Star recipient for Entrepreneurial Success. The colleges have been recognized by “Best Places to Work in Oklahoma” and for six consecutive years been honored through ”Community Service Honor Roll” given by the President of the United States acknowledging the generosity of the students and employees of the college.

Teresa earned her MBA from Oral Roberts University.


Alan Vanderburg

Experienced and successful manager, teacher, coach, facilitator, collaborator, consultant, communicator and implementer. Years of professional experience helping increase efficiencies and personal growth in others. Professional consultant, business instructor, and coach who has worked with all levels of organizations in focus areas such as HR, Deming, Covey, Balanced Scorecard, Strategic planning, Diversity and Emotional Intelligence. Experienced international speaker on Emotional Intelligence, Diversity and Process Improvement.




Meg Weinkauf

I was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas–the granddaughter of a preacher. It was Classic Farm Country, where I learned the value of hard work and diligence from my parent’s leading examples. I was blessed with a youth saddled between church pews & the great outdoors–four wheeling, hunting, fishing, and playing basketball.

Channeling this same work-ethic (equal parts duty & passion), I dare entrepreneurs, Millennials, new job-seekers, & veterans of business to rebel. With proper direction, tools, and strategy, I understand how to help modern job-seekers pursue the career paths and volunteer positions that fascinate and strengthen their personal faith. Yes, it is possible to love what you do!

I am the Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist for LaunchPad Labs where we are on a mission to launch successful student lives through our college and career readiness (aka social and emotional learning, soft skills, life skills) action inspiring curriculum (www.launchpadlabs.co).

After earning my Bachelors of Accountancy (with a minor in Marketing) from the University of  Arkansas, I received 2015 Student of the Year honors at the Jack Welch Management Institute, where I’ll complete my Master’s in Business Administration this upcoming year. Between work, school, and volunteering, I’ve also taken the time to become certified as a Personal Branding Strategist, a 360Reach Analyst, and as a Social Branding Analyst.

I’ve been to Corporate America and succeeded. I’ve made the transition to Entrepreneurship and have found fulfillment working with nonprofits and community programs. And I know you can live the life you want–the life you dream–beginning today.

Let’s dare to do something more…because honestly, we can do better.

More: www.launchpadlabs.co; www.thefaithfulleader.com


Rachel Wagner

Rachel Wagner is a business etiquette consultant, trainer and speaker specializing in etiquette and protocol issues facing today’s business professional. Rachel is trained and certified as a Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant by the renowned Protocol School of Washington in Washington, D.C. She is the founder and President of Oklahoma-based Rachel Wagner Etiquette and Protocol.  Armed with over two decades of experience as a teacher and workshop speaker, Rachel provides professionals with the business etiquette tools needed to communicate with confidence, power and poise.

As an etiquette expert, Rachel is a natural fit for companies desiring to maximize their leadership’s professional presence and to promote the company’s image, brand, and goals more successfully. Rachel’s clients range from law firms, biotechnology firms, banking and financial, international manufacturing companies, oil and energy companies, non-profits, and universities. From the board room to the business dinner, clients are equipped with the business etiquette skills to present a first-class image of their company, build greater rapport and trust with clients, and compete successfully in today’s global business arena.

As a business etiquette expert, Rachel is frequently quoted or interviewed in national and local media outlets including Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, Money Magazine, American Express OPEN Forum, Tulsa Business Journal, The Oklahoman, Tulsa World, The Journal Record, Oklahoma Today, The Orange County (CA) Register, Detroit News, Kansas Public Radio, and Tulsa’s KRMG. Rachel contributes frequently as the “business etiquette expert” on Fox 23 Tulsa<

Rachel contributes frequently as the “business etiquette expert” on Fox 23 Tulsa. Her popular business etiquette newsletter, The Savvy Professional, is read by hundreds of subscribers.

Rachel is a past board member of the National Speakers Association of Oklahoma and recipient of the chapter’s 2011 Presidential Award. She is active in the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the Bixby Metro Chamber, and is an alumnus of Leadership Bixby.

A Kentucky native, Rachel lived “up north” in Madison, Wisconsin for over 25 years, but now considers Tulsa, Oklahoma her home. When she’s not training or working on new material, she enjoys reading, learning to swing dance, weekend gardening, and spending time with family and friends especially over a good cup of coffee or on a sunny beach. You may also find her travelling the back roads with her husband in their red ’95 Corvette.


Dan Regouby, M.A.

Dan is an accomplished thought‐improvement leader with a strong record of achievement in industries including Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Construction, Plastics, Medical, and Food.

