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405 Business Magazine 405 Business is central Oklahoma’s business lifestyle brand. We share stories informing tomorrow: Discussing relevant events, sparking new ways of thinking, working and living, and imagining the future of business in our vibrant community.

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Join General Genomics this Saturday, April 30 from 9:00AM-2:00PM at their Symposium for Women in AI/ML/STEM fields! They...
04/28/2022
We Tech + Representation Matters - Women in AI/ML/STEM Symposium

Join General Genomics this Saturday, April 30 from 9:00AM-2:00PM at their Symposium for Women in AI/ML/STEM fields! They will be giving out free lunch and free professional headshots to attendees. Link below to RSVP📱🔗

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-tech-representation-matters-women-in-aimlstem-symposium-tickets-314804347277?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

We Tech + Representation Matters - Women in AI/ML/STEM Symposium with FREE LUNCH & FREE PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS!!!

Mike Koehler's Daily Media Diet
04/26/2022
Mike Koehler's Daily Media Diet

Mike Koehler's Daily Media Diet

Chief Strategist shares his daily media consumption habits. Read and maybe find a new podcast to subscribe to

Photos from Miller's post
04/26/2022

Photos from Miller's post

A big congratulations to Guernsey! The OKC tech company is now the first and only company in Oklahoma, and one of only e...
04/13/2022
Guernsey earns Oklahoma’s first and only Cyber Assessment Authorization

A big congratulations to Guernsey! The OKC tech company is now the first and only company in Oklahoma, and one of only eight in the nation, authorized to conduct Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Assessments of companies around the nation, as an anticipated requirement of the Department of Defense. https://405business.com/guernsey-earns-oklahomas-first-and-only-cyber-assessment-authorization/

The OKC tech company’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is the first for an Oklahoma company and only the eighth in the nation. Guernsey is now the first and only company in Oklahoma, and one of only eight in the nation, authorized to conduct Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification As...

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04/11/2022

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Our team members Whitney Randall and Lindsey Ogan are featured in this article about RISE. Thank you, 405 Business Magazine!

Read the article here: https://405business.com/the-incubation-period/

Photo credit: 405 Business Magazine

Have you read our latest feature? Link below!
04/11/2022
All in the Family: BC Clark Jewelers

Have you read our latest feature? Link below!

Family owned and operated, BC Clark Jewelers have been serving Oklahoma since 1892. Read how they carry out their business values together.

✨THE APRIL/MAY ISSUE IS HERE!⁠⁠Please enjoy this note from our Editor: ⁠⁠My mom didn't know it, but when she twisted my ...
04/01/2022

✨THE APRIL/MAY ISSUE IS HERE!⁠

Please enjoy this note from our Editor: ⁠

My mom didn't know it, but when she twisted my arm to join the yearbook staff in seventh grade, she set me on my professional course forever. I quickly fell in love with every kind of storytelling and before I knew it, I was following in my dad’s footsteps — he was an editor and editorial cartoonist for the United Auto Workers for a good chunk of his career. ⁠

Now, my little family is nothing like the ones we feature in this issue. We’re a long cry from a family-owned business. The people featured in our cover story, All in the Family, have built family businesses that span generations and one that pre-dates statehood. The breadth and depth of their endeavors is awe-inspiring. ⁠

I’ve fallen in love just a little bit with the families we feature in this issue. Momma Florence Jones-Kemp rules the roost at Florence’s restaurant, celebrating both its 70th anniversary and Oklahoma’s first James Beard award this year. Plenty Mercantile’s Traci Walton and Brittney Matlock finish each other’s sentences, and doing life together has pushed them from one to five (by the end of 2022) locations, showing whopping growth even during a pandemic. And the Lopez brothers fly under the radar with Lopez Foods, which produces millions of pounds of pork, chicken and beef — and billions in revenue — for mega retailers like McDonald’s and Walmart, all while supporting each other and their employees. And that doesn’t begin to talk about the families we feature behind long-time family businesses in the 405 like BC Clark, Jasco, Home Creations and Standley Systems. ⁠

Family helps family businesses grow, and so do Oklahoma’s business incubators. We talk with three of them in our story, The Incubation Period, (pg. 44) talking through what all an incubator can do to help a business flourish. ⁠

