John S. "Jack" Zink

2001 Outstanding Business Leader

Chairman & President (Ret.), John Zink Co.
Founder, ZEECO, Inc.
Chairman, John Steele Zink Foundation

John S. “Jack” Zink is a 1951 graduate of Oklahoma State University, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of Pi Tau Sigma, a Mechanical Engineering Scholastic Fraternity, and he has been inducted into the OSU Engineering Hall of Fame. He is a registered Professional Engineer.

As Chairman and President of the John Zink Company, which was founded by Mr. Zink’s father in the early 1930s, Jack grew the company into an international corporation, establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico, England, Holland, Germany, France, and Italy. Mr. Zink’s entire career has been involved in manufacturing and engineering and he authored 35 patents on combustion and other equipment. After he engineered the sale of the John Zink Company, Mr. Zink founded ZEECO, Inc., in 1980. ZEECO is a worldwide corporation which designs and manufactures combustion equipment used in the petroleum refining and chemical processing industries worldwide. It also manufactures precision parts for the aerospace industry and molded fluoropolymer products for industry.

Mr. Zink’s commitment to his business is rivaled only by his dedication to the community. A lifetime supporter of scouting, he has served five terms as President of the Indian Nations Council, BSA, with over 25,000 boys and adult leaders in the council. Over the years he has assisted countless other community organizations in a variety of ways, including serving as chairman or president of the Tulsa River Parks Authority, Oklahoma Wildlife Commission, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Tulsa Area United Way, Hillcrest Medical Center Foundation, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Oklahoma Junior Livestock Auction, Tulsa County Fairgrounds Trust Authority, Young Presidents’ Organization, and The Tulsa Foundation. He also has served on the boards of Telex Corp., Sunbeam Corp., and Liberty Bank.

As Chairman of the John Steele Zink Foundation, he oversees the operation of the full time, permanent camping facilities of the 30,000-acre Zink Ranch which hosts more than 10,000 boy and girl scouts from around the world each year.