Trennepohl Appointed to Teacher Retirement Board

Former Oklahoma State University-Tulsa President Gary Trennepohl has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Oklahoma Teachers’ Retirement System.
Trennepohl will fill the unexpired term of Darryl Hatcher, who recently resigned. The appointment was effective Dec. 1, and Trennepohl will serve the remainder of the term through January 2013.
Trennepohl is a finance professor and President’s Council Endowed Chair at OSU-Tulsa. He served as the university’s first president from 1999 to 2009 and prior to that was the dean of the college of business administration at the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater.
Starting his academic career in 1977, he has held faculty and administrative appointments in the business colleges at Texas A&M University, the University of Missouri-Columbia and Arizona State University. He has co-authored two college-level finance texts and more than 30 professional journal articles, and he regularly teaches classes on investment management and financial derivatives.

TAC Energy Opens South Central Division
In a move to bolster customer service and increase market share, TAC Energy, a division of Truman Arnold Cos., has organized a South Central Regional Division, which will operate from an expanded Tulsa office.
The addition will increase TAC Energy’s regional sales offices to five, with the Tulsa office managed by Carl “Cheesie” Nelson. Nelson began his career in the petroleum industry with TAC’s Road Runner convenience stores in 1985. Nelson moved to Total in 1989 where he managed purchasing and performed as a regional manager over the Oklahoma retail locations. Nelson served as a wholesale manager for TAC Energy and vice president of sales and marketing with Fuel Managers Inc. before returning Oct. 30 with its acquisition.
Additionally, three other former FMI associates have joined TAC Energy. Rob Case will operate from the Denver office as western account manager. Jeff Thomas will function as account manager in Tulsa, where he will service accounts in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. Mark Cooper will also work from Tulsa as supply and logistics coordinator.

Crowe & Dunlevy Attorneys Among Lawyers of the Year
Three Crowe & Dunlevy attorneys were recently named Lawyer of the Year for 2010 by Best Lawyers.
Leonard Court was named Oklahoma City Best Lawyers Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, Judy Hamilton was named Oklahoma City Best Lawyers Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year, and Cynda C. Ottaway was named Oklahoma City Best Lawyers Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year.
Court is a director of Crowe & Dunlevy and former chairman of the firm’s labor and employment law section. He was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 1997 and is one of only two practicing Oklahoma attorneys to be inducted.
Morse is a director of Crowe & Dunlevy and chair of the litigation section.
Ottaway is a director of Crowe & Dunlevy whose practice focuses on estate planning, trust and estate administration and litigation and planning for closely held family businesses.

The Arrow Group Names Two Vice Presidents
Kim Fulps and Terry Cupp have been promoted to the vice president of The Arrow Group.
Fulps is responsible for marketing of life insurance, employee benefits and other related products. She had worked for various insurance companies and securities firms prior to joining The Arrow Group in 1977.
Cupp graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Cupp worked for various insurance companies prior to joining The Arrow Group in 2004.

SemGroup Selects Chief Risk Officer
SemGroup LP named David Gorte as its chief risk officer, who reports directly to Norm Szydlowski, SemGroup’s presumptive chief executive officer.
Gorte has 28 years of risk management and financing experience related to the energy industry. Immediately prior to joining SemGroup, Gorte served as senior advisor for the Claro Group. Gorte also has served as senior vice president and chief risk officer of Cheniere Energy Inc.
Gorte’s experience also includes risk management and financing origination, structuring and syndication positions at Enron Corp., Citigroup, Bankers Trust Co., now Deutsche Bank, and Bank of America.

Standley Systems Hires Senior Vice President
Standley Systems has hired Jayna Braden Anderson as senior vice president of sales.
Anderson has more than 17 years of experience in the wireless industry with two major carriers. She has held numerous executive-level positions in both business and consumer channels, including Sprint Nextel vice president of sales for a seven-state area.
She is an Oklahoma native and graduated from East Central University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Goodman Wins Award for Justice Efforts
Crowe & Dunlevy attorney Jimmy Goodman has received the William G. Paul Oklahoma Justice Award presented by Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. at the Oklahoma Bar Association’s 105th annual meeting.
The award is given annually to a person who “greatly advances the cause of Equal Justice for All.” Goodman was recognized for his work on behalf of Legal Aid Services. In addition, he has played a pivotal role in Legal Aid’s annual Campaign for Justice every year since its inception in 2003 and was a longtime board member of Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma, one of two predecessor organizations.
The award is named after Crowe & Dunlevy attorney and former American Bar Association President William G. Paul.

