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EIR Biographies

2016 Entrepreneurs in Residence

Monty Bruner

Dr. Bruner is the president and co-founder of Environmental Technologies Group, Inc. (ETG), a full-service environmental advisory and consulting firm established in 2005.  ETG primarily focuses on due diligence for corporate and property acquisitions, site contamination investigations, and remediation of contaminated properties.  Prior to establishing ETG, Dr. Bruner was the Midwest Regional Manager for a successful environmental consulting company based in Oregon.

Dr. Bruner is an experienced entrepreneur with specific skills in corporate operations, project management, personnel management and marketing.  Dr. Bruner is an environmental scientist with a strong background in biology, ecology, toxicology, and data analysis.  Dr. Bruner has over 25 years experience in environmental project management, research, and reporting.   Dr. Bruner has conducted research and managed projects in more than 30 States in the U.S. as well as Canada, Mexico, Belize, Chile, Argentina, Australia, and several European countries.  Project activities have included Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, due diligence and acquisition risk management, underground storage tank decommissioning, remediation system design, risk assessments, remedial investigations/feasibility studies, and asbestos and lead paint surveys and abatement projects.

Dr. Bruner has also conducted research examining the effects of contamination on amphibian populations at a closed municipal landfill; examining the ecological effects of differing timber management practices; determination of groundwater and surface water toxicity as a result of leachate migration from a closed landfill; evaluation of the sensitivity of developing amphibians to ultraviolet-B radiation; and laboratory studies examining the effects of prenatal irradiation on extracellular matrix proteins in mice.  During his time as a Doctoral student, he received a Presidential Fellowship for Water, Energy and the Environment from the Environmental Institute for four consecutive years and upon graduation he was awarded the Ph.D. Graduate Research Excellence Award from the Graduate College for his research projects in Canada, the U.S., and South America.  In 2008 he was awarded the Alumni Award for Outstanding Environmental Achievement by the Environmental Science Graduate Program at Oklahoma State University.

Clark Cummins

Clark is a 1986 OSU/SSB Finance grad and he earned his MBA from Notre Dame.  He spent 15 years in the commercial banking industry in Dallas, while starting/running his own business on the side, then he decided to go all in with owning his own business(es).  He is an entrepreneur and has started many businesses, some successful, some a complete disaster (his own words!).

Some businesses he’s started include:

  • Rental Houses
  • Billboards
  • Laminated Printing Company
  • Trucking Shipping company
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • 10 years of Banking

Griff Jones

Griff Jones graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1991 with a B.S in Finance.  Griff has spent the entirety of his career in the energy business dedicated primarily to the development of North American physical energy marketing and infrastructure businesses.    Following graduation, Griff began his career with Natural Gas Clearinghouse, the predecessor to Dynegy, Inc.   From March 2003 until his departure in 2007, Griff held the position of CEO and co-founder of Eagle Energy Partners.  From 2007 – 2008 Griff served as the Managing Director of North American Energy Commodities for Lehman Brothers.  From 2009 – 2010 Griff served as the CEO at EDF Trading, a subsidiary of Electricite de France.

In September 2010, Griff co-founded Twin Eagle Resource Management, LLC, and serves as its President and CEO.   Twin Eagle currently has over 300 employees and is a leading energy marketing and infrastructure company.

Griff is also very active in charitable organizations and serves on the board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Griff is currently and Entrepreneur in Residence at Oklahoma State University and is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Griff is married to Mindi Higbie Jones, a 1991 Elementary Education major from OSU.  Griff and Mindi have 2 children, daughter Kennedy age 19 who is a sophomore at OSU, and son Kale, age 17.

Art Miller

Art is an experienced business executive and owner, now coaching Oklahoma City area owners to greater business success and work/life balance. Through The Alternative Board, decision makers are given sound advice based on the real world experience of their peers and are held accountable for making progress. Peer boards represent an extremely powerful and effective program.

Andrew Stroup

Andrew is a serial entrepreneur focused on technology-driven initiatives with domain expertise in software, cybersecurity, robotics, and government. He has a proven track record for successfully delivering products to customers, generating revenue for companies, and facilitating organizational transformation.

He currently serves as the Director of Product and Technology for the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, a program focused on recruiting outside industry leaders into government to work on high impact initiatives across the federal government.

Andrew has over a decade of experience building and managing products spanning multiple industries and domains. He focuses on the implementation and practice of lean, agile development, facilitating strong team collaboration, and successful product delivery.

