This is Oklahoma
This is Summer Moon Coffee - Chad & Tori Arnold

This is Summer Moon Coffee - Chad & Tori Arnold

October 14, 2021

On this episode I chatted with Chad and Tori Arnold about their Summer Moon Coffee franchise in Oklahoma. Chad and Tori met at Southwestern Christian University and started a life here in Oklahoma. Tori a Designer and Chad working in Commercial Real Estate they set their roots deep in Oklahoma. 

Both had nothing to do with the coffee industry until one opportunity presented itself. Chads commercial development in Yukon had a coffee shop allocation open for Starbucks. With them backing out Chad made the call to Summer Moon after hearing about it from family. The only thing they didn't have was a franchisee in Oklahoma. Well, now they do. 

Chad and Tori tell a great story about how doors open and close during life and you've got to take those doors when they open. 

For more information follow them on instagram, www.instagram.com/summermoonokc

and their website www.summermoon.com 

Thank you to our presenting sponsor The Oklahoma Hall of Fame for supporting the podcast. Sharing Oklahoma's story through its people since 1927. For more information go to www.oklahomahof.com and follow them on instagram here www.instagram.com/oklahomahof

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This is Kenyatta Wright - Leader of the Oklahoma State ”Orange Crush Defense

This is Kenyatta Wright - Leader of the Oklahoma State ”Orange Crush Defense

October 11, 2021

On this episode I chatted with former Oklahoma State Cowboy and NFL Lineman Kenyatta Wright. Kenyatta is from Vian Oklahoma. He was a four-year starter for Oklahoma State, where he recorded 260 career tackles, 11 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery. He was signed as a free agent in 2000 by the Buffalo Bills and then to the Jets from 2003 til his retirement in 2006.

Kenyatta returned home to Vian. To coach at his old high school, to be with his family and to build his life back in Oklahoma where it began. Kenyatta Wright is also helping his NFL brotherhood as President of the Oklahoma Chapter of NFLPA Former Players. We recorded this episode at their Kickoff Classic at the Hardrock Casino and golf course. 

For more information follow Kenyatta on Instagram. www.instagram.com/kwright_7

This episode is presented by the Oklahoma Hall of fame. Telling Oklahoma's story through its people since 1927. For more information on the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Go to www.oklahomahof.com and follow them www.instagram.com/oklahomahof

This is OKC Sweets - Stefanie Embree

This is OKC Sweets - Stefanie Embree

October 8, 2021

On this episode I chatted with Stefanie Embree owner of OKC Sweets. Stefanie is in the best business, the sugar business! Making people happy since she started! Cupcakes, Cakes, Macarons, cookies and she does it all with the biggest smile! Also Stefanie has a wonderful VW Bus she travels to events in. When it starts! 

For more information go to www.okcsweets.com and follow her on instagram for all the tips, tricks and insides in baking! www.instagram.com/okcsweets

Huge thanks to Oklahoma Hall of Fame for their continued support of the podcast. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame sharing Oklahoma's story through its people since 1927. For more information on the Oklahoma Hall of Fame go to www.oklahomahof.com and follow them here www.instagram.com/oklahomahof

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This is Mel Willis - Oklahoma Architectural Photographer

This is Mel Willis - Oklahoma Architectural Photographer

October 5, 2021

On this episode I chatted with Oklahoma Architectural Photographer Mel Willis about her journey through the years and how she fell into photography. 

Mel's Bio:

"I discovered photography while in my hometown, Kansas City, shortly after graduating high school; I received my first 35mm camera as a graduation gift from my dad. In Oklahoma City, my current home, I honed my photography skills while studying visual communication in college. Landscapes, travel, events, family, portraiture … over the years I exposed myself to these and other photography styles, but none of them ever resonated with me.

As a lover of design, I accepted a job working for a local architecture and engineering firm, which first introduced me to the challenge and reward of capturing architecture and interiors. I traveled the United States and Canada to document the firm’s designs for use in marketing, branding, and award submissions. My responsibilities for the firm grew to include graphic design, visual branding, and web design, but those same expanded responsibilities took me further away from my one true calling. And so after nearly eleven years in the industry I made the difficult but confident decision to step out on my own and devote my time and energy to architectural photography.

When I’m not photographing, I spend my time hosting CreativeMornings/Oklahoma City where we encourage, cultivate, and grow a culture of creativity throughout our city. I am a lifelong traveler, and seek to balance my destinations between outdoor escapes and exploring some of the great architecture in communities and cities around the world."

Huge thanks to The Oklahoma Hall of Fame for supporting the podcast. Sharing Oklahoma's story through its people. For more information on the Oklahoma Hall of Fame go to www.oklahomahof.com and follow them on instagram www.instagram.com/oklahomahof

This is Donovan Farrow - Building A Tech Based Community in OKC

This is Donovan Farrow - Building A Tech Based Community in OKC

October 1, 2021

On this episode I chatted with Donovan Farrow. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Donovan is a visionary and a leader in the OKC cybersecurity space. A little over ten years ago, Donovan founded Alias Forensics - now Alias Infosec - here in OKC and has truly helped create and grow the information security scene here. Building a tech based community in an area that historically hasn't been the home to very many tech companies has been a fulfilling challenge. Not only will Donovan be able to talk about how he started the business and how he helped grow the cybersecurity industry in OKC, but he can also talk about why it's important with the rise of ransomware attacks.

