C. Arnold Brown
2004 Outstanding Entrepreneur
President and CEO, KWB Oil Property Management, Inc.
As CEO, president and founding partner of KWB Oil Property Management, Inc., C. Arnold Brown (BSPE ’50) bills himself simply as "petroleum engineer." The billing reflects his work ethic and his background. (Mr. Brown was inducted into the TU Engineering Hall of Fame in 1996.)
Tulsa-based KWB provides consulting, valuation, and development management services for oil and gas properties. The company also manages its own properties.
After graduating from Tulsa’s Central High School, Mr. Brown served in the Navy from 1944 to ’46. Upon his return, he enrolled in TU’s petroleum engineering program. At TU, he met and married his wife, Pat, who completed a degree in religion in 1950.
After stints with Skelly Oil and Crawford Production Co., in 1959, he joined the engineering consulting firm Keplinger and Wanenmacher. Four years later, he and his employers became partners, forming KWB. Mr. Brown became sole owner in 1968. The Browns are dedicated TU supporters. Mr. Brown served on the Board of Trustees from 1982 to ’98, as chairman from 1985 to ’87, and as trustee emeritus since 1998. He was president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1980 to ’81, and has been active in the Lettermen’s Association. He was named a TU Distinguished Alumnus in 1983, and in 2000 received the J. Paschal Twyman Award.
The Browns also have supported TU financially; they are members of the Circle Society and of the President’s Council. They recently established the Arney Brown Presidential Scholarship in honor of their son, a 1972 University of Oklahoma alumnus who built a successful Tulsa advertising agency before his untimely death in 1997.
Mr. Brown’s community work includes serving as president of YMCA of Greater Tulsa (1989); on the board of the Boy Scouts of America Indian Nations Council; in the Rotary Club; as a trustee of the Tulsa Philharmonic; and as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Engineering Society of Oklahoma, and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.
With their leisure time, the Browns like to travel. Mr. Brown, a fan of Western-themed art, also paints.