He has co-founded a security software startup within the identity and access management sector, built giant fighting robots designed for glorious arena combat, and started a non-profit makerspace focused on access to industrial grade tools and education. Andrew was also a contestant on the Discovery Channel’s The Big Brain Theory, a team-based reality TV competition where contestants go head-to-head against some of the brightest minds in the country.

Previously, Andrew has served as a DoD civilian focused on the Biosurveillance White House Initiative. His support to the Armed Forces also included oversight of medical countermeasures and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear materiel development as well as Joint Strike Fighter integration efforts. Andrew earned dual degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Mathematics and Business Management from Oklahoma State University.

Jim Troxel

Jim was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Oklahoma State University in 1968.   Afterwards he moved to Chicago, married, began a family and has maintained residency there ever since.

Jim is an author and consultant to public service organizations and private companies worldwide. He is a founding partner of Development Capital Networks, LLC (DCN), and its affiliate, WBTangels, LLC. As co-managing director he supervises 24 full-time and 6 part-time staff operating virtually in 8 cities in the US.

His current DCN focus is managing and facilitating WBTangels network of angel funds which includes groups in Oklahoma, North Dakota and Wyoming. DCN’s current focus is accelerating the unmanned aerial system industry in Oklahoma and Southern Kansas. Jim’s role is to attract investors to the industry and work with manufacturers to take advantage of the business opportunities within the sector.

He previously served as Training Director for the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF) and has led close to 100 seminars for 3500 people on seed investing for entrepreneurs and angel investors.  During his career Jim has launched five businesses and served as an advisor to countless others.

Jim is also a facilitation and training expert specializing in the fields of citizen and employee participation, strategic planning, change management, organizational learning and long-term systemic change. His career in community and organizational development and leadership training spans 40 years and a dozen countries. He has inspired more than 70,000 people in over 1000 seminars and workshops.

His publishing credits include Participation Works: Business Cases from Around the World, Government Works: Profiles of People Making a Difference, several journal articles and book chapters. He has lectured on numerous topics, including personal and organizational change, self-managed teams, the culture of participation, and the recovery of civil society.

In 1993 Jim earned a graduate degree from DePaul University in Chicago whereupon he served on their adjunct faculty for 20 years. He serves as Board Vice Chair of the Institute of Cultural Affairs whose mission is to build a just and equitable society in harmony with Planet Earth. He serves on the board of two other nonprofits, including his condo association.

He is also President of Cowboy Technology Angels comprised of OSU alumni who invest in business spin-outs from the university’s research. Jim is a Lifetime Member of the OSU Alumni Association.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen is a Managing Director and co-owner of Maine Street Holdings Company, a Private Equity firm in Oklahoma City.  He is the former President of AdvancePierre Foods located in Enid, Oklahoma and Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mark graduated in 1981 from Oklahoma State University with a degree in finance.

Mark began his career in 1981 with Lanier Business Products in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He left Lanier in 1986 to join American Express as a sales executive in the Travelers Cheques Division.  In late 1987, Mark moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to serve as a Southeast Sales Vice President of the Travelers Cheques Division.

In 1993, Mark joined Advance Food Company, a business co-founded in 1973 by his father.   In 1997, Mark became Senior Vice President of Sales.  In addition to his sales responsibilities with Advance, Mark was named President of Heartland Foods, Inc., a business acquired by Advance Food Company.  During his tenure at Advance, annual sales grew from $30 million to over $850 million annually while employing 2400 people. In 2006, Mark became President of Advance Food Company.   In 2012, his family sold a majority interest in Advance Food Company to Oak Tree Capital.

During the past several years, Mark has served on the board of a number of companies and also serves on boards of various non-profit organizations in Oklahoma City.  He is on the Foundation Board at Oklahoma State University, serves on the Board of Trustees at Heritage Hall School and is President of First Serve OKC Foundation. He is a minority owner of OKC Works, President of Rack59 and President of Oklahoma City Public Tennis, LLC.  He has served on the Oklahoma State Chamber, and is currently Chairman of the Board of OCPA Impact in Oklahoma City.  Some of the ownership positions of Maine Street Holdings include Airrositi Rehab Centers, Bold Rock Beverages, Balconies Distilleries, V + V Juices, Groundmetrics, AMP Products and the Houston Astros Major League Baseball team.

Mark and his wife, Jennifer, have three children and reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.