Chester Cadieux

2002 Outstanding Entrepreneur

Chairman, President & Co-Founder, QuikTrip Corp.

Cadieux is chairman, president and co-founder of QuikTrip Corporation, a privately held regional gasoline and convenience store operation headquartered in Tulsa since 1958. With annual sales in excess of $3 billion, QuikTrip operates nearly 400 stores, with major markets in Tulsa, Kansas City, St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix.

In addition to serving on the board of trustees of The University of Tulsa, he has served as chairman of the Tulsa Area United Way, chairman of the River Parks Authority and president of the National Association of Convenience Stores. He has served on the board of the National Benevolent Association and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce.

Cadieux currently serves on the boards of the Tulsa Community Foundation, Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition, and the Trust for Public Lands. He is on the boards of Leaders' Life Insurance Company and Wawa Inc. in Wawa, Pennsylvania. He also is current chairman of the board of Phillips Theological Seminary.

He recently was honored as the Ernst and Young Southwest Retail-Wholesale Entrepreneur of the Year and has been inducted into the Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Fame.

Cadieux has six children and seven grandchildren. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Tulsa and are active members of the Harvard Avenue Christian Church.