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These are exciting times in Oklahoma.  New growth, new leadership and new pride.  My new blog looks at ways we can turn that optimism into new business opportunities.

Bob gives important pieces of advice and valuable life lessons for those graduating from school this

Dear Graduate – Time to Get Your First “Real” Career Job: It's graduation season, and that also means hiring season. I remember the moment when it was time to go after my first career-focused job. For me, it was right out of college. For others, that first professional job may follow an internship, graduation from technology school or a progression up the ladder from an entry-level job at a company to your target job. Graduation is a time of both exhilaration and terror as you step off into a mysterious future, one for which you’ve hopefully been working toward for several years. If you are seeking your first professional job, my hope is that you’ve gained experience working in an entry

State of Employment: Oklahoma needs greater variety of jobs and job skills, experts say.

Kyle Nelson joined the Oklahoma workforce in 2010 as an in-state, college-educated, third-generation oil and gas professional. But even with an Oklahoma State University geology degree in hand, and the industry pedigree in his blood, Nelson soon realized no one is immune to the boom and bust nature of employment in Oklahoma. He worked for three energy companies, including Haliburton and Devon. Nelson was laid off in 2016 from Devon, and ultimately landed at a smaller firm where he worked while pursuing an MBA at night from the University of Central Oklahoma to secure greater job security. Despite his efforts, the homegrown husband and father was laid off again this spring, for the second tim


On May 1, 2018 the Oklahoma FFA Association graciously awarded Bob Funk, Sr. the VIP Award—the highest level of public recognition and appreciation bestowed by this impressive organization. At the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City and in front of 12,000 young agribusiness leaders from all 77 counties in Oklahoma, Mr. Funk presented a scholarship contribution of $50,000 and delivered these acceptance remarks (excerpts): As a “milk boy” working on my family farm in Duvall, Washington, FFA has always been dear to my heart. At the very core of this organization is the mission to “make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadershi

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