"Learning how to identify, develop and maximize talent - whether I'm the boss or not - is a constant challenge that I truly enjoy, and one that I hope I get better at with experience," says Essmiller, 38.
As an assistant controller at Chesapeake Energy Corp., he created a staff leadership development program for a 250-member group, providing training opportunities for supervisors, management and executives through book reviews and speakers. He also has facilitated the promotion of 15 staff-level employees into supervisors and more than 40 to more senior-level positions, with effective development and mentoring.
But that just scratches the surface of his day-to-day life at the locally-owned natural gas company where he also oversees accounting and financial reporting for five wholly-owned midstream subsidiaries and five wholly-owned drilling services subsidiaries.
He also is charged with optimizing performance levels of a 45-plus-member team, directing staff selection and development. And he has helped increase visibility and enhance the company's reputation by representing the corporation in community activities.
Essmiller is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XXII and serves as president of its alumni association. He also belongs to Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, and he serves on numerous boards and committees - from Girl Scouts-Redlands Council board of directors to Oklahoma State University's School of Accounting advisory board.
"The opportunities I have had to network through Leadership Oklahoma City have been and continue to be exceptional, both personally and professionally," he says. "I learned a tremendous amount about our community and developed many great friendships through the initial class experience.
"Through the alumni activities of the organization, I continue to develop relationships and keep abreast of current issues."