Shannon L. Rich, fifth-generation Oklahoman, became president of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in November 2004. A crucial time for the organization, it needed to increase emphasis on marketing and expand programs and services. Rich also was placed in charge of directing its single-largest endeavor in the organization’s 80-year history – opening of the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Not from a traditional museum background, Shannon served as the opening director of sales and marketing and later became executive vice president with John Q. Hammons Hotels for Renaissance Oklahoma City Hotel and Cox Business Services Center, as well as opening the Courtyard by Marriott in January 2004. In 2002 and 2003, she led the Renaissance team in achieving the coveted Marriott Global Financial Excellence Award. During her tenure, she was named to the top 5 percent of John Q. Hammons Hotels sales leaders and set pre-opening sales records for both Oklahoma City properties – the Renaissance and the Courtyard downtown.
Rich is a graduate of Oklahoma City University and she enjoys running, playing golf and spending time with her nieces and nephews.