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Fail Up Night

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Open to the public; “Fail Up Night” is designed to encourage a conversation aimed at removing the negative stigma of failure. Seasoned entrepreneurs share their “failure” stories with students and encourage them to understand that failure is an opportunity to learn and grow. Entrepreneurs of all ages, levels of success, industry, etc. are invited to share their stories of failure and lessons learned.

August 24 Fail Up Night – Presenters Dan Purdy (PurdyQ) and Dave Monks and Jerod Millirons (Iron Monk Brewery)

Dan Purdy, David Monks, and Jerod Millirons
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Dan Purdy, David Monks, and Jerod Millirons

Purdy Q, owned and operated by Dan Purdy, consists of two food trucks that serve mobile meats and treats. “Charlotte”, Purdy Q’s first truck, opened in March 2013 to serve their famous BBQ. Their second food truck, “Olaf”, began serving the community in the spring of 2015. “Olaf”, also known as “The Sweet Truck” serves homemade ice cream amongst a number of different special treats. Dan Purdy, owner and founder of Purdy Q, gained his experience through years of cooking for multiple gatherings and events. After continuously hearing positive feedback, Purdy reconditioned an old tool truck to operate as a state of the art commercial kitchen and smoke pit. Purdy Q’s famous BBQ is consistently served in the form of lunches and dinners to their local Purdy Q fans. Purdy Q’s unique mobile platform also allows them to attend special events and cater.

Iron Monk is Stillwater, Oklahoma’s first craft brewery, and offers handcrafted, award-winning beers. Iron Monk also offers a premier tap room and brewery tours to share their craft directly with brewery fans and friends. Founded in 2014 by Dave Monks and Jerod Millirons, they have over 30 years of combined brewing experience and a shared entrepreneurial spirit. Dave Monks began brewing in his undergraduate years, and started making serious efforts during graduate school while researching yeast. Jerod Millirons is a graduate of Oklahoma State, and discovered his remarkable palate for craft beer through brewing over the last several years. Together, Dave Monks and Jerod Millirons plan to more than double Iron Monk’s current production capacity.

Fail Up Night Summer 2017: Presenters Bryson Baker (Everyman) and Natalie Spencer (Freckles Creative Studios)

/site-files/images/riata/fail-up-night-june-17-1.jpgFail Up Night from June 17, 2017
Fail Up Night from June 17, 2017
Fail Up Night from June 17, 2017

From Natalie Spencer (Freckles Creative Studios): At Freckles Creative Studio, we believe in whimsical designs, vibrant colors, quality features and playful details - trendy ideas with a "Freckles twist". We are passionate about color and the instant happiness that it can bring. You know you've felt it before... when you see that perfectly paired color combination and you don't know what for but you know you just need it!

We aim to bring you color and happiness for your home, your office, your friends and your family. Whether your purchase today is for giving or for keeping, it is sure to create a smile.

Based in the heart of Oklahoma, all Freckles products are designed by owner, Natalie, with the ladies of the world in mind. “My designs are inspired by real people in my life. Their joys, struggles and the silly things they say come out when I am creating and I love that others can relate to the people who inspire me."

These inspirations have been brought to life in the form of greeting cards, stationery, paper goods, art and office necessities.

From Bryson Baker (Everyman Shop): Inspired by the epic poem by the same name, EVERYMAN is a company focusing on the male experience.  At EVERYMAN we feature menswear from historic and cutting edge designers, a dedicated craft coffee bar, and barbering services coming in early 2017.  We fundamentally believe EVERYMAN should be able to look, feel, & be his best.  We take that stance further in our stance that all young men need strong men in their lives.  In this way we strive to be irrationally generous and embody our Mission:

"Haberdashery with Giveback"

Founded in 2014 by husband/wife tour de force J Bryson Baker & Raychel Baker, EVERYMAN donates a portion of revenues to organizations whose mission is the development and mentorship of young men. We have a mega vision and hope you will find a way to get plugged in with our mission.

Fail Up Night Spring 2017: Presenters Scott Taylor (Colorpop)
and Russ Teubner (HostBridge Technologies)

Fail Up Night presenters Scott Taylor (left) and Russ Teubner (right).
Fail Up Night presentor Scott Taylor from Color Pop.

Fail Up Night presentor Russ Teubner from HostBridge Technology.