Meinders school of business
29th Annual Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor

Hall of Honor 2015 Save the Date

The 2015 Inductees

• Bill Lance, recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award
• William Durrett, recipient of the Chairman’s Award
• Linda Lambert, recipient of the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
• Ed Martin, recipient of the President’s Award
• Nancy Anthony, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award

 Bill Lance - Outstanding Achievement Award

Bill G. Lance, Jr. is the Secretary of Commerce for the Chickasaw Nation and is responsible for the management of all commercial business enterprises of the Chickasaw Nation.  The Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce has more than 6,500 employees and is comprised of more than 60 gaming, hospitality, retail, media, manufacturing, and tourism related businesses. 

In addition to his role as chief executive, Bill also serves on the board of directors for several other businesses owned by the Chickasaw Nation, including: Global Gaming Solutions, LLC; Sovereign Native Holdco, LLC and related subsidiaries; and Chickasaw Nation Industries. He is also a regent of the University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma (USAO) in Chickasha.

Prior to his current role, Bill served as Administrator of the Chickasaw Nation Health System, where he oversaw the historic construction of the 370,000 square foot Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, located in Ada, Oklahoma.

Bill received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health, a Bachelor of Science degree from East Central University and recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma class XXIV.

Bill makes his home in Sulphur, Oklahoma where he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his sons, Bryeson & Kendall.

William Durrett - Chairman's Award

William E. Durrett, Senior Chairman of the Board of American Fidelity Corporation, was born September 28, 1930, in Madison, Wisconsin, and moved to Oklahoma when he was two weeks old.  He received a BS degree in business from The University of Oklahoma in 1952.

Durrett began his career in the insurance industry with C. W. Cameron, joining the Southwest Division of North American Accident and Health Insurance Company in 1954, which later became American Fidelity.  He served in various officer positions, including president/CEO of American Fidelity Corporation from 1977 to 1992 and chairman from 1989 to 1997.  He currently serves as senior chairman of AFC and chairman of INSURICA, Inc.  During his tenure of leadership, the company grew dramatically, with earned premiums increasing from $64 million to $400 million.  In addition, the company’s ratings improved from C+ to A+ by A.M. Best Company.
An active leader in professional, civic and cultural organizations, Durrett has served as chairman of INTEGRIS Health and the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as a director of the following:  Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Oklahoma State Fair.
Durrett previously served on the boards of the American Council of Life Insurers, BancOklahoma Financial Corp., Health Insurance Association of America, INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra and the United Way of Greater Oklahoma City, among many others.
Durrett received the Pathmaker Award from the Oklahoma City/County Historical Society in 1997 and was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2004.

Durrett and his wife, Barbara, live in Oklahoma City.

Linda Lambert - Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

Third  generation Oklahoman, born and raised in Oklahoma City, Linda Lambert  is President of LASSO Corp. and Enertree  LLC, both family oil & gas exploration companies. Her family business interests have also included farming and commercial real estate. Her business and community service experiences cover both ends of the Turner Turnpike from Tulsa to Oklahoma City.

She is currently a Director of InvesTrust , a trustee of the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute and a Director Emeritus of OGE Energy Corp. Linda is Chairman of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, the first woman elected to that position in the agency’s 52 year history. She has served as Chair of Mercy Hospital, Vice Chair of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Trust as well as Chair of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Trust, Treasurer of The Memorial Foundation and, in partnership with the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, created the Memorial’s annual Reflections of Hope award. She is the founding chair of Possibilities, Inc., strengthening, through grassroots efforts, the ability of people to work together for community change.

Linda has received the inaugural Community Builder’s Award of the United Way of Oklahoma City, the Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award from the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation, the Byliner Award from Women in Communications, Award of Excellence from the Societies of Oklahoma City University, the Alumni Achievement Award from Casady School, Corporate Woman of the Year by the Journal Record, as well as Humanitarian Award by the National Conference for Community and Justice in Oklahoma City and special NCCJ recognition for her volunteer service in Tulsa.

She enjoys gardening close to home and exploring the world on the roads less travelled….Antarctica, Syria, Ethiopia, Tibet, Bhutan, Madagascar , to name just a few. Linda is the mother of two and grandmother of five, from 26 to 5 years of age.

Ed Martin - President’s Award

Ed Martin joined Ackerman McQueen as President in 2001 and in June of 2004 he was promoted to Chairman.  He is currently responsible for the management of each of the operating companies, which include offices located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas, Colorado Springs and Washington D.C.

