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February 13, 2014

Area Business Leader to Provide Herrington Lecture Feb. 19

Chris Cadieux
Chris Cadieux

One of the region's top marketing and operations management professionals will deliver the 2014 Herrington Lecture at Rogers State University on Feb. 19.

For more than two decades, Chris Cadieux built a distinguished career while serving in various leadership capacities at QuikTrip, one of the nation's largest and most respected convenience store chains.

Cadieux will deliver his presentation, "Making a Difference Through Purpose," at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the Centennial Center Ballroom. The event is being co-sponsored by the Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce, Rogers State University Foundation and the RSU School of Business and Technology.

Tickets for the lecture and luncheon are $20 per person, or $15 per person for Claremore chamber members. Table sponsorships are $250 for a table of 8 and can be reserved by calling David Anderson at (918) 343-8357 or via email at danderson@rsu.edu.

During his career, Cadieux was on the management team for QuikTrip's store operations and marketing functions, including broadcast production. He later oversaw its advertising, digital marketing and non-traditional marketing initiatives, including sponsorships, interactive marketing and event promotions.

Cadieux was one of three employees involved in the startup of its QT Kitchens subsidiary, which today is revolutionizing the company's convenience store offerings. He retired from QuikTrip in 2012 after 20 years of service, but remains engaged with the company through his service on its Board of Directors.

His broad business background additionally includes the mid-1990s development of Christopher Sound and Vision, a production company with recording studios, video production, interactive development and streaming media. He also is a founding member of the Riverbend Partners consulting group.

Cadieux received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma in 1982. He later portrayed Will Parker in the beloved Tulsa-area production of "Oklahoma!" at Discoveryland Theater in 1982-83 and 1986.

He has been active with area non-profits, including past service as public relations chair for Leadership Tulsa, vice chairman of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust and president of the Board of Visitors for the College of Fine Arts at OU, where he was honored with the University of Oklahoma Regents Award.

The late Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington established the Herrington Distinguished Lectureship Endowment through the Rogers State University Foundation in 1989. The Herrington family initiated the lectureship endowment as a way to provide educational opportunities to RSU students and the community. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education provided matching funds for the endowment.

Mr. Herrington, a retired Exxon executive, served on the RSU Foundation Board of Directors and was a long- time supporter of the university. In 1990, RSU awarded him the Jefferson Fellow Award. The university's Herrington Hall, which houses the RSU School of Business and Technology, was named in honor of the Herrington family in 1995.

Mr. Herrington's sister, the late Ms. Margaret Herrington, established the Margaret J. Herrington Endowment through the RSU Foundation. She was born in Tecumseh, Okla., and educated at the University of Oklahoma, where she received a bachelor's degree in business administration, and at Oklahoma City University, where she received her juris doctorate (law) degree.

For more information on the Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington Distinguished Endowed Lecture at RSU, visit www.rsu.edu/lectureships/herrington/index.asp.

Deadline for purchasing tickets is noon, Monday, Feb. 17. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Brandi Sutherland at the RSU Development Office at 918-343-7773 or bsutherland@rsu.edu.