Ex-Sonic President Speaker at 40 Under 40 Event

Pattye L. Moore, consultant, speaker, author and former president of Sonic Corp., will be the featured guest at the Tulsa Business Journal’s celebration of its current and previous classes of 40 Under 40.
The breakfast event, sponsored by Cherokee Casino Resort, will be held at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium at 7:30 a.m. July 27.
Moore specializes in leadership development, brand development, marketing and strategic planning. Clients she works with include Sonic, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, VICORP Restaurants and BancFirst. She is also an executive partner with Giant Partners, an Oklahoma City-based firm that focuses on “impacting the head and heart of leaders.” She also serves on the board of Giant Impact, the Atlanta-based leadership organization founded by author John Maxwell, now managed by Giant Partners.
Moore co-authored Confessions from the Corner Office, a book on leadership instincts with Scott Aylward, the former chairman and CEO of Barkley, Evergreen & Partners, Sonic’s advertising agency for 13 years.
Moore was the president of Sonic Corp. from January 2002 until October 2004. During her tenure at Sonic, she also served as executive vice president, senior vice president, marketing and brand development and vice president of marketing. Over the 12 years Moore was at Sonic, the company grew from less than $900 million in sales with 1,100 restaurants to more than $3 billion in sales and over 3,000 restaurants.
Advertising Age magazine named Moore one of the 100 Top Marketers in the U.S. in its June 26, 2000, issue. In 2002, Nation’s Restaurant News named her one of the top 50 women in food service. She also received the University of Oklahoma’s Distinguished Alumni award in 2002.
A journalism/public relations graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Moore graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1979. She lives in Edmond.
Originally planned for June 29, the 40 Under 40 event was postponed for scheduling reasons.
The TBJ invites members of the 40 Under 40 classes for 2007-2009. Tickets are limited. Please call Brooke Helms at 585-6655 or email brookeh@tulsabusiness journal to make reservations for each class member.
Cherokee Nation Enterprises Creates Hundreds of Jobs
Cherokee Nation Enterprises created more than 200 new jobs and millions in new payroll for the region in 2008, officials said.
The mix of information technology, marketing, finance and service jobs, among others, generated more than $12.3 million in additional payroll — including wages, taxes and benefits — for northeastern Oklahomans last year.
As detailed in “Where the Casino Money Goes 2009,” the company’s annual report released this week, CNE’s total payroll for 2008 topped $131.7 million and more than 3,400 employees, making it one of the largest employers in the area.
With 3,000 of these jobs created in the last 10 years, Cherokee Nation leadership attributes the sustained growth in tough economic times to its Jobs Growth Act of 2005.
The act legislates the reinvestment of all Cherokee Nation-owned business profits, including those from gaming, directly back into its businesses to create jobs for Cherokee citizens.
CNE’s revenue is $441.2 million, with profits surpassing $116 million. Revenue and profit increased $22.6 million and $4.4 million, respectively, from 2007 to 2008.
“We’ve reinvested significantly in our gaming properties in Tulsa and in West Siloam Springs in the last year with new or greatly expanded facilities and offerings. By continuing to invest in this area, we also have a huge impact in our communities through increased construction jobs and spending with our vendors, utility companies, service providers and others,” said David Stewart, CEO of Cherokee Nation Enterprises.
“Gaming is a tool to create self-sufficiency for Cherokees, whether that self-sufficiency is achieved through creating jobs or employing local vendors. Either way, the jobs and the money stay right here in our local communities,” said Chad Smith, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Gaming dollars account for the majority of the Cherokee Nation’s general fund, which finances these vital services. Without support from Cherokee casinos, services that rely on the tribe’s general fund could be cut by more than half.
CNE’s plans for growth continue into the current fiscal year. Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs opened in November 2008 after its $108 million expansion. The property includes a 200,000-square-foot gaming floor, a 350-seat Las Vegas-style buffet, a fine-dining restaurant, an upscale entertainment venue and Cherokee-inspired architecture.
The $155 million addition to Cherokee Casino Resort Tulsa, is still underway and set to be complete this summer. The project also includes a re-branding of the casino to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. It will feature a new 19-story hotel tower, a Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, a Hard Rock-inspired nightclub and a fine-dining restaurant on the hotel’s 19th floor. The resort previously opened new gaming space and 30,000 square feet of added convention space.
Skateboarders Make It Happen in Pawhuska
A campaign by a group of Pawhuska skateboarders to build a public skatepark realized a grinding success with the awarding of the top Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grant for spring 2009.
Pawhuska earned the $25,000 grant for its skatepark proposal aimed at drawing visitors from the local Osage Nation and other non-Native communities. In 2007, local skaters formed the Make It Happen In Pawhuska committee to promote the skatepark concept. Endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce, they convinced other area business and nonprofit groups, the City of Pawhuska, and the Osage Nation leadership to join them and to combine resources to build a quality, durable public skatepark.
The city has provided $24,000 toward the park, with the Osage Nation donating $11,000, the skaters raising $10,000 and other contributions from First National Bank, WalMart and Indian Electric of Cleveland. The goal is to raise $100,000.
“The community could see the need to provide a safe environment for a sport that’s growing in popularity,” said Cindy Helmer, chairman of Make It Happen In Pawhuska . “It’s clearly a sport that includes any and all youth — regardless of size, age, color, or academic ability.”
“The skate park is going to be something we will all be proud of,” said Mike McCartney, president of the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce.
“We want the kids to know we support them and their initiative to raise the funds. We are with you in this,” said Chief Jim Gray, Osage Nation.
Twice annually, the Tony Hawk Foundation Board of Directors selects skatepark projects that best match several criteria: Applicants’ skateparks must be located in low-income communities, involve the skaters in all aspects of skatepark development (from negotiating with local leaders, to fundraising, to helping design the skatepark), and be designed and built by experienced skatepark specialists. Twenty-two projects were selected for grant awards from 73 applicants, receiving a total of $175,000 to assist in the construction of their free public skateparks.

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