The 2014 Inductees
• Josephine Freede, recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award
• Tom Hill, recipient of the Chairman’s Award
• James Pickel, recipient of the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
• David Rainbolt, recipient of the President’s Award
• William J. Ross, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award
|Josephine Freede - Outstanding Achievement Award|
Josephine “Jose” Freede, the legendary Oklahoma volunteer and philanthropist, received her Charter Society in Physiotherapy Degree before training at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hospital in England, where she also met her husband, Henry, an orthopedic surgeon. She came to the U.S. in 1950 and the couple was married in New York City. Upon the family's arrival in Oklahoma City, Mrs. Freede began her civic work on the boards of many organizations including the Oklahoma City Charity Horse Show, the Allied Arts, Oklahoma City Republican Women's Club, and served as the president of the University of Oklahoma Mother's Association.
|Tom Hill - Chairman's Award|
Tom Hill is the Chairman of the Board for Kimray Inc., and has been working for the company since 1971. He uses his leadership to establish the company’s focus on character. This emphasis on character has led to an environment of integrity and strength of character that shows in Kimray products. The character program created by Hill was so successful that he named it Character First and began the Character Training Institute, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating and training families, schools, businesses and other organizations.
|James Pickel - Entrepreneurial Spirit Award|
James A. Pickel is a native Oklahoman, originally from Duncan, and a graduate of Oklahoma State University. For the past 38 years he has lived in Oklahoma City and has been employed in the architectural and construction industry, and currently he works with Smith & Pickel Construction. He is involved in numerous organizations and boards of directors, including the Allied Arts Foundation, Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Myriad Gardens Foundation, Oklahoma Arts Council, and Friends of the Mansion.
|David Rainbolt - President’s Award|
David E. Rainbolt , chief executive officer of the BancFirst Corporation in Oklahoma City, was educated at the University of Oklahoma (B.B.A.) and Tulane University (M.B.A). Prior to his current station, he served as senior financial analyst at Republic Bank in Dallas and later as chief financial officer at the BancFirst Corporation. Mr. Rainbolt is an involved member of Oklahoma City’s business community, having served as past chairman of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Bankers Association.
|William J. Ross - Lifetime Achievement Award|
William J. Ross, a lifetime resident of Oklahoma City, attended Classen High School and then received his BBA and LLB from the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduation, he became an Assistant Municipal Counselor for Oklahoma City and later joined the firm of Rainey, Flynn, Green and Anderson, which name was changed to Rainey, Ross, Rice & Binns, where he was senior partner.