Tulsa Hispanic Chamber Looking for Executive Director

We hear that Fred Ramos, Tulsa Hispanic Chamber president and CEO, has left to become the State Hispanic Chamber executive director for the new organization.

The Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has organized a search committee to examine potential candidates for the position, said Lori Santiago, GTHCC Board chair.

“While Fred will be hard to replace, I am confident that this team of talented leaders and dedicated GTHCC volunteers will do a great job of finding a top quality candidate to serve in this critical role,” Santiago said.

Named to be on the Chamber Executive Director Search Committee were Santiago, of the University of Phoenix; Luis Diaz of MidFirst Bank; Ed Martinez of State Farm Insurance; Maria Carlota Palacios of Williams; Darlene Crutchfield, retired Tulsa judge; and Xavier Neira, of Rooney Holdings Inc. and former chairman of the board for the GTHCC.

Diaz will chair the search committee.

“Although Fred will be missed, he will still be an ally and resource for the Tulsa Hispanic business community,” Neira said. “In his new role as executive director for the State Hispanic Chamber, Fred will be able to bring additional resources not only to Tulsa, but to many other communities that are seeing an increase in the number of Hispanic small-business owners like Altus, Clinton, Guymon and Muskogee.” In addition to serving on the board of the Tulsa Hispanic Chamber, Neira also serves as chairman of the board for the State Hispanic Chamber.


New Tenant Hinted For Mervyn’s at Eastland Mall

A new tenant for the Mervyn’s store at Eastland Mall, 145th and 21st Street, could be just months away.

While talks on the street have suggested a possible call center, Richard Monaghan, CB Richard Ellis broker for the property says the property is zoned retail.

No definite plans could be discussed for the former space at press time.

A new tenant for the Mervyn’s store at Village at Woodland Hills, 68th Street and South Memorial Drive, could also be in the works.

With Woodland Hills Mall and a new Wal-Mart Super Center on its way across the street, it’s a prime location, Monaghan said.


Williams & Williams Auctioneers Headed to Puerto Rico

We hear that Tulsa-based Williams & Williams Auctioneer, will holds its first-ever auction in Puerto Rico this October.

The company will be working with the U.S. Marshall’s Service in foreclosed property. The U.S. Marshal’s office generally deals with property seized in white-collar crime.

Williams & Williams, Triad One Center, 7666 E. 61st St., Suite 135, sold $51.2 billion in real estate at auction last year, acording to its Web site.

The company was founded in 1986 and provides real estate auction services nationwide.


QuikTrip’s 50th Store Opens in Metro Phoenix

Tulsa-based QuikTrip Corp. opened its 50th store in the Phoenix metropolitan area on July 27.

“We focus on running high individual store sales volumes, not on the total number of stores in a market area,” said Chet Cadieux, QuikTrip CEO and chairman of the board. “That makes the 50th store mark significant to us. We only build stores on high potential sites that will provide a first class environment for our employees and customers.”

QuikTrip, according to Forbes magazine, is one of the 100 largest privately held corporations.

Chuck Barton is the Phoenix division manager, Kevin Duke is the area supervisor, and Amanda Fish is the store manager.


Moving On Up

The Philtower Lofts, a swanky apartment development in the Philtower Building at Fifth Street and Boston Avenue, is no longer accepting applications.

The lofts, which were developed by the owner of the Philtower Building, Jim Hawkins, range in price from $1,099 per month for a 20th floor, 729 SF apartment to $2,892 for a 1,833 SF space, according to the community’s website,

The Philtower Building, designed by famous Kansas City architect Edward Buehler Delk, was built in 1928 by oilman Waite Phillips.

River City Development leased the apartments, which cost more than $3 million to build.

Macy Snyder, property manager for the Mayo Hotel, McFarland, and Vandever buildings, said that the popularity of the Philtower is a positive sign for downtown and that she anticipates few vacancies once the Mayo Hotel Lofts are completed.

“We have about 25 people on a waiting list,” she said. “I don’t think we will have a problem filling them, we might just have to do a little advertising.”

The Mayo Hotel conversion is expected to begin in early September. ?

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