“After graduating high school at Edmond North, I was unable to get into Oklahoma State with my current GPA and ACT scores, The NOC Gateway Program gave me the opportunity to chase my college dream. The staff at NOC were encouraging and always willing to go the extra mile for me. During that time, I went abroad to both Spain and Ireland for Spring Break and was exposed to the world outside Oklahoma.
After NOC, I transferred to Oklahoma State where I was lost in what I wanted to do with my life. Having that doubt and not a career to strive for caused me to lose focus on classes, and I ended up failing out of OSU and transferring back to NOC where I met my advisor and instructor in, as she deemed it, “The Last Chance Class”. There was no sugar coating this one, and she made that extremely clear, which is exactly what I needed. She taught me that the key to success in life was defined by how hard I work for it. When I entered this class, I believed that because I was in college, I deserved a college degree. When I finished the class, I learned that a college degree was not something given, but something earned and that the degree would not promise success, but a foundation to build a successful life on.
After that 2nd trip to NOC, I enrolled back at OSU and got into the Entrepreneurship Program which was new to the school at that time. I have always loved to build things and realized that I enjoyed building businesses. I ended up winning the 2011 Oklahoma State Business Plan Competition and Oklahoma State Entrepreneur of the Year 2011.
As of today, I still take the lessons learned at NOC in my daily life. I own a last mile logistics company, MenuRunners LLC, that got HOTTEST Startups in Dallas 2018 and Top 20 Fastest Growing Start Ups in Dallas for 2018. MenuRunners has 152 employees and is expanding quickly across the state of Texas. I also help run one of the largest Commercial Roofing companies in the Midwest, DK Haney Roofings, as Director of Sales and National Accounts.
This all traces back to the foundations that NOC helped me lay.”