Small Business Advocacy Committee Adds Three

Three small business owners from across the state were recently added to the Oklahoma Small Business Advocacy Committee.
Named to the team are: Brian A. Smejkal, owner of Bubble Town Express Car Wash, Sand Springs; Edward (Ed) Lynn, owner of OK Wings, Oklahoma City; and Roy Sisco, owner of Seminole Ford, Seminole.
The Oklahoma Small Business Advocacy Committee, made up of 13 small business owners, meets quarterly to hear issues or concerns that small businesses have related to state agencies.
Jay Helm Honored By OSU-CHS
Jay Helm, a member of the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, received the Distinguished Public Service Award from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences during commencement ceremonies.
The Distinguished Public Service Award is the highest honor the medical school bestows upon individuals for achievement in development of medical education and improvements in health care.
Helm earned a Bachelor of Science degree in general business from OSU in 1970. Since 2001, he has served on the board of regents, and he serves on the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees, University Center at Tulsa Authority and the OSU Medical Center Trust.
Walsh Names Associate Creative Director, Designer
Tulsa-based brand consulting firm Walsh has named Heath Potter as associate creative director and Cassie Post as a project designer.
Potter, previously the senior project designer at Walsh, has served a variety of accounts in the energy, entertainment and architecture industries and has won several awards for his work. Prior to joining Walsh, he was a project designer with Hibblen Design in Broken Arrow.
As a project designer, Post specializes in brand development and will work with clients to provide design services for all industries. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from OSU and previously worked at Mullerha√os Communications.
River Spirit Casino Names Smyth GM
River Spirit Casino, owned and operated by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, has named Shawn S. Smyth as general manager, effective June 15.
Smyth is a veteran casino/hotel/resort executive with both tribal and non-tribal properties. Smyth most recently worked in Geyserville, Calif., as the CEO of the River Rock Entertainment Authority and the general manager of the River Rock Casino. Before that, Smyth served as the general manager at the Paradise Casinos in Yuma, Ariz., and Seven Feathers Hotel Casino Resort in Oregon.
TTCU Names Risk Officer, Auditor, Lending Officer
TTCU Credit Union has promoted Stephanie Jones to chief risk officer, and has hired Raegen Carpenter as internal auditor and Michael Kramer as indirect lending officer.
Jones will be responsible for collections, fraud and compliance, including the Anti-Money Laundering Program. She joined TTCU in 2002 and started the internal audit and compliance departments. Prior to joining TTCU, she held various positions with the National Credit Union Administration with the last being as the Oklahoma supervisory examiner.
Carpenter will be responsible for the internal audit program, where she will evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, integrity of financial and operational information, safeguarding of assets and compliance with laws and regulations. She brings more than five years of financial institution experience and three years of auditing experience to her new position. She previously worked for the National Credit Union Administration in the role of auditing and analysis.
TTCU’s new indirect lending program allows members to obtain TTCU auto loan financing directly from participating auto dealers. Kramer will have the primary responsibility of underwriting these loans. Previously employed with Southern Auto Finance, he brings more than six years of financial services and management experience to this new position at TTCU.
LaBarge Hires HR Manager For Tulsa Operation
LaBarge, Inc. has named Kasey Weldon human resources manager for its Tulsa operation.
Prior to joining LaBarge, Weldon was human resources manager for Labinal Inc. in Pryor. Previously, he served as human resources manager for Bass Pro Shops in Broken Arrow and as an executive recruiter for Management Recruiters International in Tulsa.
Weldon received a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Oklahoma State University.
University of Phoenix Hires Corporate Liaisons
University of Phoenix has named J.R. Clonts and Rassan Hines as corporate education liaisons. They will work with clients to increase awareness of the university within the business and government communities and generate information on potential students.
Clonts holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a 25-year veteran of the international corrugated packaging industry, with experience in manufacturing management and as a corrugated software consultant. Prior to joining UOPX, Clonts served as a consultant for Amtech Software and as vice president of Tech Pack/Supply One.
Hines earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kans. Prior to joining UOPX, Hines served as a branch manager for American General Financial Services and as an account executive for Countrywide Full Spectrum.
Oklahoma Toastmasters Elect Officers
Toastmasters in Oklahoma’s District 16 has elected its officers for 2009-2010.
Officers include:
? Mike Leviant, district governor, has been a Toastmaster for more than 30 years. He is semi-retired after 23 years with American Fidelity Assurance Co. He has been a Toastmaster for 10 years in Oklahoma City and more than 20 years in District 33 in Las Vegas.
? Robert (Bob) Campbell, lieutenant governor education and leadership, is an attorney and a director at the Oklahoma City law firm of Phillips Murrah. Campbell has been a Toastmaster for six and a half years.
? Matt Branstetter, lieutenant governor marketing, is owner of Braevest Investment Advisory Services in Noble.
Also elected to leadership positions for 2009-2010 were Division O Gov. Alice Corley and Division T Gov. Edward Engelke of Tulsa.
Tulsa CPA Honored
Melissa Hull, CPA, Tulsa, received a Silver Medal Award from the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants when she achieved the highest score in the state over windows three and four on the 2008 CPA Exam. Hull is an audit associate with Grant Thornton in Tulsa.
Other Tulsans receiving acceptance into the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants are: Deepa Bharani, CPA, on staff at Ernst & Young, LLP; Andrew W. Boeckman, CPA, an associate at Grant Thornton, LLP, Cheyene C. Charles, CPA, a senior at Ernst & Young, LLP; Bryan Cox, CPA; Jamie E. Dupree, CPA, on staff at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; John E. Fox, Jr., CPA, a staff accountant at Cross & Robinson, CPAs, Inc.; Paul E. Hardy, CPA, a property tax representative at Williams Companies, Inc.; Melissa A. Hull, CPA, an audit associate at Grant Thornton, LLP; Jana Kim, CPA, on staff at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; Lyanggoo Kim, an audit senior at Deloitte Tax, LLP; Joel A. Mendez, CPA an assurance associate at Grant Thornton, LLP; Christopher A. Miller, CPA, senior auditor at Stanfield & O’Dell, PC, and Marcus G. Takach, CPA, staff auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP.
OSUIT Students Win In Graphex 40 Competition
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology’s visual communications students, interns and graduates won several honors at the regional Graphex 40 competition, which is sponsored by the Art Directors Club of Tulsa. Graphex is a regional design competition championing graphic design industry professionals.
The OSUIT student winners are: Michael Cuckler, First Place Portfolio; Trey Thaxton, Second Place Portfolio; James Kirk, Third Place Portfolio; and Theresa Peralta, Best Photography.

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