Campus opens at 11:00 am today

Due to the weather conditions, the OC campus did not open until 11:00 am on Thursday, March 5, beginning with Chapel and continuing with classes/activities after that. Spring Sing is on for tonight.

Top Healthcare Entrepreneur Given Christian Business Leader Award

Oklahoma Christian University recently awarded its Christian Business Leader of the Year Award to healthcare entrepreneur Bryce Williams. Previous recipients include Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke and Devon Energy co-founder Larry Nichols. The award recognizes a business leader who has demonstrated excellence in the business community and dedication to faith.

Williams is co-founder, president and CEO of Extend Health, Inc., in San Mateo, Calif. Last year the company was the 94th fastest-growing, privately held company in the country, according to Inc. magazine. In the last three years, the company’s revenues have grown more than 2,500 percent. Williams has also been named as a semi-finalist for Ernst & Young’s 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

He spoke to OC business students at the School of Business Awards Banquet, where he received his award.

Williams is a graduate of Baylor University and The George Washington University Law School. He joined a health care start-up in 1993, which was later bought by the CVS Caremark family of companies. After working with two more healthcare start-ups, he co-founded Extend Health, which pioneered and built the largest Medicare plan exchange in the country.

According to Williams, the company has saved its 130-plus clients more than $1 billion in the last five years. Extend Health serves all three of major U.S. auto manufacturers. In 1997, the Wall Street Journal estimated that Extend Health saved Ford Motor Company $85 million a year by creating a Medicare exchange for its retirees.

Williams considers himself a native Oklahoman as his mother is from Duncan. He and his wife, Leigh, have two sons, Dawson and Brennon. Dawson is a freshman at Southern Methodist University, and Brennon is a high school sophomore who hopes to study engineering in college.