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Tom L. Ward
Tom L. Ward

Tom L. Ward is a prominent Oklahoma City businessman and philanthropist. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Tapstone Energy, a privately owned energy company in Oklahoma City. He is the founder and former Chairman and CEO of SandRidge Energy, Inc. and is the former President, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy.

In 2013, Ward was ousted from his position as CEO of SandRidge Energy after accusations surfaced of Ward profiting from “self-dealing” in a series of transactions in which companies and trusts owned and controlled by his family have bought land and then sold it to SandRidge at a mark-up. After thorough investigation, “nothing improper and no wrongdoings” were uncovered.Ward’s ouster from SandRidge resulted in a one-time severance payment of $90.9 million due to Ward in spite of the company’s performance during his tenure. Since Ward’s departure, SandRidge performance has dropped over 90%,.

Philanthropy and Community Involvement:

Ward co-founded White Fields in 2000 and serves as the Chairman of the Board. White Fields’ mission is to provide a continuum model of care offering a long-term home for abused and neglected boys. They strive to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of these boys by giving them a long-term home, counseling and guidance.

Ward was a member of the Professional Basketball Club LLC, which owns the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, until he sold his interest to George Kaiser in April 2014.

Ward is a committed member of several education-affiliated organizations. He is a former Board of Trustees member for Anderson University in Indiana, is a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and participates on the Board of Visitors for the OU Health Sciences Center. He is also on the board of the Department of Medicine, the Board of Trustees for The World Golf Foundation, and a member of The First Tee, which is an organization developed to help “shape the lives of kids and teens from all walks of life by introducing them to values inherent in the game of golf”. Ward also contributes as a member of the Nopetro Board of Directors.

Ward has provided substantial scholarship money to Oklahoma colleges and universities to help students achieve their higher education goals and find work in the state after college. Ward played a major role in revitalizing downtown’s Central Business District. Ward oversaw the renovation of the former Kerr-McGee Tower into SandRidge’s corporate headquarters, which is now known as SandRidge Commons. Ward is notable in restoring rundown buildings, such as Oklahoma City’s historical Braniff Building, by adding retail, contemporary office space, and restaurants. Ward also directed 120 Kerr from a “dilapidated parking structure,” to a modern office building.

In 2014, Ward invested $17 million dollars into the 96-year-old vacant Mideke building in Bricktown, in downtown Oklahoma City, to reestablish it as Tapstone’s headquarters. Renovations include the east alley wall of the warehouse being modified with a “transparent glass façade,” and a partial revamp of the interior by integrating existing historical architectural elements into the new design. Additional renovations include a 3,600 square feet expansion for an All About Chai Coffee and Tea.

Ward was highly active in sponsoring major downtown activities in December 2014, such as the SandRidge Tree Lighting Festival and SandRidge Santa Run. Ward and SandRidge also worked intently with Alva’s minimum security Bill Johnson Correctional Center located in Oklahoma. “Through the partnership, rehabilitation, non-violent inmates earn the opportunity to return back to the workplace”.

In 2005, Ward provided a free campus for SeeWorth Academy with an ideal location. Distant enough from the city, 400 students were finally able to gain “balance from the curriculum,” without any outside distractions from “gangs and drugs”.

Honors and Awards:

Ward was inducted into the Oklahoma Heritage Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 2012 and was one out of four honorees chosen for the Neal Horton Award at the 2014 Dean A. McGee Awards Ceremony for his role in the revitalization of downtown’s Central Business District. On April 2006, Ward was chosen as a Friend of Children Honoree by the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. Ward was honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters with the Judge William R. Saied Founder’s Award for his advancement of mentoring in Oklahoma City. In 2008, The National Philanthropy Day Past Award was also presented to Ward for being an Outstanding Philanthropist.

