Aerospace Summit Lands in Tulsa

Tulsa, already the center of multibillion dollar aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul industry in Oklahoma, will play host to a history convergence in June for the Oklahoma Aerospace Summit and Expo.
“The event coming to Tulsa is a natural progression. It proves the event is maturing,” said Mary Smith, director of the Oklahoma Aerospace Alliance. For years, the summit was an event at Rose State College in Midwest City and centered around Tinker Air Force Base.
The event for industry leaders, government officials and non-aerospace companies to network and to attend sessions designed to help companies achieve in today’s economy.
Smith, using tongue-in-cheek humor, said she was surprised when she suggested six months ago to the OAA board that the next aerospace summit ought to be in Tulsa.
“I should have thought twice when they agreed so quickly,” Smith said. The event, while marketed as an aerospace summit, has nearly a fourth of the attendees from outside the aviation sector. The Eighth Annual Summit is set for June 15-18 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown will allow more than 100 aerospace companies, education and training organizations and non-aerospace companies to showcase products, services and capabilities.
One of the world’s leading aerospace executives, Robert W. “Bob” Reding, executive vice president of operations of American Airlines, will be the keynote speaker at the Summit and Expo. Reding will discuss how the current financial crisis will affect Oklahoma’s aerospace industry.
“The Oklahoma Aerospace Summit and Expo presents an agenda that boasts outcome-based sessions, leading industry presenters, industry match-making opportunities, and a variety of aerospace-related exhibitors,” Smith said. The agenda includes how-to sessions targeting skills, tools and resources.
In addition, the Summit will once again host the Aerospace Education and Training Day, which will be held June 18, at the Tulsa Technology Center-Riverside Campus.
Smith’s vision is for the summit to include research and development executives, educators and government officials to conference with aerospace companies.
“We want to give real solutions and add value in this summit,” Smith said. “We want to have more of a dialog.
Smith sees a summit that features a wide-ranging exchange of ideas between aerospace entrepreneurs.
The mission of the Oklahoma Aerospace Summit & Expo is to provide a venue for Oklahoma’s aerospace industry leaders, government officials, and non-aerospace companies to network and to attend sessions designed to help companies achieve success in today’s economy. This year’s Summit 2009 agenda includes speakers who will address today’s challenges and opportunities and “how to sessions” targeting skills, tools and resources that Oklahoma’s aerospace companies need to advance their businesses.
An agenda that boasts outcome-based sessions, leading industry presenters, an opportunity to participate in Industry Match-making sessions between more than 100 exhibitors.
Creeks Buy Land in Jenks
Muscogee (Creek) Indian Nation purchased three parcels of land at the southeast corner of 121st Street and Yale Avenue for a combined total price of $2,529,900.
The land was purchased from John and Sara Jane Davenport; James, Jerry and John S. Davenport; and the Easton Family LP.
While the tribe has not disclosed its intended use for the land, there have been rumors of a bridge spanning the Arkansas River.
The sale was handled by Tony Lombardi of Stan Frisbie Real Estate LLC.
City of Tulsa Releases RFPs
The City of Tulsa, through real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle, announce the release of request for proposals for six downtown parcels of land totaling 8.65 acres.
The six parcels, all but two of which are currently vacant or parking space, are situated within Tulsa’s East Villiage, north of 5th Street and east of Elgin.
A brochure, available at, does not list preferred uses for the land, but does emphasize the properties’ close proximity to the BOK Center and the new OneOK Field.
Proposals are due to Jones Lang LaSalle Thursday, Aug. 20.
Craig Bothwell Named Franchisee of the Year
Craig Bothwell, owner of 11 McAlister’s Delis in Oklahoma, four in Kansas and one in Missouri, was recognized for his achievements at the company’s national convention in New Orleans.
Of all the McAlister’s Deli franchisees, Bothwell was honored with the Franchisee of the Year Award. Bothwell was also presented with the Franchise Developer of the Year Award for opening four restaurants last year.
Bothwelll plans a statewide expansion of two to three restaurants year including a location in Oklahoma City this year.
Growth of the quick-casual restaurant chain has been driven primarily by the franchising effort. The company targets experienced multi-unit operators already in the industry who are looking for a new concept to increase their own holdings. Sales have grown 10 percent over the past two years, surpassing $307 million in 2007 and topping $340 million in ‘08. Sales this year are expected to reach $375 million.
McAlister’s Deli has more than 280 restaurants operating in the U.S. with locations in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. McAlister’s plans further expansion in these and surrounding states in 2009.
The target ratio for franchised versus company-owned units is 85 percent franchised and 15 percent company-owned.
Atlas Life Building Added to National Register
The State Historic Preservation Office announced the Atlas Life Building has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Register is the nation’s official list of places significant in our history.
The Atlas Life Building, constructed in 1922, is one of Tulsa’s mostoutstanding Boston Avenue buildings, the architecture of which represents the significance of the primary business that occupied it, the Atlas Life Insurance Company.
It was announced last year that SJS Hospitality would convert the building to a Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

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