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Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor to Host Virtual Induction Ceremony

Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor to Host Virtual Induction Ceremony

The 34th annual induction ceremony of the Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor is set to welcome Meg Salyer, Sean Trauschke and J. Blake Wade at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. Tickets to the virtual event are available at give.okcu.edu/hallofhonor.

Oklahoma City University established the Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor to recognize business and community leaders who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of Oklahoma.

Meg Salyer, who will receive the 2020 President’s Award, has provided her resources and expertise for the betterment of the Oklahoma City area known as Automobile Alley, including the implementation of its Main Street Program. She has represented Ward 6 on the Oklahoma City Council and served on the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority Committee, the Downtown School Site Selection Committee and the City Council’s Economic Development Committee. After retiring from the council, Salyer has remained the president and CEO of Accel Financial Staffing, the employment service agency she founded in 1995.

2020 Chairman’s Award recipient Sean Trauschke serves as OGE Energy Corp. and OG&E chairman, president and CEO. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and later completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

J. Blake Wade will also be inducted into the Hall of Honor with the 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award. The CEO of the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority (NACEA) said his leadership motto came from President Harry S. Truman: “It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” The NACEA hopes to open the First Americans Museum next spring. Wade has dedicated the majority of his career to preserving and promoting history in culture in Oklahoma, and he believes they are the key to the state’s identity and the secret weapon for economic success.

The Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor is housed in the Meinders School of Business at OCU. Hall of Honor inductees serve as role models for business students, providing them inspiration and encouragement as they pursue their roles as the next generation of business and community leaders. Melissa Cory, the school’s director of communications and of executive and professional development, said the event is a celebration of major achievements in business.

“We are thrilled to honor leaders who have made significant contributions to our state and region through their dedication and support to our community,” Cory said.

Financial support for the Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor provides scholarships for students of the Meinders School of Business.

For questions or to discuss corporate sponsorships, contact Cory at 405-208-5540 or mcory@okcu.edu. To purchase tickets for Wednesday’s induction ceremony, visit give.okcu.edu/hallofhonor.