Family: Barbara Berkey Allen (BS 1970); twin daughters Ashley and Kim;
Work: Budco, Inc.; 23 years; President & co-owner
Hometown: Tulsa and Muskogee (from the ages 6 through 17)
- Pastimes: Spending time with grandchildren, golfing, boating,
TU sports, fishing, and snow skiing are my favorite activities. I also
enjoy spending time at Grand Lake and playing the top 100 golf courses
in the country with a group of friends.
- Childhood Memory: Going to Ft.
Gibson Lake and fishing with my grandfather; after that going to the
lake for family gatherings and being the organizer of activities for my
brothers, sister and younger cousins.
- Memory of TU: A favorite memory
associated with TU was attending the N.I.T. championship game in NYC in
1981 and again in 2001 — and TU won both championships.
- Best advice received:
My grandfather, Don Hill, told me to be positive!
- What is the most important lesson?
Follow the Golden Rule: Treat others as you wish to be treated.
- What advice do you give to your children:
A lot of advice, but they have selective hearing!
- Advice to grandchildren?
Whatever they want to hear; of course that may change as they become older!
- What would your acquaintances be surprised to know about you?
I really enjoy classical music.
- What are you most proud of?
Number one would have to be my
family; second would be the 20 plus years of success of Budco, Inc. As
an aside, one thing Barbara and I did that gave me great pleasure was
surprising Glenn Dobbs with a lifetime membership in the TU Lettermen’s
Association for his 80th birthday.
- What influenced your career?
I was a student at TU and needed a summer job prior to my senior year. The
cable television division of LBO Corporation placed an opening for a
summer position with the TU Placement office. After working for them
that summer, I went to work for them full time after graduation from TU
and have spent the majority of my career in cable television-related work.
- What has been the greatest challenge in your professional life?
Deciding to buy and operate a small business for 20 plus years.
- If you could change one thing, what would it be?
My belief is that you can’t live life in the rear-view mirror — live in the day,
not the past.
- Define happiness:
Living your life in your own way.