Greater Tulsa Reporter
Tulsa attorney Kimberly K. Hays recently took an oath of office as Oklahoma Bar Association president-elect, automatically becoming president Jan. 1, 2018. Also being sworn in as a member-at-large was James R. Hicks. They will be part of the OBA’s 17-member Board of Governors, which meets monthly and governs the association.
Hays is a solo practitioner in Tulsa and has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 1993. She served on the OBA Board of Governors representing Tulsa County in 2012-2014. She is past chair of the OBA Family Law Section and currently serves as the section’s Section Leaders Council liaison, budget chair and Annual Meeting Committee member. She will chair the OBA’s Strategic Planning Committee.
Hays is also active in the Tulsa County Bar Association, having served as a director-at-large, TCBA Family Law Section chairperson and as a member of the Professionalism and Professional Responsibility Committees. She is a volunteer attorney for Legal Aid Services, Domestic Violence Intervention Services and Oklahoma Lawyers for America’s Heroes. She received her B.A. from Oklahoma State University and her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Hicks concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation, family law, probate and estate planning in Tulsa with the firm of Barrow & Grimm PC. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He earned his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1985. He served as Tulsa County Bar Association president in 2013-2014 during its 110th anniversary celebration. He was appointed to the OBA Board of Governors in 2015 by President David Poarch to serve out an unexpired term ending in 2016. He previously served on the Board of Governors in 1994 as chair of the Young Lawyers Division. Currently, he serves as senior warden of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tulsa.
OBA leadership roles are voluntary positions in which lawyers serve while continuing to practice law.
The 17,600-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.
Two new employees have been added to the management ranks of the First National Bank & Trust Co. of Broken Arrow.
Yvette Martinez has joined Broken Arrow’s first bank as vice president of retail banking administration while Brian Talkington has assumed responsibility as vice president of commercial lending, working out of its North Aspen branch.
A native Tulsan, Martinez holds a degree in business administration from Northeastern State University. Before joining First National of Broken Arrow, she was associated with Bank of Oklahoma, F&M Bank, and Trust and Prosperity Bank. While at F&M, she oversaw retail operations of 12 branch offices in Texas and Oklahoma.
Talkington is a native of Oklahoma City, holds a BBA degree from the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
An 18-year veteran of the financial services industry, his background includes service as Tulsa market president for NBC Oklahoma and vice president of commercial lending for American Heritage Bank Sapulpa/Tulsa.
Board Chairman and CEO Gregory Graham says both Martinez and Talkington bring considerable experience and proven expertise to the bank’s management ranks and reflect its commitment to excellence in all aspects of customer service.
AVB Bank has named Kaleb Grimm assistant vice president of commercial and consumer lending. Grimm has extensive experience in mortgage, commercial and consumer lending. He is located at the Tulsa-Mingo location at 9800 E. 51st St.
AVB Chief Lending Officer Topper Causby is excited to have Grimm join AVB, saying “Kaleb is a seasoned banker, with experience in mortgage lending and sales. He’s a great addition to our consumer and commercial lending areas at the bank.” Causby adds, “He is enthusiastic about anything he does, and that certainly meshes well with our energetic group of people here at AVB.” Grimm talked about joining AVB, saying, “AVB has good people, great culture and is a fun place to call work.” Grimm is a native of Enid, Oklahoma and graduated from Northeastern State University with a bachelors degree in finance, and has his associates degree in management from the United States Air Force.
Grimm was a member of the Air National Guard/United States Air Force for eight years. He joined in 2009 and served with the 219th EIS Unit. The 219th EIS is an engineering and installation unit that provides power and communication to all members of the Department of Defense (DOD). Grimm served in the Afghanistan War and went on many other temporary duty assignments (TDYs) to multiple countries as well as CONUS (contiguous United States).
CommunityCare announces the appointment of Bradley Bartle as executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Bartle previously served as chief actuary at Noridian Mutual Insurance Company and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. He has more than 20 years of experience in the health insurance industry with extensive background in finance, operations, actuarial services, underwriting and health data analytics.
Bartle received a master’s in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois. He completed his undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Bartle is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
CommunityCare is Oklahoma’s largest locally owned and governed health insurance organization. CommunityCare is owned and operated by Saint Francis Health System and St. John Health System.
Emergency Infant Services announces the hiring of Tim Gowin as executive director.
EIS initiated its search for an executive director in December 2016 seeking candidates displaying exceptional leadership characteristics, strategic vision, respect for the mission of EIS, and compassion for the EIS clients.
A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Gowin has over 17 years of experience in non-profit direct care agency services. Prior to joining EIS, he served as director of outreach at Youth Services of Tulsa where, among many accomplishments, he was instrumental in the launch of T-Town Tacos, a partnership with YST and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. The concept earned a coveted Social Innovation Grant from the Tulsa Area United Way and benefits Tulsa’s at-risk homeless and homeless youth with on-the-job skills. Gowin also oversaw Street Outreach Services, Transitional Living Programming and Health Navigation Services at YST.
Peter Grant, president of Grant Homes Remodel & Restoration in Tulsa, has taken the helm as the 2017 president of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Tulsa. Grant was installed as the head of the nearly 1,000 member trade organization during the association’s annual Installation Gala, along with builders Ryan Farabough of Farabough Homes, and Erin DeWeese of Brian D. Wiggs Homes, who were elected to the positions of vice president/treasurer and vice president/secretary, respectively.