STILLWATER — Three Oklahoma businessmen have been named recipients of the 2014 Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Champion award.
The honorees are Robert A. “Bob” Funk, chairman and CEO of Express Employment Professionals; Rodd Moesel, president and co-owner of American Plant Products and Services in Oklahoma City; and David Howard, founder of Bristow-based Unitherm Food Processing Inc.
As the owner of Express Ranches, Funk oversees an operation that has its headquarters and a sales facility in Yukon, as well as ranching operations in Oklahoma and New Mexico.
“He uses his success to enhance the lives of people touched by any of his enterprises, particularly those in agriculture,” said Clint Rusk, head of the OSU Department of Animal Science.
Funk has shared beef cattle genetics with the OSU Purebred Beef Center and supported OSU’s Cowboy Classic sale by purchasing top-selling animals on an annual basis.
Funk established in 1995 the Express Ranches Progressive Junior Scholarship Program, which helps youth involved with livestock to further their education at accredited institutions. Youth who buy cattle from the ranch are eligible.
Funk also was instrumental in the effort to revitalize the Oklahoma Youth Expo, which now ranks among the largest junior livestock shows in the United States and provides scholarship support to hundreds of rural Oklahoma youth each year.
Moesel’s American Plant Products and Services has designed and built research greenhouses for facilities across the nation, and built teaching greenhouses for more than 50 Oklahoma vocational agriculture programs.
“Rodd Moesel’s service to Oklahoma’s agriculture and horticulture industries is quite incredible in terms of its breadth, depth and longevity,” said Ron Elliott, interim head of DASNR’s department of horticulture and landscape architecture.