Annual Friendship Dinner

& Awards Ceremony

Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present and Building the Future Together.

 

Event proceeds to help fund scholarships for Afghan refugees through the OSU Foundation.

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Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Petroleum Club OKC
100 North Broadway Avenue, #Suite 3400
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Silent Auction — 6:00 pm

Event proceeds to help fund scholarships for
Afghan refugees through the OSU Foundation.

Welcome Address — 6:30 pm
Ramadan Iftar Dinner — 8:15 pm

Silver Sponsors

Paycom
St. Luke's United Methodist Church

Bronze Sponsors

American Turkic Business Council Logo
BancFirst
Home Creations Logo
Hummus Mediterranean Cafe
OSU Division of Institutional Diversity
OSU School of Global Studies and Partnerships

Friendship Sponsors

BancFirst Insurance
Med-Mart International Market
American Turkic Business Council Logo
Temple B'nai Israel Logo

Virtual Sponsors

Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Muslim Women for Humanity
Turkish Delight Food Truck

2022 Dialogue Heroes

Dr. Robert E. Long

Dr. Robert E. Long

Senior Pastor, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Dr. Bob Long is in his 31st year as senior pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, which has a membership of over 7,000. Their worship service can be seen every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on the local ABC affiliate, KOCO channel 5.   Bob’s popular Something to Think About radio series can be heard each weekday on several radio stations, reaching over 250,000 people each morning. Under Bob’s leadership, St. Luke’s has been the fastest growing United Methodist Church in Oklahoma for the last 10 years and is consistently one of the top 15 fastest growing Methodist churches in America year after year.   In 2014, St. Luke’s started a satellite campus in Edmond and built a 40,000 square foot facility there in 2016.

Known for his practical, uplifting scriptural messages, Bob has become a positive example of leadership in both the United Methodist church and throughout the Oklahoma City community. Bob has served as Chairperson of the Russia Initiative of the Oklahoma Annual Conference and helped found the Ulyanovsk United Methodist Church. He led St. Luke’s in making a significant response to the tragedy of the Murrah Federal Building bombing. He has served as the Chair of the Oklahoma Conference Finance and Administration Committee as well as Chair of the Oklahoma Board of Pensions and Health Benefits. He has served as chair of the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation and as a Trustee for Oklahoma City University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church, overseeing the management of 21 billion dollars in assets. He served on the Oklahoma City Mayor’s Core to Shore Project and is a member of Leadership OKC and the Downtown Rotary Club.

Bob and his wife, Marsha, have a daughter, Kelly, a son, Paul, and six grandchildren. He and Marsha have been married over 40 years and enjoy blue water sailing, scuba diving and snow skiing. Bob is a private pilot and has built, flown and crashed his own airplane.

Gene Rainbolt

H. E. “Gene” Rainbolt

In 1962 Gene Rainbolt acquired his first bank, the First American Bank in Purcell.   In 1965 he acquired Federal National Bank in Shawnee, and in 1967 he and a group of investors commenced acquiring banks in Oklahoma, which led in 1985 to the formation of United Community Corporation, the State’s first multi-bank holding company. In 1989 BancFirst was founded, which is now the largest state-chartered bank in Oklahoma with assets of $9.4 billion and offices in 59 communities in Oklahoma and Pegasus Bank, with 3 banking locations in Dallas.

Mr. Rainbolt is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with both undergraduate and graduate degrees. His alma mater has honored him on multiple occasions, including the Distinguished Service Award and an Honorary Doctorate. In 1999 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and has received Honorary Doctorates from Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma City University, and Oklahoma Christian University.

A strong advocate of improving and diversifying the Oklahoma economy, Mr. Rainbolt has worked long and hard to improve health, education, provide better access to capital, and develop Oklahoma’s infrastructure system. He has served in numerous civic, economic development, chamber of commerce, youth, medical, zoological, arts and banking organizations.

Mr. Rainbolt has served as President of the Oklahoma Bankers Association and Chairman of the Academy for State Goals and the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, former director of Leadership Oklahoma and the Great Expectations Foundation. He was a founding director of Calm Waters and has served on many other charitable boards. Mr. Rainbolt is a member of the Leadership Council of the Charles and Peggy Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center and recently served on the Board of Visitors of M.D. Anderson Foundation. Mr. Rainbolt and his family are committed supporters of the University of Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

If there is a single driving ambition and philosophy in the life of Gene Rainbolt, it is the establishment of an Oklahoma in which every child has the opportunity to become all he or she can be.

Mr. Rainbolt and his late wife, Jeannine, have two children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, which he considers to be the highlight of his life.

Dr. Kayse Shrum

Dr. Kayse Shrum is unable to attend the Friendship Dinner due to a scheduling conflict, but will provide a video presentation for the event.

Dr. Kayse Shrum

President, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Kayse Shrum is the 19th president of Oklahoma State University. A native Oklahoman, she earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa and has completed executive leadership and management training programs at Harvard University and Stanford University. She joined the OSU-CHS medical school faculty in 2002 and in 2011 was named provost of OSU-CHS and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2013, Dr. Shrum was named president of OSU Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS), becoming the youngest and first female president and dean of a medical school in the state of Oklahoma.

Under her leadership, OSU-CHS experienced unprecedented growth. Student enrollment more than doubled as new academic programs were established to meet the healthcare workforce needs of Oklahoma, and improving healthcare in rural areas was a key focus during her presidency.

