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CEO of Stillwater Designs to Lead Business Forum April 1

March 23, 2016

OBU’s Paul Dickinson College of Business will host a Business Forum lecture Friday, April 1, at 10 a.m. 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.

Steve Irby, the guest lecturer for the forum, is president and founder of Stillwater Designs, maker of “Kicker” branded car audio, marine audio and portable lifestyle audio products. His love of music was expressed during high school and college as a keyboard player in various rock-n-roll bands. After a year of graduate study at Oklahoma State University, he founded Stillwater Designs with his roommate.

In 1980, Steve developed the original “Kicker,” a full range enclosed speaker system designed to fit behind the seat in a standard cab pickup truck. This was a first-of-its-kind product innovation, which is why similar products of many brands came to be known generically as Kicker-boxes. This single innovative product launched a car audio brand with hundreds of models sold through a network of retail dealers in all 50 U.S. states and more than 60 countries on 6 continents.