Meet our Amazing 2019 Campaign Chairs
Becky Dixon & Patrick Keegan
Becky Dixon, President and owner of AyerPlay Productions, began her groundbreaking career in broadcasting and may best be known to the more than thirty million viewers who watched her as co-host of ABC’s Wide World ofSports. Beckystarted her career at KTUL-TV in Tulsa, where she served as both news and sports anchor. Next, she signed with ABC Sports and became the first woman to host a network sports show. Along with Wide World of Sports, which she co-hosted with Frank Gifford, Becky served as a broadcaster of the Super Bowl, Winter Olympics, World Gymnastics Championships, College Football and Triple Crown of Horse Racing. In addition, she hosted The Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Show.
After her network career, Becky returned to Tulsa and formed Dixon Productions. Her goal was to give something back to the state that had given so much to her. In keeping with her penchant for building a career on firsts, she launched her own television special, Oklahomans, which aired for 22 years. Oklahomanswas the first statewide broadcast of its kind and for two decades was instrumental in promoting the achievements of Oklahomans in a variety of fields. Among those profiled were David Boren, Carl Albert, Boone Pickens, Wilma Mankiller, Mickey Mantle, Ron Howard, Garth Brooks, and Carrie Underwood.
In 1994 Becky embarked on yet another chapter in her distinguished career by joining forces with communications pioneer, Ed Taylor, to form AyerPlay Productions. The company broke new ground on the Internet with a number of enterprises. In conjunction with Harvard University, AyerPlay (doing business as Taylor Satellite Talk) produced the Internet’s first live Webcast in 1995 featuring a World’s Aids Day Symposium. Becky served as both producer and host of the online event. Today, AyerPlay offers clients a spectrum of both traditional and web based integrated marketing solutions, including a telephone message production company servicing a national client base of over 7,000 companies. In 2014, AyerPlay entered the publishing world and Becky authored her first book, “Liberty: Reflections of an Oklahoma Glass Company and its Family.”
In 2016, Becky was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive from the state. She was also recognized with the Saidie Award for Lifetime Achievement by the American Women in Communications in 2016. In addition, Becky was named to the University of Tulsa Communications Hall of Fame, and received a Katie Award from the Press Club of Dallas for her work in broadcasting. Becky has served the local community in a number of capacities. She was Co-Chairman of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame event in 2018 and is a past member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Board. She has also served as Board President of The Pencil Box, and a board member for Tulsa Ballet, RSVP, and the Sutton Research Center. Becky was Event Chair for Sutton’s 30thAnniversary Gala and the Saint Francis Tuition Assistance Gala. She was also Communications Chair for the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, and was Honorary Chairman for the YWCA Women of the Year-Pinnacle Awards.
Patrick Keegan has enjoyed a long, successful marketing and sales career in a wide array of industries. After growing up in San Antonio and Houston, Keegan attended the University of Texas in Austin. He returned to Houston after college and worked for the Coca Cola Company Foods Division and later the Miller Brewing Company, where he served as a Vice President of Sales and Marketing
After a number of years of sales management experience and extensive training in mass marketing, Keegan purchased exclusive distribution rights to Miller Brewing Company brands for Northeastern Oklahoma. This 1986 transaction brought Keegan to Tulsa, and also earned him the distinction as the youngest beer distributor in the country.
In 2004, Keegan and legendary architect, Jack Arnold, established European Copper, a licensing, manufacturing and distribution company for copper chimney pots. Designed by Arnold, European Copper Chimney Pots provide form, fashion and function, gracing thousands of homes and businesses worldwide
Keegan also serves as President of Elevated Analytics, a leading-edgetechnology solutions company providing compact, lightweight, and cost effective sensor products to monitor real-time air quality (wirelessly, ppm levels, 4x per second) to improve quality of life. Elevated Analytics patented the use of carbon nanotube sensors designed to measure specific compounds (i.e., CO2, CH4, CO, VOCs, etc.) from gas flares and other process equipment when integrated into small drone based systems. The same technology has been implemented into hand held devices to monitor local air quality in the home or in the office, and into stationary sensor systems to form sensor network to quantify real-time air quality in communities as around schools.
Keegan has been actively involved in the Tulsa community since re-locating here, including serving 9 years as a board member of Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma. He also spear-headed a successful capital campaign for Town and Country School, raising over two million dollars. Keegan and his wife, Becky Dixon, have chaired the Saint Francis of Assisi Tuition Trust Mass and Gala and also the Sutton Avian Research Center’s 30th Anniversary Gala.