Tony Aquila
Tony Aquila

Tony Aquila (born October 1966) is an American businessman. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of Solera Holdings, a technology company that provides risk and asset management software and services to the automotive industry, as well as the global property and casualty insurance industry. In 2013, Aquila received the Ernst & Young’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Technology category, the same year in which Aquila was recognized as the highest-paid chief executive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Prior to founding Solera, Aquila served in executive positions with Mitchell International, Inc., Ensera, Inc. and MaxMeyer.”

Early life:

Aquila was born in Richmond, California to an immigrant and military family. After dropping out of high school, Aquila worked at his uncle’s body shop sweeping floors and replacing windshields, and later joined the United States Army.

Business career:

Solera Holdings, Inc.:

Since founding the company in 2005, Aquila has served as the chairman and CEO of Solera Holdings.

Mitchell International, Inc.:

Aquila is the former president and chief operating officer of Mitchell International, Inc., a company that provides claims estimating and communications software to insurance carriers. Aquila joined Mitchell in 2001 after it had acquired Ensera.

Ensera, Inc.:

Aquila was founder and CEO of Ensera, Inc., a claims workflow software company for the vehicle insurance and collision industry.

MaxMeyer America, Inc.:

Prior to Ensera, Aquila was founder and CEO of MaxMeyer America, Inc. (a subsidiary of MaxMeyer Duco, SPA, Italy), an importer and distributor of European automotive refinishing products. In 1997, PPG Industries acquired MaxMeyer Duco, SPA.

 

Travis Kalanick
Travis Kalanick

Travis Cordell Kalanick (born August 6, 1976) is an American entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of the peer-to-peer file sharing company Red Swoosh and the transportation network company Uber.

In 2014, he entered the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans at position 290, with an estimated net worth of $6 billion.

Early life and education:

Kalanick was born on August 6, 1976 in Los Angeles, California. He lived in Northridge, California, where he graduated from Granada Hills High School and later enrolled in college at the University of California, Los Angeles, to study computer engineering.While at the University of California, Los Angeles he joined the Theta Xi Fraternity. His mother, Bonnie (Horwitz), worked in retail advertising for the Los Angeles Daily News, and his father, Donald E. Kalanick, was a civil engineer for the city of Los Angeles. His father’s family is Catholic with Czech and Austrian roots.His mother is Jewish. He has two half-sisters and his brother Cory is a firefighter.

Career:

Kalanick speaking at DLD 2015 in Munich, Germany

Kalanick speaking at the Le Web conference in December 2013

Scour:

In 1998, Travis Kalanick, along with other classmates, dropped out of UCLA to help found Scour Inc. with Dan Rodrigues, a multimedia search engine, and Scour Exchange, a peer-to-peer file sharing service. In 2000, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) brought a lawsuit against Scour, alleging copyright infringement. In September of that year, Scour filed for bankruptcy to protect itself from the lawsuit.

Red Swoosh:

In 2001, with Scour’s engineering team, Kalanick started a new company called Red Swoosh, another peer-to-peer file-sharing company. Red Swoosh software took advantage of increased bandwidth efficiency on the Internet to allow users to transfer and trade large media files, including music files and videos. In 2007, Akamai Technologies acquired the company for $19 million.

Uber:

In 2009, along with Garrett Camp, Kalanick founded Uber, a mobile application that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services.Uber operates in 66 countries and in more than 507 cities around the world. Uber faced some controversy in some cities in North America, like Washington D.C., Chicago, Toronto, and New York City. The company faces fierce competition from similar services and “clone companies” in cities like London. In November 2014, Kalanick faced criticism for creating a “win at all costs” culture in his Uber organization. Public relations problems the firm faced included Kalanick’s comments to GQ about how easy it is for him to attract women now, concern about his blasé attitude regarding safety issues for female customers, and his tolerance of executive Emil Michael, who recommended creating a large budget to smear critics. Although Kalanick apologized for Michael’s remarks, he did not censure him severely enough to appease some critics.

