Episode 291: Empowering Through Faith and Leadership w/ Sean Kouplen

Sean Kouplen, Chairman & CEO of Regent Bank, has a powerful story to tell. He led the organization’s growth from $72 million to over $1 billion in assets, making it one of America’s fastest-growing banks. He served as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development and holds numerous leadership roles. Sean is also a best-selling author, host of the “Kingdom Driven CEO” podcast, and co-founder of the 94X faith in work movement. Tune in to hear how he integrates faith and business to inspire leaders nationwide.

Bio: Sean Kouplen is the Chairman & CEO of Regent Bank, Oklahoma’s Past Secretary of Commerce & Workforce Development, a best-selling author and an active small business investor. 

In 2008, Kouplen led an investor group that purchased 110-year old Regent Bank in Nowata, OK. Since that time, the bank has expanded to seven markets throughout Oklahoma and Missouri and has grown from $72 million to over $1.6 billion in assets- making it one of America’s fastest-growing banks. Regent Bank has won many awards including Inc Magazine’s Best Places to Work and the Central United States Community Bank of the Year.

In his governor-appointed role as Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development, Kouplen oversaw 36 state agencies who lead the economic development, community development and workforce development efforts for the state of Oklahoma.    

Kouplen was the head coach of the 2022 Oklahoma Little League World Series that achieved global fame because of Isaiah Jarvis’ hug felt around the world.  He also holds a black belt in taekwondo!

Kouplen holds numerous local and statewide leadership positions, including Chairman of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Oklahoma Bankers Association, Tulsa Community College Foundation, First Americans Museum, and an Elder and “Backup Preacher” at Southpoint Church in Bixby. 

Kouplen’s awards include Journal Record’s Most Admired CEO Award, his fraternity’s top national alumni award, and Citizen of the Year in Bixby, OK. 

Kouplen has written four popular books, hosts a nationwide podcast called Kingdom Driven CEO, and leads a daily call-in devotional that has reached thousands in all 50 states and four foreign countries. 

Kouplen recently launched a nationwide faith in work movement called 94X that is rapidly spreading throughout the country. 

Sean has been married to Angela for 25 years and they have three children- Emory (20), Kennedy (17) and Finley (14).

Sean’s Something Extra: “I think the first thing that you have to have is faith…And secondarily, beyond faith, I think, is the ability to listen.”

Guest Links:

– Lisa Nichols, Host
– Jenny Heal, Executive Producer
– Joe Szynkowski and Landon Burke, Marketing Support
– Portside Media, Podcast Engineer

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