SWOSU Alumni Association President Elect
December, 1974 I finished my studies at SWOSU (officially receiving my degree May, 1975), B.S. in Business Administration, minor in Management.
I assumed ownership of Powell's RCA store, now Weatherly RCA TV and Appliance/J.C. Penney in January 1975. Primarily a RCA/Whirlpool franchise that has a history that dates back to 1950 as an electronics and appliance store. Wendell and Vinita Powell owned the store before me. They had a daughter, Susan who worked for me two summers before going on to college and later becoming Miss America.
Building on past successes with RCA and Whirlpool I've since expanded products lines to include Kitchen Aid, Jenn-Air, Frigidaire, Amana, and LG. Most recently I've also added a J.C. Penney Catalog store.
In the mean time I became very involved in local politics. I served twice as president of the Elk City Chamber of Commerce and currently serve on the board of directors as well as heading the Retail Merchants committee. I also work with Elk City Fall Festival Art Show and Christmas in the Park committee.
When I first got into business I became very involved in the Elk City Jaycees serving on the board of directors and later Internal Vice-President. In 1979 I was recognized by the Oklahoma Jaycees as one of ten outstanding young business lenders in Oklahoma and in 1993 I was given one of the last Oklahoma Jaycee Governorships. Later I joined the Elk City Rotary Club and have twice served as President of the club and am a Paul Harris Fellow.
I have served as president at the Elk City United Fund. In 1975 the mayor of Elk city appointed me for the Elk City Planning and Zoning Committee where I served for 15 years during one of the largest growth periods in Elk City history. I later ran for mayor twice and lost both times before finally winning a City Commission seat which I served in for 12 years. During this time I worked as Mayor Pro-temp, served on the Airport
board, cemetery commission, and park board. Currently I serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission and chairman of the Board of Adjustments.
I also work with the Elk City Education Foundation and the Great Plains Regional Hospital Foundation. I serve on the MOIF Board at Burns Flat and was appointed in 2003 by Governor Brad Henry to serve on the Legislative Salary Review Board. For fun I love theatre so I'm a member of the Oklahoma Theatre Association, vice-chair of the Elk City Council of the Arts and chairman of the board of the Elk City Theatre Guild.
I've participated in well-over 50 theatre productions at Red Carpet Community Theatre in Elk City last appearing as Captain Brackett in "South Pacific" last summer directed by Mick Sweet of Austin, Texas. Most recently I was invited to do a part at the Short Grass Theatre of Hobart, Ok and directed by Chris Crabtree of Clinton. Being a child of the 60's I'm still in love with the music of that time and still collect a lot of it. All music catches my ears from classical to country. But pop music is my passion. And I am a card-carrying member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I married Delila Ezell and we have three children and eight grandchildren. All three kids attended SWOSU. Rob received a degree in Pharmacy and now helps write computer programs for all Baptist-Integris Pharmacy's. Middle daughter Kim is a housewife in Yukon, Ok. And youngest daughter Shannon graduated as an X-ray tech from SWOSU in Sayre and works for the OU medical center in OKC. My first wife Timberley Ryan was a music major at Southwestern in 1975 and passed on from cancer in 1991.