Ray Ackerman, chairman emeritus of Ackerman McQueen, who was honored with the Dean A. McGee Award by Downtown Now last month, will be honored again by induction into the Academy of Achievements Awards dinner this month.
Sponsored by the Sales and Marketing Executives International, the induction ceremony will be at a black-tie banquet on April 29 at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce co-sponsors the awards program with SMEI.
Reservations are $115 per person or corporate tables of eight are available for $1,200, which includes preferred seating, company signage and two tickets to a private reception honoring Ackerman and other honorees. For more information or to make reservations, call Lois Arbuckle at 528-7521 or Diann Cassidy at the Chamber, 297- 8948.
Keynote speaker at the banquet will be author and business leader, Stephen R. Covey, who also will be inducted into the Academy of Achievements as the Ambassador of Free Enterprise. Covey, co- founder and vice chairman of Franklin Covey Co., is author of the best-seller book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Other inductees are Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp., Memphis; Chris T. Sullivan, founder, chairman and CEO of Outback Steakhouse, Tampa, Fla.; and Charles A. Sammons, founder of Sammons Enterprises, Dallas, who is being recognized posthumously. His widow, Elaine D. Sammons, will accept the award on his behalf.
Ackerman McQueen Advertising is the largest agency based in Oklahoma and is ranked in the top 2 percent in size of all agencies in the United States.
Smith founded Federal Express in 1971 and it now is a $17 billion global transportation and logistics holding company.
Sullivan,with partners Bob Basham and Tim Cannon, established the first Outback Steakhouse, which opened in March 1988.
Sammons Enterprises, established in 1962, is a diversified holding company with interested in bottled water, insurance and industrial equipment businesses. Sammons was born in Oklahoma and is buried in Ardmore.
A thrilling experience
A gold-plated crowd turned out the other night at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics to hear an outstanding pianist and to honor an outstanding civic leader. And the evening put about $150,000 in the coffers of OSSM to provide salary supplements for outstanding teachers at the outstanding school.
Russian pianist Valery Kuleshov, 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Silver Medalist, was absolutely thrilling as he entertained a spellbound audience for nearly an hour. An artist-in- residence at the University of Central Oklahoma, the young man played selections by Debussy, Scriabin and Horowitz, music with power and emotion, chuckles and seriousness. Intriguing were the variations on Mendelssohn's Wedding March although we loved the Scriabin Etudes, too.
He played on a grand piano, which was donated to the school by the evening's honoree, Ann Simmons Alspaugh, founding member of OSSM Foundation and on its board of trustees.
A longtime supporter of education, arts, health and humanity, Ann sits on the boards of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Advisory Board of the University of Oklahoma Institute for Breast Health, the National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian Institution, the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation and the Oklahoma City University Societies. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and recognized with awards from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Duncan Education Hall of Fame and the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations which presented her with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. …