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The Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor at Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business will induct a CEO, a former Miss America, an engineer and entrepreneur, a business newspaper publisher and a local media mogul. A luncheon for the honorees is planned for Oct. 24 at Cox Convention Center. The luncheon benefits the Meinders School scholarship programs.
Russell Perry will take home the lifetime achievement award for his many years as founder of the Black Chronicle and owner of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting, the largest independently owned radio group in Oklahoma. The broadcasting company has 11 stations that reaches 99% of the African-American community in Oklahoma. In addition, Perry owns a controlling interest in a local bank and was appointed secretary of commerce by former Gov. Frank Keating.
Bill Cameron, chairman and CEO of American Fidelity Assurance Company, will receive the Chairman’s Award. He is also chairman of the board of First Fidelity Bank N.A. and a director of Insurica. He has served as an officer of AF companies since 1986 in a number of roles.
Jane Jayroe Gamble, Miss American 1967, has spent her career as a news anchor in Oklahoma City and the Dallas Ft. Worth markets. She recently served as executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. She will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Steve Mason is the owner of Cardinal Engineering and a key visionary in the revitalization of Automobile Alley and N.W. Ninth Street. He will receive the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. He serves on the board of directors for the city of Oklahoma City Business Improvement District, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, United Way of Central Oklahoma, Automobile Alley, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, First National Bank of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City National Memorial, among others.
Mary Mélon serves as publisher at the Journal Record Publishing Co. It is owned by Minneapolis-based Dolan Media, which owns newspapers around the country. She serves on Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority and Oklahoma City Urban Redevelopment Authority, and was appointed to serve on the advisory committee for Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools. She will receive the President’s Award.