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Oklahoma State University
riata center for entrepreneurship

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Internship Fall 2010

Host Companies

Alkami Techologies

Alkami Technology is a privately-owned software company focused on providing eBanking solutions to the financial services industry. Alkami’s eBanking solution represents a quantum leap forward in the level of control and customization given to the institution while revolutionizing the user experience provided to customers and members. With its modern interface, customizable feature set, intelligent content delivery, and financial management tools, Alkami eBanking enables institutions to build stronger relationships with their customers via the online channel.


Cookshack was started in the early 1960’s by Gene and Judy Ellis of Ponca City, OK. Mr. Ellis was an inventor and entrepreneur who loved barbecue and wanted to find “a better way” to produce great barbecue. The two collaborated on the recipes that became the formulas for their Spicy Barbecue Sauce and dry spice blends. Cook Shack builds and sells smoker ovens for great barbecue. They also offer smoking woods, smoker accessories, cookbooks, barbecue sauces, spices, rubs, newsletters, classes, and a barbecue forum. They want to make you the best barbecue cook ever.


Founded by Philip Schoen in 1997, Geo-Enterprises has grown rapidly to become a leader in the geothermal industry. Geo-Enterprises, Inc. specializes in the design and application of geothermal heating and cooling systems. Geo-Enterprises can provide a full range of capabilities to provide the information, supplies, training and contract services needed for your GeoExchange application.

Head Country

From such a simple ranch stove beginning, Head Country Bar-B-Q Sauce has become Oklahoma’s No. 1-selling sauce. (That’s quite a feat when your competition is international industry giants!) From a handful of Osage County feed stores to grocery stores across Oklahoma and Texas, Head Country is a true story of a family’s hard work and dedication to making a dream come true.

The Juvo Group

The Juvo Group has a diverse set of skills that is backed by individuals who love what they do. You may have a specific project in mind, or you may need a technical partner you can trust to navigate you through technical waters. Headquartered in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Majeska and Associates

Majeska ∓ Assoc. is uniting technology with industrial markets to create commercial greatness for our clients. Our partners have over 65 yrs. of combined experience in the infrastructure, sales & marketing, and business consulting industries. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Shutter Mill

The Shutter Mill sells its nationally recognized Kirtz Shutters in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Kirtz Plantation Shutters are engineered and crafted to the same high standards as bench-quality fine furniture, rather than the standards of ordinary wood shutters. Instead of buying components from a supplier, each plantation shutter from Kirtz Shutters begins as raw hardwood, which is milled on-site at their Oklahoma facility into plantation shutter parts.

TechTrol, Inc

Founded in 1995, TTI has significant expertise in designing and producing systems and subsystems for industrial and commercial applications. A strong and diverse technology base combined with extensive manufacturing capabilities gives TTI a solid position of leadership in these markets. Based in Pawnee, Oklahoma.


  • Trevor Cooper: Entrepreneurship
  • Ryan Crawford: Economics
  • Fash Fadaei: Management Information Systems
  • Faith Garlington: MBA
  • Jeff Hughes: MBA
  • Casey Ketchum: Entrepreneurship
  • Krista Looper: Entrepreneurship
  • Evan Miller: MBA
  • Katie Nicholas: MBA
  • Max Whitemyer: Marketing
“During my Riata internship in the fall with Kirtz Shutters took away life changing business experience. As a student we learn about what business and entrepreneurship but really don’t get an understanding of what makes it work. During the course of the internship I learned that for an entrepreneur to be successful they needed to be aggressive, outgoing, and almost unorthodox to get ahead of the competitors. These qualities where at Kirtz Shutters and is something I will take with me for the rest of my life.”

Intern Max Whitemyer (right) and Chris Tietz (left), Founder and CEO of Kirtz Shutters at Kirtz Shutters & Window Fashions in Stillwater, OK.