“His success story is truly the story of the Oklahoma spirit and of the Western man in modern society. He is living proof that it is still possible for an individual from modest beginnings to be extremely successful as an entrepreneur.”
Oklahoma native John A. Brock was raised in Oklahoma City and graduated from Classen High School in 1948. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1953 with a B.S. in Geological Engineering. He served in the U.S. Army Artillery in Korea from 1953 to 1955 and began his career in the oil business with Shell Oil Company in 1955. He returned to Oklahoma in 1968 to become executive vice president and general manager of LVO Corporation in Tulsa, followed by president of Southport Exploration, chairman of Medallion Petroleum, Inc., and chairman of Brighton Energy, LLC. In addition to his success in the energy industry, he is a member of nine petroleum industry associations and serves on the board of directors of a variety of business enterprises. He also created the Tulsa Innovation Center to help establish new businesses in northeast Oklahoma and was a member of Tulsa Angels Investment Group. He endowed the Brock International Prize for Education and Brock Symposium for Education in 2001 and organized Tulsans for Education Excellence. He endowed the Brock Chair of Energy Economics and Policy and the John A. Brock Endowed Chair in Engineering Leadership at the University of Oklahoma. He also established the Brock Chair for Education Leadership and the Brock Chair for Education Innovation at Oklahoma State University.
A special interest of John Brock’s is public art. He was instrumental in installing the Oklahoma Indian ballerina statue on the Williams Center Green in Tulsa to commemorate Oklahoma’s famous Native American ballerinas and the Appeal to “The Great Spirit Statue” in Woodward Park in Tulsa.
Brock was born in Durant, Oklahoma.