Talking with these families about about their careers got me thinking about my own. I hope you enjoy this issue, but now I’ve got to go thank my momma for knowing me better than I knew myself when I was 13.⁠

Link below to digitally flip through the April issue. We hope you enjoy.

https://405business.com/issues/405-business/april-may-2022/


-Kayte Spillman, Editor in Chief

A high school teacher introduced Ken Parker to his first computer and it paid off. Parker went on to co-found RiskMetric...
03/23/2022
Unicorns of OKC: Ken Parker

A high school teacher introduced Ken Parker to his first computer and it paid off. Parker went on to co-found RiskMetrics Group, the world's largest independent provider of risk management solutions. ⁠

Read more about the Unicorn among us, Ken Parker at the link below!📲🔗⁠

https://405business.com/unicorns-of-okc-ken-parker/

Written by: Kayte Spillman
Photo by: Charlie Neuenschwander Photography, LLC

Written by: Kayte Spillman / Photos by: Charlie Neuenschwander   Ken Parker was the first person in his family to graduate college. His high school math teacher took an interest in him and gave him access to the school’s only computer at the time to help develop his interest in math and computers...

Randall Kamp is a lawyer and a CPA with various businesses around the metro including Kamp's 1910 Cafe near Automobile A...
03/15/2022
The Hobby That Sets Randy Kamp's Wheels in Motion

Randall Kamp is a lawyer and a CPA with various businesses around the metro including Kamp's 1910 Cafe near Automobile Alley and in the atrium in Oklahoma Children's Hospital. But, his professional career isn’t even his longest, most enduring passion. That’s reserved for cycling.🚲✨⁠

Link below to read about the hobby that keeps Randy Kamp's wheels in motion.📲🔗

https://405business.com/the-hobby-that-sets-randy-camps-wheels-in-motion/

Randy Kamp has owned many restaurants throughout Oklahoma, including Kamp’s 1910 Café. Learn more about the man behind the business.

Loveworks Leadership kicked off its statewide Business Boot Up program, showcasing 20 student businesses and a workshop ...
03/11/2022
Loveworks Leadership Hosts Student Entrepreneurship Workshop

Loveworks Leadership kicked off its statewide Business Boot Up program, showcasing 20 student businesses and a workshop for students interested in starting their own business. Learn more at the link below!

https://405business.com/loveworks-leadership-hosts-student-entrepreneurship-workshop/

Loveworks Leadership kicked off its statewide Business Boot Up program, showcasing 20 student businesses and a workshop for students interested in starting their own businesses.

General Genomics (@generalgenomics), a bioinformatics artificial intelligence platform, sets up shop in the metro and is...
03/02/2022

General Genomics (@generalgenomics), a bioinformatics artificial intelligence platform, sets up shop in the metro and is helping to position Oklahoma as a rapidly emerging biotech hotspot. Head to the link in bio to learn more about this incredible business.⁠📲🔗

Written by: Danielle Oberloier⁠
Photos by: @charlie_neuenschwander
Illustration by: @christopherlee.design

Next Friday, join New York Times bestselling author & Senior Advisor at FranklinCovey Scott Jeffrey Miller om 405 Busine...
02/18/2022

Next Friday, join New York Times bestselling author & Senior Advisor at FranklinCovey Scott Jeffrey Miller om 405 Business’s first-ever monthly webinar: Level Up Your Marketing Skills to dive into his methods for marketing success. The first 25 registrants will receive a brand new copy of Miller’s “Marketing Mess to Brand Success.”Register at the link below!📲🔗

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kbM3gKYxRS62StGyXapf6A

Our biggest Unicorn, Scott Rollins, Alexion Pharmaceuticals co-founder and Selexys Pharmaceuticals and Tetherex CEO, cre...
02/17/2022
Oklahoma's Unicorns: Scott Rollins

Our biggest Unicorn, Scott Rollins, Alexion Pharmaceuticals co-founder and Selexys Pharmaceuticals and Tetherex CEO, created two different lifesaving and life-changing drugs that have created large valuation companies based on Oklahoma technology. Read more about the Largest of the Unicorns, Scott Rollins at the link below!📲🔗

https://405business.com/oklahoma-unicorn-scott-rollins/

Written by: Kayte Spillman
Photo by: Charlie Neuenschwander Photography, LLC

We spoke with Scott Rollins, Alexion Pharmaceuticals co-founder and SelexysPharmaceuticals and Tetherex CEO, for our February/March feature.

