Schnake Turnbo Frank Hires, Promotes

Kelly Fuller has joined Schnake Turnbo Frank PR as an information technology assistant in the firm’s Tulsa office. She served as an intern at STF PR prior to being named to the full-time position.
A native of California, Fuller worked in technical support for Staples, Best Buy and Radioshack. In California, she attended Delta High School, a private school founded by Microsoft.
Rachel Wright has joined Schnake Turnbo Frank PR as an office/account coordinator in the firm’s Oklahoma City office.
Wright has served as an intern since April. Prior to joining STF, she was an intern at Oklahoma Today magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in journalism with an emphasis on public relations.
She is co-chair of New Young Professionals Committee of the Public Relations Society of America chapter and a member of Alliance of Emerging Professionals.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel has added five employees to complement the hotel’s recently completely $24 million renovation.
Tony Nabhan joined the hotel as the assistant general manager and director of operations. Nabhan, a former Olympic runner, has a Ph.D. in business management and was most recently the assistant general manager and director of operations at the Radisson Hotel in Bloomington, Minn.
Connie Otis was hired as the hotel’s director of sales and marketing. Otis was the director of sales and marketing at the Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa. Otis graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Tony Sprouse was hired as the hotel’s senior sales manager. Sprouse spent eight years at the Holiday Inn Select Tulsa where he was the director of sales and marketing during his last five years there. Sprouse graduated from Northeastern State University.
Patti Cooper joined Crowne Plaza as the hotel’s sales manager. Cooper spent four years as the sales manager at Holiday Inn Select Tulsa.
Traci Widder Byrd was hired as the hotel’s new catering manager. Most recently, Widder Byrd was the senior catering sales manager at the Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa, where she planned and coordinated more than 240 events. She graduated from Ohio State University.
Having overseen a resurgence in business with significant improvements in financial and operational performance as chief operating officer, Bryan Sanderlin has been promoted to president of Oklahoma Safety Equipment Co. Inc. of Broken Arrow
Oseco is a subsidiary of UK-based Halma plc, a worldwide group of sensor, safety and technology manufacturing companies. In addition to heading operations at the Broken Arrow facilities, Sanderlin will work with Oseco’s UK-based sister company, Elfab Ltd., to continue to increase both companies’ reach and efficiency.
Sanderlin joined Oseco in 2000 as vice president of finance and was promoted to COO in 2007. Prior to that, Sanderlin held several positions in the financial management field. Sanderlin holds a master’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Tulsa.
“Bryan has ensured that Oseco has cooperated with its sister company to implement our global rupture disk strategy, which we believe will eventually make both companies the No. 1 provider of pressure relief devices in the world,” said Halma Divisional Chief Executive Neil Quinn.
Gil Morris of Broken Arrow was awarded the Community Based Volunteer Award for Advocacy at the American Diabetes Association’s Community Volunteer Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting in Tampa, Fla.
The American Diabetes Association’s Community Based Volunteer Awards recognize volunteers who embody the spirit of the association’s mission through their outstanding contributions.
Morris has led and supported the activities of the American Diabetes Association in the Eastern Oklahoma community for many years. He has held several positions as a volunteer including chairman of the Tulsa Community Leadership Board from 2007-2008; chair-elect and Call to Congress delegate in 2006 and a presenting sponsor for America’s Walk for Diabetes from 2002-2006.
The Tulsa Hotel & Lodging Association elected the following officers for 2009: president, Lacey Lamm of Hilton Tulsa Southern Hills; vice president, Michael Frimel of Hotel Ambassador; and treasurer, Randy Dietzel of Preview Magazine. Immediate past president is Pete Patel of Frontier Hotels.
2009 board members representing properties with over 200 rooms are James Cunningham of Doubletree Hotel at Warren Place and Marlin Keranen of Crowne Plaza. Representing properties with under 200 rooms are Mukesh Bhakta of Best Western Inn and Suites and Steve Nabilsi of Homewood Suites Tulsa South. At large board members are Jim Barnard of Post Oak Lodge, Jeff Price of Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center and Elias Thompson of Hampton Inn Tulsa South. Representing allied members are Julia Sullivan of Guest Supply and Michael Garner of AmSan Oklahoma. Honorary board members are Suzann Stewart of the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors’ Bureau and John Bolton of the BOK Center. The director of the organization is Ann Marie Edwards.
The Flintco Companies Inc., the largest Native American owned company and one of the largest commercial contractors in the nation, is expanding its business development capabilities and has promoted Dana Birkes to vice president of business development and marketing. Additionally, the Tulsa-based company has promoted Misty Turley to director of marketing and hired Susan Meeker to the newly created role of business development manager for its Tulsa operations.
Birkes, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, joined the Flintco Companies in 2002 as corporate director of marketing and was promoted to vice president of marketing in 2004. Birkes’ additional duties now include oversight of national business development opportunities for the companies’ nine offices across the United States.
Assisting Birkes in business development is Meeker, an OU graduate. Meeker will develop new and existing client relationships with buyers of construction services in support of the Tulsa operations. Meeker joins Flintco from Inverness Village where she served as director of marketing.
Ina Agnew was recently named vice president of enrollment management at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee. She comes to OSUIT from Ottawa University, Kan., where she was director of new market development. Prior to that, she was director of enrollment services at Northwestern State University, La.
Seven Tulsa residents recently received acceptance into the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Douglas B. Allison, CPA, a staff accountant at BKD, LLP; Blake J. Bergman, CPA, a staff auditor with Ernst & Young, LLP; Taylor D. Gilpin, CPA, a staff accountant with BKD, LLP; Donna K. Klein-Richey, CPA, an accountant with the City of Tulsa; Kate S. Jeffy, CPA, a senior auditor with Bank of Oklahoma; Anna McColl, CPA, an assistant professor at the University of Tulsa; Matthew B. Neas, CPA, a staff member with Tullius Taylor Sartain & Sartain, LLP, entered the society as fellow members.

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