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This is Steven Vekony - Pistol Pete For 2 Years

This is Steven Vekony - Pistol Pete For 2 Years

December 30, 2020

On this episode I chatted with Steven Vekony. Steven graduated from Oklahoma State and for two years had the incredible opportunity to be Pistol Pete from 2017-2019. Steven tells us all about the role as Pete, the history, the events on and off the field and ultimately what it feels like to be Pete. What it meant to him and to the people of Oklahoma State. Steven talks about the process of becoming Pete, trying out for years before being selected. The first game, the first appearance the weddings, events and more. Steven talks about the legacy of Frank Eaton who Pistol Pete is based on. This episode was so much fun and filled with little gems about Pete. Not just for OSU fans but all sports fans. #GoPokes

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This is Amelia Creamery

This is Amelia Creamery

December 28, 2020

On this episode I chatted with Tony founder of Amelia Creamery. Tony is a commercial pilot from Brazil. He and his wife founded Amelia Creamery in 2017 named after their first granddaughter, Amelia, setting out to create the most indulgent French Yogurt in the US.

Traveling throughout Europe for many years, they fell in love with French Yogurt. This yogurt is very similar to what their European grandmothers used to make at home when they were kids.

Visiting small artisanal creameries in France, they learned the ancient technique of producing the world’s best Yogurt. They then began making it for our own consumption, using only fresh whole milk from small local dairies, pro-biotic bacterias, natural fruits, raw sugar from sugar cane and high quality honey. The result is a light creamy indulgence without the acidic taste of commercial Yogurt.

That’s how Amelia Creamery was born and you can find it in your local Whole Food stores and more information at www.ameliacreamery.com and on instagram at www.instagram.com/ameliacreamery

This episode is presented by the The Made in Oklahoma Coalition, your source for information on local food and beverage products. To learn more about Oklahoma made products and how to support MIO Coalition companies visit miocoalition.com

This is 4RKids Foundation.

This is 4RKids Foundation.

December 24, 2020

On this episode I chatted with Tricia Mitchel, Executive Director for the 4RKids Foundation. The 4RKids Foundation, Inc. was founded in Enid, OK, in 2003.   A small group of parents and educators of children and adults with special needs recognized the need for more services and opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in Garfield and surrounding counties of northwest Oklahoma. The mission of 4RKids is to promote community awareness of individuals with special needs, and to provide vocational, educational, and social/recreational opportunities for children and adults with special needs. 

4RKids produces 4RPups dog treats which are handmade by employees with disabilities. We use human grade ingredients to make healthy dog treats. The treats come in three sizes for different dogs. All proceeds from the sale benefit the 4RKids Foundation which provides support and inclusion opportunities for children and adults with special needs.

4RKids pursues these goals in a number of ways, most visibly in three enterprises: 4RKids Mini Golf, 2nd Story Gift Shop and employment center. 

For more information go to https://www.4rkids.com

This episode is presented by the Made In Oklahoma Coalition, for more information on Made in Oklahoma products and services go to madeinoklahoma.net to learn more. 

This is Blake Shipman

This is Blake Shipman

December 21, 2020

On this episode I sat with Blake Shipman. Blake is a professional videographer. His company "BShipman Films" produces some of Action Sport's most entertaining and distinguished work for the world wide web. From skits to full blown documentary features, BShipman Films constantly uploads new content! After 10 years on the road with Monster energy following motocross, monster trucks and more around the country. Blake is now back in Oklahoma making promo films for his motorsports clients and constantly uploading new videos to his YouTube channel of 30+ thousand subscribers. Blakes channel has over 11 million views. 

Follow him on instagram here www.instagram.com/blakeshipman

and on Youtube here https://www.youtube.com/c/BShipmanFilms

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

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This is Woody Candy Company

This is Woody Candy Company

December 18, 2020

On this episode I chatted with Brian Jackson. 

Woody Candy Company is the oldest candy manufacturer in Oklahoma. The candy company was founded in 1927 by Lucille and Claude Woody Sr. in Oklahoma City. Woody Candy Company has been family-owned and operated since its inception, passing from the founding generation to Claude Woody, Jr. in 1983. Claude Jr. ran the company for more than 30 years, and painted the fine portrait of his father that still adorns our Oklahoma City candy shop.

In February 2014, Bill and Elaine Jackson along with son Brian took the reins at Woody Candy Company.

With Claude, Jr. now acting as President Emeritus, the company has welcomed Brian Jackson, as its new leader. A former logistics officer in the U.S. Navy, Brian is the third generation of veterans to head Woody Candy Company.

With the new leadership, the principles that have guided Woody Candy Company since 1927 remain the same.  Quality, freshness, and making the best candy possible remain our top priorities.

