TU Hall of Fame Inducts Business Leaders

The University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business recognized the professional accomplishments of three Tulsa business leaders during its Feb. 26 Business Hall of Fame event at the Allen Chapman Activity Center.
Keith E. Bailey and Joseph W. Craft were recognized as this year’s inductees. James M. Bird Sr. was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously.
“Our honorees… have started new entrepreneurial business ventures, provided outstanding leadership for their firms and worked tirelessly to make Tulsa an exceptional place to live and work,” said Gale Sullenberger, dean of TU’s Collins College of Business.
Bailey is perhaps best known for leading the Williams Cos. Inc. through a decade of tremendous growth and change while establishing a set of core corporate values that continue to anchor the company today.
An entrepreneur, attorney and energy industry leader, Craft came to Tulsa in 1980 and joined Mapco Inc. He was instrumental in a management buyout of the company’s coal operations and the subsequent formation of Tulsa-based Alliance Resource Partners, L. P., the industry’s first publicly traded master limited partnership.
Bird was a dedicated Tulsa citizen who made his mark in the business community as an innovator in oil exploration and seismic vibration equipment. Bird died at the age of 90 on July 14, 2007, just a few months before he was originally scheduled to be inducted into the Business Hall of Fame.
The Business Hall of Fame was founded in 2000 to recognize Tulsa’s outstanding business leaders and entrepreneurs. Since then, 23 individuals have been inducted into the program.

Meshek Promotes Part Owners
Meshek & Associates, PLC has promoted four employees to associate principals of the firm. Brandon Claborn, Chris Duncan, Chris Hill and Ana Stagg are now part owners of the company and fulfill project management and departmental responsibilities. Claborn specializes in hydrology and hydraulics analysis; Duncan in water resource engineering, design and construction, and civil engineering; Hill in geographic information services and Stagg in quality, budget and timeline management for all projects. Meshek is regionally known for its extensive experience in civil and water resource engineering.

University of Phoenix Tulsa Hires, Promotes
University of Phoenix has named Brandy Stewart corporate education liaison for its Tulsa campus. She will work with clients to increase positive awareness of the university within the business and government community.
In addition, UOPX has promoted Jennifer Smith from enrollment counselor to enrollment manager for its Tulsa campus. Her responsibilities include advisement to potential students in the areas of enrollment, degree completion options, and prior learning assessment, scheduling and payment options. She will also be responsible for the management of the enrollment staff.

GableGotwals Attorney Recognized by Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Oliver S. Howard the “Tulsa Best Lawyers Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year” for 2009.
Best Lawyers compiles its annual list of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.
Howard joined GableGotwals, where he remains a shareholder, in 1979 upon earning his juris doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. He is involved in numerous professional organizations, including the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Tulsa, Oklahoma and American Bar Associations.

Benge Legislative Advocate of the Year
Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, was named Legislative Advocate of the Year for 2008 by the Oklahoma Professional Economic Development Council.
“Benge has provided leadership and has included the opposition party more completely in legislative efforts,” said Janet Yowell, OEDC Legislative Committee chair. “As well as being familiar with the financial and budget needs in our state, Benge understands Oklahoma’s business issues, which is an asset to Oklahoma’s continued economic development growth and expansion.”

Jacobi Kelley Promotes VP Operations
Susan Leonard has been promoted to VP of operations for Jacobi Kelley Personnel. She will be responsible for all company operations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Leonard initially opened the Oklahoma City office in 2005. Her background includes 18 years of staffing for privately and publicly traded companies.

Fellers Snider Adds Two Associates
Two new associates have joined the Fellers Snider Law Firm. S. Fred Jordan Jr. has joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s Tulsa office. Irena Damnjanoska has joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s Oklahoma City office.
Jordan is a state representative in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and represents the Jenks and South Tulsa area. He is the Assistant Majority Whip and Vice-Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and member of the Judiciary and Public Safety Appropriations, Human Services, and Wildlife committees. Damnjanoska received her J.D. degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Damnjanoska was a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Jackson at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. She was also a research assistant for Professor Phyllis Bernard at the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2005.

Doerner, Saunders Adds Of Counsel
Michael C. Wofford has joined the firm of Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Andersen, LLP as Of Counsel. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1974 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1977. Wofford’s experience includes providing legal advice to Gov. David Boren and staff during his tenure with the State of Oklahoma. Wofford specializes in the areas of environmental, regulatory, Indian, public health, occupational safety as well as energy projects and environmental health and safety audits.

Arvest Bank Hires Mortgage Loan Officer
Arvest Bank has hired Donna D. Allen as a new mortgage loan officer at its 71st Street and Sheridan Road branch, 6560 E. 71st.
Allen’s primary role will be to originate mortgage loans while her additional responsibilities will include facilitating homebuyer seminars as an extended service to the community.

Avansic Hires Account Executive
Digital forensics and e-discovery firm Avansic has hired an account executive. Julie Hackler will be responsible for servicing and educating the legal and business communities on digital forensic technology, as well as the expansion of Avansic’s client base in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and new markets.
Hackler has worked for Abbott Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson as a senior sales representative where she was responsible for educating physicians, specialists and new employees on current pharmaceutical products. Hackler has also served as a second grade teacher at Eliot Elementary.

AFR Board Appoints New Leadership
The American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company has appointed its vice president, Terry Detrick as interim president and chief executive, following the resignation of Ray Wulf. The board also appointed its secretary and treasurer Royce Meek as general manager of the mutual insurance company and its subsidiaries.
Detrick will fulfill the remaining portion of Wulf’s term of office. In addition to being a second generation insurance agent with over 30 years experience and a third generation family farmer, he has served the companies as vice president since 1998.
Meek has been an insurance agency manager for 25 years, served as general manager of AFR Life from 2000-2004 and has served as secretary and treasurer of the American Farmers & Ranchers companies since 2000.

Cassandra Burroughs Earns National Certification
Cassandra Burroughs, CPA, Vice President, Bank of Oklahoma, was recently awarded the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB), a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association, in Washington, DC.
“We are very proud of Cassandra’s accomplishment,” said Paula Bryant-Ellis, Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking Group. “She is dedicated to her profession and receiving this certification illustrates her commitment to excellence.”
Burroughs, an accounting graduate of Oklahoma State University started her banking career at Bank of Oklahoma in 1997 in the Accelerated Career Track program, and was a Commercial Lender in Corporate Banking for seven years before joining the Community Development Banking Group as their CRA and HMDA Compliance Risk Manager. During her tenure there, the Community Development Banking Group received 4 Outstanding CRA ratings for Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Albuquerque, Colorado State Bank and Trust, and Bank of Arizona. Burroughs is also a member of the Tulsa and Oklahoma Society of CPA’s and a Board Member of the Tulsa Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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