​Our Team


Vance H. Fried is Director of the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise and Riata Professor of Entrepreneurship Emeritus at Oklahoma State University, an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, and President of the TEL Foundation.  His research focuses on education policy, public policy and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship in education, and venture capital.  He is the author of   Better/Cheaper College: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Rescuing Undergraduate Education, and related papers for the American Enterprise Institute, Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation.  

Fried has published in several major journals including Academy of Management Perspectives, California Management Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Federal Communications Law Journal, Financial



authoring many studies at both think tanks. He has served as legislative aide and chief of staff to a Texas legislator and as a researcher for the Texas Comptroller where he aided in preparing fiscal notes and recommendations for the state's Texas Performance Review. Byron holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Texas A&M University. He is the father of three and resides in the Oklahoma City metro area with his wife.

Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Small Business Management, and Journal of Private Equity.  Prior to joining the faculty at  Oklahoma State, Fried worked as an attorney in private practice, executive of an independent oil company, and investment banker working with small and mid-cap companies. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Oklahoma State University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.  He is also a CPA.

VANCE FRIED | senior fellow

Byron Schlomach

Byron Schlomach is Director of the 1889 Institute. He has researched and written broadly in public policy in areas as diverse as economic development, transportation, public education, welfare, health care, government finance and transparency, regulation and licensing. He has been published in numerous newspapers in Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma and has made many media appearances on radio and TV during his 24-year career working directly in state public policy.

Byron most recently served as the Director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that, he was the Chief Economist for the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin,