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Oklahoma business briefcase for May 17



Bankers schedule annual convention, trade show

The Oklahoma Bankers Association's 122nd annual convention and trade show is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at the Edmond Convention Center.

Keynote speakers are Eric Maddox, a retired soldier of the Army and the Defense Intelligence Agency who is set to speak about the art of negotiations, and Clifton Taulbert, a banker, businessman and author.

Maddox is a native of Sapulpa and was one of the Delta Force team members who conducted more than 300 interrogations which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the Bronze Star.

Taulbert was born on the Mississippi Delta during the era of legal segregation where he completed his secondary education. His first book “Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored” became a national best-seller, a major motion picture and a requested gift for Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison. Taulbert is the president and CEO of the Freemount Corp.


PSO, FFA provide STEM grants to state chapters

Oklahoma FFA students have an opportunity to enhance their technical learning experience thanks to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math after-school grants provided through a partnership between the organization and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, a unit of American Electric Power.

With support from the AEP Foundation, PSO is providing $25,000 in grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Oklahoma FFA chapters in its service area that will be active during the coming school year.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with FFA to offer hands-on, STEM-related education to students in the areas we serve,” said Tiffini Jackson, PSO’s external affairs vice president. “These grants will help students learn technical and critical thinking skills that can help set them on a rewarding career path.”

Grant applications are available at