As founder and now chairman emeritus of $27.7 - billion Devon Energy, Larry Nichols helped pave the way for Oklahoma's u...
02/10/2022

As founder and now chairman emeritus of $27.7 - billion Devon Energy, Larry Nichols helped pave the way for Oklahoma's unicorns. And the company doesn't show signs of slowing as Devon was the S&P 500's highest performing stock of 2021. Read more about the Legend Among the Unicorns, Larry Nichols at the link below!📲🔗

https://405business.com/unicorns-of-okc-larry-nichols/

✍️ by: Kayte Spillman
📸 by: Charlie Neuenschwander Photography, LLC

Leading a business from a focus of purpose not only gives direction and inspiration to employees, but many companies als...
02/08/2022
Purpose by the Numbers

Leading a business from a focus of purpose not only gives direction and inspiration to employees, but many companies also see bottom-line growth from customers looking for and responding to purpose-led companies.✨⁠

Head to the link in our bio for advice from Matt Stansberry, CEO and partner at Nominee, a brand consultancy.📲🔗

https://405business.com/purpose-by-the-numbers/

Leading a business from a focus of purpose not only gives direction and inspiration to employees, but many companies also see growth.

🌟THE FEBRUARY/MARCH ISSUE IS HERE🌟⁠⁠Please enjoy this note from our Editor: ⁠⁠A billion of anything is hard to conceptua...
02/01/2022

🌟THE FEBRUARY/MARCH ISSUE IS HERE🌟⁠

Please enjoy this note from our Editor: ⁠

A billion of anything is hard to conceptualize. It’s so much more than a million.⁠✨⁠

A couple of years ago, a tweet went viral that explained just how big a billion of anything is.⁠ It explained: One million seconds is 11 days. (That’s a lot.) But one billion seconds is 31.5 years. (That’s so much more!)⁠

No wonder that tweet went viral. The human mind has trouble grasping how large this number truly is,⁠ so context, as they teach us in journalism school, helps us understand numbers so much.⁠

I hope this context also helps you understand just how impressive it is for any company to reach a valuation of $1 billion. It’s so rare and special, financial folks dubbed those⁠ companies, and their founders and leaders, unicorns.⁠

The entire world only has a little more than 700 unicorns, with the United States holding the lion’s share of those unicorns with more than 400. Depending on who you’re asking, Oklahoma lays claim to 10 unicorns. Pretty impressive, if you ask me.⁠

More impressive, however, are the stories and the people behind these unicorn companies. In this issue, we talk to the co-founder of Oklahoma City’s largest unicorn, Scott Rollins , who discovered not one but two lifesaving drugs that have radically changed people’s lives across the globe. And now, he’s turned his attention to COVID, creating a nasal COVID vaccine that is in trials in Australia but created and manufactured right here in the 405.⁠

It’s a jam-packed issue, for sure. And, just so you know, my⁠
10-year-old daughter was very disappointed that we weren’t featuring actual unicorns for this issue of 405 Business Magazine. I was a little bit too, until I met all these amazing business leaders.⁠ Digitally flip through the February/March 2022 issue at the link below.📲🔗⁠

https://405business.com/february-march-2022/

-Kayte Spillman, Editor in Chief

(Cover Layout: Christopher Lee / Photo: Charlie Neuenschwander)

As a special treat to our loyal Morning Rush subscribers, we are doing something we NEVER do.👀✨⁠⁠Join us for an online e...
01/27/2022

As a special treat to our loyal Morning Rush subscribers, we are doing something we NEVER do.👀✨⁠

Join us for an online exclusive digital issue release of our February/March Issue of 405 Business. Want to be a part of the special release? Tap the link below to subscribe to Morning Rush and digitally flip through our issue an entire day early on Monday, January 31.📲🔗

https://405business.com/newsletters/

Jared Stigge, CEO of engineering firm Guernsey - Engineers/Architects/Consultants talks about what the company has seen ...
01/24/2022
A Q&A with Jared Stigge, Guernsey CEO

Jared Stigge, CEO of engineering firm Guernsey - Engineers/Architects/Consultants talks about what the company has seen during the last 90 years of operation and what the future holds for the next 90. Link below for the full Q&A!📲✨

https://405business.com/a-qa-with-jared-stigge-guernsey-ceo/

Written by: Kayte Spillman
Photo from Guernsey

The CEO talks about what the company has seen during the last 90 years of operation and what the future holds for the next 90.

