Meet Our Ambassadors
Coming Together To Help Oklahoma Move Forward In Business & In Life
Second Half Expo is a dynamic event for the 50+ generation, hosted at the National Cowboy Museum in OKC on October 22, 2022.
Our Second Half Ambassador Team is comprised of leaders that have committed to collaborate together for this event. Additionally, around 150 of Oklahoma’s finest organizations will be exhibiting, providing opportunities, education, and support for the 50+ generation.
Odom & Sparks PLLC
Ben Odom is the senior partner at Odom & Sparks, PLLC in Norman. He has been an attorney in Norman for 37 years, and primarily practices estate planning and business law. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board for United Way of Norman in 2018, Ben has been past President of the Cleveland County Bar Association, the Norman Lions Club, and served as Senior Warden for St. John’s Episcopal Church. He has also served as President for the Council for Developmental Disabilities, which was his introduction to non-profit service.
George Glover is CEO peer advisory group chairman with Vistage Worldwide. As a Vistage Chair, George Glover connects CEOs with each other to help them make powerful decisions, grow as leaders, and leave a lasting impact on the people they influence. He leads private advisory groups of Oklahoma City and Tulsa CEOs who desire to improve both their personal and business growth.
OK House Of Representatives
In 2012, Jon Echols was elected to represent House District 90 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was appointed by the Speaker to serve as Assistant Majority Whip and was the only freshman to serve in such a House leadership position. In 2014, Echols was appointed by the Speaker to serve as the Vice-Chair of the Judiciary and Civil Procedure Committee continuing to serve as an Assistant Majority Whip. He is currently the House majority floor leader.
Dr. Josh Spears, DC
Dr. Spears began practicing in 2001 at the age of 23, after graduating from Cleveland Chiropractic College. (He is still one of the youngest in state history to become a Doctor of Chiropractic). Dr. Spears speaks and mentors for multiple groups nationally and is a member of The International Chiropractic Association and The Oklahoma Chiropractors Association. He is also a mentor to other doctors in Focus Foundations, a chiropractic group with an emphasis on developing leaders in chiropractic care, life, relationships and family.
Crowe & Dunlevy
Kevin Gordon is a director of Crowe & Dunlevy having joined the firm in 1984. He is the firm’s immediate past president and CEO, and now serves as chair of the Litigation & Trial Practice Group as well as the firm’s E-Discovery and healthcare litigation teams. Kevin is also past chair of the Insurance and Administrative & Regulatory Practice Groups. He has more than 35 years’ experience representing businesses in a wide range of complex litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters. Kevin has served for eight years as the Governor’s appointee to the Health Information Security & Privacy Collaboration Steering Committee—a federally funded HHS project bringing together diverse health care stakeholders to facilitate the secure exchange of electronic medical records. He also served as counsel to the state trust created to implement electronic information exchange between healthcare providers and insurers.
Lesa Deason Crowe, owner of atomic.marketing, LLC of Oklahoma City, Denver and Atlanta, started in the field of advertising at the age of 16 when she began working for her little small town newspaper, the Newkirk Herald Journal. From there it she earned a degree in Journalism from Oklahoma State University (with double majors in Advertising and Public Relations) at one of the most respected design schools (at the time) in the US. Crowe returned to advertising full-time after raising the kids in 1998. Her company has won multiple national and international awards for clients based in senior housing, cannabis, electricity, non-profits and others. Crowe has a video blog called, "WTH Moments with Lesa Crowe" and has been nominated for a Pulitzer prize for her humorous, southern-style newspaper writing.
Epic Business Advisory
A successful business owner, Rick has experienced first hand many of the challenges entrepreneurs face. Certified in exit planning and a certified Value Builder Coach, Rick studied with and been mentored by some of the top entrepreneurs in the world. Rick is also host of The Over 50 Entrepreneur Podcast. Rick is a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University. He has also had the honor of attending additional executive programs at The Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, PA and is an ongoing member of Strategic Coach, as well as, the Value Builder organization. Rick served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a member of the 45th Infantry Division, both as an enlisted soldier and an officer. He continues to support the 45th and veteran concerns. Rick has served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Alzheimer’s Association and actively supports several other non-profit organizations in Oklahoma.
The Santa Market
Joan Clark founded The Santa Market. 12 years now and over $100,000 raised for Alzheimer’s research. Joan Clarke knows her mission is nowhere near complete. It’s been 14 years since Alzheimer’s claimed Clarke’s husband. And for the past decade she’s used the Santa Market Craft Show to honor his memory and push the needle forward on Alzheimer’s research. “Our family has taken to do this as a positive response to a horrific disease,” Clarke said recently on the anniversary of her husband’s death. “The kids work. The spouses work. Even the grandkids work handing out bags.” “For us it helps. I like to hope we’re helping other people and making a difference.” It’s estimated that every 65 seconds another person learns they have the terminal condition which robs them of their identities. While the disease keeps growing – now registering as the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States – the support for the Santa Market Craft Show benefiting Alzheimer’s research is booming.
James Wall has spent his entire professional career in service of others. After 20 years in the US Army and 11 years of serving corporate America and now demonstrates his passion for lifting up the communities he is a part of while leading others to do the same. As the Lead Master Trainer for Public Strategies, James continues to serve his community by advocating for the disadvantaged and instilling hope into all he comes in contact with! James’s charisma, energy and passion infects every room he steps into. In 2014 at the age of 52 he went back to school and graduated with a B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership form Southern Nazarene University (Class of 2016). One of his favorite sayings is the message “everything you want is just on the other side of what you are afraid to do” for companies, organizations, communities and individuals alike. James has mastered job search and have helped over 3000 people find work.
The Electric Vehicle Association
Jim Holman is a 3rd generation Oklahoman and an Oklahoma City resident since 1999. A retired automobile dealer, began selling cars as a summer job while in college. After graduating from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in Economics, he made the automobile business his career. He retired in 2017 only to began consulting in the very industry which gave him so much. Jim is a founding member and board member of "The 4th Quarter" a 501 3c faith-based group in OKC that is dedicated to directing lives, including his own, in making the advice in Bob Buford's books in the transitioning from success to significance and finishing well become the new normal way of living in the 4th quarter of life. He "un-retired" (rewired) in 2021 to head up the Electric Vehicle Association of OKC, while maintaining his role as an automotive consultant. He has even written and published a book on the subject. It's for consumers to use as a reference as they vet the possibility of purchasing an electric vehicle. The book title is "The Ice Is Melting" and is free of charge.