Faith, integrity characterize Arter’s business career

By Barrett Packard

Jimmy Arter is not just a successful businessman. He’s a man of God who takes that faith with him into the workplace.

Named as an outstanding alumnus by Oklahoma Christian University’s College of Business Administration in 2014, Jimmy uses Titus 2:6-8 to guide how he conducts himself in the business world.

Its message: “Encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything, set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching, show integrity, seriousness, and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”

“I make every effort to work in a way that is honest and fair. When there are decisions to be made, I go to my faith for guidance.” Jimmy Arter

“In business, people view this as ethics, but it is really based on faith,” Jimmy said. “I make every effort to work in a way that is honest and fair. When there are decisions to be made, I go to my faith for guidance.”

Dr. Jeff Simmons, dean of OC’s College of Business Administration, said the life Jimmy leads helps him make a large impact in the Oklahoma City metro and a broader impact on the kingdom of God.

“Jimmy conducts himself in the workplace in a way that glorifies God,” Simmons said. “He demonstrates character, integrity, and care towards everyone with whom he works.”

Jimmy graduated from OC in 1998 with a bachelor of business administration degree in management. After working as a purchasing agent for Beam’s Industries, Jimmy moved to MidFirst Bank and worked his way up to be the vice president of minerals and trust property.

He transformed the once one-man team into a staff of five, which he considers to be one of his greatest achievements.

He said his time at OC was transformative for him, and that his professors and mentors created an environment that helped get him to where he is today.

“From the time I set foot on campus at OC, the faculty and staff created an environment that helped me mature as a man, both professionally and spiritually,” Jimmy said.

OC’s ability to impact students goes beyond the classroom by offering social service clubs for students to join. Jimmy attributes some of his success to his time in Delta Gamma Sigma.

“My time in Delta introduced me to many new people with different backgrounds and perspectives, which helped me learn how to interact with people,” he said.

Jimmy’s time at OC provided him with the opportunities, relationships, and the knowledge needed to jumpstart his career. His perspective on these blessings and more keep him humble through all the accomplishments that come his way.

“My success is not about Jimmy Arter; it is about the people I work with,” he said.