To learn more about Alias Forensics go to aliasinfosec.com

This episode is presented by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Telling Oklahomas story through its people since 1927. For more information on the Hall of Fame go to www.oklahomahof.com and follow them on instagram www.instagram.com/oklahomahof 

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This is Madison Sells - Modeling All Over The World

This is Madison Sells - Modeling All Over The World

September 28, 2021

On this episode I chatted with Oklahoma model and future actress Madison Sells. Madison grew up in Oklahoma in Woodward and then later in Piedmont Oklahoma. Madison is a small-town Oklahoma girl, has spent over a decade working as a full-time model in the fashion industry since the age of 13.

Madison signed with a local agent in Oklahoma City as a young teen, and quickly catapulted to the top of the industry. At age 14, Madison moved overseas and worked in Singapore and Tokyo, after signing an exclusive worldwide contract with the world's largest modeling agency, IMG Models. Madison continued to work overseas in the Asian markets to establish a foundation for her official career launch in New York City. It was during this time Madison graced multiple covers of high fashion magazines, such as Elle, Style, and Female, as well as work with Giorgio Armani, Converse, Mulberry, and Vogue.

After turning 18, Madison officially moved to New York City, where she catapulted her career to a new level of clientele. She has walked for some of the biggest designers at New York Fashion Week and has been featured in campaigns for Marc Jacobs Beauty, Bloomingdales, Sak's, DKNY, BCBG, and many more. You've almost certainly come across her face at your local Target, Sephora, Ulta, newsstand, or mall, and never even knew it!

Madison closed her full-time New York chapter and moved to Los Angeles with Freedom Models three years ago, where she now happily resides. Her career is as active as ever with a consistent clientele in e-commerce, swim, and beauty work, and has newly moved into the acting realm.

Follow Madison on Instagram here www.instagram.com/madisonsells

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This is Isabella Fierro - Cowgirl Golf

This is Isabella Fierro - Cowgirl Golf

September 24, 2021

On this episode I chatted with Cowgirl golfer Isabella Fierro about her first couple of years in Stillwater. One of the most highly touted recruits in Cowgirl golf history, Fierro was ranked No. 35 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings on signing day and has been ranked as high as No. 28.

Isabella ended her sophomore year with the best career stroke average in program history at 71.44. She also set the scoring record. Won the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational – just her third career event – in record-breaking fashion. Her 201 (-15) broke the program’s 54-hole scoring record by four strokes, and her 65 in the final round tied for the third-lowest round in school history.

Remember the name Isabella Fierro. 

Follow Isabella here www.instagram.com/isafierro_

For more information on Isabella's stats click here:

https://okstate.com/sports/womens-golf/roster/isabella-fierro/10095

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The Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Telling Oklahoma's story through its people since 1927. For more information go to www.oklahomahof.com and www.instagram.com/oklahomahof  

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This is Chris Morris - The Title Business & Farming In My Downtime

This is Chris Morris - The Title Business & Farming In My Downtime

September 21, 2021

On this episode I chatted with friend Chris Morris. Chris was born and raised in Shawnee Oklahoma. Through his professional career he's found his favorite job at Chicago Title. Chris is a proud dad to Taylor and Jake Morris. They spend their time traveling (mainly to the kids’ sporting events…), enjoying concerts, sporting events, and building a small organic farm in Piedmont. If you have a few hours to kill, ask Chris about his farm. 

Huge shout out to my sponsors:

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Telling Oklahoma's story through its people since 1927. For more information go to www.oklahomahof.com and www.instagram.com/oklahomahof  

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This is Vilona Michael - V Marketing | PR Life in OKC

This is Vilona Michael - V Marketing | PR Life in OKC

September 17, 2021

On this episode I chatted with Vilona Michael from VMarketing here in OKC. Vilona is from East India. Her parents moved here in the 60's for a better life. On the way over here her father met a man from Kingfisher Oklahoma and so that is where her family settled. 

Vilona has a wonderful story, going against cultural norms being raised by Indian parents expecting marriage, kids and prioritizing education. Vilona put herself through university at TU. Graduating with a marketing degree and starting at a huge agency in Tulsa before moving to OKC. 

Vilona's business kicked off after she volunteered at a meeting for the new Uptown 23rd district. Volunteering her marketing and PR services to the community. After the district was launched and word of mouth took off Vilona found herself with multiple clients reaching out asking for help with their personal businesses or other districts needing help. VMarketing was born.

For more information follow Vilona on instagram www.instagram.com/vmarketing

Huge shout out to my sponsors:

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This is Justin Hodges - Legion Metals & Urban Ironcraft

This is Justin Hodges - Legion Metals & Urban Ironcraft

September 11, 2021

On this episode I chatted with Justin Hodges. Justin has in my opinion the entrepreneurs story. He dropped out of school to start a business. It failed, he was humbled and came back to his family trucking business founded in 1932. 13 or so years after his business failed he started up another company, which led to a few more and now he employs 10+ people. Justin continued to pursue his passion even when he worked full time. Never gave up and today has a business fabricating and making custom iron pieces for houses, restaurants, offices all over the country. 

For more information on Justins businesses go to:

https://www.legionmetals.com

https://www.urbanironcraft.com

www.instagram.com/urbanironcraft

www.instagram.com/legionmetals

Huge shout out to my sponsors:

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Telling Oklahoma's story through its people since 1927. For more information go to www.oklahomahof.com and www.instagram.com/oklahomahof  

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