Paula Marshall-Chapman

2000 Outstanding Business Leader

Chief Executive Officer, The Bama Companies

Paula Marshall-Chapman is a Tulsa native who has served as the CEO of The Bama Companies since 1984. She received her bachelor of science in business and her doctorate of commercial science from Oklahoma City University.

Under Marshall-Chapman’s direction, The Bama Companies has expanded to provide a wide variety of desserts and baked goods to restaurants worldwide.

Marshall-Chapman serves as President of the Oklahoma Quality Foundation Board and Chairman of the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. She also is active on the boards of the Tulsa Education Fund, Philbrook Museum of Art, Girl Scouts, Ronald McDonald, the Salvation Army, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, The University of Tulsa and Oklahoma City University.

She was named Quality Fanatic of the Year by Philip Crosby of Quality College in Winter Park, Florida in 1989. Paula was one of the first women asked to join the Young Presidents Organization Oklahoma Chapter in 1990. Paula was named as one of the 1992 Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. In 1993, she was named one of the Top Ten CEO’s by Industry Week Magazine. In 1996, she was selected by Junior Achievement to be the honoree for 1997. She was selected Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 1997. In 1998, she was named to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Business Hall of Fame, and in 1999 she received the Pinnacle Award from the Sales & Marketing Executives International Academy of Achievements and has been inducted into its Hall of Fame.

Marshall-Chapman is married to Todd Chapman and has four children and three grandchildren.