Dan is noted for implementing and managing custom-designed value-based processes using his own creatively unconventional methods to align and improve the human sources of risk and loss.

With more than half a century of being human, over three decades of organizational experience, an undergrad in Organizational Development from Southern Nazarene University, and a Master’s in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Oklahoma; Dan is uniquely qualified to identify the alignment-preventing gaps in both personal and organizational circumstances and make them discussible.

Think for a few seconds about what you did to get ready for your day today! In a similar way, Dan will start a discussion on how you can “Fashion Your Passion” by looking at a perspective that has been available for many centuries but has been seen by only a relative few. Regardless of your life situation, this discussion might change how you view your current path and give each future step… a little swing.


Dennis Queen

Dennis Queen is the owner of The Leadership Habit, helping organizations with strategic personal and organizational development.   Originally from Independence, Mo and one of nine kids, Dennis has over 40 years’ experience of Christian education leadership experience.  He has a B.S. in Theology and M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from OSU.

Some of you may know him as the retired head of Mingo Valley Christian School.



Served four years with the United States Marine Corps. Honorable Discharge, achieving the rank of Sergeant. Played for the U.S. Marine Corps East Coast Regional All-Star Basketball Team

Work History:

Over 40 years in Christian Education

Retired from Mingo Valley Christian School in Tulsa after over 20 years as Head of School.

Served on a number of boards, including the Scholastic Books Advisory Board, and the Will Rogers Community Foundation.

Trained at the Weatherhead School of Leadership, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH., in an organizational development process known as Appreciative Inquiry.

Trained in organizational development with the Institute of Christian Development

Has is a school consultant, a seminar leader for the Association of Christian Schools International and has served for 6 years on the ACSI Regional Accreditation Commission.

Recently started a new consulting company, The Leadership Habit and a not-for-profit company, H6:10 (based on Hebrews 6:10).

He is an avid reader, and lousy golfer and has been married to his wife, Jennifer for 41 years with 3 children – Aric, Ashley, and Alex and 3 exceptional grandchildren: grandsons Gaige and Archer, granddaughter Rhett.


Kelly Riggs

My talent is teaching, connecting, and providing a strategic perspective.  And my track record is clear:  I get RESULTS.

I’m a two-time national Salesperson of the Year.  A corporate executive.
A serial entrepreneur.  An executive coach.

And I’ve worked with companies all over the country, both large and small.

  • Highly acclaimed platform speaker
  • Dynamic thought leader in the fields of sales and leadership
  • Business performance coach
  • National award-winning sales representative and sales manager
  • Author of two dynamic books

The Business LockerRoom originated in 2006 as Vmax Performance Group. In 2014, the company completely rebranded as “Business LockerRoom” concurrent with the beginning of the Business LockerRoom radio show (#BizLockerRadio).

Conceived by Kelly Riggs, the idea behind the Business LockerRoom is that sports teams and business teams are remarkably similar. Many of the principles used to create successful work teams are readily demonstrated on the playing field, the court, the diamond, and the pitch. More importantly, business consistently draws from the principles of leadership and team building successfully practiced by great sports and business coaches.


Lynn Flynn

An Oklahoma native, Lynn started her career in public accounting and transitioned into the position of controller in the banking and publishing industries before entering the staffing world. Lynn served as the regional VP in the staffing industry prior to joining The Rowland Group in 2006. Lynn founded the Tulsa chapter of the Oklahoma Business Ethics’ Consortium. The Consortium’s mission is to promote Oklahoma as a state that values ethics in business. Lynn also facilitates peer advisory groups for women business owners and executives for EWF International and served as past president on the Leadership Tulsa board. Lynn was a 2015 finalist for Journal Record Woman of the Year, named a 2011 Woman of Distinction from the Tulsa Business Journal, 2011 Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO’s from the Journal Record, “2007 Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry” from the OSCPA and the “2006 Oklahoma Woman in Business Champion”, presented by U.S. Small Business Administration.



Mark Riddle

Director of People Ops at Tenstreet

In a nutshell, I’m strategic in regards to people. Championing each individual’s unique gifts, passions, and experience and then tying it directly to ways to add value for companies or causes.

In a nutshell, I’m strategic in regards to people. Championing each individual’s unique gifts, passions, and experience and then tying it directly to ways to add value for companies or causes.

After several decades of working in churches to mobilize hundreds of individuals into systems and structures that empower them to act, I started a consulting company to work with leaders across the country who wanted to do the same. That company, The Riddle Group, was started in 2005. I have written several books and spoken around the country to groups on seeing organizations differently, bringing the gifts of those on the margins to the center and empowering teams.

