Arvest Associate Wins Earl Sneed Leadership Award and Speaks at Leadership Norman Class

Thursday, April 24 at 06:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Nathan Thompson, Arvest Assistant Manager in Norman, Okla., won the 2014 Earl Sneed Leadership Award for exceptional leadership. He was nominated for the award by his classmates in the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Norman program. The award is named after Earl Sneed, Norman’s mayor from 1960 to 1964 and Dean of the College of Law at the University of Oklahoma.

Thompson also spoke at the banquet for the graduating class of Leadership Norman 2013-2014. Leadership Norman is an eight month leadership program that teaches communication, education, personal leadership, quality of life issues, city and state government, health care and economic development in sixteen interactive sessions. The program allows professionals who live or work in Norman an opportunity to learn more about and network with their community.

“I want to read a quote by Richard Fingers about the definition of leadership,” Thompson said in his speech at the banquet. “‘Leadership is the capability to translate vision into the future.’ Notice he didn’t say ability – he said capability to emphasize the need for action, not just the knowledge of how to accomplish a task. This class gave us the knowledge, and now it’s up to us to act on what we learned.”

The program is organized by the Norman Chamber of Commerce* which believes a well-founded community is built on both economic and non-economic strength including education, good health and a sense of well-being among neighbors.

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