Dr. Shrum spearheaded the construction of the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building and in 2020 established the nation’s first tribally affiliated medical school, the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation. President Shrum also helped secure a landmark investment from Purdue Pharma in the amount of $197.5 million to create a center of excellence in addiction treatment and studies to address the opioid addiction epidemic in Oklahoma — the National Center for Wellness and Recovery.

In March 2019, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt appointed her to his Cabinet as Secretary of Science and Innovation. During her time in the Cabinet, she led Oklahoma’s rapid response in COVID-19 testing expansion across the state and advised state leadership on COVID medical and protocol guidance. Dr. Shrum holds the George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Medical Excellence and Service and the Saint Francis Health System Endowed Chair of Pediatrics. A former student athlete, Dr. Shrum and her husband, Darren, have six children.

Master of Ceremonies

Clayton C Taylor

Clayton C. Taylor

Principal, The Taylor Group

Clayton C. Taylor of Oklahoma City serves as the principal of the Taylor Group that he established in 1994.  The Taylor Group is a full-service lobbying and consulting firm specializing in Oklahoma business issues.  Their service capabilities include business management and communications consulting, direct lobbying of state and federal legislative and regulatory agencies, community relations, political action committees and campaign management, marketing, client recruitment and development.  Their in-depth experience ranges from local to statewide to federal, and includes extensive international business and political management, as well.

A native Oklahoman, Taylor grew up on a small family ranch that his family still operates near Oktaha in Muskogee County.  He began his career in Washington, D.C., working on the staffs of five Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, first starting as a Correspondence Assistance and working his way up to Legislative Director and finally the top position of Administrative Assistant – the youngest AA on Capitol Hill at the age of 25.  His political campaign background includes management responsibilities in Congressional, Gubernatorial and U.S. Presidential races, in addition to extensive international political campaign consulting work.  He had directed successful statewide campaigns that have amended Oklahoma’s Constitution including three Ad Valorem State Questions and SQ 707 to modify requirements of Tax Increment Financing to accelerate economic development investments.

After leaving D.C., Taylor spent the next 15 years working in corporate management, government relations and public affairs positions for McDonald’s Corporation in Chicago, Phillips Petroleum Company in Oklahoma City and Denver, and the Coastal Corporation in Aruba, Dutch Caribbean and in Houston.  Before founding the Taylor Group in 1994, he served as corporate vice president for government and corporate affairs for the Coastal Corporation.

For the past 30 years, Clayton Taylor has maintained a close working relationship with the Oklahoma State Legislature and the U.S. Congress.  He has always been heavily involved in community activities in Oklahoma ranging from his early start as Oklahoma 4-H Club State President and continuing as a founder of Leadership Oklahoma – serving as President in 1991.  Other leadership positions have included President of Oklahoma City Rotary Club #29 (largest Rotary Club in the world), Foundation Chair for Oklahoma City Rotary Club #29, Alumni President of Leadership Oklahoma City, President Rural Enterprises Institute of Oklahoma, Administrative Board Chairman of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, founding chairman of Oklahoma Leadership Congress, Metropolitan Oklahoma City Library Commissioner, one of 6 founders and Past-President of Leadership Oklahoma, Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Executive Board, Board of Ballet Oklahoma, Oklahoma 4-H Foundation and the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League. 

Taylor is a 1975 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.   He graduated from OSU as the Outstanding Senior Man in the College of Business Administration and as Top Ten Senior in the University.  In 2003-2004, he served as President of the National OSU Alumni Association Board and previously chaired the Building Design Committee for the $14 million ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center built on the Stillwater campus.  Currently, he serves on the Building Corporation for his OSU Phi Delta Theta Fraternity Chapter.  He was recently recognized by Oklahoma State University as a 2012 Distinguished Alumni. 

Clayton Taylor’s lobbying clients represent a strictly pro-business clientele.  In behalf of his clients, he has been involved in the successful managing and directing of some of the state legislature’s highest profile issues over the past few years including the Native American motor fuels tax issue, the public-private joint venture for operating the state-owned University Hospitals, ad valorem tax equity issues, auto tag reform and both telephone and electric deregulation efforts.  In recent legislative sessions, he has focused his lobbying leadership toward state taxation policies, the elimination of the state’s capital gains tax for corporations and stopping locally assessed personal property taxes on intangible business assets.

He is married to Marnie Taylor and they have two sons, Clay and Clark. Clay is married to Becky, is a graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law and owns Taylor Capitol Group. They are parents to grandchildren Josie and Tripp.  Clark is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and currently resides in Crested Butte, Colorado.  Marnie is the President and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.  Clayton’s hobbies include snow skiing, water skiing, scuba diving, wind surfing, basketball and gardening.

About the Friendship Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Past Friendship Dinner Honorees
Past Friendship Dinner

We at the Dialogue Institute believe that the honorees we select each year have demonstrated a consistent commitment to the principles of the Dialogue Institute Oklahoma: promoting mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation among people of diverse faiths and cultures. Our Friendship Dinner epitomizes our mission to create opportunities for direct communication and meaningful shared experiences.

Every year at the Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony, Dialogue Institute Oklahoma recognizes individuals and organizations, who distinguish themselves in their service and efforts to promote harmony by encouraging dialogue between people of different faiths and backgrounds in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

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