For the last several years I’ve taken my experience with strategically mobilizing people in non-profits to the for-profit world. Currently I’m the Director of People Ops at Tenstreet, a software company in Tulsa. We strive to take great care of our team while doing great work.


Keath Storm

Partner & Chief Operating Officer – Anspire Recruiting and Consulting

Keath is a husband to Angie and father to Cameron, Blayke and Grant.  Family is his number one priority.  His life purpose is to connect, coach and challenge individuals to reach their maximum potential.  Keath is a Certified Marriage Coach, John Maxwell Team Certified Coach, Speaker & Trainer, and a One Degree Coach.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Hillsdale College and a Master’s Degree in Human Relations from The University of Oklahoma.  He has expertise in growing and developing people, marriages, and organizations. He was a Partner & Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at LinkAmerica Corporation; Senior Manager of Human Resources for Hilti North America, General Manager of a John Deere Dealership and currently is a partner and Chief Operating Officer at Anspire Professional Recruiting and Consulting.  Keath also serves as an Executive in Residence: Human Resources and Leadership for the Chesapeake Energy School of Business at Oklahoma Wesleyan University where he is teaching Introduction to Leadership and Organizational Behavior.

Keath serves as President of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association – Oklahoma and serves on the Board of Directors for The Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa where he served on the Executive Leadership Committee.  Keath also served on the Board of Directors for The Margaret Hudson Program, The Tulsa Business Marketing Association, and The Tulsa Metro Chamber Hospitality Committee.


Co-presenters Dec 22/2016 are Peter White and Dr. Frank Wantland –

 “Look Inside Before You Look Outside”

Peter White – About

Peter White is a spiritual director, and is the creator and curator of www.thesabbathlife.com. He works with Restore Hope Ministries and gets most excited about what it means to be a human being. Peter likes to solve puzzles, and a compulsive learner. He can take your message and wrap it up in words that will resonate with your audience.


Frank Wantland – About

Frank Wantland is a career counselor for OJT-Tulsa and a consultant through Wantland &  Associates, L.L.C.  His role in OJT-Tulsa has been to help people to discover and to be able to present their story.   “In life whoever tells the best story wins.”



bruce-clemensBruce Clemens

Bruce is a Key Account Manager at Navico and is responsible for maximizing the sales of Navico products through the implementation of Navico sales programs, national and regional marketing strategies and coordination of Navico customer service efforts in the field. He is a results-driven sales and marketing professional with proven results in growing sales, customers and exceeding customer expectations. Steve has a strong ability to develop lasting personal and professional relationships.





steve-shirkSteve Shirk

Steve is a Document Control Manager at Linde Engineering and is an accomplished Quality Assurance and Mechanical Engineering Manager with demonstrated results developing employees using S.M.A.R.T. goals and periodic reviews; improving processes using a collaborative, structured continuous improvement process; improving ISO quality management systems through audits, corrective and preventive actions; and developing profitable products using a stage-gate process.






tom-remyTom Remy

Tom handles Sales for Screen Tech International and is a proven sales leader and energetic professional with over 20 years experience in business-to-business sales. Strong customer service principles and results-oriented problem solver. Persuasive interpersonal skills, leads by example, and coaches teams to exceed expectations. Known for attention to detail and follow-through, time management and controlling multiple priorities. Convincing negotiator with expertise to interact at all levels.



melissa-bogleMelissa Bogle

Melissa is the Manager of Business and Development at GableGotWals and is a seasoned professional in all areas of Marketing, Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Media Relations, Community Relations and Recruitment.

Implemented marketing branding campaign that resulted in Top of Mind awareness growing from 10% to 24% and a marketing and public relations campaign which grew physician clinic volume by 2,000 patients in six months.

Public Relations efforts resulting in over $2 million annually in free publicity and a Business Development of a Regional Referral strategy which resulted in 100% growth in the rural market.

Recruiting and marketing of over 100 physicians during eight year period at SouthCrest Hospital.

Instrumental in the development of SouthCrest Medical Group, SouthCrest Anesthesia Group, South Tulsa Cardiovascular Group, and Hospitalist program. SouthCrest Medical Group alone resulted in a net revenue of over $34 million in the first year.


tim-smithTim Smith

Tim Smith is an engineer and finance guy who grew up in Tulsa and recently moved back from San Diego.  For much of his career he worked for Sony, first as an engineer for Sony Pictures, then in roles for Sony Electronics in marketing, strategic planning, software architecture, corporate development and finally managing a large international business to convert movie theaters from analog film to digital projection.  He was laid off from Sony twice in his career.  From those experiences he now counsels those going through life transitions.

