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Business and People Notes September 2018



Ted Cundiff, AVB Bank president and chief executive officer, announces the promotion of Cooper Rash to marketing officer.

Rash serves as marketing and public relations specialist for AVB and is responsible for market research and data analysis, preparing media communication, managing web content and SEO strategy and supporting customer-focused delivery channels.

“Cooper plays an integral role in AVB Bank’s strategic initiative to provide financial solutions to young professionals, meeting their needs…on their terms,” says Cundiff.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Rash holds a Bachelor of Science in business, with an emphasis in management and marketing. While completing his degree, he interned at AVB Bank for three summers and joined the bank as a full-time employee in 2016.

Rash is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Broken Arrow. He currently serves on the board of directors and as a Preservation Action Committee member for The Museum Broken Arrow, as well as a board member of the Broken Arrow Public Schools Foundation.

LandownerFirm, PLLC Founder Trae Gray has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America for 2019 in the practice of energy law.

The Best Lawyers in America designation is Gray’s latest recognition by one of the premier professional legal service ranking institutions. In past years, Gray was also named a “Rising Star” by the national Super Lawyers professional peer rating service.
In 2015, Gray earned a Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) in natural resources law from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Gray earned his Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in agricultural sciences and natural resources from Oklahoma State University.

LandownerFirm, PLLC, was founded in 2006 by Gray who maintains a nationwide natural resources practice (as both a trial lawyer and mediator) from his Oklahoma law offices in Tulsa and in Coal County, Oklahoma. The firm’s website is landownerfirm.com.

Tulsa County Assessor Ken Yazel is pleased to announce that Chief Deputy Assessor John A. Wright has been notified by the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) that he has completed the requirements for the Assessment Administration Specialist (AAS) professional designation.

The International Association of Assessing Officers is the principal organization for individuals in the property tax assessment field.  IAAO sets the standards by which county and other governmental assessors across the United States and the world perform their responsibilities.

Saint Simeon’s Senior Community welcomes President and CEO Tammy Schafer, a 22-year veteran in the senior care industry. Saint Simeon’s has also filled several other key leadership positions.

Schafer comes to Saint Simeon’s from Evergreen Senior Living in Abilene, Texas, where she served as senior vice president of operations.

Schafer specializes in operations management, census growth and culture development. In her role at Saint Simeon’s, she will be focused on the delivery of outstanding resident services. She has a Master of Science in business management and a Bachelor of Science in family studies and gerontology from Southern Nazarene University.

Additionally, Saint Simeon’s announces a new director of admissions, Donna Logsdon. Logsdon has 25 years of professional senior care experience. She is a certified exercise therapist, nutritional counselor and personal trainer.

Charlie Redding has been named community relations director. Redding has worked in senior housing in the Oklahoma market since 1996. He held positions as an admissions coordinator and hospital liaison before going into private duty care, home health and hospice. Redding has a master’s degree in gerontology from The University of Central Oklahoma.

Victoria Jones currently serves as human resources director at Saint Simeon’s. She has worked in both the production and healthcare industries. She holds a bachelor’s of business administration in business management with an emphasis in human resources from West Texas A&M University.

Also joining the team as director of dining services is Jonathan Daughtry. Daughtry has 25 years of restaurant and hospitality professional experience and is part of Morrison Community Living – Senior Dining. Daughtry graduated from Texas A&M University.

Law firm Hall Estill announces that John F. Heil, III has been elected to the firm’s executive committee. Heil joined the firm in 2000 and has developed a general business litigation practice with a wide range of experience, including intellectual property rights involving copyright, trademark, patent and trade secrets, business torts, unfair competition claims, mortgage lending issues, and construction-related disputes. He has been named a Future Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation.

Heil has substantial jury trial experience and has handled litigation matters in various state, federal and appellate courts throughout the United States. He graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law with honors.

Jessica Smith has been promoted to commercial banking officer at First National Bank & Trust Co. of Broken Arrow. Smith is an Oklahoma State University alumna and honors graduate of the Oklahoma Bankers Association Commercial Lending School.  She joined First National in 2016 while completing her second business degree in accounting.  Smith aspires to be a career banker and says,  “The most rewarding aspect of what I do is helping other people achieve their goals.”

First National opened its doors in 1902 in what is now downtown Broken Arrow. In more than 115 years of providing trusted banking services to the community, only four chairmen have headed the institution. First National has three full-service locations in Broken Arrow, employs 51 people and is the oldest family-owned bank originated in Tulsa County.

Courtney L. Kelley, an associate at Hall Estill, has been accepted into the inaugural class of the Heart of America Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

Kelley earned her J.D. degree from the Washburn University School of Law and earned a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Colorado. She joined Hall Estill in 2015 and practices in the Trusts & Estates Litigation and Regulated Substances arenas.

The Heart of America Fellows Institute was created by ACTEC Fellows to develop the profession’s future leaders in trust and estate law through a series of in-depth educational presentations led by outstanding subject matter experts in each field from across the U.S.

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a national organization of lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.

Updated 09-13-2018

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