Brad Berrong - 2013
Brad Berrong is a 1975 graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he received a degree in business administration and a minor in political science.
Berrong has worked his entire life to help build his family’s insurance business, having been in the business for 39 years. Since he came into his father's (Ed, Sr.) agency, the insurance portion of the business has grown to 86 times its previous size. The Berrong agency operates in 18 states and has been awarded the industry's Best Practices Award for being one of the top 10 agencies for its size in the United States for 18 consecutive years—the only agency in the nation to achieve that record.
Berrong embraced work early in life by selling Sunday Oklahoman papers at the age of seven, working as a bus boy and janitor at the Orbit Drive-In at the age of 11, and working as a waiter at the Mark Restaurant from junior high through high school.
As a student at SWOSU, he managed seven apartment complexes and over 20 rent houses for several owners. He supervised a work crew to maintain the properties. It was a full time job, but he still went to all his classes and graduated in four years with a 3.86 grade point average.
One of his best memories at SWOSU was working on "The Broadside" political science newspaper with Mike Connelly and Chris Caldwell under instructor Ed Rolison’s sponsorship. Berrong was involved with the political science department’s efforts to get nationally-recognized political speakers to come to SWOSU.
Berrong’s public service work includes eight years as chairman of Weatherford Regional Hospital and leading the way on fundraising and building efforts for the hospital’s outstanding new facility that was recently built in eastern Weatherford. He served 12 years as chairman of Weatherford Public School Foundation, one year as chairman of the Great Plains Family YMCA; president and Paul Harris fellow of the Weatherford Rotary Club; and three years as board member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma. Berrong has been a recipient of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Service Award. Berrong has also been very supportive of many activities at SWOSU.
He and his wife, Jeanine, have two sons—Jeff and Michael.