Tim currently works as a consultant for 2 firms.  First with a group of former Disney Imagnineers and Apple Computer guys who manage the design and construction of retail stores, hotels and theme parks.  His current project is the design and construction of a new pilot restaurant for Starbucks in NY and Shanghai.   His second client is a SalesForce software integrator where he works on data analytics for private equity firms.  Be sure and ask him about being in the Memphis federal penitentiary the day that Elvis died.


carey-bakerCarey Baker

Carey Baker and her husband, Brett, launched Part-Time Pros in March of 2008 aimed at giving professionals flexibility in the workplace, filling a much-needed niche in the Tulsa area.  Six years later, their innovative business continues to grow and has been renamed ProRecruiters to better represent the broad range of their services.

In 2012, Carey wrote her first book “Hire a Pro/Be a Pro” to offer advice on how to hire and keep the best employees, as well as, how to be the employee that companies want to keep.  In addition, Carey won a Tulsey Award in 2012 for her commitment to entrepreneurialism.

Prior to opening ProRecruiters, Carey worked for Chapman Foundations Management, Advisory Board Company and The Williams Companies.

Carey lives in Tulsa with her husband Brett and their two daughters.


scott-johnsonScott Johnson

Scott Johnson grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and came to Tulsa University in 1978.  He graduated with a degree in Business Management in 1982, got married five days later, and has been an Oklahoman ever since.  His career in various financial positions has been far more fascinating than he could have imagined back then.

Scott and his wife Beth have been married for 34 years. They live in Jenks and have four grown children, two grandchildren, and two small dogs.  Scott currently serves as Director of Special Projects for Zeeco, Inc., a global supplier of combustion and pollution control equipment headquartered in Broken Arrow.

Scott has taught a variety of classes for 24 years at Fellowship Bible Church (and occasionally at other churches), most notably Parenting, Sex Ed in the Christian Home, and Point Man, along with a single-session class on The Absurdity of Evolution.

Scott’s talk will be about a good friend of his who, by all accounts, was truly a devoted, faithful, man of God.  He literally “lost it all”:  his business and financial resources were wiped out, his many children died together in an accident, and shortly after all of this he was afflicted with numerous health issues, many of which had no cure.  He became an impoverished outcast, and yet he never lost his faith in God.  Moreover, he lived to recover and tell Scott his story.  Scott will summarize fascinating lessons and insights from this man’s life at the OJT meeting on Oct. 13 – “A Man of God Who Lost Everything but His Faith”.


Jane MudgettJane Mudgett

Jane is the Associate Vice President and Financial Advisor of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. She has over 30 years of business experience in the automotive, energy and financial industries. She has a degree in business administration and marketing from Florida State University and is a gardener, reader and avid global traveler. The issues most valued are equality and living life including healthy and happy aging.

Employment history includes Chrysler Corporation (1980-’83), Mudgett Associates, Inc. (Owner of accounting and consulting firm serving the car rental industry- 1983-’86), Thrifty/Dollar Rent-A-Car (1986-96; Vice President), Williams Energy (1996-’05 -Asset Management) and Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (2005-current)

Jane is currently a member of the Oklahoma Academy, Equality Business Alliance (part of the Oklahoma Center for Equality), Association of Women in Communications, Mosaic (part of the Tulsa Regional Chamber), Leadership Oklahoma (Class XXVII), Leadership Tulsa (current class) and Degrees of Geriatrics focusing on issues related to aging. She is also currently involved in a new concept in Tulsa called Senior Co-Housing. She currently or has recently served on the boards of the YWCA, Chamber Music Tulsa, Oklahoma State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Tulsa Farmer’s Market.

(918) 744-4601 – Direct business phone

Email – jane.mudgett@morganstanley.com
Website – www.morganstanleyfa.com/janemudgett/


Rena CookRena Cook

Rena Cook is a corporate voice and speech coach as well as Professor Emeritus in the University of Oklahoma’s School of Drama where she taught voice, speech and dialects.  She is the founder of Vocal Authority, a training and consultancy business created to serve corporate clients, including managers, politicians, attorneys, sales personnel and CEOs who want to use their voice in more commanding and authentic ways.  We work hard to make you sound great. She is a stage director, key note presenter, voice over artist and professional dialect coach. Rena holds a Master Degree in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of Voice and the Young Actor, which is used in high school drama programs throughout the US and the UK. Breath in Action: the art, science the practice of teaching the performance breath; and she served as Editor-in-chief of The Voice and Speech Review, a peer reviewed journal in the voice training field.  Visit her website at www.renacook.com. Email her at renacook@cox.net.


