David Stewart, 59, of Edmond is owner of Raven Resources, an oil and gas company in Oklahoma City. He also is part-owner of Zeke's Marina in Orange Beach, Ala., which is home to one of the largest fishing charter businesses on the Gulf of Mexico.
Q: Did you grow up in Oklahoma?
A: I am originally from Meridian, Miss. We moved to Oklahoma in 1997 to open a business, an employee leasing company with a guy I played golf with out of college, Rick Webb. His family owned an independent insurance agency in Oklahoma City. We have been there ever since, raised our kids in Deer Creek schools.
Q: How did you get in the fishing business?
A: It (the employee leasing company) was very successful and in a year and a half we sold it. Then we got into the oil and gas business and took oil and gas money and invested in real estate on the Gulf Coast. That is how we ended up with the marina.
Q: Why buy a marina?
A: The marina was built in 1989. I had a bought a large, sport fishing boat with another guy that was at this marina. The owners of the marina, which was several boat captains and business people, had sold it. After they made the deal with the buyer, they found out the buyer was going to bull doze the marina and build high-rise condos. They came to me and asked me to come into the deal and keep the marina.