Collins College of Business Honors Outstanding Alumni and Students

Friday, April 08, 2011

The University of Tulsa's Collins College of Business today will honor three alumni and four students at its annual Honors and Awards Banquet at TU's Allen Chapman Activity Center.

Marc Maun, CEO for Bank of Kansas City, and Robert West, CEO of Tulsa-based Anchor Drilling Fluids USA, Inc., were named the 2011 Outstanding Alumni for their professional achievements and leadership skills. The 2011 Fast Track Alumnus award was given to RJ Lasek, a senior product manager for Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America.

“These alumni are shining examples of individuals making a positive impact in the business world and the communities in which they live and work,” said Gale Sullenberger, Dean of the Collins College of Business. “We are proud that they remain connected to the Collins College of Business and hope that our students look to them as role models.”

Maun has served as CEO of Bank of Kansas City, a division of BOK Financial Corporation, since its formation in 2006. Prior to moving to Kansas City for the start-up operation, Maun had been with BOK since joining its training program in 1985. At Bank of Oklahoma, Maun managed a number of departments and was responsible for the initial Merger and Acquisition group that expanded BOK Financial into the Texas market. Maun is a 1980 graduate of TU with a degree in accounting. He obtained his MBA in 1982 from Washington University in St. Louis. Maun has remained actively involved with TU as past president for Friends of Finance, past board member of the Alumni Association and current member of the Collins College of Business Executive Advisory Board.

West, who resides in Tulsa, purchased Anchor in 2005 with his son, Phil West. They expanded the company from 42 employees to more than 400, and Anchor became active in all major U.S. oil and gas basins. West acquired the company after serving on many boards of directors for various regional and national petroleum, energy and TU organizations. After various positions in the oil field, he began his professional career as owner and president of Beacon Well Services, an oilfield service company in Oklahoma City. Prior to joining Anchor, he founded The West Group, Inc., which he sold in 1995. West is a 1961 petroleum marketing graduate of TU and is a member of the Collins College of Business Executive Advisory Board.

Lasek has received four promotions in the nearly eight years he has been with Takeda, a global pharmaceuticals company with its North America operations based in Deerfield, Illinois. During that time, he has helped build new organizational teams, developed extensive commercial operating and business development plans for executive management and driven millions of dollars in expense reductions. His current focus is on driving innovative programs that revamp marketing initiatives directed towards various stakeholder groups to adapt to changes in the industry landscape. His across-the-board skill set is what led Lasek to being selected to participate in a yearlong leadership development program. Lasek received his finance degree from TU in 2001. In 2007, while working for Takeda, he received an MBA and graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University in Chicago.

The TU Collins College of Business also honored the 2011 Outstanding Seniors —Tiffany Foster, Zachary Nulisch, Stefanie Owens and Monica Rodriguez. The college also recognized faculty and staff award recipients, Beta Gamma Sigma initiates, Sigma Theta Tau initiates, certificate of merit recipients and bachelor’s degree with honors recipients. College and department awards were also announced. The entire list of awards recipients is available online by clicking here.

Tom Droege