Arthur GreenoArthur Greeno

Arthur Greeno is the owner/operator of two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an Amazon Best Selling author, mentor and coach.  Arthur and his wife Noell, are raising six children and living a remarkable life. He has been involved with Chick-fil-A for 27 years. An owner for 23 of those, and going from a small store to being a multi-store owner was not easy. Arthur has accomplished 2 Guinness World Records, the latest being a 1,140 gallon, 9-ft tall cup of sweet tea and an Amazon Best Selling author for his latest book, Breaking Conformity.

Arthur is asked to speak all over the nation due to his success with leadership, inspiration and drive.  Chick-fil-A’s forefront of customer service is to serve and Arthur trains his team to do just that.   Serve them first and then serve them Chikin!  Arthur’s mission is to Teach, Inspire and Serve.  Teaching his team and others about how to HONOR their guests is an integral part of his business model.


Toby JoplinToby Joplin

Toby Joplin, CPA, MBA, PhD is currently Director of Executive Doctoral Programs and Professor of  Clinical Programs at Oklahoma State University.   He was recently VP /  CFO at R L Hudson & Company in Broken Arrow.  Before that Tony spent many years in corporate financial and product management roles.

He is the founder of the TaxAlmanac website which was named one of the Top 50 Uses of the Web in 2005 by Business Week magazine and has been recognized by many other publications including Time, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and others.

Oklahoma State University named Toby one of the top 50 distinguished MBA alumni of the last 50 years.  He frequently speaks to groups and consults with organizations on a variety of management topics.  He has consulted on multiple theatrical film projects, including Christmas Child, One Night with the King, and Home Run. His research interests include the effect of excessive entitlement attitudes on organizations, the morality of capitalism, and using capitalism to reduce poverty.

Mission Possible 072116 T Joplin  – Presented July 21 2016


Jim BlazerJim Blazer

Jim has been involved with OJT as a Speaker and Volunteer Leader since the beginning 7+ years ago.  He has met with literally hundreds in his office and we appreciate his commitment.

Jim is the Vice President Sales/Marketing- Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products Group. He is a Senior Executive with broad experience in Marketing, Sales, Start-up and Operations Management functions.  Proven abilities as a cost-effective Owner/Manager in direct marketing and sales for 18 years, complemented by 14 years of experience in all aspects of Director level HR and Administrative management.

Jim’s topic will be on Networking.



Travis JonesTravis Jones

Career Development Partners focuses on professional and executive search, retention strategies, succession planning, human resource consulting, outplacement, e-learning via SkillSoft, knowledge transfer and executive coaching.

Prior to Career Development Partners, Travis served as President of Personnel Consultants, a professional staffing company which consisted of 6 regional offices located in Oklahoma and Arkansas.   During his 10 year presidency, Personnel Consultants was the recipient of Inc. Magazine’s Award for the 135th fastest growing privately held business in America in addition to being named by Oklahoma Business Monthly as one of the best companies to work for in Oklahoma.  He sold the company in October 2005 to a national company called PeopleLink Staffing and purchased Career Development Partners in November 2005.

Travis is a business leader and has been or is currently involved in numerous organizations and activities.

  • Oklahoma Ethics Consortium – Board member (2014-present)
  • Tulsa Area Human Resource Association (TAHRA)
  • Tulsa Chamber of Commerce- CEO Roundtable member
  • New Life Ranch – Board member (2000-present)


Dymian KritikosDymian Kritikos

He has over 25 years’ experience in corporate domestic and international sales environments at fortune 500 companies, served in roles as marketing and business development director for local businesses, co-owned start-ups, and currently owns his own consulting company, Mentoras Group, LLC specializing in LinkedIn utilization for sales teams. He has been involved in OJT since 2010 and has been the leader of the workshops at Asbury United Methodist Church since 2014. He can help you with LinkedIn profile development and the latest techniques for utilizing LinkedIn in a successful job search. OJTJobs@gmail.com or 918-246-6769.

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Jack MyrickJack Myrick

Mr. Myrick serves as the Director of Business Services for Public Strategies. His focus is in Corporate Relational Development and Workforce Development. Jack is Certified Career Coach and Group Facilitator who helps people find their Dream Jobs.

As Co-Developer for the “Winning the Workplace Challenge Workshop” he has trained thousands of people in the curriculum.