Martin’s career began at The Oklahoman in 1970 as a Retail Account Executive.  He later served as Retail Sales Manager and Assistant Display Advertising Manager before being named Assistant to the General Manager in 1975.  During this period he spent time in all departments of the newspaper and completed the press and production training course at the SPPI School in Oklahoma City.  He transferred to Colorado Springs in 1977 as General Manager of the Colorado Springs Sun and became its publisher in 1979.  He was publisher of The Sun until it was sold in 1986.  He returned to Oklahoma City as Director of Operations and was named General Manager January 1, 1987.  On March 10, l987, he was elected Vice President of The Oklahoma Publishing Company. He was responsible for all departments of the newspaper including the newsroom.  After 31 years, Martin left The Oklahoma Publishing Company in 2001.

While managing newspapers, Martin had many other responsibilities including the oversight of Oklahoma Graphics, a heat-set printing company which was sold in 1987, and various real estate purchases and sales over the thirty-one years that he worked for the Oklahoman. He served on the Board of the Broadmoor Hotel, a purchase he helped The Oklahoma Publishing Company acquire in 1988.  He also served on the Board of Shaw Publishing Company of Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly owned by The Oklahoma Publishing Company.

Throughout his career Martin has devoted time to numerous civic and business organizations. He was a member of the Newspaper Association of America, and past President of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association; he also served as Chairman of the Board of the Southern Production Program, Inc. as well as Chairman of Mistletoe Express, a regional trucking company, for two years.

Martin is active in civic affairs.  He is a lifetime Board Member and past Chairman of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce as well as past Board Member of The State Chamber and past Chairman of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable. He is on the Board for The State Fair of Oklahoma and has served as President for the Oklahoma City Economic Development Foundation and The Appeals Review Board. Martin has been on many educational boards including the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation where he served as Chairman of the Board. Other affiliations include; Research for Economic Development, The American Heart Association, The Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Committee of 100, and also Allied Arts, where he served as Campaign Chair in 2011.

He is the past President and Executive Board Member of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and has served as National Trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Martin served as Chairman of the Board of Enterprise Square USA for seven years; he also served on the Board of Trustees of the Omniplex Science Museum for two three-year terms.  

Martin is past Chairman and current Board Member for INTEGRIS Heath, a 13 hospital health care system; he also serves on many of its committees. He has dedicated much of his time to the United Way of Metro Oklahoma City, an organization he has been involved in for over forty years – he served as Campaign Chair in 2005 and as Chairman of the Board from 2009-2010.

He has received many awards throughout his career, UCO Distinguished Business Graduate, UCO Distinguished Former Student, the Silver Beaver Award from Boy Scouts of America, God & Service Award from Boy Scouts of America, Champion of Youth from Boys and Girls Clubs of America (Oklahoma Chapter), UCO Athletic Hall of Fame and Man of the Year Honoree for the Arthritis Foundation, as well as many others.

Martin was born March 9, 1947, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.  He is a graduate of Wilburton High School and a 1969 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  He and his wife, Kathy, reside in Edmond Oklahoma, and have two children and four grandchildren. They are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond where Ed serves as an elder.

Nancy Anthony - Lifetime Achievement Award

Nancy Anthony joined the Oklahoma City Community Foundation as executive director in 1985 when it had assets of $20 million and one other full-time employee.  She has helped direct the growth of the Community Foundation to assets of more than $800 million during 2015.  The Community Foundation has 33 full-time employees and makes average annual distributions to the Oklahoma City community of $30 million.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has been a leader among community foundations in the development of  endowments for non-profit charitable organizations.  It has also focused its discretionary resources on a group of strategically selected community issues and opportunities where it can provide both resources and leadership.  It operates the largest oragnizational endowment program in the United States and the largest independent scholarship program in Oklahoma.  In 1995, the Community Foundation joined with several other area organizations to provide leadership in the oversight and distribution of contributions given in response to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building.  The model developed in Oklahoma City for cooperative response to such tragedy has set a standard for the nation.  Nancy Anthony served as an advisor to several New York City charities following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, providing the experience of Oklahoma City in dealing with the survivors and injured.

A native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Anthony received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, M.A. and M.Phil degrees in mathematical statistics from Yale University, and a Ph. D. in  biostatistics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  

In her professional career, she has taught at Vanderbilt and Oklahoma City University.  She has also served as a consultant in statistics and demography before joining the Community Foundation.  
As a community volunteer, Anthony has served for 38 years as a member of the Metropolitan Library Commission, including seven years as chairman. She was honored for her work as a library advocate by the American Library Association in 2000 and by the Metropolitan Library Commission Endowment in 2004.  She has served on a number of community boards and also served as a volunteer coach for several girls athletic teams.  She has been active with the Council on Foundations serving as chair of the Membership Committee and as a member of the Community Foundation Leadership Team.  She has served as the Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma City Sports Facility Oversight Board, a city commission.  She is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Duke Divinity School and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy in Washington, DC.

She and her husband, Robert H. Anthony, reside in Oklahoma City.  They have four daughters  and three grandchildren.