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Taking his seat

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Tony LoPresto will serve as chair of the OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors through 2021.

Alumni Association welcomes new board chair

In July 2019, Tony LoPresto became the new chair of the OSU Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, but his connection to the organization and the university goes back decades.

LoPresto grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from Putnam City West High School. He says OSU was always going to be the place he called home.

“My mom, Gail, is an OSU graduate,” LoPresto said. “Even though my dad, Kirby, went to UCO, we grew up as OSU fans. I grew up going to Stillwater and Eskimo Joe’s.”

Once on campus, LoPresto got involved in Bennett Hall’s student government and participated in the hall’s Homecoming contributions

All of this led to LoPresto getting more involved with the Alumni Association, eventually serving on the Homecoming Executive Team and working part time for the organization in the summer of 2000.

“Being a Homecoming executive was definitely the highlight of the activities I participated in during my time at OSU,” LoPresto said.

After receiving his accounting degree in 2001, LoPresto went to work for KPMG, LLC in Oklahoma City. He joined Loves Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc. in 2007 and worked for the company until 2018, serving as Loves’ director of finance. LoPresto now serves as the vice president and chief financial officer for Griffin Communications. He also received his MBA from OSU in 2012.

While at Loves, LoPresto met his wife, Lexi. The couple now has two daughters, Harper and Anderson. He enjoys collecting multiple items, including classic sneakers and OSU memorabilia.

“I have probably 20 or 30 Pistol Pete statues,” LoPresto said. “I also love to collect Oklahoma A&M memorabilia, and orange pens.”

Once he moved back to Oklahoma City, he became a member of the OKC Metro OSU Alumni Chapter before serving on the Alumni Association’s Leadership Council and ultimately the Board of Directors. LoPresto says he is excited to serve the Cowboy family as chair.

“First and foremost, I look forward to offering programming and ways for members to connect,” LoPresto said. “That is always the most important thing to me. I want to provide an outlet for alumni to stay involved with OSU.”

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