As we sat in the restaurant enjoying our lunch, I was surprised to learn that he didn’t go to a four-year university. Based upon the décor of his office, which is plastered with OU Sooner memorabilia, I naturally assumed OU to be his Alma Mater. I soon learned that he is simply an OU fan, but a true believer in Tulsa Tech and what it can offer those who choose it over a four-year university. Blackburn recently accepted a second offer to serve in the Tulsa Tech Education Foundation
. He had served on the foundation in 2010 when his company was still rather small, but he felt at that time he didn’t have as much to offer. But his desire remained to give back to the school as the years passed on. Fast forward eight years, his company has grown exponentially and he knew the right time had come to get involved again and help those students who will one day be in the workforce with skills like the ones he learned while attending Tulsa Tech.
“I feel like I am at a point where I can have some influence and help the school become more than it has been in the past,” Blackburn said. With more time in his personal and professional schedule, he felt that it was the right time. The foundation focuses on helping those students who don’t have enough money to pay for all of their tuition, books, and tools. Upon acceptance to the foundation board, Blackburn began revitalizing the concept, “the more money we raise, the more students we can help.” Since he has been back on the foundation, he has been involved in the annual fundraiser, ‘Concert for a Cause’ which raised over $20,000. Blackburn not only helped in organizing the charity event, but he also donated significantly to the silent auction as well.