When it comes to giving Okies the business, nothing compares to the Oklahoman and Congressman Tom Cole. If it wasn’t for the in-depth reporting by the paper’s business writers, folks might never know about the distinguished honor bestowed upon Oklahoma business owner Marie Childress.
Today, Childress also is celebrating her national title as one of Oklahoma’s Business Women of the Year for the second consecutive year from the National Republican Congressional Committee. For the second year, her name was published in the Wall Street Journal, and she will be invited to a dinner with President Bush.
Wow, two years in a row! With all the accomplished women business leaders in the state, that’s quite an honor.
Now you might not appreciate the level of accomplishment this award recognizes, but I do, thanks to researching a recent blog post. It turns out that the National Republican Congressional Committee [NRCC], led by Rep. Cole, goes to great efforts in seeking qualified business owners to recognize by publishing their names in the Wall Street Journal and offering lunch with the President. Here is testimony from another NRCC business award nominee.
The voice on the phone was pleasant yet businesslike. The woman identified herself as Diane and said she was working out of United States Representative Tom Cole’s office.
I received a message, not taped, but from an actual person who informed me that I was going to receive the National Leadership Award and I should call Washington – D.C. – for the details.
You bet I was excited. You don’t win a National Leadership Award everyday.
I called (1- 877-213-0603…don’t say I told you), and sure as shootin’, they were expecting my call and yes, because of my contributions to the world of business I was getting the award.
Not only that but, hold on to your seats, they wanted me to become an Honorary Chairman of the Business Advisory Council!
Then they put Congressman Tom Cole (R, Okla) on the line. Freakin’ Tom Cole.
As you can imagine, the competition is stiff and not everyone can qualify. However, like any competitive business, the NRCC apparently puts their awards on sale occasionally, such as the coveted position of Honorary Chairman.
And all that happens with a donation of only five hundred dollars ($500.) to the NRCC…. Plus, if I can only send in two hundred ($200.) that would be okay too.
Incidentally, that post is two weeks old and is still attracting quite a bit of traffic from folks searching for Tom Cole Business Advisory Council. You can read comments from other such business award recipients here and here.