Robert A. Funk is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Prior to founding Express, Funk gained extensive experience with Acme Personnel Services, beginning as a personnel consultant and then rising to first vice president.
Funk graduated from Seattle Pacific University (SPU) with a bachelor's degree in business administration and theology. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and received his master's degree in business administration and theology from SPU. He holds three honorary degrees: an honorary doctorate of public service from SPU, awarded in 1995; an honorary doctorate of law presented by Oklahoma Baptist University in 2000; and an honorary doctorate of law presented by Southern Nazarene University in 2001.
Jimmy Harrel, Leedey, Oklahoma, has been involved in agriculture and business since early childhood. As a young boy, he learned to rope and ride, farm on a Ford tractor, and tend to horses and cattle along side his father and brothers. He became a business man when he sat with his father at the area cattle sale barns and learned to raise his arm and bid on and purchase his first calves for wheat pasture.
Jimmy Harrel graduated from Leedey High School and from Oklahoma State University with a double major in Animal Science and Agriculture Education. High school FFA projects of livestock showing and judging led him into college agriculture experiences. As a two year member of the OSU Livestock Judging team, traveling across the nation. Second high Individual at Chicago was a highlight of his judging. He taught Vocational Agriculture and served as an administrator then returned to ranching.
In 1985, he became an owner of the Bank of Western Oklahoma in Elk City, Oklahoma, and developed it into one of the premium agriculture lending banks in the state. The Bank Of Western Oklahoma, is known for its fair dealing, as the motto indicates, "Where a handshake is a binding contract.". The Bank of Western Oklahoma is now located in Weatherford, Woodward, Vici, Cordell, Elk City, and Geary, Oklahoma.
Jimmy has served on the following board and commissions:
Jimmy has been recognized and awarded in the following areas:
Jimmy Harrel has been instrumental in promoting youth and agriculture, has worked with Governors of Oklahoma and Secretary of Education, Sandy Garrett to keep vocational agriculture a vital part of of the public school curriculum. Jimmy and his wife, Marilyn have one daughter, Keela Terry, who with her husband, David Terry, reside in Weatherford, Oklahoma, with their daughter, Taylor and son, Ryan.