Kreth Receives OSU Alumni Award

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Paul Kreth, president and CEO of Specialty Restaurants, was awarded the 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Human Environmental Sciences at Oklahoma State University for his achievements in the restaurant industry.

Kreth earned a degree in hotel and restaurant administration from OSU in 1980. After serving with Gilbert Robinson Corp. of Kansas City, Mo., and Val Gene Associates of Oklahoma City, Kreth joined Bruce Anderson, founder of Cajun's Wharf, as partner and later as president and CEO of Restaurant Concepts and Designs, an Arkansas company that operated Shorty Small's Great American Restaurant in Little Rock.

In 1990, Kreth purchased the rights to develop the Shorty Small's concept and now owns and operates six locations in three states -- Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. Another Shorty Small's location is scheduled to open in Oklahoma City this year and plans are on the drawing board for two additional locations in 2000.

Kreth also operates Texanna Reds, a Mexican food restaurant in Oklahoma City.

Practical politics

Here's a seminar for you. Practical Politics, a program devoted to the nuts and bolts of running for office, the role of government and its impact on business, and time constraints and job responsibilities of elected officials, is scheduled Thursday, presented by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Oklahoma City.

Cost is $45 per person if paid by Monday or $50 later.

Former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick will moderate the half-day seminar at Langston University's Oklahoma City location, 4201 N. Lincoln. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and a box lunch at noon will end the seminar.

At 8 a.m., Dave Bialis, Cox Communications, will introduce Norick to begin the seminar. During a morning break, attendees will tour the election board and resume the session at 9:45 a.m. Participating in the panels will be elected officials, campaign strategists and local business leaders.

More awards

The Office of State Finance has received its third national award for financial reporting.

The agency, headed by finance Director Tom Daxon, received its third Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Finance Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its Fiscal Year 98 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. …