Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dave Jewitt is no longer our guest speaker for January but we welcome Sean Kouplen to present to us!
Faith In Business | January 9 | Sean Kouplen
The Regent Bank Faith in Business Series is was created to encourage business leaders to utilize out the platform to live out our faith. This is a forum to help Christian business owners fellowship, network and share best practices for transformational servant leadership and to learn to better integrate faith into their spheres of Business.
Sean's topic will be: God is Always There
Ray Sanders is recognized as a passionate leader of leaders, a white-board aficionado and an innovative growth strategist with a heart for purpose-driven cultures and values-based leadership development.
As a CEO, he has grown multi-million-dollar organizations, led an award-winning financial institution, served in a nonpartisan role with the United States Senate and pioneered international efforts to bring clean water to remote regions of the world.
He is a co-founder of Edify Leaders, a globally-focused organizationpassionate about inspiring and mobilizing leaders who use their influence to impact the world for good.
As an impassioned communicator, Sanders has been the editor in chief of an award-winning weekly news journal, the host and producer of prizewinning radio and TV programs. He is the author of, Pondering the Parables, a reading experience that takes leaders on an insightful journey with the greatest leader to ever live. Sanders frequently shares insights, photos, stories, and experiences from his faith, family and world travels at raysanders.com
Nothing thrills Ray more than spending time traveling with the love of his life, his girlfriend and wife, Stephanie. Together they have six children and six grandchildren.
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The Prodigal Father – A journey of 35 miles in 35 years
From the very beginning, Ray Sanders has been a survivor. As an unborn child, his teenage mother became pregnant out of wedlock and made the brave decision to give him a chance at life. As a teenager, he was held at gunpoint, shot at and narrowly escaped being run over by a vehicle driven by a madman, his alcohol-abusing father. Despite growing up in domestic violence, enduring bar fights and narrowly evading alcohol and drug abuse, Ray found hope and a future among a group of friends and leaders who loved him for who he was and forever changed the direction of his life. His is a story of hardship and pain but also one of hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation that took him on a miraculous 35-mile healing journey that took him 35 years to complete.
You're Invited to hear our next speaker, Paul Mills.
Paul Mills was named the head coach for ORU basketball on April 28, 2017 after 14 years on staff at Baylor. In his first season in south Tulsa, Mills led ORU to a t-5th place finish in The Summit League, while earning four postseason honors from the league. Albert Owens was the Sixth Man of the year, Austin Ruder was the Transfer of the Year, Emmanuel Nzekwesi was an honorable mention All-Summit League selection and Sam Kearns was named to the All-Newcomer team. Additional honors for the Golden Eagles included Owens earning DI-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-League recognition.
Highlights from Mills' first season on the sidelines included a 19-point road win against Florida Gulf Coast and an ESPN SportsCenter number one play on a buzzer-beater from Ruder to beat North Dakota State.
“Coach Mills has a wealth of top-level NCAA experience and came to us fully prepared to advance the ORU men’s basketball program to new heights,” said Carter. “I love the passion Coach Mills has for his players and this will be key as we continue to develop whole person champions. Coach Mills is here for the long-haul committing to a five year contract building toward a strong Golden Eagle men’s basketball future.”
“In Coach Mills we have a man of great character who has a passion for mentoring young men to be good citizens, good husbands, and spiritual leaders. Coach Mills has a fantastic family and a strong competitive nature,” said ORU President William Wilson. “We are excited for the days ahead.”
You're invited to hear our next speaker, Coach Dana Ford
New Bears’ head coach Dana Ford believes Missouri State can become a Missouri Valley Conference basketball power. The ingredients are in place for the largest university in Valley Country to succeed at the highest levels.
After four years as the Tennessee State head coach Ford brings his 57-65 record to Springfield and back home to the MVC. As a former Illinois State player and coach at both ISU and Wichita State, the 33-year-old Ford believes now is the perfect time and perfect fit for his life, career and family.
Very vocal about his faith, Coach Ford comes to us to share how it has shaped his career.
You will NOT want to miss this event.
The Regent Bank Faith in Business Series is was created to encourage business leaders to utilize out platform to live out our faith. This is a forum to help Christian business owners fellowship, network and share best practices for transformational servant leadership and to learn to better integrate faith into their spheres of Business.
