OSU Spears Business To Induct Tulsan Melinda Stinnett Into Hall of Fame


Melinda Stinnett of Tulsa, a 1989 Oklahoma State University accounting graduate and successful entrepreneur, has been selected as the 2021 inductee into the OSU Spears School of Business Hall of Fame. Stinnett will be honored in a ceremony this fall along with 2021 Outstanding Young Alumni Haley Keith and Steven Propester.
Each year, Spears Business recognizes exceptional graduates who are inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in recognition of distinguished professional careers, displays of leadership and for giving back to their communities and OSU. This year Stinnett will receive the highest honor awarded by Spears Business at the Hall of Fame ceremony and banquet Nov. 12.
“We are delighted to induct Melinda Stinnett into our hall of fame,” said Dr. Ken Eastman, dean of Spears Business. “She has built a tremendous company, which continues to grow. Additionally, Melinda has been an active supporter of Spears Business, OSU and other philanthropic organizations. She is a wonderful person, and we are proud to have her in our hall of fame.”
Stinnett is the managing director of Stinnett & Associates, a professional advisory firm she founded in Tulsa in 2001 and who has three decades of experience as a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor. In 2017, Stinnett was named Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration and was named to the Journal Record’s 2020 list of “50 Making a Difference.”
After graduating from OSU, Stinnett spent 12 years working in public accounting before launching her firm. For nine years she worked in the Tulsa office of Arthur Andersen, becoming audit senior manager, and also worked as a staff auditor for Price Waterhouse in Phoenix, Arizona.
Stinnett & Associates’ 100 employees currently serve clients in six Oklahoma offices as well as locations in Colorado and Texas. The firm’s moto is “Care Greatly!” which is reflected in the company being chosen in 2019 as an Oklahoma Best Place to Work. Stinnett has become a widely sought-after speaker on building positive, inclusive places to work. She is also a coveted speaker for professional organizations and conferences as an expert in internal auditing and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
Stinnett’s involvement with her alma mater includes currently serving on the Board of Governors for the OSU Foundation, the Spears Business Dean’s Council, the OSU School of Accounting Advisory Board and Executive Committee, the Eastin Center for Career Readiness Advisory Board and the Women for OSU Board.

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