Mazzio’s Webb Receives IFMA Member Award
Ted Webb, director of facilities for Mazzio’s Corp., was recognized by the International Facility Managers Association as its 2009 Distinguished Member Award recipient.
Webb oversees the physical facilities for 64 Mazzio’s Italian Eatery restaurants and one Oliveto Italian Bistro restaurant, two call centers, and the corporate office support center.
Webb has been a member of IFMA for 23 years and was a founding member of the Tulsa chapter. He has served on the chapter executive board and held the offices of treasurer, president and certification or education chair.
At the chapter’s 20th anniversary celebration in 2007, a $2,000 annual Oklahoma State University scholarship was named in his honor – now known as the Ted D. Webb Facilities Management & Design Scholarship.

Tulsa Day Center for Homeless Expands Staff
The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless has hired Amy Gilliam to assist with a new program to rapidly re-house families and individuals who fall into homelessness, or to prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place.
Gilliam has been hired as the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program receptionist. Previously a middle school English teacher in Morehead, Ky., Gilliam earned her bachelor’s Magna Cum Laude in English education from Northeastern State University in 1999.
She belongs to the Autism Awareness Support Group in Claremore and has participated in several professional organizations, including the National Writing Project, National Education Association, Kentucky Committee for Teachers of English and Language Arts and Kappa Delta Pi.

OSUIT Graduate Named Lexus Master Technician
Bryan Ledbetter, a graduate of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology’s Toyota T-TEN Automotive Program, was named Lexus Master Technician of the Year by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
Ledbetter is a Master Technician at the Lexus of Tulsa dealership. He graduated from OSUIT in 1999, where he earned honors as a member of the Dean’s List and received the Top Gun Award for his class.

Tarbel’s Legacy Honored With Street Naming
Mayor Kathy Taylor and Councilor G. T. Bynum dedicated South 30th Place west of Peoria in the memory of Jill Zink Tarbel in a Nov. 30 presentation at All Souls Unitarian Church.
A native Tulsan, Tarbel was best known for her work on behalf of the physically and mentally disabled, but she was also involved in an array of other non-profits and organizations, including the Girl Scouts and the University of Tulsa. With her second husband, Brook Tarbel, she was deeply involved in campaigning for accessibility, carrying a tape measure with her to check door widths and non-accessible barriers.
The oldest child of industrialist John Steele Zink and his wife, Swannie Zink, Tarbel graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in psychology.

RSU Endowment Named for James R. Jones
An endowment that will expand internship, cultural immersion and study abroad opportunities at Rogers State University, named in honor of former Ambassador and U.S. Congressman James R. Jones, has been established through the RSU Foundation.
The Ambassador James R. Jones Endowment in International Studies was announced following Jones’ presentation, “Diversity and Culture in Global Business.” Jones is an internationally recognized business strategist. He is the most recent lecturer to visit the campus as part of The Maurice Meyer Distinguished Endowed Lectureship, established in 1999.
The endowment, honoring Jones, was initiated by an anonymous gift of $25,000. The anonymous donor also issued a challenge to the university to raise an additional $50,000, at which time the donor will provide another $25,000, bringing the total of the endowment to $100,000, according to Danette Boyle, RSU vice president for development.
Jones was 28 when he joined President Lyndon Johnson’s White House staff as appointments secretary, the position presently titled chief of staff. He was the youngest person in history to hold this position. He served 15 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma and was a ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Jones served as chairman and CEO of the American Stock Exchange (1989-1993). He was U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (1993-1997).

Insurance Board Names New Administrator
The Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board has promoted Deputy Administrator of Finance Frank Wilson to the position of plan administrator. Wilson fills the position being vacated by Bill Crain, who is retiring Jan. 1.
Wilson brings 20 years of experience to the position. He began his career with OSEEGIB in 1990 as the manager of member accounts. In 1996, he was promoted to director of finance, and in 2000, he became deputy administrator of finance.
Wilson, a CPA, is a member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Hall Estill Firm, Lawyers Cited in Resource Guide
The law firm of Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC has been included in “recommended firms” in the third annual edition of Benchmark Litigation, a resource guide showcasing local, state and national law firms and attorneys excelling in litigation involving complex business matters.
Two Hall Estill attorneys are designated in the publication. Mark K. Blongewicz is listed under “local litigation stars” for General Civil Litigation and John F. Heil III is listed under “future stars” for Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation. Both attorneys are Hall Estill shareholders and work out of the firm’s Tulsa office.

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