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Tulsa-based Mazzio’s LLC, owner and operator of the Mazzio’s Italian Eatery and Oliveto Italian Bistro brands, named Sheri Miksa, an industry veteran with more than 25 years in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries, as President and CEO effective Jan. 13.

“We are thrilled to have attracted an experienced fast-casual restaurant industry CEO like Sheri Miksa,” says Eric Selby, on behalf of Mazzio’s LLC’s ownership group.
Most recently, Miksa was CEO of fast-casual emerging concept Boneheads Grilled Fish & Piri Piri Chicken. Miksa’s previous CEO roles include leading the 150-unit fast-casual Rubio’s Restaurants chain, and the 140-unit Robeks Juice brand, a 99 percent franchised fast-casual chain. At Robeks, the number of restaurants increased by 50 percent during her tenure.

“I am excited about the future of Mazzio’s,” says Miksa. “Fast-casual Italian is an under-served and growing segment. Mazzio’s has been serving craveable pizzas, pastas and hot Italian sandwiches for over 50 years. I look forward to leading the company and working with the great people at Mazzio’s to achieve the brand’s significant growth potential and to bringing the Mazzio’s experience – quality, flavorful, Italian dishes served fast, in a warm, inviting environment – to more markets across the country.”

Previously, Miksa held executive roles with AFC Enterprises’ Seattle Coffee Company, Taco Bell Corporation and LSG Sky Chefs. She earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Earlier in her career, she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska.

American Bank and Trust Company announces the hiring of Peter McAdams as a business banker. McAdams will be responsible for managing a variety of existing relationships as well as developing new commercial business for the bank. Prior to joining American Bank, McAdams spent 11 years in Corporate Partnerships and Business Development with The Tulsa Sports Commission, Minor League Baseball’s Tulsa Drillers, the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock. McAdams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa. American Bank and Trust Company has been locally owned and operated for more than 40 years. The bank is headquartered at 60 American Plaza, west of Yale on 61st street in Tulsa. For more information about American Bank and Trust Company, call 918 481-3000 or visit

SMG Tulsa, operator of the Cox Business Center and BOK Center, has named Kerry Painter as assistant general manager of the Cox Business Center. Painter most recently served as the president of the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, for six years.

Painter is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in management, economics and communications. She began her career at Joe Louis Arena (Detroit, Mich.). Since that time, she has served as tour coordinator for magician David Copperfield, senior executive at Hazel Park Race Track, the Detroit Opera House and Panache DMC, a California/Hawaii-based destination management company.

In 2003, Painter took on the role of project director and general manager at the Northshore Harbor Convention Center in suburban New Orleans. Within three months of completion of the facility in 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the complex. During the crisis, the convention center became a FEMA disaster recovery site, and Painter was responsible for housing hundreds of people for several months (initially without running water or electricity), relocating the homeless and repairing the building. In 2008, Painter relocated to the Niagara Region in Canada to build and operate the New Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara.

Schnake Turnbo Frank, a strategic communications and consulting firm, has hired Kelly Johnson as a senior account executive and Hannah Jackson as an account executive.

Johnson will work primarily in the firm’s Tulsa office but will support clients throughout the region. She brings more than seven years of experience in both digital and traditional marketing, media relations, communications, client relations and research.

Johnson comes to Schnake Turnbo Frank from Sol Marketing in Austin, Texas. She has worked for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups to nonprofit organizations. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communications from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

Jackson will work in the firm’s Tulsa office and will also support clients throughout the region. She brings more than three years of experience in integrated marketing communications, social media, media relations, communications planning and writing.

Jackson comes to Schnake Turnbo Frank from the Tulsa Regional Chamber, where she worked for more than a year developing communications plans, working with the media to gain coverage and organizing press conferences among other tasks. She graduated with a Master of Science in integrated marketing communications from Oklahoma State University in 2010 and a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2007.

Trust Company of Oklahoma (TCO) has promoted Jamie O’Shields to vice president in Oklahoma City, Christina Gruszeczki to marketing officer in Tulsa, and Stacey Curtis to trust officer in Tulsa.

O’Shields joined Trust Company of Oklahoma in 2012 as assistant vice president. She was promoted to vice president in December 2013. A native of Oklahoma, O’Shields came to TCO after founding her private legal practice, where she specialized in estate planning for high net worth families.

O’Shields played varsity basketball for the University of Oklahoma while she worked towards earning her BBA in 2001. She graduated with honors from OU with her Juris Doctor in 2006. Continuing her education at the University of Central Oklahoma, she earned her MBA with honors and was awarded the UCO Outstanding MBA Student Award in 2010 for graduating number one in her class.

Gruszeczki joined TCO in November 2009, serving as marketing liaison and executive assistant in its corporate division. In her new role as marketing officer, she is responsible for ensuring brand consistency, coordinating all company advertising and marketing campaigns, organizing corporate events, and publishing the company’s newsletter, Investment Perspectives.

A native of Tulsa, she gained her hands-on administrative and marketing experience working as a legal assistant for a local law firm and as Assistant Director of Cafe Development for Beautiful Brands International.

Curtis joined Trust Company in 2010 as an administrative assistant. She was promoted to trust officer and insurance trust administrator in 2013 after graduating from Cannon Trust School with honors and earning the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation by the Institute of Certified Bankers.

She came to TCO from Bank of Oklahoma where she worked in Retirement and Institutional Trust Services. A native of Paragould, Ark., Curtis earned a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance from Arkansas State University. She is active in the Tulsa community as a volunteer for Family & Children’s Services and serves on their Brainiac Ball committee.

Hall Estill announced that Bryan Nowlin has been elected a shareholder of the firm.
Nowlin practices primarily in trust and estate litigation, commercial litigation and Indian law. He represents a number of cities and towns in Oklahoma regarding water disputes. He has served as first chair counsel in arbitration before the American Arbitration Association, as well as multiple appearances in state and federal courts in Oklahoma. Nowlin also has an individual AV peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and has been named an Oklahoma Super Lawyer in Business Litigation.

Updated 01-27-2014

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