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AVB Bank announces the promotion of Kelli Sowell to executive vice president and her addition to the bank’s executive management team. She serves as AVB’s director of marketing and public relations.

Sowell has 24-years of experience in the financial industry, including branch and call center management, retail sales and training, electronic banking, consumer lending and fulfillment, marketing and public relations, and cash management.

Ted Cundiff, president and chief executive officer, comments, “Kelli has demonstrated great leadership and acumen in overseeing AVB Bank’s marketing efforts, brand management and strategic focus on our customers.” Cundiff continues, “I am proud to recognize Kelli’s contributions and experience as we continue our growth in the Broken Arrow and Tulsa markets.”

Sowell is a graduate of the Oklahoma Bankers Association’s Leadership and Management Development Program and Intermediate School of Banking; the American Bankers Association National Consumer Credit School and Graduate School of Banking Marketing; and the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. Active in the Broken Arrow community, she is a graduate of Leadership Broken Arrow. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and pursued graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association (OH&LA) announced its 2017 Board of Directors at its annual Lodging Summit on Jan. 17 at the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa. Guest speaker Troy Flanagan, vice president, state and local government affairs for the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) presented AH&LA’s strategy on elevating government advocacy efforts and demonstrating to policy makers the importance of the lodging industry as an economic driver and job creator to members from around the state.

The OH&LA has elected Chris Browell, Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center as a 2017 board officer from the Tulsa area to serve as vice chair.

Board of Director members from the Tulsa area are Romel Chatterjee, Comfort Suites Central (Choice Hotels); James Cunningham, Hyatt Regency; Jon Davidson, Shangri La Resort, Monkey Island; Michelle Hartman, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown; Trisha Kerkstra, Postoak Lodge & Retreat; Heather McGregor, McGregor Insurance Group; Andrew Mungul, Ambassador Hotel; Roshan Patel, Leisure Hospitality Management; Pete Patel, Promise Hotels/Hampton Inn, Sand Springs; and Brittany Sawyer, Metro Tulsa Hotel & Lodging Association.

Incorporated in 1974, the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association is Oklahoma’s trade association for the lodging industry.

Oral Roberts University announces the promotion of Mike Mathews to associate vice president of technology and innovation to coincide with the grand opening of the new Global Learning Center on the ORU campus.

Mathews has been serving as the Information Officer of the university for nearly three years, and his current responsibilities will be expanded to include oversight of ORU’s technological advancement and innovation in Whole Person Higher Education along with the management of new technologies now available in the Global Learning Center.

“Culture is changing rapidly, and technology is a key catalyst,” says Mathews. “Harnessing and maximizing the innovation so that we can better launch ORU students to the uttermost bounds of the earth will be my top priority.”

Mathews and his team will office in the ORU Global Learning Center. Mathews will continue to be a direct report to Neal Stenzel, the chief financial officer of the university while also reporting to and collaborating with the president’s cabinet on a regular basis.

Associated Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma (ABC) announced its 2017 board of directors and officers at their monthly dinner on Jan. 5. Officers are Chairman Jennifer Jezek, president and owner, York Electronics Systems, Inc.; Chair Elect, Steve Ludwig, Manhattan Construction Company; past chairman, Andy Wright, Florwright Inc.; Vice-Chair, Brian Smith, Oakridge Builders; Secretary, Jason Stone, Green Country Interiors and Treasurer, Paul Kallenberger, Security Bank.

Jezek is ABC of Oklahoma’s first female to serve as chairman. She’s also the first succession to serve. Her father, Steve York, served as Chairman in 1999. ABC of Oklahoma President & CEO Carl Williams says, “We are pleased to have Jennifer serve as our chairman of ABC this year. She is a remarkable young woman who leads by example. We know she will do great things for our organization.” At the monthly dinner, Jezek graciously accepted her role and educated attendees on her history with the organization.

The following board members will help lead ABC in 2017: Jim Heley, Flintco, LLC; Steve Poleman, Rich & Cartmill Insurance and Bonds, Inc.; Dustin Wright, Crimson Steel Supply; Bill Jones, Bob Hurley Auto Family; David Kerns, L.D. Kerns Contractors, Inc.; Bill Morgan, LynxSystems, LLC; Thom Bowen, Securian Advisors Mid-America, Inc.; Rick Armstrong, Advantage Glass, Inc.; Michael Holt, Blue Sky Bank; and Michael Jones, MAC Systems, Inc.; Joe Shemanske, Triple C Lighting & Controls; Michael Spradlin, Purple Wave Auction; Jim Blose, Flintco LLC; and Greg Smith, Crossland Construction.

For more information about ABC of Oklahoma, contact the ABC corporate office at (918) 254-8707.

The Tulsa Regional Chamber announces Kathy Duck’s promotion to executive director of the Tulsa Small Business Connection.

Duck succeeds Heather McDowell, who recently departed after serving as executive director for four years. Previously, Duck served as the economic development program coordinator for the Chamber and Tulsa Small Business Connection.

In her new role, Duck will be responsible for furthering the economic prosperity of small businesses in the Tulsa region by developing and maintaining Tulsa Small Business Connection programming and events, supporting member recruitment and retention, and overseeing the TSBC advisory board.

Duck joined the Chamber in 2013 and worked in the executive office before transitioning to economic development program coordinator. In that role, Duck assisted the executive director in managing details for TSBC’s programs and events, the Tulsa Small Business Summit and board communications. Prior to joining the Chamber, Duck served as a loaned executive for the Tulsa Area United Way.

Komen Tulsa announces the hiring Pamela Ballard as its new executive director.

“Joining the Komen team means each day I get to be part of the world’s largest network of breast cancer survivors and activists working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all, and energize science to find the cure,” says Ballard. “That’s a pretty magnificent job description, and I’m more than grateful to be part of this incredible community.”

Ballard has 10 years of non profit experience and previously worked as the executive director for the United Way in Enid. Ballard is a Sapulpa native who says she is excited to be returning home to lead an organization that works daily to improve the health and well-being of others.

For additional information, contact Komen Tulsa Communications Director Jeromee Scot at 918-859-9072 or at

The mission of Susan G. Komen Tulsa is to provide funding for breast health services, breast cancer education and outreach in the Tulsa area. Through events like the Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure, Komen Tulsa invests 75 percent of the funds raised to support vital local breast health services, and dedicates the remaining 25 percent to national research to find the cures.

Updated 01-30-2017

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