The University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business inducted three business leaders into its Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on Oct. 6 at Gilcrease Museum. Robin F. Ballenger, Jake Henry Jr. and Doug McMillon were named outstanding business leaders for 2016.
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 47 individuals since its establishment in 2000.
About the 2016 Inductees
She was the third generation of the Flint family to lead Flintco, a diverse, national construction company with offices in seven cities, until its sale in January 2013. She served as chair of the board of Flintco, LLC and its subsidiaries. Her special interest was Flintco’s Native American work and under her leadership, the company did construction for more than 25 Indian Nations across the United States.
Through Ballenger’s leadership, Flintco consistently ranked in Engineering News’ top 100 contractors in the nation and won the 2006 U.S. Department of Commerce Business Development Agency’s Minority Construction Firm of the Year Award. Her distinguished leadership was further evidenced by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 2006 American Indian Business Owner of the Year Award, and the Greater Tulsa Indian Affairs Commission’s Charles Chibitty Community contributor award for her efforts to improve Native American lives. Ballenger won The Journal Record’s prestigious 2007 Woman of The Year Award; and in 2010, she was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame.
An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, Ballenger served as president of the Cherokee Nation Foundation, a tribally chartered nonprofit and has served on the Cherokee Nation Citizens’ Compensation Committee. She is a past board member of the Cherokee Heritage Center.
Current board memberships include Tulsa Community College Board of Regents, River Parks Authority, Clarehouse and the Tulsa City-County Library Trust.
Jake Henry Jr.
Jake Henry Jr. was appointed president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis Health System (SFHS) on July 1, 2002. Henry and his executive team have led SFHS through a time of tremendous growth and success made more memorable by the turmoil occurring in the healthcare industry.
Since 2002, SFHS has reinvested over $1.6 billion to expand, update and replace facilities and equipment. Net worth of the company has increased from $433 million in 2002 to over $2.0 billion in 2015, a 341 percent increase. From 2002 to 2014, a total benefit of $625 million has been returned to the Tulsa community and surrounding region.
Henry obtained his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. He gained his master’s degree in health administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, where he was president of his class and received the Distinguished Student Award.
Henry has over 40 years’ experience in healthcare administration. Prior to his time at SFHS, he served as president and chief executive officer of the six-hospital Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi, Texas. Previous to that Henry served a long tenure with the St. Joseph Health System of Orange, California, where he was responsible for the system’s hospitals in Texas and northern and southern California. Henry served as president of the University Health System in Lubbock and had his first CEO position at age 30 in San Angelo, Texas, where he built the 125-bed Angelo Community Hospital.
Henry has served as chair of the Tulsa Area United Way (2007) and the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce (2013). He is a director of the Children’s Hospital Foundation board, the William K. Warren Medical Research Center and Montereau, Inc. He is chair of the board of directors of CommunityCare Managed Healthcare Plans of Oklahoma and a member of the American Bank and Trust board of directors.
He has served as a member of the American Hospital Association’s House of Delegates and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Henry served as an army combat medic with the 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile) in South Vietnam October, 1966–67.
Henry has been married to his wife Kathy for 47 years. They have two daughters, Christine Brooke (d.) and Katherine Ames (Ami). Ami and son-in-law Ray have two daughters, Abby (10) and Caroline (8).
As CEO, McMillon leads a strong management team that is working to deliver Walmart’s mission of “saving people money so they can live better.” Under his leadership, Walmart is bringing together its stores, logistics network and digital commerce capabilities in new ways to empower customers to shop whenever, wherever and however they want.
From February 2009 to February 2014, McMillon served as president and chief executive officer of Walmart International, a fast-growing segment of Walmart’s overall operations, with more than 6,400 stores and nearly 800,000 associates in 26 countries outside the United States. From 2006 to 2009, he served as president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club, an operating segment of Walmart, with sales of more than $46 billion annually during his tenure.
McMillon is a longtime champion of Walmart’s customers, its associates and the company’s culture. In 1984, he started out as an hourly summer associate in a Walmart distribution center. In 1990, while pursuing his MBA, he rejoined the company as an assistant manager in a Tulsa, Oklahoma, Walmart store before moving to merchandising as a buyer trainee. He went on to serve in successful senior leadership roles in all of Walmart’s business segments. He remains a merchant at heart and understands where customers around the world are heading next.
McMillon has served on the board of directors for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., since 2009 and currently is the chair of the Executive and Global Compensation committees. In addition, he serves on the boards of directors of the Consumer Goods Forum, the U.S.-China Business Council and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He also serves on the advisory board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China; the executive committee of Business Roundtable; and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.