Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business will honor five business and community leaders during the 27th annual Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor luncheon Oct. 23 at the Cox Business Services Center. The 2013 inductees are Phil Busey, recipient of the Chairman's Award; Pete Delaney with the President’s Award; Leland Gourley with the Lifetime Achievement Award; Dave McLaughlin with the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award; and Polly Nichols with the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Phil Busey is the founder, chairman and CEO of the Busey Group of Companies and Delaware Resource Group (DRG).
Busey practiced law nationally for 25 years with expertise in Native American, commercial, corporate, government, public finance and contracting law. He documented more than $1 billion of commercial loans and acted as counsel on more than $1 billion of public finance bond issues.
He established the Busey Group of Companies in 2000 and DRG in 2002. His companies are principally focused on aerospace and defense purposes.
Busey earned his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor from OCU. He was honored as the U.S. Small Business Administration Oklahoma Business Person of the Year in 2010.
Pete Delaney is chairman, president and CEO of OGE Energy Corp., the parent company of the electric utility provider OG&E and a general partner of the $11 billion Enogex-CNP Energy Natural Gas Midstream Partnership.
Prior to joining OGE Energy, Delaney completed a 15-year investment banking career on Wall Street, where he specialized in corporate finance and other advisory services to electric utilities and other energy companies in the United States, Europe and South America.
Delaney serves as chairman of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, INTEGRIS Health, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, Oklahoma State Fair, Downtown OKC and Edison Electric Institute. He was recently named Utility CEO of the Year by Energy Biz magazine.
Delaney holds a bachelor’s degree in economics with distinction from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University.
Leland Gourley and his wife, Vicki, are the publishers ofOKC FRIDAY, an award-winning weekly newspaper he founded in 1974 that covers northwest Oklahoma County.
Gourley worked two jobs and was on the staff of the Oklahoma Daily newspaper while carrying a full academic load as a journalism major at the University of Oklahoma. He later worked at the Seminole Producer, and then at age 21 became the youngest state editor of the Associated Press in state history.
Gourley is a four-year veteran of World War II and earned the Bronze Star for his service. After the war, he purchased the Henryetta Daily Freelance. He later moved to Oklahoma City to serve as chief of staff to Gov. J. Howard Edmondson.
In 1962 Gourley secured a bank charter and opened State Capitol Bank. He served on the 25-member National Public Advisory Commission to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce during two presidential administrations.
He has been a board member of the Southern Regional Higher Education Board, Oklahoma City Country Club and Oklahoma City Symphony. He is a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. He received a Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award and is a past president of the Oklahoma Press Association, the United Press Editors of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Disciples of Christ Laymen and other organizations.
Dave McLaughlin is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Advance Food, a global company. Founded in 1973 by Paul Allen and McLaughlin in Enid, Advance Food manufactures beef, pork, veal, chicken and turkey products used in restaurants, business and industry foodservice venues across America and abroad.
Later they created Advance Brands, a joint venture formed in 2001 with Cargill Meat Solutions, to enter new markets. In 2010, the two firms merged with Pierre Foods, another global food company that manufactures several different types of products. The firm is now known as Advance Pierre Foods, Inc.
McLaughlin was named to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Board of Regents by Gov. Brad Henry in 2010. He has been a member of the Oklahoma State University Food and Agriculture board, Fortune Club and Rotary International.
Polly Nichols is acommunity volunteer and philanthropist who has served Oklahoma nonprofits most of her life. Born in McAlester, she has been involved with more than 20 organizations since moving to Oklahoma City in 1971.
A survivor of the Oklahoma City bombing, she co-chaired the $29.1 million fund-raising drive to build the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. She continues to volunteer for the memorial. She has served as chairwoman of the Memorial Foundation, Oklahoma City Junior League, Science Museum Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, where she has worked to build a coalition of nonprofits throughout the state.
In addition to her volunteer experience, Nichols served as executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence from 1990 to 1997. She was co-chair of the founding Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon for the Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma, the first Reflections of Hope event for the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the Allied Arts fund drive, and along with her husband, Larry, was a co-chair of the United Way fund drive and the Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma Capital Campaign.
She is currently serving on the boards of INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, the United Way and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
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 (405) 208-5540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.