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Friends of Finance

 

Hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone

918-631-2588

Location

Helmerich Hall 122-A

In 1985, three TU Finance alumni, Bob Prince, Bruce Currie, and Bob Harrison, and two TU faculty members, Mark Collins and Roger Bey, met to discuss how support could be gained for the Finance Department and how the Finance Department could better serve TU’s Finance alumni and the Tulsa business community. From that meeting the concept of a Friends of Finance (FOF) organization was born. Today, FOF is an incredibly strong support group for TU’s School of Finance, Operations Management and International Business, has more than 475 dues paying members, has raised more than $4 million that is managed as a Student Investment Fund (SIF), and has an Executive Speaker series of nationally prominent business and public leaders. More than 200 students have received approximately $1 million in scholarships from the SIF.

Friends of Finance is an organization of business professionals, TU alumni and supporters of the Collins College of Business. Members share a passion for business–particularly finance and operations management–and are committed to helping TU gain national prominence in these areas. In addition, Friends of Finance provides a forum where business professionals, many of them TU alumni, can network and share perspectives.

Eight times a year, our Executive Speaker series brings leading executives to the TU campus to share their knowledge and explore important business issues. Recent speakers include Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, Bank One; Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Diana Ferguson, SVP, Sara Lee Corporation; Steve Malcolm, Chairman, President, and CEO, Williams; Lee Scott, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Kenneth Lewis, President, Bank of America. Click here to see a larger list of previous speakers.

Mission & Goals

Mission

The mission of Friends of Finance is to help gain national prominence for The University of Tulsa Finance and Operations Management Department’s educational programs, students, alumni, and faculty.

Goals

  • Develop open and effective communication channels and regular interaction between the business and academic communities.
  • Promote the professional development of our members.
  • Continue to develop outstanding curricula for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Enhance student placement into business and finance careers.
  • Attract nationally distinguished MS in Finance and MBA students, undergraduates, and faculty.
  • Promote awareness of the accomplishments and activities of TU business alumni.
Officers and Directors

2018-2019

The officers and directors are committed to achieving the mission of Friends of Finance, serving the membership, and making Friends of Finance the best organization possible. They encourage you to contact them with your suggestions and questions.

Officers

OfficeName Company Email 
PresidentKala SharpONEOKkala.sharp@oneok.com
Vice PresidentRoberta PrestonGirl Scouts of Eastern Oklahomarpreston@gseok.org
TreasurerPhil Reedypgreedy7678@yahoo.com
SecretaryJeff HusenONE Gasjeff.husen@onegas.com
Membership ChairCurtis FrenchPhillips 66curtis.a.french@p66.com
Fundraising ChairAndrew ZiolaONEOK andrew.ziola@oneok.com

Directors

Name Company Email 
Bruce CurrieMidFirst Bankbruce.currie@midfirst.com
Ryan FlugumThe University of Tulsaryan-flugum@utulsa.edu
Marc MaunBOK Financialmmaun@bokf.com
Mike NealTulsa Regional Chambermikeneal@tulsachamber.com
Greg OliphantCeja Coporationgrego@ceja.com
Michael OsborneErnst & Youngmike.osborne@ey.com
Lane WilsonWilliamslane.wilson@williams.com
Larry WoffordThe University of Tulsalarry-wofford@utulsa.edu