United Way awards Spirit Award, honors outstanding businesses

The Bartlesville Regional United Way celebrated the conclusion of the highly-successful Hero in U 2016 campaign at their Annual Meeting on May 2. BRUW stakeholders gathered to celebrate raising $2.4 million, the second-highest campaign in Bartlesville Regional United Way history.

“I am pleased to be a part of making a difference in education, health, and financial stability in our community,” Bartlesville Regional United Way CEO and President Lisa Cary said. “We are wrapping up a great year, and I am so proud of all the hard work the staff put in to make this campaign a success. I am looking forward to seeing the impact we will continue to have in the future.”

Randy John was also presented with the 2017 Spirit Award by a past award recipient, Bob Pomeroy.

The United Way Spirit Award recognizes exceptional commitment and leadership in the community. Nominees must demonstrate the spirit of service to the community of Bartlesville by giving, volunteering, or being a champion for an organization. This person can be counted on and will go above and beyond to help make the community a better place for everyone.

“Randy has helped with the Great American Conference Men and Women’s Basketball Championships from the very first year,” Pomeroy said. “One of his outstanding traits is that once he is given an assignment you don’t have to worry about it being done in a timely and professional manner.  It is always a pleasure to work with Randy, he is a terrific volunteer and does more than his share to make Bartlesville a better place to live.”

John was born and raised in Bartlesville.  He grew up playing any sport he could get his hands on along with being involved in Boys Scouts – achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.  John graduated from Bartlesville High School in 1996, and then left to serve a 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Philippines where he learned to speak the Tagalog language fluently. He graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2001 with a degree in Business Administration and  has worked at ConocoPhillips for more than 13 years where he currently leads the Supervisor of Remote Access and Mobility Services.

John married his high school sweetheart, Shallan in 1999. They have 4 kids – Avery, Austin, Addison, and Ashton who love to play sports, be involved in church activities, and serve the community along with their dad.

John has been involved with volunteering in the community since the day he started at ConocoPhillips – taking lead on a golf event that started from nothing and would eventually grow into a 4-day, $400,000 plus per year net to the Bartlesville Regional United Way.  Over the past twelve years, the tournament has netted over $2 million and has allowed countless lives to be changed in our community. 

“He has provided countless years of putting his heart and soul into heading up the UW top golf tournament. He's dedicated to the agencies and he's always a winner,” past Spirit Award winner and Mary Martha Outreach Executive Director Jamie Wood said.

Besides the golf tournament, John has served on the School Board, lead the Adams Golf Course Operating Committee, served on the WCYBS board, served on the WCSC board, along with putting on golf tournaments for the Quarterback Club, ARC Fore n Score, and the Boy Scouts of America.

John was also one of the founders of the Play for Burk Foundation, a cause near and dear to his heart. Play for Burk honors Burk Hansen, who passed away at a young age after an all-terrain vehicle accident. The foundation promotes service, faith, personal development and recreation. John was the driving force behind the First Annual Play for Burk Golf Tournament held in April.

“Randy John works tirelessly giving up countless hours to help not only the Bartlesville Regional United Way, but for the entire community,” Campaign Manager Kirsten Ergenbright said. “There is not a more deserving person of this award than Randy. We are truly blessed to have him and his family as part of our community.”

After honoring John, the United Way also honored other partners who helped make our campaign a success. The United Way honored outstanding businesses that had gone above and beyond in contributing to the United Way. Businesses that were recognized increased their giving over the previous year, had at least 50 percent employee participation, participated in a campaign event and advertised their participation in the United Way campaign.

Businesses honored were American Heritage Bank, Arvest, Banc First, Bartlesville Community Center, Bartlesville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Boys & Girls Club of Nowata, Career Employment Services, ConocoPhillips, EY, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, KWON KPGM KYFM KRIG, Phillips 66, PSO, QuikTrip, Rogers State University, and Truity.

“These businesses were key partners in our success this past year,” Marketing Manager Abigail Singrey said. “Thank you to each of them for their dedication to the community and their support of United Way. They truly were heroes in our community.”