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“Free enterprise is about people. We promote free enterprise principles because they are the surest path to opportunity for Oklahomans, growth for Oklahoma, and prosperity for all.” 

Ben Lepak 
Executive Director SCRF

Who We Are

The State Chamber Research Foundation

SCRF is the business community’s think tank. Through high quality research and analysis, SCRF educates policymakers and the public about the virtues of the free enterprise system, the public policy ideas that enable free enterprise to thrive, and the positive contributions of the business community to the prosperity and welfare of the people of Oklahoma. As a non-profit, non-partisan research and education organization, SCRF is dedicated to advancing free markets, increasing opportunity, and growing prosperity.

What We Do


SCRF is a thought leader in Oklahoma public policy circles. We publish in-depth reports from national and local experts on the key economic issues facing Oklahoma, and break down complex topics into actionable information. All of our work is aimed at maximizing Oklahoma's economic competitiveness in order to lift Oklahomans and grow our prosperity.

SCRF Staff 



Ben Lepak serves as SCRF’s Executive Director, the keeper of the flame in our mission to develop free enterprise oriented public policy that maximizes Oklahoma’s economic competitiveness.

Ben’s diverse interests and proclivity for always starting a new project (often before the last one is completed) is reflected in his varied career. When Ben realized his dream job of “being the guy who picks the songs for movie soundtracks” was likely not in the cards (yet), he opted for a business degree and law school. He received a BBA in Finance from the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated with distinction, and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, where he served as an Articles Editor on the Notre Dame Law Review and studied under now U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Prior to taking the helm at SCRF in 2020, Ben served as a legal fellow and public policy analyst at the 1889 Institute, a think tank focused on Oklahoma public policy issues. Ben has practiced law in both the public and private sectors in Oklahoma and Texas, serving in diverse roles at large and small private firms, as general counsel for a nonprofit, and as lead counsel to 24 elected officials across a three-county district in northeast Oklahoma.


Ben and his wife, Sarah, will soon welcome a baby girl, who will join Teddy (5), Paul (3), and Daisy (1) in keeping their parents on their toes.

SCRF Board of Directors


Bill Schonacher

President and CEO,

IBC Bank Oklahoma

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Dan Boren

Secretary of Commerce for the Chickasaw Nation

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John Wiscaver

Executive VP of Strategic Communication
Grand River Dam Authority


Kristin Peck

Vice President of Public Affairs
Cox Communications


Steve Hahn

AT&T Oklahoma

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Kenneth Wagner

Executive Director
Oklahoma State University, Hamm Institute


Dana Weber

WEBCO Industries, Inc.


Rick Nagel

Managing Partner
Acorn Growth Companies


Kevin Gross

Hillcrest HealthCare System

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Bobby Stem

Executive Director
Oklahoma Association of General Contractors


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