“In everything we do we ask, ‘how do we create the best work environment for all of us?’ That’s where the message starts. Everything else flows from that.”
Everyone’s good at something. Everett Dobson knows how to build things that matter. The communications company he once conceived and guided, for instance, grew to become a $5.1 billion enterprise with 3,000 employees operating 17 states. He sold it about a decade ago. The buyer was AT&T.
Not bad for a guy who grew up in Cheyenne, Oklahoma working in the family business, playing baseball, and riding bulls in his spare time. Lucky for us, his dad — then CEO of what would become Dobson Technologies — convinced him one day that “you ought to give us a try.”
He did, and that has mattered a lot.
“There are three things that are important to me,” he says. “Commitment to our employees, commitment to our customers, and commitment to the communities we serve. Those are the guiding principles that my grandfather had eighty years ago when he started this company. And it works.”
- BS Economics, Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU)
- Board of Directors, Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA),1996-2007
- Board of Directors, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 2000-present (Chairman of the Board 2012-2013)
- Board of Directors, SWOSU Foundation,1991-present
- Investment Committee member, SWOSU Foundation
President of Information Technology, Transport and Telecom Solutions
“I want people to look at Dobson and say, ‘They just get it.’ And to know that the spirit behind it is that these are really good, hardworking people who care about the customer and do the right thing.”
Frank has never viewed himself as the smartest or best guy in the room, “but I always knew I could outwork people,” he says.
He might have learned that digging ditches for the mosquito commission or running a gas pump when he was a kid. He might have learned it from his physician father who worked late most evenings (dinner was usually around 7:30). Or he might have learned it in one of the many executive leadership positions he’s held over the years at places like Nextel, Cellular One, and Cricket Communications.
Either way, everyone soon learns not to call on Frank if they’re looking for the easy way. Only if they’re looking for the right way. “The right decision is rarely the easy decision,” he says, “but you’re prepared to make it because you believe it, you stay your course, and you operate according to your value system.”
- Bachelor’s Degree, Muhlenberg College
- Certificate of Leadership, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
- Former Board of Directors Member, Victory Junction Camp
- Member, Association of the Hole in the Wall Camps
- Advisory Board Member, Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation