Faculty Advisory Board
The OSU Program in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises is delivered by a great team of faculty, staff members, and a supporting cast of successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and others from the entrepreneurial community.
Faculty from a cross-section of departments and colleges at OSU serve as members of the Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Faculty Advisory Board. Their involvement helps ensure a program that serves students from a broad range of disciplines and also promotes important collaborator efforts and synergy.
To learn more, please contact the School of Entrepreneurship at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-744-3325.
Meet the Board Members
Jack Allen, Jr.
Chairman & Owner – CFR, Inc.
Jack Allen is the Chairman and owner of CFR, Inc. CFR’s core business is insurance brokerage and risk management service. CFR has grown to be the largest independent broker in Oklahoma with more than 100 employees at office locations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. He holds a business degree in insurance.
President – KoreLogic
Bob Austin is a KoreLogic founder with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry including the establishment of three information security consulting practices. As President of KoreLogic, Bob is responsible for its strategic direction and growth as well as establishing business alliances. Bob is also active in consulting service delivery and directly supports clients in the following areas: assessment of enterprise security programs, development of security strategy; organizational design of security groups, incident response program development, and executive security training. Bob serves as President of the Central Virginia ISSA Chapter and is an OWASP Project Leader in the area of web application security metrics. Bob is an invited security speaker at a variety of forums including OWASP, various ISSA Chapters, various Society for Information Management (SIM) Chapters, the e-Security Conference, the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA), and the eFlorida Conference on Electronic Government.
President & Equity Owner – ISNetworld
Joe Eastin is the president and an equity owner of ISNetworld, a global resource company that connects corporations to safe and reliable contractors from capital-intensive industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.
President & CEO – Jordan Associates
Rhonda Hooper is the President and CEO of Oklahoma City-based advertising communications firm, Jordan Associates. She started with Jordan Associates as an account executive and worked her way up the ranks to her current position. Prior to joining the organization, she served as the Director of Advertising for Technical Oil Tool Corp. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University.
Tiffany Sewell-Howard is the CEO of Charles Machine Works, Inc., a manufacturer of Ditch Witch underground construction equipment in Perry, OK. Prior to joining CMW, she was a marketing director for the trade magazine publisher, PrimeMedia. She has also started and operated several businesses and holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University.
President & Founder – Stillwater Design & Audio, Inc.
Steve Irby is the president and founder of Stillwater Designs and Audio Incorporated, maker of the Kicker and SoundGate brands car audio and mobile electronics products. Irby developed the original KICKER stereo system in 1980. Steve attended Oklahoma State University after high school, and is a Stillwater native.
President & Owner – Pinnacle Petroleum
Liz McKinley is President and Owner of Pinnacle Petroleum Inc. in Huntington Beach, California. She founded Pinnacle Petroleum in 1995, after working in the petroleum industry for several years prior to that. Pinnacle generates over $130 million in annual revenues and operates in a six-state area as a petroleum wholesaler and distributor. Liz began her career as a pipeline scheduler for Koch Industries, an oil refinery in Wichita. Liz has received a number of awards for her entrepreneurialism, including the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the National Association of Women Business Owners.
N. Malone Mitchell 3rd
N. Malone Mitchell 3rd founded Riata Management, Longfellow Energy, and Riata Energy (now SandRidge Energy). He held the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Riata Energy from 1989 until 2006. During his tenure, Riata grew from a $500 loan to become one of the largest privately held energy companies and the largest privately held land driller in the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University.
Chairman of the Board & Director – XETA Technologies, Inc.
Ron Siegenthaler has been a director since the Company’s inception in 1981. He served as the Company’s Executive Vice President from July 1990 until March 1999. Since 1974, he has been involved as partner, shareholder, officer, director, or sole proprietor in a number of business entities with significant involvement in fabrication and marketing of steel, steel products and other raw material, real estate, oil and gas, and telecommunications. He is also CEO of Myriad Technologies, Inc., through which he has managed his personal investment portfolio and promoted sales activities for his own private investments.
Founder & CEO – HostBridge Technology
Russ Teubner is a seasoned entrepreneur within the software industry. He is the Founder and CEO of HostBridge Technology where he has focused much of his creative energy on solving difficult problems associated with the integration of IBM mainframes and applications with newly emerged and evolved technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University.
Managing Partner – Thoma Bravo, LLC
Carl Thoma is a managing partner with Thoma Bravo, LLC, a private equity firm with offices in Chicago and San Francisco. He has been widely recognized for his leadership in “buy and build” investments, and he is an active investor in software and services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University.