Southeastern News

Women’s Entrepreneur Seminar scheduled for Oct. 17


DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will be the site of a Women’s Entrepreneur Seminar on Oct. 17.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the seminar will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants will be provided with a brief look at current opportunities in markets and industries as it relates to women in business from successful women entrepreneurs.

Panelists from the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, REI Women’s Business Center, and the Small Business Administration will provide insight and answer questions.

Topics to be addressed include regulatory issues and changing laws, financing and funding, managing risk, social media marketing tips, cash flow and expense management, public relations, goal-setting, growth and planning for the future.

An awards presentation honoring successful women entrepreneurs will follow the sessions – award nominations are currently being accepted online.

Seminar sponsors are the Southeastern John Massey School of Business, the Don. W. Sands Lectureship in Business Administration, and the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center.

The seminar is being held in conjunction with Women Entrepreneurship Week (Oct. 13-20). Southeastern is one of 125 colleges and universities worldwide holding seminars and conferences during the week.

To register for the seminar, visit

For more information, call Stacy Estep at 580-745-2979.

Gov. Anoatubby to speak at Native American graduation event on May 9

DURANT, Okla. – Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation will be the guest speaker at the Native American Graduation Ceremony & Reception at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall on the Southeastern campus. The Native American Institute is the sponsor of the event, which is open to the public.

Also scheduled to be on the program are Southeastern president Sean Burrage, Native American Institute director Lauren Rowland, and School of Choctaw Language instructor Chantelle Standefer.

Bill Anoatubby has served as Governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987 and has been active in tribal government since 1975. His previous positions include director of tribal health services, director of finance, special assistant to the governor, controller, and he was the tribe’s first lieutenant governor.

In his first term, Gov. Anoatubby established goals of economic development and self-sufficiency for the Chickasaw Nation and its people. Today, the Chickasaw Nation is well on its way to achieving those goals.

The Chickasaw Nation operates more than 100 diversified businesses and invests much of its revenue into funding more than 200 programs and services. These programs cover education, health care, youth, aging, housing and more, all of which directly benefit Chickasaw families, Oklahomans and their communities.

Under Gov. Anoatubby’s direction, the Chickasaw Nation places a strong emphasis on preserving and sharing its heritage, history, language and culture. This commitment can be seen in the various artistically and culturally-centered programs, language services, and the world-renowned Chickasaw Cultural Center.

Gov. Anoatubby has received dozens of awards, including being named a 2016 Creative Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador, he has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. In addition, he has been named the minority advocate of the year from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Dr. Martin Bressler named John Massey Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship

Bressler 2012DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Martin Bressler was recently appointed as the first John Massey Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Bressler joined the faculty in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern in 2010 and was named University Professor of the Year in 2013.   He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Worcester State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Anna Maria College, a Certificate of Advanced Study from Suffolk University, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Sarasota.

“Based on his superb teaching, scholarship and service, Dr. Bressler is one of our premier professors at Southeastern,’’ said Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, Executive Dean for Academic Affairs. “His extraordinary leadership, vast experience, and adept collegiality, along with his successful performance as coordinator of our AACSB Accreditation Maintenance, have earned him immense respect and admiration from his colleagues and administrators alike. ‘’

Prior to entering the field of higher education, Bressler was employed by the Sears, Roebuck and Company Merchandise Group, where he held several management positions. He left the company to teach at Thomas College, where he was promoted to Professor of Marketing and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Bressler then taught at Houston Baptist University as Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship and served as a department chair.

Bressler served as a Fulbright Scholar to Germany and as Resource Panel Expert to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the “Small Business Advocate of the Year’’ and “Small Business Media Advocate of the Year’’ by the U.S. Small Business Administration. He also served as faculty advisor to Students in Free Enterprise and was named a Sam Walton Fellow in 2008.

John Massey is chairman of the board of First United Bank and Trust, headquartered in Durant, Oklahoma.

A tireless advocate for higher education, Massey serves as Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He is in his third nine-year term as a regent, a position appointed by the governor.

Massey 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 renamed as the John Massey School of Business.

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


Dr. Martin Bressler named editor of “Entrepreneurial Executive’’

Bressler 2012DURANT, Okla. –Dr. Martin Bressler, Professor of Marketing & Management in the John Massey School of Business at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, has been named editor of “Entrepreneurial Executive’’journal. A publication of the Academy of Entrepreneurship, it is is one of 17 business journals sponsored by the Allied Academies, an international association of scholars. The journal focuses on applied research, case studies or qualitative research in entrepreneurship of value to practicing entrepreneurs, and is published by Whitney Press.

Bressler has extensive experience in the field of small business and entrepreneurship, having previously served as Director of the Small Business Institute at Thomas College in Maine, and working with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Centers. In 1995, he served as Resource Panel Expert in International Business to the White House Conference on Small Business for the Maine District.

For many years, Bressler authored a small business advice column titled “The Small Business Adviser’’ for Gannett newspapers. The U.S. Small Business Administration named Bressler “Small Business Advocate of the Year-Maine District’’ in 1991 and “Media Advocate of the Year’’ in 1997. In addition, he served two terms as President of the Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Bressler is the recipient of numerous awards in the field of teaching and research. He was state nominee for the Carnegie Foundation CASE Professor of the Year award, Minnie Stephens Piper nominee, and named Outstanding Educator by the Academy of Educational Leadership. In scholarship and research, Bressler has been awarded five Distinguished Research Awards and is both a Fulbright Scholar and a Sam Walton Fellow.

In 2013, Bressler was named Professor of the Year at Southeastern. He joined the Southeastern faculty in 2010 and teaches Entrepreneurship and Business Policy.