GrowEnid has partnered with a few of our local entrepreneurs, Muncy Photography, Pneumedia Group, and E-Town Magazine to tell the story of some of the businesses who help make Enid great. Large and small, these entrepreneurs are the backbone of our economy, and they come to work everyday focused on how they can make today better than yesterday. These companies provide jobs, tax revenue, community support, and support the quality of life in Enid. We are proud that they have chosen to work, live and play and stay in this city! Please enjoy reading their stories and hearing them tell in their own words why they are proud to call Enid home.
Meet the Nicholas Real Estate.
The oldest continuously operating licensed real estate company in Oklahoma, Nicholas Commercial Real Estate and Management has its fingerprints all over Enid by way of developing and managing many of the city’s most iconic commercial buildings, shopping centers and residential neighborhoods.
Meet the Northcutt Auto Group.
When Leonard Northcutt lost his parents in a plane crash in 1965, he was thrust into the role of taking over his family’s car dealership as the youngest person in the nation to operate a Chevrolet franchise at that time. But he persisted in convincing the company to take a chance on him because he knew how promising the Enid market was.
Meet the Encompass.
Thirty-five years of self-employment and helping others start, value and prepare businesses for succession has given Tom Evans a unique perspective on the pioneering spirit of the Greater Enid region. From working on his grandfather’s farm as a kid to buying a furniture store in Cherokee with his high school sweetheart (now wife) to pay their way through college, he learned that it often takes someone believing in you.
Meet the TPI Staffing.
Darren Janes literally grew up in the staffing industry. His mother Kathy Janes started TPI Staffing Service out of her home in 1989. That summer, at age 14, he served as her first employee, answering phones and interviewing applicants while she met with clients.
Meet the Messer Bowers Insurance.
Since the Messer-Bowers agency started out selling insurance in 1924, it has diversified into risk management and financial services, opened two satellite offices and expanded to around 60 employees statewide.
Meet the PT Coupling.
Four generations of owners and employees have worked side-by-side to build the PT family of companies into one of the country’s leading manufacturers of industrial fittings, including a line of products with the highest pressure rating in the industry.
Meet the Dense Mechanical.
Before settling in Enid, Weber Player lived in the Vail Valley of Colorado and near Asheville, N.C. “For me, Enid has proven to be every bit the place for economic opportunities and personal and professional growth as any of the three,” he says.
Meet the Financial Experts.
Since Deane Wymer launched a small accounting office in Fairview in 1969, Wymer Brownlee has grown into an integrated financial services firm with five offices statewide, 50 employees and roughly $600 million in assets under management.
Meet the Healthcare Leaders.
Krista Roberts arrived in Enid 28 years ago ready to begin her professional career. “My first job with St. Mary’s was an entry level clinical position.
Meet the Klemmes.
As one of the most widely published golf course photographers in the world, globetrotter Mike Klemme has always enjoyed astonishing fellow travelers with striking images of his home state.
Meet the Blevins.
Despite being in a business increasingly dominated by large national chains, Jumbo Foods continues to grow and thrive as Enid’s only locally owned and operated grocer.
Meet Johnston Seed Co.
Johnston Seed Company was started when founder Willis B. Johnston went to Kansas City and brought back a rail car filled with seed and supplies for Cherokee Strip pioneers.
Meet the Dillinghams.
Dan Dillingham’s great grandfather wrote the first insurance policy issued in the Cherokee Outlet of the Indian Territory of Oklahoma in 1889. Because Enid is centrally located and has always provided outstanding general aviation facilities, the firm was nationally competitive right from the start.
Meet John Berg. President & CEO of the Triangle Companies.
Over the years Triangle has made its own investments in the city’s appeal, buying and leasing several business properties around town and sponsoring community events like the Great Land Run, an annual family fun run that raises funds for local schools.
“Our employees have the chance to be active in many local organizations, and they enjoy being involved and giving back,” Berg says. “This is a great town for raising families and for growing a company.”
Meet Greg Hodgen. President & CEO of Groendyke Transport.
Over the past 83 years, trucking company Groendyke Transport has outgrown its original transportation terminal many times over, but it never outgrew Enid.
Groendyke is now the largest privately owned tank truck firm in the country, operating 29 terminals in 11 states with a fleet of about a thousand trucks that cover 77 million miles every year. The company also has an unparalleled reputation for performance and safety, earning countless awards from industry organizations, regulatory agencies, insurance carriers and business partners.
Meet Mickey Stowers. Founder of Aircraft Structures International.
Aircraft Structures International Corporation began as Stowers Aircraft Corporation in 1978. Shortly after ASIC’s move to Enid, the corporation changed its work scope to deal exclusively with the Cessna 208 Caravan. Since that time ASIC has attained the position as the “World Leader” in Caravan rebuilding.
Meet Jimmy Stallings. President of Envirotech Engineering and Consulting Inc.
Jimmy was a teenager in high school in 1992 when his dad Rob, a former U.S. Air Force instructor and oil and gas developer, started a local environmental engineering consulting firm. Since then, Envirotech has grown from two partners to 30 employees, opened a satellite office in Guymon and is now licensed in 17 states working with a diversified clientele that includes municipalities, agriculture, oil and gas and more.
Meet Josh Ward. Owner of Bluejays Barber Shop.
Following barbering school in Oklahoma City, Ward was ready to launch his dream shop. “Enid, with its old town square, was a logical place for me to create something unique that had that old downtown barbershop feel,” he says.
BlueJay’s Barber Shop offers more than a service; it’s an experience. The retro décor includes antique 1920s barber chairs. The shop specializes in classics like traditional hot towel shaves, straight razor cutting, side parts and slick backs.
Meet Aaron Harmon. President of GEFCO.
Aaron Harmon first arrived in Enid to attend Phillips University. While there, he met his wife, an Enid native, and they both went to work for GEFCO, a local manufacturer. Today, Harmon is GEFCO’s president, and the company does business in more than 100 countries on 6 continents.