Susan Binkowski, CEO and founder of Esperanza Real Estate Investments, LLC, will deliver Oklahoma Baptist University's Business Forum Lecture Friday, April 17, at 10 a.m. The title of her lecture is "Lenses of Leadership." The event will be held in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in Bailey Business Center on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Binkowski and husband, Hank, are co-owners of 14 Buy For Less, Uptown Grocery Co. and Super Mercado stores in the Oklahoma City metro area. Binkowski has spent the last 10 years in residential and multi-family real estate development, construction and interior design. She has built, sold, remodeled and developed over 100 properties in the Oklahoma City, Edmond, Nichols Hills, Midwest City and Norman areas.
She has a background in finance and worked as a loan officer and broker for World Mortgage Company from 1999-2004. This understanding of finance regulations and relationships proved essential as she moved from loan processing into launching her own real estate business.
She actively serves on the Oklahoma Christian School Foundation board. Upon graduating from S.A.L.L.T. (Salt and Light Leadership Training) in 2013, she joined the board's executive committee. She also serves on the "Count Me in 4 Kids" collaboration of community leaders, providers and legislators working on behalf of children in foster care.
The proud mother of four, Binkowski and her husband also serve as foster parents and actively engage in the promotion and support of the community. The family believes that while the grocery business is their vocation, it is also their ministry and the platform that God has given them to have a positive influence in the diverse communities they serve.