Minter Business Lecture to Feature GiANT Experiences CEO

Students at OBU will gain insights shared with more than 500,000 leaders annually as Ray Sanders, founder and CEO of GiANT Experiences, delivers the 2011 Minter Lectureship in American Business Practice.

The Minter Lecture is slated for Monday, April 4, at 10 a.m. in the Geiger Center, rooms 218-220.

The Minter Lectureship in American Business Practice is underwritten by 1940 OBU graduate Lloyd G. Minter of Bartlesville, Okla. His desire to help OBU religious vocation students broaden their understanding of the business community led to establishing the innovative lecture series. The annual series began in 1991 and is hosted every spring semester on the OBU campus.

The rationale behind the Minter Lecture Series is that adding a sound understanding of the business world to the educational experience of church ministry majors can broaden their ability to minister effectively. The vision of GiANT Experiences is to mobilize purpose-driven leaders who use their influence to make an impact on the world for good through sustainable, life-changing solutions.

An enthusiastic traveler with a passion for transformation, Sanders regularly leads teams of professionals on life-impacting experiences throughout the world. As a senior corporate executive he has led international causes, organizational development and strategic marketing communications for multimillion-dollar organizations.

Prior to his role as CEO of GiANT Experiences, Sanders was editor-in-chief for Oklahoma’s largest weekly news journal and host of an award-winning statewide radio program. He has served in a bipartisan position with the United States Senate and as the vice president of a Washington, D.C.-based growth firm.

Sanders serves on the business advisory board for Compassion International and Oklahoma Baptist University. He is a member of the communication advisory committee for the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma and serves on the board of directors for Sherwood Pictures, a U.S. inspirational film company.

With a background in business management, public affairs, broadcasting, publishing, corporate communications and leadership development, Sanders is a passionate writer and orator. He often speaks on “The Power of Personal Influence” and “The Leader Ladder.” Sanders also has served as a guest lecturer and student advisor advocating social entrepreneurialism and the S.E.R.V.E. Leadership Model at universities throughout the world.

Sanders and his wife, Stephanie, have six children.

Lloyd G. Minter built a successful 35-year career with Phillips Petroleum Co., rising to the position of senior vice president and general counsel before retiring in 1978. His desire to help OBU religious vocation students broaden their understanding of the business community led to establishing the innovative lecture series.

OBU annually has one of the largest numbers of religion majors among Southern Baptist four-year colleges and universities. The Minter Lectureship is designed to provide orientation and training for those students in the history and nature of the American economic system and to help students understand and appreciate the business/professional community.

In addition to equipping the students with business knowledge for the institutions they will lead, the Minter Lectureship promotes proper management of personal finances.

Minter, who earned a law degree at the University of Oklahoma, currently resides in Tulsa. He has served five terms as an OBU trustee and two terms as a trustee of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.