Terry Gou
Terry Gou

Terry Gou was born in 18 October 1950 in Banqiao Township, Taipei County. His parents lived in mainland China’s Shanxi Province before the Chinese Civil War and fled to Taiwan in 1949. He is a Taiwanese billionaire businessman who is the organizer,Chief executive and head supervisor of Foxconn.  Foxconn is the world’s biggest agreement maker of gadgets, with industrial facilities in a few nations, for the most part in terrain China where it utilizes 1.2 million individuals and is its biggest private boss and exporter. Gou has a more seasoned sister and two more youthful siblings, Gou Tai-chiang and Tony Gou, who have both become effective financial specialists too.

Gou and his first spouse, Serena Lin have a child who works in the film and land businesses and a little girl who worked in the monetary sector. After Gou’s wife died, Gou’s girl expected administration in the charity. During the 1990s, Gou had an extramarital illicit relationship with Chen Chung-mei, a bar young lady as indicated by Gou, who had a private examiner tape her and Gou having sex in order to blackmail Gou for cash. While Gou originally consented to pay the cash, when they next met he had police capture Chen and the private examiner, Hsu Ching-wei, and sued them for blackmail, expressing he realized the undertaking would become “uncovered somehow”. In 2002 he purchased a Roztěž palace close to Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic for $30 million. gou wedded his second wife, choreographer Delia Tseng on 26 July 2008. Tseng and Gou have three youngsters. Together, they have chosen to give 90% of Gou’s abundance away.

Gou originally joined the Kuomintang in 1970, yet permitted his enrolment to pass after 2000. After Donald Trump won the 2016 United States official president election, Gou was the subject of a satire open letter in Bloomberg, in which creator Tim Culpan was seriously condemning of Trump. Terry Gou established Hon Hai in Taiwan in 1974 with $7,500 in start-up cash and ten older labourers, making plastic parts for TVs in a leased shed in Tucheng, a suburb of Taipei. On 17 April 2019, Gou reported his aim to run in the Kuomintang essential for the 2020 official political election. In April 2021 Gou turned into the greatest investor in the biotech organization Eirgenix.

 

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Tim Cook
Tim Cook

Timothy Donald Cook is an American business leader who has been the CEO of Apple Inc. since 2011. Cook recently filled in as the organization’s head working official under its co-founder Steve Jobs Cook joined Apple in March 1998 as a senior VP for overall activities, and afterward filled in as the chief VP for overall deals and tasks. He was made the CEO on August 24, 2011, before Jobs’ death in October of that year. In 2014, Cook turned into the principal CEO of a Fortune 500 organization to openly come out as gay. Cook likewise serves on the board of overseers of Nike, Inc. and the National Football Foundation, and is a trustee of Duke University Outside of Apple, Cook participates in philanthropy, and in March 2015, he said he wanted to give his fortune to charity.

 

Cook was born into the world in Mobile, Alabama, United States in 1st November, 1960 His dad, Donald, was a shipyard labourer, and his mom, Geraldine, worked at a drug store. Cook moved on from Robertsdale High School in 1978. He procured a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Auburn University in 1982, and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1988. Cook is a fitness and appreciates climbing, cycling, and going to the exercise GYM. In June 2014, Cook went to San Francisco’s gay pride parade along with a delegate of Apple staff. On October 30, Cook came out as gay in a publication for Bloomberg Business, saying, “I’m glad to be gay, and I consider being gay among the best God gift has given me. He is known for being lone, utilizing an off-campus GYM for privacy, and little is openly shared about his own life.

 

In 1998, Steve Jobs requested that Cook join Apple. In an initiation speech at Auburn University, Cook said he chose to join Apple in the wake of meeting Jobs: His first position was senior VP for overall tasks. During the 2008 political election cycle, Cook gave to Barack Obama’s first White House election. In January 2007, Cook was elevated to lead activities and filled in as CEO in 2009, while Jobs was away on a time away for health related issues. In January 2011, Apple’s governing body supported a third clinical time away mentioned by Jobs. During that time, Cook was responsible for a large portion of Apple’s everyday activities, while Jobs settled on most significant choices.

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