TU Hall of Fame Inducts Business Leaders

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The University of Tulsa's Collins College of Business will recognize the professional accomplishments of three Tulsa business leaders on September 24 during its Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Allen Chapman Activity Center.

John R. “Cy” Elmburg, Joseph W. Moeller and Robert C. Poe will be recognized as this year’s inductees.

“It’s an honor to recognize these three men for their professional accomplishments and altruism,” said Gale Sullenberger, dean of TU’s Collins College of Business. “They represent the talent, ambition and foresight required to grow businesses. By honoring these business leaders, it’s our hope that our students, alumni and members of the community will look to these individuals as role models.”

Elmburg, who will be recognized as an Outstanding Entrepreneur, is best known for transforming a five gallon green fuel can into a bright red plastic container that has become a staple in garages and gas stations across the country. He founded Blitz USA, a manufacturer that has become a leader in the automotive and lawn and garden markets. Among numerous other awards, the Miami, Okla.-based company has received the esteemed Oklahoma Quality Award from Governors Frank Keating and Brad Henry. After a 40-year career, Elmburg and his family sold Blitz USA in 2007. Elmburg serves as a trustee for The University of Tulsa and is involved with many corporate, charitable and state projects, including the Tar Creek Super Fund and restoration of the historic Coleman Theatre.

Moeller, who will be recognized as Outstanding Business Leader, is the retired president and chief operating officer of Koch Industries, which is known as the world’s largest private company. A University of Tulsa graduate in petroleum marketing, Moeller went to work for Hudson Oil, the parent company of which would become part of the diversified global conglomerate Koch Industries. During his six years as president and COO, beginning in 1999, Moeller lead the company through the acquisitions of INVISTA and Georgia-Pacific, two of the largest acquisitions in Koch’s history. He continues to serve as vice chairman of the board of directors for Koch and is involved in a number of corporate and community committees and boards.

Poe will also be recognized as an Outstanding Business Leader. A mechanical engineer, Poe’s name is ubiquitous with major transportation infrastructure projects across Oklahoma. He founded Poe & Associates as a two-person firm in McAlester that has become nationally recognized for its public works projects such as water systems, highways and bridges. Poe has also founded companies focused on architecture, golf community design and real estate development. Poe’s civic service began early in his career when he was elected to the Norman City Council in 1965. He has also served as chairman of the board of the Tulsa Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Development. He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma State University Medical Center.

The Business Hall of Fame was founded in 2000 to recognize outstanding business leaders and entrepreneurs. Since then, 26 individuals have been inducted into the program. The inductees have distinguished themselves by paving the road for others, building community partnerships and generously giving their time and efforts to philanthropic organizations.

For more information on TU’s Business Hall of Fame, please contact Amy Berry at (918) 631-3111.

Tom Droege, Rex Public Relations, L.L.C.