The University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business inducted three business leaders into its Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on Sept. 26 at Gilcrease Museum. Andrew D. MacKay was named outstanding entrepreneur and Frederic Dorwart and A.H. “Chip” McElroy II were named outstanding business leaders for 2017.
The Business Hall of Fame annually 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 50 individuals since its establishment in 2000.
About the 2017 Inductees
Andrew D. MacKay
Andrew D. MacKay is cofounder and president of Maccor, Inc., a Tulsa-based manufacturer of sophisticated battery test systems that use advanced electronics technologies and computer programming to maintain its position as a global leader in this industry. He is also cofounder and president of Unicorp Systems, Inc., a Tulsa company specializing in aircraft equipment repair.
MacKay earned his undergraduate degree with honors in physics from the California Institute of Technology and has a master’s degree in physics and an MBA in finance from the University of California at Berkeley. Early in his professional career, he was employed by Combustion Engineering and moved with them to Tulsa in 1978. After a transfer to the East Coast, MacKay decided to start his own company and returned to Tulsa to enter into business with friends here. A significant number of key people in both companies are TU graduates or otherwise have connections with TU. He and his wife, Helen, became avid supporters of TU, and their initial philanthropic gift created the Andrew and Helen MacKay Endowed Presidential Scholarship, the first of nine presidential scholarships they have established at the university.
The MacKays’ extensive list of meaningful contributions is rooted in a true love for TU and its academic and athletic programs. They are members of the Dean’s Circle in both the Collins College of Business and the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. The couple supports the departments of chemistry and biochemistry, and electrical and computer engineering. Their commitment to the construction of J. Newton Rayzor Hall is commemorated with the naming of the Andrew D. and Helen G. MacKay Center for Education and Research. They actively support men’s and women’s basketball and women’s rowing while continuing to expand their commitment to TU’s success.
MacKay serves on the TU Board of Trustees. He also was inducted into the TU College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame in 2015. He and Helen are members of Friends of Finance, the Golden Hurricane Club 1930 Society, and McFarlin Library’s Henneke Society. They are members of the Gilcrease Council at the Patron level as well.
Since 1966, Fred Dorwart has been active in both business and law. Beginning in 1966 and continuing today, Dorwart has jointly practiced litigation and transactional law, principally oil and gas, securities and banking. From 1969 to 1989, he was a stockholder, director and officer of various manufacturing concerns, with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium and Singapore.
Today, Dorwart focuses his efforts structuring commercial transactions, advising clients on the legal aspects of business matters and coordinating teams of attorneys handling complex litigation as manager of Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers PLLC. Before forming Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers in 1994, he was the managing partner of Holliman, Langholz, Runnels & Dorwart. He was a principal draftsman of the 1995 Oklahoma Tort Reform Act. In 1998, he participated in the organization of the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Tulsa Community Foundation. In 2008, Dorwart was instrumental in the creation of the Tulsa Stadium Improvement District, the organization of the Tulsa Stadium Trust and the financing of Tulsa’s ONEOK Field.
In 2014, Dorwart developed the structure and organization for the construction and operation of Tulsa’s Gathering Place and its gift by the George Kaiser Family Foundation to the River Parks Authority.
Dorwart is the honoree of the Frederic Dorwart Endowed Professorship in Law, University of Tulsa School of Law (2009), an inductee of the TU School of Law Hall of Fame (2015), and an inductee of the Tulsa Hall of Fame (2015). In 2015, he was the honoree of New York City-based Children’s Rights for his work with Oklahoma’s foster care program. He was pro bono co-lead counsel in DG v Yarbrough (United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma), which obtained a precedent-setting settlement mandating fundamental reform of the Oklahoma foster care system. Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers currently provides general counsel legal services, pro bono, to Community Action Project of Tulsa, Tulsa Community Foundation, Tulsa Stadium Trust, River Parks Authority, Route 66 Alliance, Friendly Autism Locations, Lobeck-Taylor Foundation and 12 other Tulsa 501c3s.
Currently, Dorwart is president and trustee of the George Kaiser Family Foundation and a trustee of The University of Tulsa among many other leadership roles. Dorwart was awarded a B.S. in Engineering with Distinction in 1959 from the U.S. Naval Academy and an L.L.B., Cum Laude, from Harvard Law School in 1966. Before law school, Dorwart served as chief engines officer in U.S.S. Newport News, as chief operations officer in U.S.S. Turner and as Instructor in naval tactics at the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School.
Dorwart and his wife, Nanu, have three children, Marc, Erica and Laura, and three grandchildren. The couple supports Gilcrease Museum, the Golden Hurricane Club, Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge, Men’s Basketball and the TU Annual Fund.
A.H. “Chip” McElroy II, PE
Since 1988, A.H. “Chip” McElroy II has led McElroy Manufacturing, Inc. in partnership with his two sisters, Donna McElroy Dutton and Peggy McElroy Tanner. McElroy’s parents, Art and Panny McElroy, founded the company in 1954 as a job-shop manufacturer. As the company grew, it developed a strong reputation for its capability to engineer, develop and deliver specialty equipment to a diverse group of customers.
Many of these key customer relationships combined with unique capabilities created the basis for the McElroy products now recognized globally. Since McElroy was named president and CEO in 1997, the company has experienced some of its most dynamic growth yet. Today, McElroy Manufacturing remains a private, second-generation family business with a growing professional leadership team supporting a dynamic range of solutions. The company maintains a sharp focus on the design, manufacture and marketing of its specialty equipment.
McElroy is the largest and most recognized manufacturer of its kind globally. Roughly one-third of the business is export, and McElroy has sales offices in the United Kingdom, Chile, Brazil, Australia and India. McElroy employs approximately 300 people and occupies in excess of 300,000 square feet of plant and office space on 30 acres across three campuses in Tulsa.
In 2002, McElroy added Southern Specialties, a division of the Agilis Group, L.L.C., to its family of companies. The Tulsa-based company offers high-end sheet metal cabinetry along with specialty turnkey fabrication and assembly services. McElroy was named a TU Distinguished Alumnus in 2008 and was inducted into the TU College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame in 1995. He has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 1998 and received the Legacy of Honor Award in 2005.
McElroy serves on TU’s Board of Trustees and on the boards of the Tulsa Community Foundation, St. John Health System, AAON Corporation, Pryer Aerospace LLC, HydroHoist Marine Group and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Society of Plastics Engineers. McElroy has had seven patents awarded. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering at The University of Tulsa in 1985.
McElroy and his wife, Sharon (BSBA ’86), who serves as vice president of marketing for McElroy Manufacturing, have three children, Mac, Andy and Julie. They established the Chip and Sharon McElroy MBA Scholarship and the Chip and Sharon McElroy Presidential Scholarship and also support the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences’ programs and facilities and the Golden Hurricane Club, among other areas of the university.