Pawhuska’s 31st annual Academic Honors Banquet is set for March 2, and Pawhuska High School graduate Geoff Hager is to be the featured speaker.

The Academic Honors Banquet is an event the Pawhuska community established more than three decades ago, in an attempt to support the work of the public schools. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 2 at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge. The goal of the event is to recognize the top 10% of Pawhuska High School students.

This year’s theme is “PHS Scholars – Walk of Stars.” Tickets, which include a meal, are $10 apiece and can be purchased by contacting American Heritage Bank, the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, or Pawhuska Public Schools.

Hager, the keynote speaker, is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Big Elk Energy Systems. Big Elk manufactures large scale pipeline measurement and integrity equipment, and serves the energy industry on a global scale.

In five years, the company has increased in employment to more than 100 people and over $30 million in annual revenue. The company was named after Hager’s third great-grandfather, a chief of the Osage tribe born in 1852 and named Opontonga (OH-PUN-TAHN-GUH), translated “Big Elk.”

Big Elk Energy Systems was recognized in 2018 by Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing manufacturer in America and the fastest growing company in Oklahoma.

In January of 2018, Big Elk launched M3 Energy Services, a service company focused on in-field meter verification for large-flow natural gas meters.

Hager is a board member of the Tulsa Regional Chamber and serves as chair of the Energy Task Force for the Chamber’s OneVoice Agenda, which sets legislative priorities for state and federal issues. In 2017, Hager was recognized nationally in Oil & Gas Investor Magazine’s list of Forty under 40. He is active in multiple industry organizations and is a former president and director of the Tulsa Pipeliners Club. He now serves the club as chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Hager serves on the board of Orphan Secure, a non-profit organization that works with international law enforcement agencies and other NGOs to identify and rescue victims of human trafficking, and specializes in countering child sex trafficking.

Hager and his wife, Annie, have been married for 19 years and have two sons, Seth (12) and Grant (4).