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Award Spotlights Jenks Business


George’s Pub, 108 N. 1st St. in Jenks, really came out of a necessity, says owner Corey Crandall.

After he and a group of about 30 friends were asked to leave a local restaurant and sports bar right at its 10 p.m. closing time “because the manager just wanted to go home,” Crandall remembers, it got Crandall thinking about the lack of South Tulsa watering holes for the middle-aged crowd.

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Business, Civic Leader Larry Mocha Remembered


On June 1, Larry Mocha, president and CEO of APSCO, Inc., at 68 years old, passed away.

Mocha took over as CEO of APSCO in 1984, upon his father’s death. APSCO was started in 1964 by Mocha’s father in the family’s garage. At the time, Mocha, a Nathan Hale graduate, was still in high school. Mocha soon became the company’s first and only employee but, when the company could no longer afford to employ him, he sold insurance. Mocha watched and waited as his father worked to build the business, and, when his father was ready, Mocha rejoined APSCO. By the time the company reached its 50th year, APSCO had established a global presence, expanded its manufacturing capability through innovative product development and acquisitions, obtained ISO certification and created a number of job opportunities in the Tulsa community, all of this largely thanks to Mocha’s leadership.

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Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber Creates Opportunities

Greater Tulsa Economic Report by FRANCISCO Treviño

In the fall of 1998, a group of dedicated Hispanic business owners and community leaders realized the enormous economic impact and potential of the growing Hispanic community in the Tulsa region. Early in 1999, the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber (GTHCC) was incorporated in the State of Oklahoma, creating Oklahoma’s first Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Since its inception, the GTHCC has worked toward bringing the issues and concerns of the Tulsa region’s Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the local, regional and state economic agenda.

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Radford Companies Recognized for Heath and Safety

Tulsa-based The Radford Company hosted the Oklahoma State Labor Commissioner and other dignitaries as its subsidiary companies, OCV Control Valves/AMS and Precision Coatings, LLC, were recognized for achieving SHARP certification at an event June 1 at the company headquarters.

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GTR Now Greater Tulsa’s Only Locally-Owned Newspaper Group

With the BH Media Group purchase of the Tulsa World newspaper from the Lorton family and the additional BH purchase of Neighbor Newspapers, the Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspaper group becomes the sole locally-owned newspaper group in the greater Tulsa area. BH Media Group is a division of multinational Berkshire Hathaway, headquartered in Omaha, Neb.

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Fine Expands to Colorado

Longtime Tulsa business owner Mike Fine, founder and CEO of Fine Airport Parking, has broken ground on Fine Point Development, a new 156-acre mixed-use development project in Aurora, Colo., near the Denver International Airport. Aurora mayor Steve Hogan, Aurora chamber and tourism leaders, and area elected officials gathered for the event.

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TTCU Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

On June 25, TTCU The Credit Union officially broke ground on its new corporate headquarters. Located at 9815 E. 81st St. in Tulsa, next to the TTCU Southeast branch, the six-story, 90,000-square-foot facility will complement existing facilities, provide strategic options for the continued growth of the credit union as well as provide an ideal work environment for hardworking employees who serve the membership daily. As the “central nervous system” of the institution, the new headquarters will enable the TTCU team to provide even greater levels of service to the existing membership and to expand membership in years to come.

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Ginny Schulte, right, co-owner of Southwood Landscape and Garden Center, hosted the annual Ladies Night June 11. This year’s theme was “Vine and Dine.” Six stations were situated where guests could look at the plants while sampling various wines. For more information about Southwood, see

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Business & People Notes

Nancy Phelps has joined the Gatesway Foundation as director of development and grants.

In that role, she will be the chief fundraising officer for the Broken Arrow-based nonprofit agency that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities and will report directly to Gatesway CEO Judi Myers.

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Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Thorstenberg Receives International Econ Designation

Brien Thorstenberg, senior vice president of economic development for the Tulsa Regional Chamber, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of the principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal growth.

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ONB Bank Becomes Central Bank of Oklahoma

ONB Bank became Central Bank of Oklahoma effective June 12, 2015. The bank continues to have the same ownership and the same management team with local decision making. With eight locations in Oklahoma, this change allows for a larger branch network with 140 locations across the region.

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New Jet Service Has Successful Landing


Private jet charters faced a bit of headwind during the recession but use by both individuals and corporations is on the rise, fueled by convenience, safety and time savings.

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Junior Achievement - Business Success Series Luncheon Features Energy Industry Experts

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma hosts the semi-annual JA Business Success Series (BSS) on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 11:30 am at the DoubleTree Warren Place presented by Hewlett Packard.

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TYPros Foundation Holds Grant Month Kick Off Event

The TYPros Foundation hosted an event to kick off the grant application month and share goals for the funds. The event was held May 13 at AHHA in the Brady District.

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Bridgestone President Stu Crum Addresses TU Grads

Stu Crum delivered the commencement address to University of Tulsa graduates on May 9 in the Donald W. Reynolds Center on the University of Tulsa’s campus. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1982 from TU, where he attended on a full football scholarship before spending three years as a professional place kicker in the NFL and USFL.

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