He is the Author of 3 books: The Shipbuilder, The Merchant, Hitting Your Bulls Eye

He is happily married to his wife of 34 years Linda and the proud father of three amazing daughters and a grandfather to Max. They reside in Edmond, Ok.



Gip GibsonGip Gibson

Gip has finally agreed to be a Speaker at OJT!   He is a 30 year member of FUMC who was part of the group of original founders of OJT back in early 2009.   He will speak on ‘Accountability’ in your search.

Professionally he is currently the Tulsa Market President for Commerce Bank.  Has worked in banking sector in Tulsa for 30 years and is a proud Razorback graduate.





Cory MinterCory Minter

Cory is a recruiting professional with 10 years of Agency, Corporate, and Medical recruiting experience in the fields of Healthcare, Engineering, IT, Oil and Gas, and Human Resources.

He possess leadership skills in Human Resources, Business Development and Sales and uses a high degree of initiative, accountability, and independent judgment.

Trinity Employment Specialists





Ed MillerEd Miller

Ed Miller’s focus is improving your bottom line. CCL helps customers reduce inventory costs and improve cash flow. Our solutions include reducing inventory and part numbers, improving on-time delivery and value-added assembly.

He believes growing a business requires sharing a vision, collaborating on tactics and coaching for execution. Ed has a passion for helping others succeed. In his roles he uses metrics and benchmarking to reach goals quickly. He has applied these skills with new business development, sales management, supply chain and marketing teams.

Adjunct Professor – Marketing – Oklahoma Wesleyan University

International MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management


Teri AulphTeri Aulph 

Teri Aulph entered the corporate world in the middle of her career. Within three years, she rose as an executive in Fortune 500 companies. Results. That is one of many things that set Teri apart.

Now, as an author, speaker, and Business consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the globe, Teri’s unparalleled eye for strategy helps companies capitalize on their biggest asset: their people. That is her passion – finding those individual talents, restructuring their use, and taking a company from plateau to phenomenon.

No matter the industry or the company’s status in the business world, Teri has a reputation in Talent Management and Business Solutions for removing barriers and breaking down borders. All accomplished with complete transparency throughout the entire process, from development to implementation to increased profitability.

With customized plans and individualized solutions, Teri is an expert in finding a company’s barriers. Then removing them.



Chris ZervasChris Zervas

Chris Zervas has dedicated his career to addressing the challenging issue of balancing productivity with relationships. He is the author of Bomb Proof Constructive Feedback: Sustaining Healthy Conversations at Work, a book training leaders to effectively communicate through difficult conversations and conflict.Chris received his Master’s Degree in Communication from Wheaton College after graduating as a student/athlete at the University of Oklahoma. Two college faculties have employed Chris’ expertise in the areas of speech and business communication.

Fortune 50 companies, the U.S. military, organizational Boards, and family-owned businesses appreciate Chris’ unique style, inspiring stories, and enjoyable audience participation.

Chris is the founder of Leadership Vision, LLC, and also operates Baby Builders and Summit Solution Group. Summit Solution Group provides corporate training, keynote speaking, strategic planning, and coaching. The Zervases live in Oklahoma with their five children.


Boe ParrishBoe Parrish

Founder and vision-caster for twenty-five years. Developed a business model that allows every interested player the opportunity to have their own chaplaincy business. “Chaplaincy in a box” is a concept of equipping and encouraging men and women both nationally and internationally in corporate chaplaincy. By giving away his twenty-five years of experience, marketing materials, business forms, trade secrets, everything…Parrish has empowered and inspired hundreds of individuals to launch out on faith to begin their professional journey of serving others in the marketplace of the world. Being featured in USA TODAY, and other publications for giving his business away, Parrish has caught the eye of numerous aspiring corporate chaplains. With Marketplace Chaplains and Corporate Chaplains of America, Corporate Care is diligently and earnestly striving to have corporate chaplains all over the globe. CEO | Corporate Chaplain | EAP | Consultant | Social Media Consultant | Linked In Training | Sales Training |


michaelstaires-650x450Michael Staires

Michael is a writer, storyteller, blogger, speaker and communications consultant. He’s passionate about introducing others to the AHA moment…the “slap your forehead” moment of discovery. He’s a local Tulsa guy with over 30 years experience in non-profit administration, marketing and communications. He is author of “A Long Way Home” a powerful story with intriguing characters and valuable life lessons for middle grade readers. Michael blogs at michaelstaireswrites.com.



