Tulsa Metro Chamber Presents Small Business Awards

Tulsa Metro Chamber honored emerging entrepreneurs and the best in small business at the 2009 Crystal Star Small Business Awards luncheon this month at Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills.
Julie Hakman, president of AmericanChecked Inc. was named Small Business Person of the Year.
Other 2009 Small Business Award recipients, among them three Tulsa Business Journal 40 Under 40 class members, include:
Small Business Journalist: Margarita Vega-Trevi?o, president and editor, Hispano de Tulsa
Women in Business Champion: Adrienne Kallweit, owner and founder, SeekingSitters Franchise System Inc.
Minority Small Business Champion: María De Leon, owner, Que Buena KXTD 1530
Family-Owned Business of the Year: Steve York, CEO and board of directors president, York Electronic Systems Inc.
Financial Services Champion: Cynthia J. Sharp, president and owner, Sharp Financial Services
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Roger Thompson, owner, Thompson Photos
Thompson and Vega-Treviño were members of the 2009 Tulsa Business Journal class of 40 Under 40. Kallweit was a member of the 2008 class of 40 Under 40.
Inverness Village Appoints Marketing Director, Chaplain
Barbara L. Sorochty joins Inverness Village as its new marketing director and Kathleen Muller as chaplain.
Sorochty was previously the vice president for marketing and communication with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.
Sorochty is accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America and has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work. She has a B.S. in radio-television from Syracuse University in New York, a B.S. in business management from Kansas Newman College in Wichita, Kan., and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Syracuse University. In her new position, she will direct the marketing and sales department of Inverness Village.
Muller most recently served as the chaplain to hospice patients and the bereavement coordinator at St. John Home Health and Hospice in Tulsa.
She has a B.A. in German and psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in counseling from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. in Christian ministry from Friends University in Wichita, Kan.
She is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains and is active with the First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa.
Gerken Director of Marketing at Woodland Hills Mall
Simon Property Group, Inc. has appointed Donavan Gerken as the director of marketing and business development at Woodland Hills Mall.
Gerken will create, develop and implement the overall strategic marketing direction of the shopping center in order to meet corporate and property business and marketing objectives. He is also responsible for staff supervision of customer service, sponsorships/business development, budgeting and monthly marketing analysis, along with maintaining community, tenant and public relations.
Prior to joining Simon, Gerken was a paralegal at the Williams Law Office in Indianapolis and also managed the leasing and marketing of his own restaurant.
Winfrey Manages Houston Office of Joyce & Paul
David M. Winfrey, who formerly associated with the Tulsa office of Gardere, Wynne & Sewell, and most recently served as senior legal counsel at Waste Management, Inc. in Houston, will manage the newly opened Houston office of Joyce & Paul, PLLC.
Winfrey’s practice areas include federal and state environmental regulatory, energy, transportation, and health and safety law, as well as transactional due diligence. He received his bachelor of science degree in political sciences from Oklahoma State University, his J.D. from The University of Tulsa College of Law and an LLM in environmental law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.
Schnake Turnbo Frank Names Senior VP In OC
Schnake Turnbo Frank | PR has named Karen Wicker as senior vice president of its Oklahoma City office.
Wicker, an Oklahoma City native, has worked at the firm’s Tulsa office since 2006. In her new role, she will oversee all phases of the company’s Oklahoma City operations, including client relations, business development and community activism.
Prior to joining STF | PR, Wicker ran the communications division of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. She also spent 10 years as a television news reporter.
She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, is a member of the Rotary Club and is on the board of directors for Resonance.
Wicker received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma.
Williams Counsel Given “Legends in Law” Award
James “Jim” Bender, senior vice president and general counsel at Tulsa-based Williams, is one of 10 corporate general counsels in the U.S. named as a 2009 recipient of the Legends in Law award. The honor is given by the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement in association with the Library of Congress.
Bender was nominated by one of Williams’ primary outside law firms, Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson of Tulsa.
He is scheduled to accept this honor at the June 15 Burton Awards event at the Library of Congress.
In his position at Williams since 2002, Bender is responsible for managing the Williams legal department and overseeing the government affairs department, the corporate environmental, health and safety group and corporate security. He also serves as the company’s chief compliance officer.
Bender received his juris doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and his B.A. from St. Olaf College.
OERB Honors District I Corporation Commission Office
The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board honored Oklahoma Corporation Commission District I Field Officer Roger Conaghan of Tulsa for his help fulfilling the board’s main mission – restoring abandoned and orphaned well sites.
The District I office, based in Bristow and covering northeast Oklahoma, submitted 217 projects for remediation in 2008. These projects provided 50 percent of all the sites submitted to the OERB in 2008. In the same year, the OERB cleaned up 1,035 sites using $7.25 million provided by oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners.
Other field inspectors honored for submitting projects were Michael Brown of Hominy; John Hurd of Bartlesville; Phil Jones of Okemah; Don Lindsay of Grove; Roger Pearman of Depew; Billy Shufeldt of South Coffeyville; George Schwarz of Ponca City; Dennis Summers of Perry; Herman Terry of Broken Arrow; Jim Waite of Sapulpa; Terry White of Tulsa and John Woodson of Claremore.
American Airlines Recognizes Dedication of Master Mechanics
American Airlines honored a group of aviation maintenance technicians, including three Tulsans, this month for serving five or more decades in the airline industry.
At maintenance and overhaul bases in Tulsa and Kansas City, Mo., the airline honored seven AMTs with the FAA’s Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award, which recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics. To be eligible for the award, a recipient must have served 50 years as an accredited aviation mechanic and have been an FAA-certified mechanic for a minimum of 30 years.
The seven honorees include: Tulsa AMTs Ray Wisner, Russ Law and Jim Hyder; Kansas City AMTs Robert “Bobby” Kreider, Charles Lewis and Max Murray, and posthumously Kansas City AMT J.C. Carrol.
OSU Educator Wins State Award
The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants has named Dr. Charlotte J. Wright, CPA, from Oklahoma State University the 2009 Outstanding Accounting Educator at the annual Oklahoma Accounting Educators’ Conference.
An educator at OSU since 1982, Wright said her teaching philosophy is “continuously evolving in order to inspire students and foster learning.” Wright is in her 26th year of teaching at the same university.
Global Power Equipment CEO Finalist for Entrepreneur Honor
Global Power Equipment Group Inc. announced John M. Matheson, president and CEO, is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 Award in the Southwest Area region.
The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Matheson was selected as a finalist from 72 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event in Dallas, Texas, on June 27.

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