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Oklahoma State University
Eastin Center for Career Readiness

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Advisory Board

Joseph Eastin

Joseph Eastin

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from OSU and a Master’s of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management. As CEO, Joe has been with ISN since its inception in 2001. Headquartered in Dallas, TX, ISN is a software and service company that manages and amalgamates performance, safety and compliance data for oil and gas, manufacturing and other capital-intensive organizations. ISN has 600 employees, and 70,000 subscribed companies in over 80 countries.

Prior to ISN, Joe had experience across the telecom, engineering software and energy industries. In addition to his role at ISN, Joe serves on several boards at Oklahoma State University (OSU), the American Board at the MIT Sloan School of Management and The Lamplighter School in Dallas, Texas. Joe has also served in multiple capacities with the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Lone Star Chapter, including Education Chair and then Chairman in 2016. In 2012, Joe was inducted into the Oklahoma State Spears School of Business Hall of Fame. He has been instrumental in establishing OSU’s Eastin/ISN Center for Career Readiness, providing collegians a professional, development framework to enhance their competencies and career readiness. In 2018 Joe was invited to join the prestigious Salesmanship Club in Dallas, a service organization dedicated to transforming kids’ lives. 

During his leisure time, Joe spends time with his wife, Monica, and four children. When he’s not coaching or cheering from the sidelines of his children’s extracurricular activities, Joe is either enjoying the great outdoors or spending quality time with family and friends.

Justin Stead

Justin Stead

Justin is currently the Chairman of Sofa.com and the CEO of Radley Handbags & Accessories. Both businesses are London based and backed by two different private equity groups. Significant growth is planned for both businesses after Justin lead a 2015 initiative with separate management teams to create a new vision, strategy, financial plan and capital structure in both brands to deliver extraordinary value on exit within 3-5 years.

Previously, Justin was the CEO of Aurum Holdings which portfolio of brands includes Goldsmiths, Boutique by Goldsmiths, Mappin & Webb and Watches of Switzerland from 2007 up until February 2014. Aurum total sales revenue exceeds £400M.

During his recent tenure at Aurum as CEO, the business quadrupled profits growing from £6M in Ebitda contribution to £24M+ in the space of 4 short years during one of Britain’s and Europe’s most challenging economic recessional periods. On the back of this outstanding performance, the business was sold to Apollo International in a signature transaction in March 2013. Justin was born and raised in a small town in Queensland, Australia. He started his career in the United States after graduating with an Economics degree from Oklahoma State University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas. Justin worked and moved through the ranks of a number of very best in class retail and branded organizations in the United States before rising to Senior Vice President World Wide for Fossil Jewelery and Watches based out of Dallas, Texas.

Justin has lived and worked in over 50 countries and from these very rich and varied experiences, he possesses a uniquely global perspective not only in the business arena, but in how to inspire and motivate small and large groups of people to achieve objectives previously thought to be impossible. Before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Aurum Holdings, he served for 18 months on the Board as Chief Operating Officer and Merchandise Director. Under Justin’s guidance and leadership, Aurum Holdings went from strength to strength and is a key player within the global watch and jewelery retail sector. Justin’s strengths are his ability to be a strong catalyst of change, a vision creator, and decisive strategic thinker whilst being a very inspirational leader to all levels of management right through to the front end of business. Justin is a passionate Yoga practitioner and outdoor enthusiast being an avid hiker, runner, golfer, and competent fly fisherman enjoying these outdoor pursuits mainly in the Scottish Highlands. He has a great passion for Shakespearean plays, Roman History, and was once ranked in the top 400 tennis players in the world on the ATP tour.

Leslie Paris

Leslie Paris

Leslie Paris is a 35-year veteran of Bank of Oklahoma and BOK Financial, responsible for directing the company’s community and employee engagement strategy in an eight-state region, including some of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas such as Dallas, Houston, Denver, Phoenix, and Kansas City. She manages and serves as president and director of the BOKF Foundation, the bank’s charitable contribution vehicle that has provided $25 million dollars to over 700 organizations in the past five years. In addition, she directs the company’s employee engagement strategy to create a highly engaged and empowered workforce and culture that is committed to enhancing the employee experience and driving customer satisfaction.  

Currently, she serves as a board member of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, OSU Foundation Board of Governors, Women for OSU Council and as an advisory board member of Family & Children’s Services and the Oklahoma Caring Foundation.

She previously served as president of the board of directors for Leadership Oklahoma, Tulsa YWCA and Resonance and is a past board member of Tulsa River Park Authority, Girls Scouts of Magic Empire Council, Oklahoma Heritage Association, Tulsa Area United Way and St. John Medical Center Community liaison board.

Leslie’s honors include receiving the “Newsmaker Award” by Tulsa’s Association of Women in Communications and one of the “20 Tulsans Who Care” by TulsaKids Magazine. She was a recipient of the The Links, Inc. Circle of Friendship Award and the Journal Record Woman of The Year Circle of Excellence Award.

Leslie grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Melinda Stinnett, CPA, CIA

Melinda Stinnett

Melinda is the Managing Director of Stinnett & Associates. She founded the firm in 2001 and has over 26 years of experience with public companies and internal controls. She worked in public accounting for 12 years with international firms including Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse. She has significant experience in various industries including energy, manufacturing, construction, utilities, and retail.

Melinda functions in the role of the Director of Internal Audit for a Fortune 500 company. She provides internal audit outsource and co-source services for several other companies, both public and private. In her current and former roles, Melinda has been involved with various aspects of her clients’ risk management and marketing activities. In addition, she has conducted governance reviews for public companies to help refine governance practices. She is an active participant on a range of client governance committees. She has also performed technical accounting research support, evaluations of contracts, operational process improvement reviews, and quality assurance reviews.

Melinda is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with an undergraduate degree in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor, and a speaker for various professional organizations.

In 2017, Melinda was named Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Melinda has also received several awards from OSU including designation as a recipient of the Spears 100 for 100 in 2015.  She was also recognized as an OSU School of Accounting Distinguished Alumni, and the OSU Spears School of Business Orange Star Award in 2011.  She is on the Board of Governors for the OSU Foundation, and enjoys being back on campus to meet with students and faculty.  In addition to her service to OSU, Melinda is an active board member of the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tulsa Community College Foundation and the Indian Nations Council of the Boy Scouts.