Kim ArmstrongKim Armstrong

Kim Armstrong has volunteered for OJT since 2009.  After graduating from OU, she went into Advertising Sales then Marketing then HR.  After transferring from Norman to Tulsa and working for a large staffing firm, she and her husband started an Exec. Search Firm, Vintage Services – that they operated for 11 years.  In 2015, with the downturn of the Energy Industry, Kim accepted a role as Client Service Director for a global management consulting firm, RGP (Resources Global Professionals).  She’s married to Mike and they have 2 children – one in college, playing baseball and one at home, playing any sport she can.  She and Mike are active at Fellowship Bible Church  where they teach Inductive Bible Study methods to a large group of 5th/6th Graders.  Kim has a passion for networking and helping people….she’s an avid LinkedIn networker with around 7,000 connections.

Check out Kim’s Where do I Start Punchlist.   Kim.armstrong@rgp.com


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Shari Hatfield

Shari grew up in Stillwater, Ok. She is from a big family and loves her home state of Oklahoma. She met her farm boy husband while attending OSU, got hitched and now has three adorable kiddos. She has been shooting professional photography for the last seven years. When she is not chasing little ones, you can find her with a coffee cup in hand.  Shari currently books photo sessions in Stillwater, Tulsa and the OKC area. Shari Hatfield Photography



Deborah-BradshawDeborah Bradshaw

Deborah Bradshaw is a trainer and speaker in Better Communication and Body Language.  She is a writer, teacher and presenter who has worked in the for-profit and non-profit worlds.  Her experience living and working internationally, her 20+ years of experience teaching drama and her work with adults with disabilities give her a unique perspective. Deborah has been a national trainer and sales rep for educational companies and has spoken at large and small conferences for over 20 years.  Deborah may be reached at deborah@keepyourhistoryalive.com.

As always consider the Launch Pad  Join over 650 others from the last 6 yrs.  It is a SAFE way to be ENCOURAGED and ENERGIZE your search!



Corbin McGuireCorbin McGuire

Corbin McGuire founded RNM Recruiting LLC in 2004 in Dallas, Texas and relocated the business to Tulsa, OK in 2007. Corbin’s talents in the recruiting arena were recognized early in his career and he was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility within a three-year period—ultimately to Recruiting Director of a professional recruiting firm in Dallas. His recruiting experience includes Information Technology, Sales, as well as Tax. Corbin has also helped build professional services organizations such as IBM Global Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young and other middle-/small-tier firms.

The importance of recruiting the right person for the right job has been a welcome challenge for Corbin, which is evident in RNM’s recent three-year candidate retention rate of 90%. When RNM was formed its strategy was simple. Identify, approach and place candidates that others may not have found. How is this done? By taking the time to determine the skills and qualities important to a company, and networking, cold-calling and researching those top candidates that may not surface through more traditional methods, such as Monster, Dice, Career Builder, etc. Hundreds of satisfied companies, as well as candidates, have appreciated Corbin’s hands-on approach to every RNM placement.

Recruiting the right candidate is critical…but so is the proper training and development of these quality individuals, particularly in the area of sales/marketing. Corbin allocates 10-20 hours a month working with clients to actively train and develop sales staff—which feeds his passion for mentoring others to be a success.

Corbin challenges attendees each time he speaks with tips, tricks, and encouragement that will lift your search game.


Kari-MirabalKari Mirabal

Kari Mirabal is the founder and owner of Jumar Services an Executive Coaching and Outplacement Consultancy. She started Jumar Services after her husband was laid off suddenly several years ago.  Learn more about that story here.   We know her message will challenge and energize the group to jump start things quickly early in 2016!   She has spoken every year since the start of OJT in 2009.

LinkedIn slides from the FUMC presentation first week in Jan: FUMC 2016 FINAL LinkedIn





Liz-BrolickLiz Brolick

Liz Brolick is the Professional Division Director, for Switchgear Search & Recruiting.  She has more than 18 years of experience in management, staffing, business development, human resources and employment law. Liz is recognized for her strong problem solving skills, excellent communication, and consistent leadership abilities which equip her to recruit top performing professionals to meet her client’s unique needs.

Liz is also an active volunteer in the Tulsa community.  She has been involved in the Junior League of Tulsa since 2001. She served in many leadership positions in the League including serving as President of the Board in 2013-2014.  This year Liz is also serving as the Treasurer for the Jenks West PTAG helping support the teachers and school with additional funding (raised by the school’s community).

Liz was named as one of this year’s Women of Distinction by the Tulsa World (June 2015) and as the 2016 Tulsa Area Alumnae Panhellenic Woman of the Year for her sorority chapter, Alpha Phi.

