2013 Business Hall of Fame Honorees

Charles L. Carlson

Charles L. Carlson Johnson, Miller & Co., CPAs, P.C.

Charles L. Carlson is one of fourteen partners who comprise Johnson, Miller & Co., CPAs, P.C., a regional public accounting firm with offices in Odessa, Midland, and Hobbs. Johnson, Miller & Co. provides auditing, tax, and other accounting and financial services. Charles has acted as Director in charge of the firm’s audit practice since 1990. Before joining Johnson, Miller & Co., Charles was a partner with KPMG-Peat Marwick.

Charles finds his work very rewarding. He reflects, “For more than 30 years, I’ve been blessed in that I have enjoyed my profession—I’ve enjoyed going to work!” The appeal, he explains, is that “every client’s situation is unique and requires full attention; thus presenting exceptional challenges which keeps the work stimulating.”

Obviously not one for idleness, Charles seeks out volunteer activities as fulfilling as his work. He currently serves as President of the Odessa Development Corporation, and sits on the Boards of ECISD Education Foundation and the SandHills Rodeo Hereford and Quarter Horse Show. In addition, he is active at CrossRoads Fellowship where he has served as Chairman of the Deacons Committee and on the Compass Academy’s Organizational Committee.

Charles and his wife of 25 years, Mary, were named Odessa Family of the Year by Samaritan Counseling Center in 2000. Charles has six children and twelve grandchildren, with a thirteenth grandchild due in May.

Paul Crump, Jr.

Paul Crump, Jr. Sewell Family of Dealerships

Paul Crump, Jr., is a co-owner in the Sewell Family of Dealerships, along with Ron Sewell and Collin Sewell. Before joining the Sewell Family, Paul worked as a Service Representative and Sales Representative for Ford Motor Company’s Dallas District.

Paul graduated from Dallas’s Woodrow Wilson High School in 1957 and proceeded to Longview’s LeTourneau University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Science. Having spent a significant amount of his life in North and East Texas, his eventual move west was a momentous one. Paul reflects, “The most important decision my wife and I ever made was our move to Odessa to become a part of the Sewell organization.”

Paul carries out the Sewell mission “to build a better tomorrow” by supporting a variety of organizations, including: The Boys & Girls Club, Catholic Charities, Ellen Noël Art Museum, Midland Odessa Symphony & Chorale, Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center, United Way, and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Paul currently serves on the Odessa Industrial Development Corporation Board (Grow Odessa). He also serves on the Session and Finance Committee of First Presbyterian Church of Odessa.

Paul and his wife of 50 years, Martha, have two children and two grandchildren.

Mickey Olliff

Mickey Olliff Tripple M Oil Tool, Inc.

Mickey Olliff began his career with Tripple M Oil Tool, Inc. as a parts-counter clerk in 1959. By working diligently over the next decade, Olliff raised the funds to buy a partnership interest for $150,000. By 1985, Olliff had completed the buyout of his partner to become Tripple M’s sole owner.

“Tripple M was started by three men who could not spell triple,” Mickey explains. The young Tripple M quickly proved a trailblazer in more than just spelling. It was the first company in Odessa to manufacture pressure-holding rubber products for the oilfield. With Mickey at the helm since the 1970s, Tripple M’s product line has expanded and its sales have multiplied to over $5 million per year.

Mickey also ran JON Distributing for over a decade, which supplied spices to Lowe’s grocery stores in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Mickey is married to Denise Ann. He has two children, two grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Locally, Mickey volunteered with Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and now with Bible Baptist Church. He also lends a hand internationally, helping with financial support to missions in South America, Mexico, Germany, and Russia.

Denise Swanner

Denise Swanner Weinerschnitzel

Denise Swanner is the First Woman Franchisee to Break All Sales Records for Weinerschnitzel, the “World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain.” The chain’s famous chili dogs are a considerable draw, and so is Denise’s adept management. Named 2008’s Best New Restaurant (by Odessa American readers) and 2011’s Cleanest Restaurant (by the Odessa Health Department), Denise’s storefront continues to set the standard for fast-casual dining. Denise was recently inducted into Weinerschnitzel’s esteemed Million Dollar Club.

Before her venture into the restaurant business, Denise was a founding partner of Medical Equipment Shop in Kerrville, Texas. When she moved back to her native Odessa, she opened Pro Medical Supply with a partner. As the company president and manager she was recognized as the 2001 Woman in Business. In 2012, she was honored by the National Association of Professional Executive Women as a Woman of Excellence.

Denise is an avid volunteer. She currently assists with Main Street Odessa, the Junior League of Odessa, Family of the Year with Samaritan Counseling, Parks Foundation for the City of Odessa, and Noël Heritage.

Denise has one daughter, Micalee. Denise credits her success to the constant support of family and friends and would like to use this opportunity to say, “Thank you!”