For more information go to www.woodycandy.com and on instagram here, www.instagram.com/woodycandycompany

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This episode is presented by the Made in Oklahoma Coalition. The Made in Oklahoma Coalition is your source for information on local food and beverage products. To learn more about Oklahoma made products and how to support MIO Coalition companies visit miocoalition.com"

This is Lance McDaniel

This is Lance McDaniel

December 15, 2020

On this episode I chat with Lance McDaniel. Lance has just finished directing a movie called Finding Carlos which is being aired for free on deadcenterfilm.org until the end of December. Lance grew up here and has lived some life in his years. Traveled a lot, worked for some of the best in a variety of businesses and now he finds himself back home in OKC working on his movie directing dreams. Lance spent 10 years working for Deadcenter Film festival, before that worked in LA on movies with Grey Frederickson and before that after graduating from Stanford university worked for Levis and many other big names on the tech side. A wonderful human and many many stories. Lance was previously on the podcast on episode # which we dive deeper into his journey back home. 

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

 

This is Jabee

This is Jabee

December 10, 2020

On this episode I chatted to return guest Jabee. Jabee has a huge voice in the community and does more good things for OKC than there are words to express. But, on this episode we caught up since our previous podcast last May Episode #59 to talk about his new album, performing during covid, protesting through artistic expression. Performing during covid at Tower Theater.  Jabee likes food, his Saturday morning brunch gatherings. His new pizza concept coming in Jan to the East side of OKC. Working on a movie called Finding Carlos ( out now at deadcenterfilm.org ) and what's planned for the future.

Follow Jabee here www.instagram.com/mynameisjabee 

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

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This is Neighbors Coffee Roasters

This is Neighbors Coffee Roasters

December 9, 2020

On this episode I chatted with John and Taylor from Neighbors coffee in OKC. we talked about the history of the company, the 100+_ flavors of coffee and how coffee builds community. This episode is presented by the Made in Oklahoma Coalition. Your source for information on local food and beverage products. To learn more about Oklahoma made products and how to support MIO Coalition companies visit miocoalition.com  #thisisoklahoma

"In 1972, Steve and Fred Neighbors founded Neighbors Coffee in Oklahoma City with the encouragement of their father, Earl, manager of a large regional coffee roaster (a subsidiary of Nestlé). Earl joined his two sons in 1975 and added his expertise in management and coffee production, along with a strong work ethic, to Neighbors Coffee. By the late 80’s, Neighbors Coffee had established itself as a gourmet coffee roaster and one of the largest independent coffee service companies in the country. Neighbors Coffee remains a privately-owned, family-operated business in Oklahoma and has earned the title of industry leader.

Neighbors Coffee has won many awards for our coffees and gourmet products. Our quality not only means increased sales for you, it means leading the market with exclusive trademarked flavors such as our award-winning Snickerdoodle® coffee."

For more information go to neighborscoffeeroasters.com and follow them on instagram www.instagram.com/neighborscoffeeroasters 

This is Jason Duncan

This is Jason Duncan

December 4, 2020

On this episode I chatted with Jason Duncan. Jason grew up in Edmond, moved to Nashville for college to study music business. While studying in Nashville he was introduced to entrepreneurship. A class came available and so he turned his attention to business building with the plans to launch an event space. That morphed into a coffee shop but Jason was challenged to learn more about coffee than he originally wanted to. Learning about coffee he became amerced in the scene. Taking classes in Portland with new friends and his wife Jenny who he met while at university in Nashville. Jenny a Colorado native and Jason from Oklahoma, they needed a location to launch Jasons 85 page business plan. 

With Edmond being home but nothing really happening and Jason's love for travel, Jennys family in Colorado they chose Bozeman. Signed a lease sight unseen and moved across the country from Nashville to Colorado. 

Doing all they could to make this vision into a realty Jason opened up Evoke in Bozeman. As events unfold and business opportunities come and go. Jason and Jenny start a catering company and with some persuading come to OKC to cater a few events. Enough to pay for their trip. They then realized that OKC / Edmond could be a possibility and moved to launch EVOKE in OKC / Edmond. 

This episode is filled with wisdom, life lessons, business lessons and community. Episode released Friday. Tine into hear Jasons story and how he is now a huge part of Edmonds councils, planning and community building. 

This episode is presented by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Telling Oklahoma's story through its people since 1927. Follow them on instagram here www.instagram.com/oklahomahof and their website www.oklahomahof.com 

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This is Jaxton Secrest - Payne County Beef Co

This is Jaxton Secrest - Payne County Beef Co

December 2, 2020

On this episode I chatted with Jaxton Secrest founder of Payne County Beef co. Jaxton is 19 years old studying at OSU. He's a sixth generation cattle rancher and founded his business three years ago. Jaxton saw the opportunity to provide 100% Wagyu beef and ran with the idea. 

For more information go to www.paynecountybeefco.com follow them on instagram www.instagram.com/paynecountybeef

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