Claremore Daily Progress

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April 9, 2013

Will Rogers Memorial Foundation plans advance

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CLAREMORE —

Another lasting contribution is his leadership in the Rogers State University Foundation. It has grown from a small Chapel Fund leftover from Oklahoma Military Academy cadet days, to the now $12.2 million Foundation. It provides thousands of dollars each year in scholarships to RSU students.
“The sky’s the limit,” he said, for Will Rogers Memorial Foundation fund-raising.
“It’s an interesting venture. We have a constituency that most agencies would die for, people who have an interest in, an affection for, people who have felt a bond with Will Rogers.
“There is hardly ever an opportunity to build a foundation on that kind of base,” he said.
Albert, Oklahoma City born and reared, came to Claremore in 2005 to open Pelco Structural, a brand-new business. His first years were consumed with growing the business and getting acquainted in his new community. 
He and the new company, a provider for utility distribution and transmission and traffic signs and lights, have been involved in virtually every aspect of Claremore’s business and civic community since his arrival.
Albert is an accountant by trade, but early in his career “fell in love” with small business. In 2004, he and Phil Parduhn, Edmond inventor and entrepreneur, put together the Pelco business plan, which brought him to Claremore.
It was when Robert Henry, his former business law professor and mentor at Oklahoma Baptist University, received the RSU Constitution Day Award that Albert was inspired to visit Will Rogers Memorial Museum.
“He was one of the greatest teachers I had.  At dinner he began to talk about how much fun he had earlier that day at Will Rogers Museum, just getting reacquainted,” Albert said.
“As he began to talk, I told Jo (Albert’s wife) we had to go. And we fell in love with another of Oklahoma’s greatest natural resources,” he said.

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