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Wordle, Substack, Jelle’s Marble Runs and more — 405 Business Magazine takes a deep dive into Smirk founder Mike’s daily media diet.
Check out the newest BC Clark feature in 405 Business Magazine.
Our team members Whitney Randall and Lindsey Ogan are featured in this article about RISE. Thank you, 405 Business Magazine! Read the article here: https://405business.com/the-incubation-period/ Photo credit: 405 Business Magazine
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Speaking of offices and workspaces, the new 405 Business Magazine featured my office. Very nice of them. Feels kinda weird, but also very kind. Check the magazine out at bit.ly/405BusinessTim #HashtagTheCowboy Thanks, Tim
"Not even 10 years ago, Rachel Cope was sitting in an Austin pizza place, and she decided she wanted to open up one of her own. Just one catch: She didn’t know how to make pizza.⁠ ⁠ But she did have a location. She had just won a contest from a Plaza-located landlord to put a restaurant in what used to be a laundromat.⁠ ⁠ The rest she needed to figure out. So, she did what anyone else would naturally do: She Googled it. And she found Tony Gemignani’s International School of Pizza. Scraping enough money together with the help of her parents, she flew to San Francisco and learned all she could about pizza making.⁠ ⁠ She came home a Certified Pizza Maker, still – and then — the only woman in Oklahoma to hold the certification. And then after a year of transforming an old laundromat into a pizza place, Empire Slice was born." - 405 Business Magazine ⁠ Written by: Kayte Spillman Photos by: Charlie Neuenschwander Photography, LLC Full article at https://405business.com/10-for-the-next-10-rachel-cope
Congratulations to our very own Geoffry Camp, a 10 for the next 10 leader in 405 Business Magazine! “We can do this with our eyes closed and our hands tied behind our back,”
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✨INTRODUCING: 405 BUSINESS MAGAZINE✨ We are over-the-moon pleased to present to you the first-ever issue of 405 Business Magazine. ⁠ We’re excited to present a publication that will focus on the people behind the businesses in Oklahoma City and the surrounding metro. We’ll tell you their stories. We’ll highlight emerging businesses and emerging leaders. We’ll have industry experts weigh in on how to better your business, engage more with your employees or just offer advice that can help move you forward.⁠ All of these concepts and ideals are jammed-packed inside this first issue. And, for this first issue, we’re talking about Oklahoma City’s future. ⁠ ⁠ For the cover, we’ve named 10 outstanding people who will change Oklahoma City in the next 10 years. These are OKC leaders who are gearing up to make big changes in their industry, for their community and for this city – after they’ve already made a big splash in their respective fields. It’s been a thrill to talk to each of them – and to hear their vision for what OKC should look like in a decade. I’ve heard how the biotech industry is poised to grow and how aerospace could leapfrog oil and gas to be our No. 1 industry in the coming years. And I’ve also heard these visionaries explain where we need to improve – how diversity and inclusion must be a part of every conversation moving forward or how workforce development and quality, accessible education for all will be crucial to capitalizing on current wins.⁠ ⁠ We’re off and running, OKC. Let’s start talking about Oklahoma City’s economy, businesses, entrepreneurs and leaders.⁠ Head to the link below to flip through our digital edition and give 405 Business Magazine a follow!📲🔗 ⁠ We’ve got a lot to say, so let’s start talking.⁠ https://405business.com/december-january-issue/ ⁠ - Kayte Spillman, Editor in Chief of 405 Business Magazine
One of the many things I love about OKC are the newspapers and magazines that tell our city’s story. One such example is the 405 family of publications. I’m honored to be on the cover of the very first issue of 405 Business Magazine, hitting stands today. Pick one up, and thanks to all the journalists who write the first draft of OKC’s story!