Mr. McKnight received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in 1971. In 1996 McKnight received the OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award, in 1998 was selected the Graduate of Distinction by the OSU Department of Animal Science and subsequently the College of Agriculture. He was inducted into the OSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2006.
McKnight served as Chairman of the Oklahoma State University Foundation from 2001 thru 2003 and has been selected as the OSU Foundation’s first Honorary Trustee.
McKnight has chaired or co-chaired two of the three major philanthropic campaigns at OSU, the Stadium Campaign where 360 million dollars was raised to rebuild what is now known as Boone Pickens Stadium, and in 2010 he co-chaired with his wife, Billie, the $1 billion dollar “Branding Success” campaign for Oklahoma State University which raised a total in excess of 1.2 billion dollars. He and Billie established and endowed the $10 million dollar McKnight Scholarship program for rural youth attending OSU. In 2015 the McKnight’s gave 25 million dollars to endow performances at the new 72 million dollar McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University.
In 2016, Ross and Billie received the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award from Oklahoma State University. This is the highest award given by OSU and the first given in 14 years.
McKnight has grown his ranching and agriculture enterprise from an inherited 500 acres to its current 57,000 acres plus ownership of two cattle feed yards in the Texas Panhandle. McKnight is CEO of RoMac Gas Company, a natural gas gathering system, and RoMac Oil Company, an oil and gas exploration and production company.
McKnight is Chairman of the Board and majority shareholder of a closely held bank holding company, Olney BancShares of Texas, which owns InterBank, a $3.7 billion dollar bank serving forty-three communities in Texas and Oklahoma. McKnight was instrumental in the writing and passage of federal legislation that permits banks to be Sub Chapter S corporations allowing community banks the same favorable tax treatment other small businesses have long held.
McKnight served on the Scott & White Health Care Board of Trustees from 2002-2013 when it was merged with Baylor Health Care. He served as Chairman of the Scott & White Investment Committee and Vice Chairman of the Scott & White Finance Committee. He served for ten years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Scott & White Foundation. He was selected to serve on that combined organization’s (Baylor Scott & White Holdings) Board of Trustees. He currently serves as Chairman of the Baylor Scott and White Holdings Board of Trustees. He is past Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee of Baylor Scott & White Holdings. McKnight was selected the 2021 Outstanding Board Member of a Not For Profit Entity in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex for his service as Chairman of Baylor Scott & White Holdings.
He serves as a director on the board of the New York Philharmonic as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The McKnight Center for The Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University and on its Investment Committee.
Ross has been married for forty-seven years to the former Billie Gaskins of Davis, Oklahoma. He and Billie have two children: Trent, a 2003 graduate of OSU and a 2004 graduate of the London School of Economics; and Meggan, a 2005 graduate of OSU and a 2011 graduate of DePaul University.
The Merrick family’s history is deeply rooted in philanthropic efforts and civic entrepreneurship. In 1948, Frank’s grandfather, Ward S. Merrick, established the Merrick Foundation as a memorial to his father F.W. Merrick. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life and the health of fellow Oklahomans.
Through Foundation Management, Frank and his staff streamline operations for private family foundations and public charities. These foundations have more than $250 million in assets, managed by money managers of each board’s choosing. Foundation Management services include administrative tasks such as accounting, processing grant applications and coordinating board meetings, facilitating strategic planning sessions, and many other operational tasks that can sometimes take the fun out of giving.
Merrick served as Past Board Chair of the Memorial Hospital of Southern OK, the Ardmore Development Authority, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. He founded the Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City and continues to serve on its board. He serves on the board of the Palomar Oklahoma City Family Justice Center and as Chair of Crossings Community Clinic. Frank was active in getting low-income housing added to the Maps 4 agenda and is dedicated to connecting low-income and marginalized citizens to valuable resources that will help create self-sufficiency.
Frank is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Prior to launching Foundation Management, Frank was employed by Stillwater National Bank and was Vice President of Trust Sales for Bank of Oklahoma. Frank served on the boards and committees for Exchange National Bank and Union Bank through acquisitions and maintains membership on the InterBank Board of Directors. Over time, Merrick has gained valuable banking experience and gained insight into the innerworkings of the financial world.
Frank and his wife, Debbi, travel as much as their schedules allow and enjoy exploring other places, always loving coming home to Oklahoma.
Deana is active in the banking community and currently serves as a Board Member for the Southwest Association of Bank Counsel. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University.
Sterkel has served as the treasurer for Catholic Charities since 2018. He was a member of Class I of Leadership Oklahoma City and previously served as the chairman of the Oklahoma City Catholic Archdiocese Finance Council from 2004-2018. His hobbies include golf and watching St. Louis Cardinal Baseball.
