RICK NAIFEH '76
Christ the King Catholic School
Distinguished Alumnus 2018
Christ the King Catholic School in its eleventh year of honoring a distinguished alumnus and presents the award annually to an accomplished graduate, one who has contributed to the school, to the community and to his or her own professional or volunteer opportunities. The 2018 recipient of this award is Rick Naifeh
Rick is a 1976 graduate of Christ the King School, went on to Bishop McGuinness, where he played football and wrestled. He received a degree in Finance from the University of Oklahoma.
Rick’s entire professional career has been spent in the Wine & Spirits business in Oklahoma where he has advocated for local business owners and served as a guide and mentor for his employees and countless others in the industry. Rick shares his love of the business with his 91-year-old mother Imogene, who has continued to run the family liquor store, Linwood Package Store, since his father passed away when Rick was only 12 years old. Currently, Rick serves as President/CEO of Premium Brands Wine & Spirits Company, a business he and his wife Julie opened in 2003.
Rick is married to Julie and all three of their children attended Christ the King School. Ben (‘02), Nick (‘07) and Corie (‘15) enjoyed the same academic, nurturing and memorable experiences at Christ the King School they grew up hearing about from their dad and his sister Debbie (’74). Rick is grateful he’s been able to provide the same experiences at Christ the King for his children his mother provided for him.
Through committee/board participation or sponsorships, Rick supports many organizations including Christ the King, Bishop McGuinness, The Archdiocese, The Catholic Foundation, Catholic Charities Green Tie Gala, The Hirst Hospitality Awards, Taste of Western, OMRF “241”, AHA Heart Ball, OSU Wine Forum, Philbrook Wine Experience and multiple disaster relief efforts including the recent events held for Puerto Rico relief and Napa Valley Relief. He is also co-founder and presenting sponsor of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame “Night at the Museum” event which supports Oklahoma athletes and Red Ribbon Week. His most prized volunteer role is the nine seasons he coached his daughter Corie’s Christ the King Knights softball team.
Christ the King was honored to present this distinguished award to Rick on Sunday, January 28TH, at the 10am mass followed by a reception in his honor.