Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker Keith O'Rear

Keith O'Rear

Keynote Speaker

Keith O’Rear is the Senior Vice President of Wood Products for the Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands and wood products.

He served as Vice President of Wood Products, Sales and Marketing from March 2018 to December 2018 and Vice President of Wood Products Manufacturing for the company’s Mid-South region from 2014 to March 2018. 

O’Rear led the company’s Timberlands operations in Oklahoma and Arkansas from 2013-2014 and has held various manufacturing leadership roles at the company’s lumber mills in Dierks, Arkansas, and Idabel, Oklahoma. O’Rear joined Weyerhaeuser in 1989. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.


Student Respondent Melissa Sadler

Melissa "Lee" Sadler

2:00pm Student Respondent

Melissa “Lee” Sadler is graduating with an Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Design Technology. As a student, Lee was involved in the Visual Communications Collective, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and received scholarships from Art Plus and the Lew Wentz Foundation.

A Morris native, Lee credits OSUIT with providing a quality education for many members of her family. She is currently providing freelance work for the Oklahoma Aquarium and is considering continuing her education at OSUIT through the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Technical Leadership.




Student Respondent Joshua Smith

Joshua Bryon Smith

7:00pm Student Respondent

Joshua Bryon Smith is graduating with an Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Service Technology from the School of Transportation & Heavy Equipment.

During his educational pursuit at OSUIT, he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and received a scholarship from the Swank Family Endowment. He chose to attend OSUIT because of the hands-on training and high percentage rate of employment for graduates. Smith said that he began his studies at OSUIT knowing nothing about cars. But on that first day of class, he was shown something useful and new and has learned something new every day since. Smith said everything that was taught in the classroom was reinforced with legitimate, real-world applications.

Smith is currently employed as an automotive technician for Eskew’s Garage and Towing, located in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and plans to remain there after graduation.