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Herrington Lecture

2004 Lecturer

Ms. Paula Marshall-ChapmanMs. Paula Marshall-Chapman
CEO, Bama Companies

Paula Marshall-Chapman was raised in Tulsa and spent her teenage years working at the Bama Companies. She received a bachelor of science in business in 1982 and a Ph.D. in commercial science in 1993 from Oklahoma City University.

She assumed responsibility as CEO of the Bama Companies in 1984, which includes Bama Pie, Bama Foods, Bama Frozen Dough, Base, and Beijing Bama. Under her leadership, Bama has expanded to provide a wide variety of frozen desserts and baked goods to restaurants around the world.

She has devoted her life to community service, and has led the Bama Companies in supporting a variety of community service projects. The Bama Companies was named the Most Family-Friendly Corporation in Tulsa in 2000.

She was named Quality Fanatic of the Year by the Phillip Crosby Quality College in 1989. She was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans in 1992 by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce.

In 1992, she was named one of the nation’s top ten chief executives by Industry Week Magazine. She was elected by Junior Achievement as an honoree for 1997, and was selected Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. In 1998 she was named to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce Business Hall of Fame and in 1999 she received the Pinnacle Award from Sales & Marketing Executives International. 

She has served as chair of the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce. She is president of the Oklahoma Quality Foundation Board and is a trustee for the Tulsa Community Foundation. She serves on the Ronald McDonald House Advisory Board, and on the boards of the Bank of Oklahoma, Helmerich and Payne, American Fidelity Corp., and the University of Tulsa.

She recently was honored as Outstanding Philanthropist in 2001 for her interest and participation in community fundraising activities.