The Collaboratorium Open Soon

Sean Griffin, chairman for The Collaboratorium, a non-traditional entrepreneurial accelerator on the 10th floor of 111 W. Fifth St., told Tulsa Business Journal that he expects the space to be fully leased by the center’s scheduled Aug. 13 open house.
He also said he expects to be able to show possible tenants one of two floors in the same building that The Collaboratorium has an option on.
The Collaboratorium is designed to offer budding entrepreneurs discounted office space within a supportive, resourceful setting where they may take advantage of learning opportunities from more established business owners.
“What we really want to do is create a Silicon Valley-like oasis for start-up entrepreneurs in Tulsa,” Griffin said.
Griffin also said The Collaboratorium is working on partnerships with the Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Indian Chamber of Commerce to help them “take their businesses to the next level.”
More information can be found at Aug. 13’s open house is from 6-8pm.
BOK Financial Reports $52 Million 2Q Income
BOK Financial Corp. reported net income of $52.1 million or $0.77 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2009.
Net income totaled $55.0 million or $0.81 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2009 and a net loss of $1.2 million or $0.02 per diluted share was recognized in second quarter of 2008. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2009 totaled $107.1 million or $1.58 per diluted share compared with net income of $61.1 million or $0.90 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2008.
The second quarter of 2008 was impacted by $87.0 million of pre-tax charges for loan and energy derivative credit exposure related to the bankruptcy filing by SemGroup LP and related entities which reduced net income for the second quarter of 2008 by about $57.0 million or $0.84 per diluted share.
In the second quarter of 2009, the company incurred an $11.8 million pre-tax charge for a special assessment by the FDIC and recognized net pre-tax gains on available for sale securities of $15.2 million. In the first quarter of 2009, the company recognized net pre-tax gains on available for sale securities of $7.2 million.
“BOK Financial is pleased to report net interest growth and solid fee revenue for the second quarter of 2009,” said President and CEO Stan Lybarger. “The growth from our diversified revenue sources continues to enhance our strong capital and liquidity position. However, declining loan demand may challenge future net interest revenue and mortgage banking revenue until the economy begins to recover.”
A Lot of Knowledge To be Shared at OU-Tulsa
The 2009 Knowledge & Project Management Symposium, ”Make it Real—Take it Home,” is scheduled for Aug. 12-13, 2009, at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center, 4502 E. 41st St.
Uniting university faculty and professionals from different fields, the KPM Symposium offers a knowledge-sharing and networking opportunity for professionals with an interest in knowledge management and project management.
Covering two days, the event will feature keynote addresses, 28 break-out sessions and roundtable discussions led by more than 20 speakers from around the country. The KPM Symposium will have seven tracks, including knowledge management foundations, project management foundations, innovations, knowledge management advanced topics, project management advanced topics, KM/PM blended topics, tools and technology and organizational dynamics.
The symposium’s keynote address, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 12, features management consultant George Pitagorsky, a project, quality and knowledge management expert, and author of The Zen Approach to Project Management, Working Wisely Workshop and,the Conscious Living/Conscious Working program. Pitagorsky’s address is titled “Organized Knowledge Sharing with Zen and Systems Thinking.”
“Lessons Learned and Forgotten from Apollo 13” will be the keynote address at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 13. Jim O’Neal, vice president of Bravo Zulu Services in Houston and a former member of the flight control team that successfully returned the damaged Apollo 13 spacecraft to earth in April of 1970, will be the speaker.
This conference, geared toward engineering, information technology, human resources, marketing, and executive management professionals, blends current research and practical real-world answers for one of the most troubling trends in organizations of all types and sizes: The loss of organizational knowledge.
Due to an increasing number of retirements, job transfers and resignations, organizations are losing vital knowledge needed to perform successful work. Knowledge management is an evolving discipline that helps organizations create a strategy to discover, refine, capture, transfer and use this knowledge on a consistent basis. The KPM Symposium explores ways to leverage projects that occur in all thriving organizations as a source for their Knowledge Management efforts.
Sponsored by the Knowledge and Information Professional Association, the symposium is chaired by Suliman Hawamdeh, Ph.D., director of OU-Tulsa’s Knowledge Management master’s degree program, and co-chaired by Chuck Tryon, owner of Tryon and Associates, and Garry Booker, president of Project Frontier.
Enrollment for KPM Symposium is limited to 300 attendees. Online registration is available at
Forget the Milk – Have a Coke with that PBJ
Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Customer Development Center in Tulsa has been recognized as a Shining Star by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma for its peanut butter and jelly summer food drive to benefit area children in need. The drive was organized by employees of the Customer Development Center beginning in May specifically for the food bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.
Thanks to the efforts of the Customer Development Center, more than 1,500 pounds of peanut butter and jelly were donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. So far, half of that amount has been used for the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, which provides a weekly backpack full of food to children at risk of going hungry over the weekend when federal free or reduced-price meals are unavailable. Currently, 2,375 bags of food are packed weekly and distributed to 45 elementary schools in the greater Tulsa area.
“We are honored to be recognized by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma for our small part in making a positive impact in our community,” said Jan Leas, site manager of CCE’s Customer Development Center. “Our employees really stepped up and did their part in providing food for many youngsters who are in need. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma plays a critical role in the health and welfare of many citizens who are in financial need and risk going hungry. We want to support its work in any way we can.”
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma will also feature CCE in its August newsletter and on the web site at
Supplemental Health Care Opening Office In Tulsa
Supplemental Health Care, a Park City, Utah-based workforce solutions company that places health care professionals in contract assignments at hospitals and health care facilities across the U.S., is adding Tulsa to its network of Allied staffing divisions.
“We’re excited to bring our expertise and professional vision to Tulsa,” said Janet Elkin, regional vice president for the southeast. “Our combination of localized services and extensive national resources set us apart from the competition and will provide the Tulsa area with comprehensive and personalized staffing solutions.
“As experts in the marketplace, our team works to fill clients’ per diem and contract needs with the right therapists every time.”
Previously, Supplemental Health Care had been serving the Tulsa area through its Oklahoma City team, but the addition of the Tulsa office will allow SHC to more efficiently meet the area’s need. Whether the staffing needs are outpatient, school, acute care, long-term care, skilled nursing, government, or correctional, Supplemental Health Care can assist by providing PTs, OTs, SLPs and assistants for full-time, part-time, PRN or contract positions.
“Our Tulsa office is part of the community,” said Lisa Truett, recruiting manager. “We know our friends, neighbors and family are the very patients we will be serving. We visit the facilities we serve, get to know the staff, learn about the challenges at hand and understand the important work being done there. We recognize the role we play in patient care and know that is our job to help you provide superior patient outcomes by providing skilled, experienced therapists that are ready to hit the ground running.”
OK, OK, the County Protested
The TBJ article focusing on the downtown assessment neglected the point out that Tulsa County officials protested the city’s proposed assessment.
County Commissioner Fred Perry and Sheriff Stanley Glanz verbalized their protest before the Tulsa City Council and sent a letter of protest. The TBJ article made it appear the county agreed to pay the assessment without any fuss.
“We definitely protested,” Perry said.
The County Commission board voted not to sue the city over the assessment.

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