Oneok Names Sands as VP, Environment, Safety and Health

Oneok Inc. has named Geoffrey A. Sands vice president of environment, safety and health.
In his new position, he will be responsible for strengthening the organization’s capabilities related to protecting the environment, safety and health of all employees, contractors, customers and communities where the company operates.
Sands joins Oneok from DCP Midstream, where his responsibilities included several years as vice president of environment, health and safety, and various operating assignments.
Sands graduated from the University of Texas, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering. He is a member of the Gas Processors Association, serving on the organization’s EHS Oversight Committee.
River Spirit Casino Names New Staff Members
River Spirit Casino has named new staff members, as the new Creek Nation casino prepares for opening March 31.
Robert Dimmick has been named advertising manager. Dimmick has more than 20 years of senior-level marketing, advertising and sales management experience. He specializes in advertising, brand positioning and messaging and will lead all of River Spirit Casino’s advertising efforts. Dimmick has previous experience with Winnercomm, National Car Rental, Sonic Restaurants, and Thrifty Rent a Car System.
Starr Slagle was named restaurant manager. Slagle brings more than 25 years of food and beverage experience to River Spirit Casino, including serving as food service manager at St. John Hospital, restaurant manager of Cherokee Nation Casino and food and beverage manager of the Golf Club of Oklahoma.
Paul Hewitt has been named electronic games performance manager. Hewitt brings nearly 20 years experience in casino game operations and management level experience to River Spirit Casino.
Cornelius Takes Helm of Osage Million Dollar Elm
Osage Nation has hired gaming professional Neil Cornelius as its chief executive officer of Osage Million Dollar Elm casinos, its largest economic enterprise.
Cornelius was gaming general manager at Oneida Casino in Green Bay, Wisc., responsible for the strategic direction and operational performance of all of Oneida’s gaming entities since 2003. Cornelius was also responsible for the gaming operations and tribal enterprises from 1995 to 1999. Oneida has more than 3,000 gaming devices and 50 table games at seven sites.
Cornelius served outside of his own tribe as the CEO of the Coyote Valley of Pomo Indians (2001-2003). He was the general manager for the Treasure Island Resort and Casino (1999-2000). He has a B.S. in business administration and a master’s degree in organizational management from University of Phoenix.
Herrold Herrold Names Harrison Shareholder, Director; Adds Associate
Tulsa law firm Herrold Herrold & Co., Lawyers, PC, has named Andrew T. Harrison a shareholder and director of the firm, and Monica L. Maple has joined the firm as an associate.
Harrison obtained his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1993, his master’s in science degree in criminology from Oklahoma City University in 1995 and his juris doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2005. His practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, medical corporate and administrative representation and catastrophic injury litigation.
Maple obtained her bachelor of science degree from Wesleyan College in 1995 and her juris doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1998. While at TU, she served as notes and comments research editor for the Tulsa Law Journal, was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Civil Procedure II and Evidence and was also a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.
Tulsa PRSA Chapter Announces 2009 Board
The Tulsa chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has named its 2009 president and board of directors.
Barrett Waller, president of Waller & Co. Public Relations, will serve as the Tulsa chapter president. Waller founded Waller & Co. in 1996 and was named PR Professional of the Year in 2003 by the Tulsa PRSA chapter.
Jeremy Burton, Oral Roberts University public relations director, will serve as president-elect. Nicole Morgan of Rex will serve as chapter secretary, and Amber Remke of USIS will serve as treasurer.
Directors for 2009 are Amanda Clinton of Cherokee Nation Businesses, Lucinda Rojas of Schnake Turbo Frank and Ashley Antle of Ashley Antle PR. Ex-officio board members are Aimee Mehl of Littlefield, Keith Sterling of the City of Broken Arrow and Tamara Hooks of Williams.
Rex Hires Digital Director, Launches New Division
Rex has hired a digital director to lead its new interactive division. The move integrates all aspects of interactive communication services with public relations, marketing, special events, graphic design and copywriting.
Steve Rex brings more than 10 years of digital industry experience to his position. He will be responsible for implementing a variety of interactive tactics for Rex’s clients, including Web sites, e-newsletters, search engine optimization programs and social media networks.
Among clients already signed up to the new venture are United Refining Energy Corp., Oklahoma Industrial Energy Consumers, The University of Tulsa’s Institute of Information Security and Care ATC.
A graduate of the University of Phoenix, Rex most recently worked for PSC Industrial as a customer relationship management administrator. Rex was part of a team responsible for nationwide deployment of a quote-to-bill solution for the industrial division.
eMonarch Names CEO and Business Development Manager
eMonarch has named Kenneth Mullican as president and chief operating officer. Mullican has been in the computer industry for nearly 20 years with several top technology firms, including Connectix Corp. and Logitech Inc. Most recently, Mullican was employed with Stan Johnson Co.
eMonarch has named Brian Talkington as business development manager of Managed IT Services. Talkington previously worked at SpiritBank as portfolio manager of Cash Advantage. He has worked the past 12 years selling finance solutions to banks and business owners in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri. He will develop new business clients in Oklahoma for Managed IT Services: 24/7 PC and Server support, network and E-mail security, remote backup strategies and data restoration.
Six Crowe & Dunlevy Attorneys Honors Set at Best Lawyers Event
Attorneys Andrew M. Coats, Allen D. Evans, James H. Holloman, Jr., Robert M. Johnson, D. Kent Meyers and Henry P. Rheinberger of Crowe & Dunlevy will be recognized by lawyer-rating directory Best Lawyers during its 25th Anniversary Event in Atlanta, Ga., in April.
They have all been listed in Best Lawyers since the publication’s inception 25 years ago. The event is intended to honor their work and dedication to the profession and their communities. All proceeds generated by the event will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Coats serves as of counsel with Crowe & Dunlevy. He resides as the dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and as director of the Law Center. Evans serves as an advisory director in the firm’s Oklahoma City office. With more than 40 years of professional experience, Evans focuses his practice in trusts and estates and tax.
Holloman brings more than 27 years of experience to his practice, which focuses on taxation, trusts and estates, corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, ERISA and employee benefits and international business. He serves as the chair of the firm’s Taxation Practice Group, chair of the Non-Profit/Charitable Foundations Practice Group and co-chair of the Employee Benefits and ERISA Practice Group.
Johnson serves as of counsel for the firm, where he brings four decades of practitioner experience, as well as experience on contracts and real estate laws.
Meyers’ practice focuses on commercial litigation and antitrust law. He is one of two co-founders of Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, a non-profit group that provides volunteer lawyers to work with public defenders’ in representing deprived children in juvenile court.
Rheinberger serves as a director in the firm’s Oklahoma City office where he specializes in commercial real estate. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Real Property Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1993.

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