Prior to joining InterBank, Mr. Lee was an investment banker in Dallas, TX handling mergers and raising capital for bank clients in Texas and the Southwest. Mr. Lee began his career as a legislative staff member on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. He also has experience as a deputy to the Chairman of the FDIC and as Regional Director for a bank regulator within the United States Treasury Department during the 2008-2010 financial crisis.
Mr. Lee serves on the Boards of both InterBank and Olney Bancshares, Inc. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Bonanza Society, the ABS Air Safety Foundation, and of Operation Airdrop.
Mr. Lee was born in Florida and raised on a family farm near Ocala, FL. He was educated at the University of Florida and the London School of Economics. He lives in Colleyville, TX with his wife and two daughters.
Mr. Fleckinger is a retired Partner of Deloitte & Touche where he served as Partner in Charge of the Austin, Texas and Oklahoma City offices. He was the Chief Information Officer for the State of Oklahoma for eight years. He is well versed in financial management and analysis, budgeting and accounting in various industries, including banking, and in all aspects of the management of an information technology organization. He holds an Oklahoma and Texas CPA license.
Mr. Fleckinger’s community involvement includes serving as Trustee and Vice President of the Center of Family Love, serving intellectually disabled adults; Trustee and Past Chair of Executive Service Corps of Central Oklahoma (ESCCO); providing business consulting and counseling to not-for-profit entities; Oklahoma City Archdiocesan Finance Council; and the audit committee of Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City. He is a current member of the Rotary Club 29 and Economic Club of Oklahoma. In the past, he served as Chair of the Allied Arts Foundation, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Junior Achievement and the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma.
Mr. Fleckinger earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University. He and his wife have three children.
Wiggin Properties began as a developer of office buildings. By the mid-1980s it was an active provider of both corporate representation services, and property management and leasing services. In 1985 the company opened its Tulsa office. In the late 1980s and early 1990s the firm served as the manager/leasing agent and subsequently disposition strategist for most of the institutional investors active in Oklahoma. Its services expanded in the 1990s to include repositioning, redevelopment, investment, development, and consulting for a wide range of properties and clients. In 1996 the firm became a founding member of the CORE Network. In 2002 a sister company became certified in the New Markets Tax Credit program, and has since invested five allocations from the CDFI Fund of the US Treasury Department totaling $157 million in projects with a total cost of $343 million. The company has created approximately eighty investment partnerships which have purchased, operated, and in some cases sold office, retail, industrial, and mixed use properties.
Wiggin began his business career with Spaulding and Slye in 1973 as a project manager in its home office in Boston. As Senior Vice President of Development, he managed the firm’s development activities in suburban Boston and later, as Southwest Regional Manager, its development, construction, brokerage and management activities in Oklahoma City.
Wiggin was a founder of Oklahoma City’s Commercial Real Estate Council, a chapter president of NAIOP, a founding sponsor of the Oklahoma District Council of the Urban Land Institute, and an alumnus of Leadership Oklahoma City and Leadership Oklahoma. He has also served as a director of InterBank, Advanced Instruments, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Foundation and Affiliated Fund, the Friends of the Oklahoma History Center, the Downtown OKC Business Improvement District, and Downtown OKC Inc. He has been active in numerous other civic and cultural organizations, serving as President of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, Chairman of the Rotary Club 29 Foundation and Oklahoma’s Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany. A graduate of Harvard College, Wiggin has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School, and has served as a regional director of the Harvard Alumni Association.
Dean Agee is Founder, President and COO of Agee Energy, LLC, a private oil and natural gas company in downtown Oklahoma City. Prior to forming his own company in 2006, Dr. Agee served as President and COO of XAE Corporation, a privately owned oil and gas company, from 1982 to 2005; and was Co-Founder, President and COO of Lee & Agee, Inc., from 1988 to 2006. XAE Corporation and Lee & Agee, Inc. sold in 2006. Dr. Agee joined the Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in March 2006. He concluded a six-year stint with the Fed in December 2011, having served the last three years as Chairman of the Oklahoma City Branch Board. He served on the Board of Directors for the following organizations and additionally deserved as President or Chairman of each Board: The Economic Club of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Society, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB). Dr. Agee also served as Director and past Treasurer of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA). Dean Agee is currently a member of the Oklahoma City Economic Roundtable and serves on the following Boards of Directors/Trustees: Oklahoma City Philharmonic Society, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Foundation, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation (OCCF) and the Diversion Hub.
Based in Oklahoma City, Ed is a faculty member of the Southwestern (SMU) and Colorado Graduate banking schools and has served as a speaker for many other banking programs and regulatory agencies. He has received numerous teaching awards and has been inducted into the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Wall of Honor.
Krei graduated with honors from the University of Mississippi and is a member of that accounting school’s Hall of Fame. He was gold medalist on the CPA examination in Tennessee. Ed has served on the Boards of many charitable organizations and is a Trustee of the University of Mississippi Foundation and Trustee and Treasurer of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.