Business leaders inducted into Hall of Fame - The University of Tulsa

Business leaders inducted into Hall of Fame

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

leadersThe Collins College of Business inducted three business leaders into its Business Hall of Fame on Sept. 30

The University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business inducted three business leaders into its annual Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on September 30 at Gilcrease Museum. John W. Gibson and Hans C. Helmerich were named outstanding business leaders and David R. Lawson was named outstanding entrepreneur.

The Hall of Fame honors the widespread contributions of outstanding Tulsa business leaders who shape and strengthen the university, community and economy. The Collins College of Business Hall of Fame has inducted 41 individuals since its establishment in 2000.

About the 2014 Inductees


John W. Gibson

Gibson is non-executive chairman of the board of ONEOK, ONEOK Partners and ONE Gas. He most recently was chairman and chief executive officer of both ONEOK and ONEOK Partners after serving as chairman, president and chief executive officer of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners.

Gibson joined ONEOK in 2000 as president of energy, responsible for the company’s natural gas gathering and processing, and transportation and storage businesses. In 2006, he was named president and chief operating officer of ONEOK Partners, the master limited partnership that contains the midstream natural gas and natural gas liquids businesses. He was elected chief executive officer of ONEOK and president and chief executive officer of ONEOK Partners in January 2007, becoming chairman of ONEOK Partners later that year. In January 2010, he became president of ONEOK, and in May 2011, he became chairman.

Gibson began his career in the energy industry in 1974 as a refinery engineer with Exxon Company, USA. He spent 18 years with Phillips Petroleum Company in a variety of domestic and international positions in the natural gas, natural gas liquids and exploration and production businesses. Prior to joining ONEOK, Gibson was executive vice president of Koch Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of Koch Industries, responsible for its interstate natural gas pipelines and gathering and processing businesses.

Gibson has served on the boards of the Texas Pipeline Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. He was an original member of the Gas Industry Standards Board and currently serves as a director of Bank of Oklahoma Financial Corporation and is a trustee of Missouri University of Science and Technology.

He also serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice and on the advisory board of the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League. He has worked with the Tulsa Area United Way, Boy Scouts of America and Habitat for Humanity, and is a past director of Saint Francis Health System.

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Gibson earned an engineering degree in 1974 from the University of Missouri at Rolla, now called Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Hans C. Helmerich

Helmerich is the chairman of the board of Helmerich & Payne, Inc. of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Previously, he served as the company’s CEO for 25 years.

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP, NYSE) is the largest provider of land drilling services in the U. S. with a market cap of over $10 billion and over 10,000 employees. As of July 31, 2014, the company’s fleet includes 333 land rigs in the U.S., 34 international land rigs and nine offshore platform rigs.

Helmerich is a board member of two additional NYSE companies, Atwood Oceanics, Inc. and Cimarex Energy Co., and also a trustee of Northwestern Mutual Life. His community service includes board membership on the Gilcrease Museum National Board, Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America, The Nature Conservancy’s Oklahoma Chapter, Oklahoma Business Education Coalition, Tulsa Community Foundation and the Tulsa Metro Chamber.

Helmerich graduated from Dartmouth College and completed Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.

He and his wife, Lea, have five children.

David R. Lawson

Lawson (BS ’70) is managing partner of Tulsa-based JD Young Leasing, LLC. He retired from Capital One Auto Finance Corporation in 2008 after serving as president and CEO for 10 years. During his time at Capital One, he led the development of a small, closely held company into one of the largest auto finance concerns in the U.S.

Lawson began his career in accounting at Arthur Andersen & Company in 1970 and after a series of promotions was named partner in 1980. He left Arthur Andersen in 1982 to serve as president of Western National Bancorporation until 1993. He then was president and CEO of Summit Acceptance Corporation for three years before Capital One acquired the company. He has held board seats at PureEnergy Solutions, Heat Transfer Inc., MacroSolve, Oracle Packaging Company and Capital Advisors Group, among others.

A longtime supporter of TU, Lawson is past president of the Alumni Association and the Golden Hurricane Club. In 2003, he was named a TU Distinguished Alumnus. He has been a member of the TU Board of Trustees for 23 years and served as its chairman from 2008 to 2012. Under his tenure as chairman, TU completed an expansion effort that added more than 1 million square feet of new development, grew its research and academic programs and concluded the Embrace the Future Campaign, which raised $698 million, nearly tripling TU’s scholarship endowment and the ranks of endowed professors.

Lawson and his wife, Leslie, share a commitment to educational excellence and have dedicated their philanthropic efforts and resources to advancing The University of Tulsa through the creation of endowments, academic chairs and endless support of student-centered programs and projects.

He and Leslie have three children and seven grandchildren.

Amber Remke