Introducing: Ross Hill
Hill is the founder of Bank2 and served as President and CEO for 16 years before retiring from a forty year banking career in late 2017. Under Hill’s leadership the Oklahoma City-based community bank was committed to helping people "build better lives." Hill used his office as a platform to share his faith with everyone who entered; over 2,500 individuals since October of 2009.
Hill wrote his first book "Broken Pieces-Nothing is Wasted," an inspirational book designed to give hope and encouragement to everyone. Through a combination of real life personal experiences, and those of friends, customer’s and acquaintances, he shares stories and truths learned over his life. His second book, “Fuel-Ignite Your Soul” will soon be available.
Hill speaks about 40 times a year, he has over 50,000 people following him on social media and he is a published author, executive coach, culture coach, and the Founder of rah360, LLC. He is also a Director of GiANT Experiences, and Yedidim of Israel and Trustee of Mid-America Christian University. Hill and his wife Raynell live in Edmond, OK.
You're Invited to hear our next speaker, Rodney James.
Rodney James has a degree in Business Management and Aviation from Oklahoma State University. After working as a pilot and manager in the corporate aviation industry, in 1992 God called him to serve in ministry.
For 20 years Rodney served as Executive Pastor, then Senior Pastor at Tulsa Sequoyah Hills Baptist Church. During his ministry God allowed Rodney to lead and complete multiple building and renovation projects.
In 2012 God opened the door for Rodney to join the Churches By Daniels Construction team as Director of Business and Finance. In 2015 the owner of Churches By Daniels offered Rodney the opportunity to become a partner and eventually sole owner of this successful nationwide design build company.
By utilizing his experience, gifts and talents in ministry, business, aviation and construction he is able to bring a unique perspective to both the church and the business side of building churches. He coaches and encourages pastors and staff members all across the nation through the entire journey of building facilities.
Rodney has written or assisted with articles on church construction for Church Executive, Community Spirit, Ministry Today, Religious Products,and other publications. He also has been invited to speak at the Worship Facilities Conference, Associated of Related Churches Conference, The Church Network Conference and numerous other church and business leadership events across the nation.
Rodney and his wife Dana have one daughter, Kelsey and live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
You Are Special exists to develop disciples from the inside/out. This includes discipleship within prisons, jails, and Halfway houses. This also includes transformational living houses where men are given a 12 month opportunity in a safe environment with an emphasis on discipleship. Lastly, You Are Special serves families who have been affected by incarceration.
Kent is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He provides counsel which has been honed by more than thirty years of experience in general development management, strategic planning, capital campaigns, major donor solicitation and financial management. Stroman’s experience includes 25 years in higher education as a Professor, Vice President for Finance and Vice President for Advancement.
Ron has been married to DeeAnn for 34 years. They have two young adult daughters, Haley and Misty. They are members of Crossings Community Church, where Ron has taught 3rd Grade Boys for many years.
Ron is a principal in CFO-Partner where he and his business partner, Rick Simpson, offer contract Chief Financial Officer services to small- to-medium size businesses; and advisory services for those clients who wish to acquire businesses or to ultimately sell (or retire).
Ron Harris received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma in 1981. His 35-year Oklahoma City career includes an accounting career as a CPA with KPMG, and he was the owner of an information technology company that he sold in 1998, and then joined CFO-Partner.
Ron has served in numerous capacities as a Director, Board Member and Advisory Director for various organizations, including Wings; First Bank & Trust, Duncan, OK; Independence Charter Middle School; current Chairman of the Finance and Facilities Committee at Crossings; and was a past Vice President and President of Quail Creek Golf and Country Club. He is a published author and has served as a speaker at various church, business and community events.
Successful leaders consistently demonstrate and communicate the values and vision by which their organization thrives; this truth is authentic to Lindel Fields, Superintendent and CEO at Tri County Tech. As soon as he stepped into the Superintendent and CEO role, he challenged employees to stretch themselves and Tri County. His first action was to draft Vision 2020, a fearless and bold initiative intended to establish Tri County as a premier education institution and one of the only schools to decline federal funding in the United States.
Internationally-known artist and motivational speaker Richard Hight hails from Oklahoma. As a child, dyslexia led to valuable lessons learned about focusing on strengths and recognizing possibilities, not limitations. His artistic gift allowed him to express his thoughts and emotions, and his successes built his confidence.