Welcome to the Business Boot-Up Edition of The Dreamers and Doers Podcast! We believe you are never too young to start a business. We’re bringing you live interviews from the Norman Farmer’s Market in Norman, OK. Each episode will feature one of our student-run businesses where they will be sharing what they’ve learned by starting a business to encourage you to start yours too!
Powered by the Norman Chamber of Commerce and Sponsored by First United Bank.
Scott Martin: President of the Norman Chamber of Commerce
Scott Martin was born and raised in Tulsa, Scott is a proud Oklahoman. After high school he attend the University of Oklahoma. With a political science degree in hand, Scott dove headfirst into public service, spending 11 years working in municipal government. He furthered his public service career by living out a dream and was honored to be elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives for six terms. He was the epitome of a citizen legislator; working in community banking while serving in the legislative. Since June of 2017 Scott has led Norman’s premiere business advocacy organization, the Norman Chamber of Commerce.
Scott and his wife are the proud parents of four amazing children. Between church and ballfields; the entire family enjoys the outdoors, adventure, and an active lifestyle.
Scott considers himself a dreamer in charge of a lot of doing. He loves to vision and imagine what could be but he is not shy of implementing and getting down and taking care of business.
Scott’s tip for young entrepreneurs is to build strong relationships with your colleagues, customers, and your community.
Andy Sherrer: Community Market President with First United Bank
Andy Sherrer serves as Community Market President for First United Bank in Moore and Norman, Oklahoma where he leads a team of First United bankers that work to provide banking and wealth management solutions for clients throughout the Oklahoma City metro.
Andy’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Oklahoma State University, M.B.A. with a Finance and M.I.S. concentration from the University of Oklahoma, and the Wharton Leadership Certificate from ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Andy has served as the Chairman of the Norman with the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Norman with the Oklahoma Planning Commission, adjunct faculty member of the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma, an ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking faculty capstone administrator, member of the Oklahoma Governor’s Business Roundtable, Chairman of the Moore-Norman Technology Center School Board, and as a Norman Regional Health Foundation Board President-Elect.
In addition, Andy has been awarded as the Mentor of the Year for the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma and the “Best Norman Banker” – by The Norman Transcript.
Andy currently lives in Norman with his wife, Megan, daughter, Sheridan, and son, Jackson.
Andy believes he’s a bit of a dreamer and a doer. Quoting from one his favorite books, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, “Begin with the end in mind”, Andy dreams while keeping his goals front and center.
Andy encourages young entrepreneurs to develop a tenacious team focused on customer service.
Rowan Williams and Alonso Kain with Lemon Squeeze
Rowan and Alonso met while attending Terra Verde Discovery School in Norman, Oklahoma. Squeeze Lemonade is a collaboration developed from a Business Boot Up experience with Loveworks Leadership in April 2021.
The team learned early on the importance of managing inventory when it took over four hours to make just four gallons of lemonade. With that understanding under their belt they are looking forward to future success. Rowan and Alonso believe in the importance of good communication, the value of mentorship and taking advice. They offer the advice to other young entrepreneurs to keep learning so that you know everything about your product and you know what you are doing to make it a success!