A look at the accomplishments of Tulsa community and business leader A. Edward “Ed” Mascarin will quickly tell you several things: He gets things done; he thinks creatively, and he dreams large.
Chairing Tulsa’s Crane Carrier Corporation might be job enough for most men. But Ed Mascarin has gone several steps further.
Saving the environment: When Oklahoma schools needed more cost-efficient transportation, Mr. Mascarin led his company in developing school bus chassis that could accommodate natural gas fuel systems – a creative solution for which he was recognized by then-Governor David Walters.
Economic enhancement: An avid golfer who enjoys competing in member and pro-am tournaments at Southern Hills Country Club, Mr. Mascarin has chaired two major golf tournaments — the 1995 PGA Tour Championship and the 1996 TOUR Golf Championship. Both events brought millions of dollars to Tulsa.
Community service: His contributions have included service on the Gilcrease Museum Board of Directors, as a trustee for the Tulsa Boys Home, and as a member of several other organizations. When the Tulsa Zoo needed new train cars and tracks, he led CCC employees in a renovation, donated by the company. He even made sure football great Joe Montana had transportation to the annual Salvation Army Benefit Dinner where he was slated to speak.
In 2009, Mr. Mascarin broadened his business horizons when he became owner of 32 Winds, a California winery noted for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon — a venture he shares with his daughter, Mia Mascarin Oven (MBA ’92). Winemaking is part of the family legacy, according to the winery’s website. Mr. Mascarin’s grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Italy in 1907 and managed to buy and plant 40 acres of vineyard. Ed was raised in these vineyards. His father, Antonio, worked both in the family operation and for the Roma Wine Company in the 1930s and 40s. His boss was modern wine industry pioneer, Louis Martini.
Mr. Mascarin is a proud graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BS ’59, Industrial Engineering), where he was a member of the UC baseball and football teams, but he has been equally enthusiastic about The University of Tulsa. His winery, 32 Winds, has supported “TU Uncorked,” a popular TU Alumni Association fundraising event. He also has been a loyal supporter of many of the university’s athletics programs, and he has been recognized as a member of the Golden Hurricane Club, the Circle Society, the President’s Council, and the Chapman Legacy Society.
In 2008, Mr. Mascarin established a permanent source of scholarship support for student-athletes who compete in Olympic sports offered at TU. This scholarship fund is formally recognized as the A. Edward Mascarin Olympic Sports Scholarship Endowment Fund.
The University of Tulsa treasures Mr. Mascarin’s love of his adopted university, which will continue to support students and produce champions for generations to come, thanks to the scholarship fund that he generously created.