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OCU Meinders School of Business Announces Five Hall of Honor Inductees

OKLAHOMA CITY  Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business will honor five local business leaders at the annual Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor luncheon Oct. 24 at the Cox Center.

The 2012 inductees are Bill Cameron, recipient of the Chairman’s Award; Jane Jayroe Gamble, Outstanding Achievement Award; G. Stephen Mason, Entrepreneurial Spirit Award; Mary Mélon, President’s Award; and Russell Perry, Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cameron currently serves as chairman of the board and CEO of American Fidelity Assurance Company (AFA). He is also chairman of the board of First Fidelity Bank, N.A., and a director of Insurica and has served as an officer of American Fidelity companies since 1986 in a variety of capacities.

 

A former Miss America, Jayroe Gamble has been a television personality and news anchor in Oklahoma City and the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. She enjoyed a 16-year career in television journalism. Most recently, she served as Oklahoma Cabinet secretary for tourism and executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.

She is currently pursuing a career as a writer and speaker with two recent books published and an active speaking career. Her books include: Oklahoma III with David Fitzgerald (Graphic Arts Publishing); More Grace than Glamour, an autobiography with Bob Burke (Oklahoma Heritage Association, in its second printing); and Devote Forty Days (Tate Publishing).

Mason has been the president of Cardinal Engineering Inc. since 1989.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.  He has worked full-time in the waste management and environmental industry for more than 25 years.

He currently serves on the board of directors for the City of Oklahoma City Business Improvement District, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, United Way of Central Oklahoma, Automobile Alley, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, First National Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City National Memorial, along with many other civic activities.

Mélon was named publisher of The Journal Record Publishing Co. in September 2001, and president and publisher in 2006.  She previously served as associate publisher and advertising director. 

She was appointed by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and currently serves as the first woman on the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority and Oklahoma City Urban Redevelopment Authority.  She was appointed by State Health Commissioner Terry Cline to serve on the advisory committee for Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools.

Perry is a businessman, banker, community leader, former state official, publisher and broadcaster. Perry started the Black Chronicle, in 1979. Today, it is the largest weekly paid newspaper in Oklahoma.

Perry Publishing & Broadcasting is the largest independently-owned radio group in Oklahoma. Its network of eleven stations reaches 99% of the African American community in Oklahoma with Urban radio.

He also owns the controlling interest in a small Oklahoma City bank. Gov. Frank Keating appointed Perry his Secretary of Commerce, and he was the first African American to ever serve in that position.

In addition to recognizing members of the business community, the Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor luncheon benefits the Meinders School of Business scholarship program. Corporate sponsorships and individual tickets are available. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Melissa Cory at 208-5540 or mcory@okcu.edu.