2003 Outstanding Entrepreneur
Founder and Chairman, United States Aviation Co.
Owner, Mid-Continent/Midco Concrete Companies
CEO, Alliance Transportation
Roger Hardesty is founder and chairman of Tulsa-based United States Aviation Company, a charter and aircraft management firm with worldwide operating authority. He also owns and oversees Mid-Continent/Midco Concrete Companies, one of Oklahoma’s largest ready-mix concrete producers, and he is CEO of Alliance Transportation, a Tulsa-based trucking company.
He built his early success on commercial and multi-family real estate development and property management. At one time, his holdings spanned 16 states. He also co-founded and was a major shareholder in BizJet International Sales and Support, Inc., which was sold to Lufthansa Technik in 2000.
Hardesty, an expert pilot with more than 11,000 hours of flying time, founded the United States Aviation Museum in Tulsa in 1987 and continues as president. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame in 1995.
Hardesty and his wife, Donna (a 1962 TU alumna), have been generous supporters of organizations including the Tulsa City-County Library, Oklahoma State University, Hillcrest Hospital and St. Francis Hospital. One of Hardesty’s most visible recent gifts is the Hardesty Regional Library in south Tulsa, for which he supplied the land.
In 1998, the couple gave TU land that spawned campus development west of Delaware Avenue. The Donna J. Hardesty Sports and Recreation Complex features competition-grade facilities including a soccer field, softball diamond, recreational field and track-and-field facility.
Roger Hardesty also has served as a member of the TU Board of Trustees. His memberships include the National Business Aviation Association, the National Air Transportation Association, and the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. He is past president of the Tulsa Homebuilders’ Association and a former member of the Board of Consultants for the Oklahoma Air Space Museum.