i2E CEO Scott Meacham retires
Chief Executive Officer Scott Meacham is retiring from i2E Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the growth of startups and entrepreneurs in Oklahoma along with its independent investment subsidiary Plains Ventures, after 11 years at the organization.
During his tenure as CEO, Meacham enhanced i2E’s visibility as a resource for building, launching and growing successful Oklahoma businesses. He also worked to expand the services i2E offered to local entrepreneurs and to promote the state as a premier destination for research and innovation. Following his retirement, Meacham will continue to advise i2E as executive chairman.
“As I reflect on this remarkable journey working alongside visionary entrepreneurs and dedicated i2E team members and stakeholders, I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished,” Meacham said. “Together, we have promoted innovation, empowered dreams and contributed to a thriving ecosystem that will drive economic growth and transform Oklahoma for years to come. It has been an honor to serve as CEO, and I am confident that i2E’s impact will only grow stronger in the hands of its capable and passionate leaders.”
Beginning July 1, current i2E president Rex Smitherman and current Plains Ventures president Justin Wilson assumed full operational control of the two respective entities.
“I am grateful for the great work accomplished by Scott during his time as CEO,” Smitherman said. “His leadership has taken i2E to new heights, and I am humbled and excited to build upon this work alongside the talented team at i2E.”
“Scott’s strategic vision has left an indelible mark on Plains Ventures, effectively answered the question as to whether venture capital is possible in Oklahoma and helped build the foundation for a golden era of risk capital formation in this state. As we bid farewell to Scott, we reflect on his profound impact and eagerly embrace the future, carrying that legacy forward as we continue to champion innovation and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs,” Wilson said.
Phase 2 names new CEO
Phase 2, an Oklahoma-based technology solutions consultancy, recently named Heath Clinton as chief executive officer.
Company founder Mark Towler remains active with the company as chairman.
Clinton has been with Phase 2 for more than two decades and most recently served as president and chief operating officer. In his new role, he will retain his title as president and be responsible for the company’s strategic direction and day-to-day operations.
“Heath has been a driving force behind the success of Phase 2 over the past 23 years,” Towler said. “During the most challenging of business cycles, including periods of rapid growth, he has never sacrificed the principles at the foundation of our company’s success. His intentional, hands-on leadership style has inspired our team at all levels to demonstrate the same grit, work ethic and tenacity. The organization is positioned well for the next 25 years.”
A testament to the company’s commitment to its principles, Phase 2 was once again named to Inc. Magazine’s list of Best Workplaces in 2023 — an honor only two other Oklahoma companies achieved.
With Clinton at the helm, the company maintains its focus on being an innovative industry leader whose top engineering talent leverages and builds technology to deliver long-term value for clients.
“Phase 2 is an exceptional company,” Clinton said. “Our people, our clients, our work — it is all unmatched. It’s been my pleasure to be a part of its growth the past many years. Going forward, we will continue to build upon our solid reputation for solving clients’ complex business problems and being a great place to work, all while seeking opportunities to grow the right way.”