Academy to honor Dan Boren with the Oklahoma Key Contributor
Oklahoma communities are made up of wonderful people who strive to make Oklahoma a better place to work, live and play, but one Oklahoman from a young age was instilled with the notion that Oklahoma was his home and it was his duty to make a positive difference.

This year the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals has chosen to honor Dan Boren with the Oklahoma Key Contributor Award at the 26th Annual Oklahoma Academy Salute. The Oklahoma Key Contributor Award is the Academy’s prestigious acknowledgment and thank you for participation, involvement and support by an individual, business, organization or program that has resulted in significant positive change for Oklahoma and in the overall quality of life for all Oklahomans.

“Dan Boren is probably one of the most enthusiastic people I know and one who truly believes in making the changes necessary to allow Oklahoma to be the best state ever,” said Julie Knutson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Academy. “From his service as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, through his service in Congress, Dan works for improving our communities and the state, and for the people he serves as well as all Oklahomans.”

Dan is the President of Corporate Development for the Chickasaw Nation. Based in Oklahoma, he helps to drive the Nation’s business diversification strategy. In his capacity, Dan serves on numerous boards within the Nation that cut across the technology, health, financial services and energy sectors.

“In his role with the Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce, he has kept what is best for Oklahoma’s citizens in mind,” said Julie. “Positive change has occurred for Oklahoma through many endeavors that Dan has had a hand in, and you may not learn until months later that he was involved. Dan’s ability to bring people together and encourage them to find common ground allows change to occur for the greater good. Through his quiet leadership Oklahoma benefits.”

Before joining the Nation, Dan represented Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms before retiring in 2013. Before election to Congress in 2004, Dan served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and was the first freshman state lawmaker ever to be elected as Caucus Chairman.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for The Oklahoma Academy, Dan continues to find ways to contribute to his community by serving on a number of nonprofit boards and foundations. He currently serves on the boards of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, National Rifle Association, Seminole State College Educational Foundation, OU Children’s Hospital Foundation, IBC Bank, Canterbury Voices, OKC Boathouse Foundation, Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, Sovereign Asset Management (Chairman), Walnut Creek Property Investments and the Last Frontier Council (Boy Scouts of America), the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Stella Nova, Swift MD and Soldier Strong.

Purchase your tickets now to attend the 26th Annual Oklahoma Academy Salute and join statewide leaders of business, community, education, health, and economic development in honoring Dan. This can’t-miss event will take place in the stunning Renaissance Hotel & Conference Center, 6808 So. 107th E. Avenue, Tulsa 74133, on Friday evening, August 23, beginning with a Celebrity Reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Dinner and Salute Program at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are still available here. You can also purchase tickets by contacting Academy at (405) 307-0986 or

The Oklahoma Academy for State Goals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving our state, one public policy at a time. But the Academy doesn’t work alone. We believe the people should have a say in their futures and quality of life, so the Academy engages citizens across Oklahoma and involves those citizens in every step of the proposal process. The Annual Oklahoma Academy Salute is the only fundraising event held by the Academy to provide the funding necessary to continue addressing critical public policy issues.

Jennifer Engleman | Aug 7, 2019