In her new spare time, Liz enjoys spending time with her family, Holden (aged 10) and Harrison (aged 7).  Her husband Peter is the steadfast rock that allows her to do so much for our community.


Steve Evans

Many of our Speakers have given their time for many years.  (Steve has been part of Leadership team and has spoken 1-2 times/year for the last 3-4 yrs). His Bio:

Steve Evans’ career began with Wal-Mart, the day he started they had 40 stores. His Wal-Mart management career span of 10 years had Steve’s personal responsibility of the opening 9 new stores including the first store to scan items at checkout/POS. Departing after 10 years his career includes self-employment of his own business later followed by positions of District Manager with Home Place and U.S. Cellular followed by Director of Sales/Operations with YourTel.  Steve has led a four state retail store coverage area and training execution for over 1000 employees. Steve designed, built, opened and operated Mileage Masters Tulsa’s largest retail/commercial vehicle repair facility.

After the successful sale of a business in December 2009 Steve taught as an adjunct teacher for Tulsa Community College where he also developed class curriculum for two new classes. Prior to accepting his current position as T&I Instructor for Career Tech Steve became involved with FUMC in 2010.

Looking back at the hiring positions Steve made from Corporate Human Resource Manager, District Managers, Store Managers and multiple the front line personnel, his decisions making ranged from the final decision to input for over 4000 employees. Steve now assists individuals from GED completers to advanced degrees placing over 90% of those he worked with in 2013.

Steve has an Oklahoma Teaching Certificate, additional collegiate emphasis included employment law. In 2013 Steve authored and developed the State of Oklahoma’s NOCTI EXAM for the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics field for higher education.

Today Steve volunteers to speak and work with individuals in career transition. Steve has spoken at FUMC OJT Tulsa, University of Tulsa, University of Phoenix and multiple High Schools about career searching and employability.

His LinkedIn blog post of ‘$49 Job Searchhas the emphasis on digging in unusual places and creating a unique angle to connecting with others. Check it out!

Here is Steve’s presentation from FUMC. Steve has some really great LinkedIn posts as well – great reading material!



Mike Henry

Founder and Chief Instigator at Lead Change Group. Speaker, blogger, coach, consultant. Passionate about applying character-based leadership to make a positive difference. Elevate Purpose, Mobilize People.  He is currently VP Information Technology at SageNet.







Russ KnightRuss Knight

Russ has been through the ringer on job changes through his career.

Having been through job changes of all kids – voluntary and not, of his choice and otherwise – Russ knows what it’s like to go through job transition.  Russ has been in banking, ministry, electronic payments, mobile web development, collections, energy management, recruiting and outplacement.

Russ was part of the leadership team with OJT for about 5 years and now owns Christian Brothers Automotive at Tulsa Hills.  Russ is well connected in Tulsa and beyond and knows LinkedIn networking and resumes.


Russ Knight    russ.knight@cbauto.net (918) 289-0636

Owner, Tulsa Hills (71st & Olympia) Christian Brothers Automotive  www.ChristianBrothersAuto.com

Russ Knight Job Search Notes Feb 11 2016


Frank Wantland

Dr. Frank Wantland

Frank is the ORIGINAL OJTTulsa Speaker when it all began as ETM (Employment Transition Ministry) in early 2009.  He was, in fact, the first speaker in the series that continues today.  His passion is in realizing the potential brainpower of every individual.  The main theme of his talk is always finding the best job fit and the best future scenario in your next career step, your next job.  Frank advises a clientele of private individuals, speaks, and consults with companies on retention of top talent through in-depth dialogue.

Frank has also been key in coaching many Job Seekers to answer the question ‘What is NEXT? over the years as one of the Leaders on Thursdays and at the Tuesday Workshops.

Frank earned a PhD in Geology from Rice University in Houston, TX, and joined Cities Service Oil Company in Tulsa, OK.   He became Manager of Geologic Research where he gained a reputation as a leader who recruited top talent, launched careers and developed and retained technical talent through innovative, highly personal techniques.

He subsequently served as Director and Professor of the Geology School at the University of Oklahoma and Director of Technical Human Resources for Cities Service.  After a corporate merger, he began an odyssey of self-development with stops at Exxon, USA, a sabbatical with human potential thought leaders in San Francisco, and the formation of Wantland & Associates, L.L.C. in San Francisco and Tulsa.

Recently Frank has recently been a consultant to Devon Energy among others and is a private career advisor to a select clientele.  He and his wife live in Tulsa.