Philosophy of Success: `Everything Is Perception'

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By Ronda Fears

Journal Record Staff Reporter

Is the glass half full, or half empty?

It doesn't take two glances for Dave Fraser to answer that philosophical query. He knows it's half full.

His attitude has not evolved from a thriving business as the economic recession subsides, either. It was what forged his company, Summit Business Systems Inc. in Oklahoma City, ahead through some of Oklahoma's most trying years.

When Fraser moved to Oklahoma City in January 1985, telltale signs of the coming mid-1986 oil and gas crash were already evident. Deep wounds from Penn Square Bank's crash in 1982 were still fresh.

"Everybody was standing around waiting for things to happen," recalled Fraser, 50, owner and president of Summit.

"I just jumped in there and never missed a beat."

Fraser came to Oklahoma City to salvage a dying copier distribution office, and within a couple of years gained an option to buy the local office from Gestetner Corp. of Greenwich, Conn. He chose Oklahoma City over one of the nation's hottest business centers _ Orlando, Fla. _ where another Gestetner office was offered to Fraser. He had come to Oklahoma City from a Gestetner office in New York.

"I came to Oklahoma because it's more relaxed, there's more personality," Fraser said.

"I've always found the people in Oklahoma to be well educated, too. …