Ron Walker Wins Small Business Award

THE JOURNAL RECORD, April 6, 1998 | Go to article overview

Ron Walker Wins Small Business Award


OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- Ron Walker of Ron Walker Construction in Stillwater has been named the Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year for 1998 by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

An awards dinner to honor Walker and winners of seven other categories is scheduled June 10 at Metro Tech. The Journal Record is one of the sponsors of the awards.

Walker will be among 53 small business persons -- one from each state and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands and Guam -- who will be honored by the SBA during ceremonies in Washington on May 31-June 6. As the winner of the Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year, Walker could be named National Small Business Person of the Year. He was nominated by the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. "Ron Walker exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit at its best," said Raymond L. Harshman, SBA district director for Oklahoma. Walker is the president of a custom home, design and building company. A Stillwater native, he worked in masonry and carpentry and contracted small remodeling jobs while he pursued a degree in architecture from Oklahoma State University. "My approach is one of discovery and exploration where all participants, from clients to carpenters, have an opportunity for input," Walker said. "The creative process is best when open and energized by the owners' needs, dreams and expectations." He started with an office in his home and only three employees. The Stillwater company has grown to 15 employees -- four who have been with the company for more than 15 years. Its annual sales are about $3.1 million. Ruth Walker, his wife, has been a small business lending officer with Stillwater National Bank since 1984. She won the state Small Business Financial Advocate Award in 1992. Ron Walker was judged on seven basic criteria -- staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales or unit volume, financial reports, innovativeness, response to adversity and evidence of contributions to community projects. Two of the winners in Oklahoma's seven other categories were also regional winners. …

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