Q&A with Scott Meacham
i2E's new head is longtime fan
Q: Why were you interested in leading i2E, a nonprofit corporation serving the state's startup companies?
A: I have been a longtime supporter of i2E and its mission. We have a proud history for innovation in Oklahoma. Great ideas are produced at our colleges and universities, at institutions like Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Noble Foundation, and at many other places across our state. The problem is that these promising ideas all too often either die on the vine or become business opportunities in other states because of lack of knowledge of how to successfully start a business or lack of startup capital. i2E is the only entity in the state that provides help with both of these problems.
I have been privileged to serve on i2E's board since 2010. This gave me the opportunity to observe firsthand i2E's staff at work. A great staff together with a company mission I really believe in made the decision pretty easy.
Q: Did you learn anything as state treasurer that has helped you in your role at i2E?
A: I have found that everything I have done in my career has prepared me for the next thing. I started out practicing law with the Meacham & Meacham law firm in Clinton. Then, I took over the management of our family bank, First National Bank & Trust of Elk City. Next, I moved to state government, first as state finance director and then as state treasurer. After leaving state government, I went back to practicing law as chair of the banking practice group at Crowe & Dunlevy. In each of these positions, I utilized things I had learned in the prior positions.