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Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Inc., the state’s largest organization dedicated to teaching young people skills to achieve economic success, is privileged to have local entrepreneur Herman Meinders to serve as the keynote speaker on April 17th during the Oklahoma City region’s inaugural Business Success Series event.

“Herman Meinders embodies the spirit of entrepreneurism and personal financial success that Junior Achievement will inspire in over 49,000 Oklahoma students this year,” said Junior Achievement Board Chair Darcie Henderson. “And just like the students JA teaches each day, local business professionals are sure to learn valuable lessons when Herman shares his personal story.”

In 1970, Meinders founded American Floral Services, Inc., an international flowers-by-wire service based in Oklahoma City. AFS began in a garage apartment and initially consisted of 137 subscriber florists. From that beginning, AFS grew to become international in scope and ranked as one of the largest floral wire services in the world. In November of 2000 AFS merged with Teleflora, a competitor, to better serve the floral community.

The Business Success Series luncheon, which is sponsored by Bank of the West, will be hosted by Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business. It will be held on April 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A limited number of table sponsorships are available at $200. To reserve a table of 8, please e-mail your requests to [email protected] or call 405-235-3399.

“Herman and LaDonna Meinders have generously supported Junior Achievement of Oklahoma for many years and we look forward to the honor of having Herman speak at our first ever Business Success Series luncheon,” said Kimberlee Preston, OKC Regional Director of Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Inc.

About Junior Achievement Oklahoma, Inc.

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to teaching young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. In Oklahoma, JA delivered personal finance and business curriculum to 45,890 young people last year. Visit for more information.

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