James W. Pielsticker (1938-2001)

2001 Outstanding Entrepreneur

Chairman & CEO, Arrow Trucking Co.

Jim Pielsticker graduated from Tulsa Central High School and then the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in 1960. He later graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Law (LL.B.) in 1963. He served two years in the Transportation Corps of the U.S. Army in Germany, and practiced law in Tulsa for one year prior to purchasing Arrow Trucking Company in 1968. At that time, Arrow served 7 states with 5 trucks. Since then, it has grown into the largest trucking firm based in Oklahoma with over 1,400 trucks and 2,500 trailers operating in the 48 Continental States, Canada and Mexico.

Mr. Pielsticker was on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Oklahoma and the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, was Vice Chairman & Trustee for the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy, served on the Executive Committee for the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, was an Advisory Director for Tulsa Zoo Friends, and was a member of the American Bar Association. He served as Chairman & Director of the Board of Trustees for the River Parks Authority, as a member of the Board of Governors and former President of Southern Hills Country Club, as Past President of the Tulsa Tennis Club, as Vice Chairman and Board Member of Hillcrest Medical Center, and as a Board Member of the Tulsa Area United Way and of the Tulsa Utility Board.

Mr. Pielsticker was a strong advocate of “giving back to your community,” whether city, state or nation. He was a leading supporter of the United Way, Tulsa Adopt a School program, and many other charitable and civic organizations. His conservation activities were numerous, including projects benefiting Deep Fork Bottoms, Sutton Avian Center - Study on Prairie Chickens, Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Oklahoma Fish and Game Department, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl Association, and the Tulsa Zoo.

Mr. Pielsticker is survived by his wife, Carol; his son, Doug, and daughter-in-law, Susan, Tulsa; his daughter, Melissa Ison, and son-in-law, Scot, Houston; and four grandchildren.