Tom McKeon, Tulsa Community College president, was named 2009 Communicator of the Year for his commitment to the advancement of communication education in Tulsa, specifically with the college’s recent opening of the Center for Creativity in downtown.
Tulsa’s top communications professionals were honored by their peers at the annual Bronze Quill Awards party, sponsored by the Tulsa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.
A new award, the Leon Bolen Service Award, was given in honor of longtime IABC member Leon Bolen, owner of Bolen Ink. Over many decades, Bolen has given generously his time and resources to further the organization’s mission. The recipient of the award, Steve Higgins, senior communications specialist at Williams Cos., was honored for his volunteerism and support of IABC’s organizational goals.
In addition, 30 Bronze Quill awards from 19 categories were given for exceptional work completed during 2008 and 2009.
Jarrod Kopp and Ramon Cardiel of FW Murphy won Best of Show with their “Change Your World” entry in the design category.
Awards of excellence were presented to Tom Droege for Rex PR’s “PlaniTulsa Citywide Workshops” community relations; Jami Fichte for Rex’s “Universal American” media relations; Chris Owens for RL Hudson’s “RLH 360 Review” marketing communications; Schnake Turnbo Frank’s “Director of Social Media” and “Tulsa Alternative Fuel Luncheon and Landfill Gas Pipeline Dedication,” which tied in the special communications event category; Schnake Turnbo Frank’s “In the Mix: LaFarge Community Update” external communications; Megan Washbourne for Oneok’s “Oneok and Oneok Partners Annual Reports” corporate annual report; Charlene Bassett for Oneok’s “Oneok Quarterly” four-color magazine; Kerry Walsh for Walsh Branding’s “QuikTrip 50th Anniversary Box Set” special publication and events; Kopp and Cardiel for FW Murphy’s “Change Your World” special print publications; Dawn Ewing for Oneok’s “That Camera Lady” feature writing; Kopp for FW Murphy’s “Change Your World” promotional advertising, marketing and writing; Greg Rex and Nicole Morgan for Rex’s “Avansic Web site” external Web site; Sara Delgado for Williams’ “Too Close for Comfort” one-time video campaign; and Rick Ayre for Oneok’s “Lisa Winters” color photography.
Tulsa Entrepreneur Wins Small Business Award
Larry Mocha has been named one of four U.S. regional Solveras/NFIB Small Business Champions for 2009. He was named this year’s Oklahoma state small business champion in September.
Each year, the National Federation of Independent Business selects a small business owner in each state for recognition with the state Small Business Champion award.
Mocha, a 12-year member of NFIB and president of Apsco Inc., serves on the NFIB Leadership Council.
He is a former chairman of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and former member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He served as Region IV chairman of the U.S. Small Business Administration Regulatory Fairness Board in 1999 and 2000.
Mocha chairs the Tulsa Mayor’s Initiative for Small Businesses and Center for Legislative Excellence.
Price Tower Arts Center Curator Joins Wright Board
The curator of the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Scott W. Perkins, recognized for his expertise by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, has been named to the organization’s board of directors.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is an international preservation group with the goal of preserving and maintaining structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Price Tower in Bartlesville was designed by Wright.
Perkins, who is a PhD candidate in history of decorative arts, design and culture at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture in New York, has served as the curator for the Price Tower Arts Center since 2006.
Arent-Morency Named AWC National Chair
The Association for Women in Communications has named Tulsan Judy Arent-Morency national chair.
Arent-Morency has been a member of the Tulsa Chapter of AWC for 34 years, joining the organization as a student when it was named Theta Sigma Phi. She is a former president of the Tulsa chapter, has held numerous other positions and most recently served as national treasurer.
Arent-Morency is the marketing director for Quality Equipment Design Inc. and has held similar positions with Zeeco Inc., Radco Inc., John Zink Co. and the Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority. She also is an instructor at the University of Phoenix Tulsa Campus where she teaches writing courses.
She is a volunteer and former board member for both Woolaroc Museum and Clarehouse.
Tulsa-Area Attorneys Receive State Bar Awards
Several Tulsa-area attorneys were recognized at the Oklahoma Bar Association’s 105th annual meeting Nov. 4-6 in Oklahoma City.
Award recipients from the Tulsa area are: Jack L. Brown, Neil E. Bogan Professionalism Award; Theresa Hansen, Liberty Bell Award; Judge William C. Kellough, Earl Sneed Continuing Legal Education Award; Sidney Swinson, John E. Shipp Award for Ethics; and Jared Burden, University of Tulsa Outstanding Senior Law School Student Award.
Cox Names Peck VP of Government, Public Affairs
Cox Communications has named Kristin Peck vice president of government and public affairs of Cox Oklahoma.
Eight years ago, Peck started her Cox career in Kansas, where she was the director of public affairs. In 2005, she moved to Omaha, Neb., where she most recently served as vice president of government and public affairs. Prior to joining Cox, Peck was a reporter and news anchor for KNSS in Wichita, a public information officer for the City of Wichita and public affairs manager for Bombardier Aerospace.
Peck is a graduate of Wichita State University, where she earned a bachelor’s in journalism.
Attorney Whiting-Ralston Joins McAfee & Taft
Attorney Sharolyn C. Whiting-Ralston has joined McAfee & Taft in its Tulsa office. She is a trial lawyer whose practice is primarily focused on labor and employment law and general civil and business litigation.
She has been a featured guest speaker at various training events and employment seminars, including a national audio conference, and has been a contributing author to the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter.
Whiting-Ralston earned her bachelor’s from Oklahoma State University in 1992 and graduated with highest honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2006. Prior to embarking on a legal career, she worked as a commodity trader and product manager for Georgia-Pacific Corp. and as a director of marketing and product manager for a regional wholesale building materials distributor.
Magnir Group Hires Hazelrigg as Auditor
Magnir Group, a provider of information assurance services, has hired Rhonda Hazelrigg as an auditor.
Hazelrigg holds a bachelor’s in human resource management from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s in business administration from Oklahoma City University.
Hazelrigg previously worked for Chrysler Financial Corp. as a customer service representative and later became a field auditor.
LaBarge Names Wagner Materials Manager in Tulsa
LaBarge Inc. has named John Wagner materials manager for its Tulsa manufacturing facility.
Wagner joins LaBarge with nearly two decades of supply chain experience in a manufacturing environment. He was most recently materials manager for Yuba Heat Transfer LLC. Previously he was employed as managing director of western hemisphere supply management by Hilti Inc. Prior to that, Wagner was general manager of supply management for the Lone Star Steel Co.
Wagner received his master’s from the University of Texas at Brownsville and his bachelor’s from Troy State University. He is a member of APICS, the association for operations management, from which he earned his Certified Supply Chain Professional certification. He also is a member of the Institute for Supply Management, from which he earned his Certified Purchasing Manager certification.
Fullerton Named to MSPmentor Top 250
Sean Fullerton, CEO of eMonarch, was named to the MSPmentor Top 250, an elite list of innovators who are shaping the future of Managed IT Services. Although it was his company, eMonarch, that was named to the MSPmentor Top 100 list in 2008, Fullerton earned this particular award by his personal reputation.
Fullerton was a member of the Tulsa Business Journal’s class of 40 Under 40 for 2007.
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