OKC Attorney, Tulsa PR Executive to Lead Public Policy Group

The Oklahoma Academy for State Goals elected Norman resident Douglas A. Branch as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2007.
Branch is Shareholder and Director of Biotech Law Associates, PC of Oklahoma City. Elected as Vice Chairman is Steve Turnbo, CEO of Schnake, Turnbo, Frank, Inc. of Tulsa. Outgoing Chairman Larry Rice, Chief Executive Assistant to the President at Tulsa University, expressed extreme satisfaction in turning the gavel over to these two capable and visionary individuals for 2007. Rice stated that “with Branch and Turnbo leading the Academy, the organization can further its efforts exponentially in addressing public policy issues facing the state and implementing sound, nonpartisan recommendations.” “Both Branch and Turnbo are long-standing members of the Academy and both bring excellent leadership skills and expertise,” Rice added
Doug Branch is a leader in applying legal expertise in Oklahoma’s technology industry. A native Oklahoman born in Norman and raised in Drumright, he is a double graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a B.B.A. in Finance in 1979 and a J.D. in 1982. He has devoted his career to corporate and securities law specifically representing emerging technology companies. He has led numerous venture capital financings, initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He served two years as Chairman of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST), and was, at the time, the youngest chairman of a state agency in Oklahoma. He is a frequent lecturer on venture capital, corporate law and technology law. In 1999, he served as Chairman of the Academy’s annual conference entitled “Lighting the Fuse – Competing in the Global Economy.” Branch is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class VII and a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XII.
Steve Turnbo is a native Oklahoman and long time Tulsa civic leader. He just recently completed his term as Chairman of the Board of the Tulsa Metropolitan Chamber. Turnbo is a graduate of The University of Tulsa with a B.S. degree in Education, emphasis English and Journalism. He serves on the Board of Trustees for The University of Tulsa, the Board of trustees of Bacone College in Muskogee, the Board of Directors for NCCJ, graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class IV and is a board member of many other organizations. He will also serve as the Chair of Communications & Marketing for the Academy.
Other major officers elected for 2007 are Phyllis Worley, President, ONG, Oklahoma City as Resource Development Chair; Claudia San Pedro, Vice President of Sonic Corp., Oklahoma City as Treasurer; Claudean Harrison, civic volunteer, Lindsay as Member Outreach Chair; Clay Pope, Executive Director, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, Loyal as Policy Implementation Chair; and Tom McKeon, President , Tulsa Community College and Gene Callahan, Superintendent & CEO, Tulsa Technology Center as Strategic Planning Co-Chairs.
The organization also elected eight new members to the Board of Directors. New Board members from the Oklahoma City area are: Don Cain, President – OK, AT&T; Sue Ann Hyde, civic leader and Chairman of The Support Center for Nonprofits; Natalie Shirley, business woman and civic leader who has recently moved back to Oklahoma from Washington, D.C.; Rhonda Walters, realtor, business woman and civic leader; and Dr. Joseph Siano, Superintendent, Norman Public Schools. New Board members from the Tulsa area are: Sean Griffin, President, Vizalution, Inc., Tulsa and Cheryl Hill, CEO of Hill Manufacturing, Broken Arrow. Also new to the Board is Dr. Andrea Kelly, Superintendent, Meridian Technology Center, Stillwater and Jim Esbenshade, Owner, Esbenshade Farms, Colbert.
The Oklahoma Academy is a statewide citizen-based private nonpartisan research and catalyst organization. It focuses on public policy issues having direct impact on the state and develops sound policy and community recommendations through citizen engagement to improve the future direction of the state.

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