Entrepreneurship Day Speakers
Robert Franklin Browne
Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Bob Browne’s place on the 2014 Entrepreneurship Day program is a fit for two reasons:
First, in entrepreneurial fashion, he engineered a highly leveraged buy out of a very traditional, well established, and well-known local business – Great Plain Coca-Cola Bottling Company. The time was 1980; interest rates were over 20%, and Bob was just 37 years old.
Bob’s leadership philosophies at the time could not have been more traditional. Bob was a third generation Coca-Cola Bottler, he had received his MBA from Columbia University, he was a Viet Nam veteran, and he had worked in New York City with Arthur Andersen & Company before moving back to Oklahoma City.
Bob was CEO and Chairman of the board of Great Plains from 1980 until he sold the company in 2012. During those 32 years, Great Plains grew to become the fifth largest bottler of Coca-Cola in North America.
But the second and more important reason that Bob is on our program today has to do with Great Plains’ transformation from those traditional western leadership philosophies that most of us know so well to something very different – something very much rooted in the teachings of W. Edwards Deming.
This transformation is explained in Bob’s new book, Becoming Better The Sys-Tao Way: Transforming Traditional Leadership Philosophies Through the Lens of a Classic American Business.
Bob will discuss how this transformation allowed Great Plains to become world class in so many ways, why so many established western organizations find this type of transformation difficult to accept, and why Asian cultures and entrepreneurs are more likely to embrace these emerging leadership philosophies as a better way to serve customers, achieve a competitive advantage, and, oh yes, make more money.
Justin Briggs, MBA, RAC
Justin Briggs is an Oklahoma native and technology executive with experience developing and commercializing products across biotech, nanotechnology, and software. Mr. Briggs leads operations and corporate development for Altheus Therapeutics, a venture-backed biotech company in Oklahoma City. Altheus is developing Zoenasa, a treatment for ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, and recently completed enrollment of a Phase 2 clinical trial - the furthest clinical milestone ever reached by an Oklahoma company. Justin is also the founder Chorus Labs, a software company that creates tools for the modern workplace. Chorus Labs' first product, Baton (batonapp.com), was released in 2013 is available now on the web and soon to iOS and Android. Baton is a tool to capture important thoughts and send contextual messages to collaborators and coworkers to improve delegation and task management. Mr. Briggs also serves on the board of OhmSpace, Oklahoma City's own makerspace, is a me ntor at the Oklahoma Proof of Concept Center at i2E, a founding member and former Chairman of IgniteOKC, and, last year, served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Bioscience Roundtable. Justin has a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Oklahoma and an M.B.A. in Finance with High Honors from Oklahoma City University.
Phil G. Busey
Founder, Chairman and CEO
The Busey Group of Companies and Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, LLC
Mr. Busey, born in Oklahoma City, is a member of both the Cherokee Nation and the Delaware Tribe. Professionally, Busey is an AV rated attorney as well as the Chairman and CEO of the Busey Group of Companies and Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, LLC (DRG).
Busey attended Oklahoma City University for both his undergraduate studies and his law degree. He played baseball at OCU and graduated in 1974 with a B.A. Busey went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University Law School in 1977.
Busey practiced law regionally and nationally for 25 years. His expertise is in Native American, commercial, corporate, government, public finance and contracting law. For the first 17 years of his practice he represented large regional financial institutions. During this time, he documented over $1 billion of commercial loans and acted as counsel on over $1 billion of public finance bond issues.
After years of serving as shareholder with several large firms and an executive with regional commercial companies, he established the Busey Group of Companies in 2000 and DRG in 2002. Principally focused on aerospace and defense, the companies have continued to grow and expand under his leadership.
As evidence of this growth and expansion, DRG has become one of the largest defense contractors based in the region. The company provides training, courseware development, distance learning capabilities and simulator maintenance services to modern military aircraft and surveillance and radar systems. DRG, built on a culture of integrity and performance, serves as the prime contractor for several major USAF programs and partners with many Fortune 500 defense contractors supporting some of the most advanced military aircraft and radar surveillance programs in the world. DRG annually trains over 30,000 military pilots and mission crewmembers.
Busey was honored to receive the U.S. Small Business Administration Oklahoma Business Person of the Year in 2010.
Busey has contributed to the academic community as well, serving as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University’s School of Law and Meinders School of Business. He has been a moderator or speaker at over 100 CLE and business seminars and has served as a professorial lecturer at American University in Washington, D.C.
Busey has been married over 30 years and has three grown children and three grandchildren. He serves on several boards of directors and is active in civic and church organizations.
Kami Huddleston and Ashley Bowen Murphy
Founders, Brides of Oklahoma
Kami Huddleston and Ashley Bowen Murphy are magazine and digital publishers who thrive on creativity - both in business and design. Kami, a graphic designer, and Ashley, an attorney, joined forces in 2007 to develop a multimedia platform that connected brides with local wedding vendors in the marketplace. Their multimedia advertising model – inclusive of print, web, blog, electronic and social media components – is the go-to resource brides rely upon to plan their weddings in the local marketplaces they currently serve. The duo began their venture in Oklahoma with Brides of Oklahoma (www.bridesofoklahoma.com), and quickly expanded to serve the ninth largest city in the nation, Dallas, with Brides of North Texas (www.bridesofnorthtexas.com). They've been keenly focused on serving brides in the local wedding niche, where their proven content marketing strategies and quality print publications have become the premier wedding resource. Kami and Ashley expanded their mission to serve a wider audience with the recent launch of Wed Society (www.wedsociety.com) – the wedding inspiration search engine or “Google” for weddings. The site houses a collection of their favorite editorial content and weddings they publish but is also home to a searchable archive of tens of thousands of inspiring wedding images through partnership with an elite group of wedding photographers and wedding fashion designers from around the globe.
Kami and Ashley are both proud graduates of Oklahoma City University. Kami is originally from Illinois and came to OCU on a full scholarship to play softball. Kami received her bachelor of fine arts in graphic design and won three national softball titles during her tenure. Ashley graduated summa cum laude with honors with a finance degree and served as President of the student body during her undergraduate years. She went on to attend law school at OCU as a Hatton W. Sumners scholar and received her J.D. in 2005. She worked in private practice at Hall Estill as an attorney before launching the company with Kami in 2007. Kami and Ashley both married fellow OCU graduates and each has two young children.
Craig Shimasaki, PhD, MBA
Moleculera Co-Founder, President & CEO
Dr. Shimasaki is a scientist, businessperson and entrepreneur, having co-founded three biotechnology companies. His personal career mission has been to bring medically needed products from research, clinical testing, regulatory approval, to the public so that patients can be tested and treated. He has spent the past 30 years developing biomedical products, working with the FDA, conducting clinical trials, manufacturing and business development, starting his career at Genentech working on the processes development of an HIV vaccine. Most recently he served as CEO for 7 years, helping to develop a genetic-based molecular test to identify a woman’s predisposition to breast cancer, particularly for those without a family history of the disease.
Dr. Shimasaki has worked to bring 5 products through the FDA 510(k) approval process and he has served in various roles at several companies, from Director of Project Planning, VP of Research and Development, Chief Operating Officer and CEO. Dr. Shimasaki is an inventor on multiple patents for diagnostic and clinical testing products. He serves on numerous boards and teaches students as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma in the Entrepreneurship Program at the Price School of Business. He has recently written a book to train scientists and physicians how to bring needed medical product to market, titled “The Business of Bioscience: What Goes Into Making a Biotechnology Product”.