NORMAN — By all accounts Rennie Cook was living the dream. He was swimming in the upper management track in the University of Oklahoma’s staff pool, moving up to head Alumni Affairs after working directly with students since he was also an undergraduate.
On campus, he earned bachelors and masters degrees. Doctoral candidate. Loving, supportive wife. Two young daughters. At OU, his jobs had ranged from tour guide to vice president.
He left it all to join the Journey Church pastoral team, working in the growing Norman church’s operations.
“It was hard to leave but it’s God’s plan. I had a dream job and the best boss in the world but I had to follow my heart,” he said. “I don’t want to live a life where there are any regrets. There’s nothing wrong with being comfortable but sometimes you have to step out.”
Recently, he made another leap of faith. He left the Journey Church team to start his own business, Triumph Team LLC, coaching, consulting and training individuals and businesses to reach their full potential in life.
“Nothing we do is cookie cutter,” Cook said. “It’s all tailored to the individual or the team.”
He is certified by the John Maxwell group which teaches leadership, communications, conflict avoidance, mediation, training and development.
So far, Cook has worked with individuals, couples, small and large companies. “No two days are ever alike,” he said. He and his wife, Stacy, are also working to start a non-profit arm that works with churches.
Triumph Team Ministries hopes to consult with churches and develop trusted fundraising plans and better operations to increase overall credibility in a ministry.
At OU, Cook wore a variety of hats. He worked in Student Life and Student Affairs on the Norman and HSC campuses before President David Boren tapped him to head the Alumni Association. It was a big chore developing campaigns and communicating with the worldwide Sooner Nation.
“I discovered a lot about myself at OU. I loved my bosses and my job but what I really loved was watching people succeed. Seeing them come in as shy freshmen and leave with all the confidence in the world,” he said. “Empowering people is really powerful.”
He sees so many people afflicted by “recliner rot” with a shelf full of dreams nearby that they dust off every few years but never embrace.
“I tell people to focus on living a life of significance. That’s what I’m all about and what I want for others.”
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