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Permian Basin Area Foundation

Aaron Bedell

Chief Operating Officer
432.617.3213
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What does Aaron do at PBAF:
Building relationships with donors and community leaders is one of the best things about working at the Foundation. Part of his job, perhaps most important, is helping to create a culture of philanthropy throughout West Texas.

When not meeting with current or prospective donors, his responsibilities include oversight of our new office facility, taking part in grant-related discussions, and, through various activities and networking events, educating business leaders and nonprofits about the broad range of benefits of a community foundation.

What Aaron did before:
I was born in a flyspeck of a town near the shores of Lake Ontario and, at seven years of age, moved with my family to northeast Oklahoma. I continued to bounce from adventure to adventure for nearly forty years before discovering the inescapable and undeniable beauty of the Permian Basin.

A passion for helping others and a lifelong love of photography lead me to become a teacher, globetrotter, missionary, church planter, and nonprofit fundraiser. My travel portfolio includes 30 different countries, including six years in Japan teaching at International Calvary Academy.

Education:
Oklahoma State University, BS in Business Administration and minors in International Business, Marketing, and French

Favorite area of West Texas?
The top of Guadalupe Peak on a warm, sunny day or maybe a weekend at the Gage Hotel in Marathon.

Favorite quote:
A quote from Arthur Ashe helps inspire my life and charitable work, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”