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Ed Martin to speak at Massey Lectureship April 19

Ed Martin to speak at Massey Lectureship April 19

Press Release Date: 4-13-2011

Dr. Tim Smith

DURANT, Okla. – Edmund O. Martin, Chairman of Ackerman McQueen advertising agency, will offer remarks at the 13th Massey Family Endowed Lectureship in Business and Public Policy on April 19.

The lecture will begin at 11 a.m. in Montgomery Auditorium (Morrison Hall) on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Ed Martin joined Ackerman McQueen as President in 2001 and in June of 2004 he was promoted to Chairman. He is currently responsible for the management of each of the operating companies, which includes offices located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas, Colorado Springs, and Washington D.C.

Martin’s career began at The Daily Oklahoman in 1970 as a Retail Account Executive. He later served as Retail Sales Manager and Assistant Display Advertising Manager before being named Assistant to the General Manager in 1975. He transferred to Colorado Springs in 1977 as General Manager of the Colorado Springs Sun and became its publisher in 1979. He was publisher of The Sun until it was sold in 1986.

Martin returned to Oklahoma City as Director of Operations and was named General Manager in 1987. On March 10, l987, he was elected Vice President of The Oklahoma Publishing Company. After 31 years, Martin left The Oklahoma Publishing Company in 2001.

The lectureship was established in 1994 by a gift from the John Massey family, which was matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Endowment Fund Program. Previous speakers at the Massey Lecture include H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt, George Kaiser, Edward Keller, Ambassador James R. Jones, Dr. Tom Cole, Archie Dunham, Keith Bailey, Michael Cawley, Joseph Cappy, Sen. Ted Fisher, J. Clifford Hudson, and Mark Stansberry.

John Massey is chairman of the board of First United Bank and Trust, headquartered in Durant, Oklahoma. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and the Oklahoma Heritage Association.

Massey has been a tireless advocate for higher education, and is currently serving his third nine-year term as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1960. In 1984, Massey received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southeastern; in 2005, the School of Business was named as the John Massey School of Business.

At his alma mater, Massey has established seven endowed chairs and four professorships.