LOVE’S: FIFTY-FIVE YEARS OF A FAMILY’S ENTERPRISE
In 1964, with little money to invest and a growing family to support, Tom and Judy Love opened their first retail store in an old service station in Watonga, Oklahoma. It offered few frills other than “the cheapest gas in town.” Fifty-five years later, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is the fastest growing chain of fueling stations in the nation serving a combination of car and truck traffic from coast to coast. This book traces the growth of that family enterprise.
Two constants have never changed at Love’s. One is the belief that growth creates opportunities, even during the darkest hours when survival skills suggest a more conservative approach. The second constant is family ownership, supported by a strong leadership team that buys into the founding values and vision.
GAME CHANGER: OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY’S GALLAGHER-IBA ARENA AND BOONE PICKENS STADIUM
From 1995 to 2009 Oklahoma State University made a major commitment to upgrade its athletic facilities, specifically the most visible and high profile sports facilities on campus—Gallagher-Iba Arena and Boone Pickens Stadium.
The goals were to meet the demand of fans in regard to attendance, ensure that the Cowboys had the advantage in facilities when it came time for recruiting, and that every student athlete had the resources to achieve his or her full potential.
For fourteen years, University personnel, architects, contractors, engineers, donors, students, players, and coaches worked side by side to make the dream a reality.
PRACTICE: UNLEASHING THE POWER OF FAITH
What follows in this book, are not happily-ever-after fairy tales, but reminders of our own deep identity as children of God. We are not our jobs, our family, our political affiliations, our bank statements – we are believers trying to mature into the people God has created us to be.
The men and women you’ll soon meet found the strength to hold on when things fell apart. They learned lessons from life’s messes or simply showed us how to live on purpose and in love.
So whether you’re facing a mountain of problems, or simply need encouragement, begin now a routine of finding God in the nooks and crannies, in the doubts and dreams of your life.