By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On Wednesday, October 12, the Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business will honor four leaders of the business and community during the 30th annual Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor luncheon. The event will be held at the Cox Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The 2016 inductees are Nancy Ellis, Bill Shdeed, Jim Brown and David Thompson.
The Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor luncheon benefits the Meinders School of Business scholarship program.
“This is an outstanding group of leaders who are most deserving of joining Oklahoma business legends in the Hall of Honor,” said Melissa Cory, Director of Communications & Executive Education at the Meinders School of Business.
“Each of these honorees has demonstrated admirable qualities with their contributions to business leadership and in helping with charitable causes,” Cory added. “We are pleased to honor their achievements and proud of the example they set for students at the Meinders School of Business and beyond.”
Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Nancy Ellis is a founding member of the Heritage Trust privately-owned bank and investment management company, where she served as chairman until 2004. She currently is co-manager of KNABCO LLC. She is an organizer and former board member of Metro Bank of Oklahoma City, N.A.
Ellis’ experience also includes trustee of the Presbyterian Health Foundation, past chairman and trustee of the Oklahoma City Art Museum, lifetime trustee of the Payne Education Center, board member of the National Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and former board member of Metro Bank of Oklahoma City, N.A.
Notably, Ellis was the first female chairman of the Oklahoma State University Foundation Board of Governors. Her numerous awards of distinction include the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Woman of the Year Award in 1986 and the Oklahoma University Medical Alumni Association’s Friend of Medicine Award in 1995. She was inducted into the Oklahoma State University Alumni Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2005.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to share the story of Heritage Trust Company,” said Ellis. “We are proud to be a wonderful success story in Oklahoma. It is wonderful to share the 30th Anniversary of the Hall of Honor with 3 outstanding community leaders.”
Recipient of this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award, William (Bill) Shdeed is a local real estate developer and member of the Oklahoma and Oklahoma County bar associations. An inductee of the state Higher Education Hall of Fame, Shadeed is a member of the Rotary Club 29, where he served as director, and an advisory director of the UMB Oklahoma Bank board.
Shdeed has served on the boards of the OKC Community Foundation, the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute, the State Board of Education, and is a past chairman of the Nichols Hills Board of Adjustment. He is the former chairman of the Baptist Medical Center Foundation, the Nichols Hills Planning Commission and YMCA Camp Classen.
Jim Brown is the recipient of the 2016 Chairman’s Award. As president and CEO of 7-Eleven Stores in Oklahoma City, Brown graduated from Casady School and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Since 1953, under the Brown family leadership, 7-Eleven has raised millions of dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through its stores. The company is a regular supporter of numerous local organizations including YWCA, Catholic Charities, Regional Food Bank, Infant Crisis Services, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, and City Rescue Mission.
“Everything that’s special about 7-Eleven Stores has been carefully cultivated and handed down over six decades of love for Central Oklahoma,” Brown said. “We are passionately focused on serving our community.”
The recipient of this year’s President’s award is David Thompson, president and CEO of InvesTrust, N.A., and CEO of InvesTrust Wealth Management, LLC, Thompson has served as president of OPUBCO Communications Group and publisher of The Oklahoman newspaper.
He serves on the boards of INTEGRIS Health, The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, United Way of Central Oklahoma, YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, Allied Arts and the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Individual tickets are $150 and corporate sponsorships are available.