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Oklahoma State's DASNR and CASNR Honor Three Alums and Three Champions on Campus This Past Friday

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 16:23:40 CDT

Oklahoma State's DASNR and CASNR Honor Three Alums and Three Champions on Campus This Past Friday The 2018 DASNR Honors Celebration was held this past Friday evening in the Student Union Ballroom on the Campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Three Distinguished Alumni and three DASNR Champions were honored. Recognized as 2018 CASNR Distinguished Alumni are Charlotte Kirk Baer, Frederick Drummond and Gregory Schultz. The 2018 DASNR Champions are Brad Parker, Gene Rainbolt and JD Waggoner.

Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, who was one of the first DASNR Champions selected back in 2011, talked with one of the 2018 DASNR Champions ahead of the Friday night ceremony. Gene Rainbolt is the Chairman Emeritus of BancFirst, one of the largest Ag Lenders in the state of Oklahoma. Rainbolt graduated from the University of Oklahoma- but has discovered the value of the College of Agriculture and especially the Ag Economics Department within CASNR. Rainbolt told Hays that the Ag Economics Department is very important to BancFirst, as nine of their Bank Presidents are graduates of the Department.

Rainbolt, Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, earned a bachelorís degree in economics and masterís degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma before serving in the U.S. Army for four years. Upon his return, Rainbolt attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He returned to Oklahoma to serve as president and CEO of Federal National Bank in Shawnee in 1967 and in 1985 partnered with a group of investors to acquire banks statewide to form the United Community Corporation. Rainbolt founded BancFirst in 1989, which is now the stateís second largest bank and is the largest state chartered bank in Oklahoma.

You can listen to the brief conversation that Hays and Rainbolt had on Friday evening in Stillwater by clicking on te LISTEN BAR below.

To read more about all six of the honorees, click or tap here for an earlier story posted on our website, OklahomaFarmReport.Com.


Ron Hays talks with one of the DASNR Champions for 2018, Gene Rainbolt.
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