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Two Tulsa-area business leaders were recently appointed to the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Board of Trustees. Sean Kouplen, chairman and CEO of Regent Bank, and Brett Lessley, president of Griffin Management, Inc., will fill open positions on the board.
Kouplen and Lessley join OSU-Trustees Henry Primeaux, chair, Robyn Ewing, Charles Ford, Ed Keller, Dr. Trudy Milner, Tucker Link and Glenda Love. Link and Milner are also on the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.
The trustees oversee operations on the OSU-Tulsa campus, advising on administrative and student services, facilities management and academic offerings. The board also reviews the annual budget for OSU-Tulsa prior to its presentation to the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.

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TCC StartUp Cup Generates Jobs, Growth

A report released recently by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and Tulsa Community College StartUp Cup shows the StartUp Cup competition for entrepreneurs has had a significant economic impact creating 300 full-time jobs and 2,000 part-time or contract positions and adding more than $85.1 million to the Tulsa economy.

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Financial Planning Starts with Setting Goals

By EMILY RAMSEY

After reevaluating his life goals, Gene Bishop, president of Northpoint Wealth Management, recognized what he most wanted out of life and the type of employment he most enjoyed.

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Tulsa Regional Chamber Raises Record Amount

Tulsa Regional Chamber volunteers raised more than $3.65 million for the organization during its 20th-annual resource campaign, edging last year’s record of $3.6 million and easily surpassing its goal of $3.3 million, chamber leaders announced at a victory celebration at Tulsa Country Club recently.

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First National Bank and Trust Co. of Broken Arrow Announces New Board Members

Four local business and community leaders have been elected to the Board of Directors of the First National Bank and Trust Co. of Broken Arrow. First of Broken Arrow Board Chairman Gregory S. Graham, seated left, poses with board members Anne Graham, a community volunteer and principal owner of the institution; and standing from left to right, Chief Operating Officer Mark Poole, Jeffrey D. Hewett, a Broken Arrow-based CPA, and Alan M. Keller, M.D. Hewett and Dr. Keller are new to the bank’s leadership group. Rejoining the board is Anne Graham.

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Business and People Notes

Lee R. Symcox, president and CEO of First Fidelity Bank, a locally owned full-service community bank, has announced the promotion of Bryan Williams as assistant vice president and market manager for the Tulsa market.

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Scott McCoy Stars as Tulsa Business Owner

By GRANT ROWL

Scott McCoy continues his role as a star figure in greater Tulsa events. The former Jenks Trojan quarterback led his team to the Oklahoma State High School Football Championship twice, in 1999 and 2000.

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Well-Known Jeweler Provides Quality

By EMILY RAMSEY

Her passion for creating is what led Michelle Holdgrafer to her career path: jewelry design.

While she may not spend her days designing jewelry pieces, as Bruce G. Weber’s store director, she does get to be surrounded by jewelry every day.

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Event Center in Limbo

By BETH TURNER

When the 4,500-seat SpiritBank Event Center, 10441 S. Regal Blvd., in Bixby, was being constructed in 2008, hopes were high. Unfortunately, while the center has received numerous well-known performers and welcomed a number of tenants, including the Bixby Chamber of Commerce and various retailers in the adjoining Regal Plaza, the center has not been able to hold onto its original momentum.

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H&P Announces Contracts in Argentina

Tulsa-based Helmerich & Payne, Inc. confirmed this spring that the company has entered into new drilling contracts with YPF Sociedad Anonima, according to reports. The company plans to deploy ten existing FlexRigs from the U.S. to work in the Vaca Muerta play in the Neuquen Province in Argentina under five-year term contracts. The first rig is expected to commence drilling operations during the company’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. The remaining nine rigs are expected to be sequentially deployed, reaching full utilization by the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2015. No other terms and conditions were disclosed.

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Fourth Einstein Bagels Opens

In May, a fourth Tulsa-area Einstein Bros. Bagels opened at 2660 East 21st Street. This is the fourth store for franchisees Charles McSperitt and Bryan Hendershot.

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Local Ad Agency Wins 27 National Awards

AcrobatAnt, a full-service advertising and marketing communications agency based in Tulsa, was recognized for its outstanding marketing and advertising by the 2014 Aster Awards and the 31st Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. Taking home 27 awards, the company competed against other agencies from around the nation and the world in the awards program, which were for healthcare organizations and advertising agencies. Of the awards, one was a Judge’s Choice – one of only eight given nationally – and the others were seven gold, five silver, six bronze and five merit.

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Vanessa Finley is Named Tulsa YWCA CEO

YWCA Tulsa has selected Vanessa Finley, MBA, as its next chief executive officer. A non-profit executive with more than 20 years’ experience, Finley is a native Tulsan who will relocate from Kansas City and will assume her role on July 14, 2014.

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Banking Colleagues Reunite at First Pryority

By GRANT ROWL

Tulsa veteran bankers Randy Allison and Sandy Bjornson have reunited at First Pryority Bank, located at 10632 S. Memorial Dr., which is in the heart of the retail explosion boom of north Bixby and south Tulsa.

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TTCU Gives Donation

HELPING EDUCATION: On June 12, officials with TTCU The Credit Union presented a total of $9,650 in donations to nine Tulsa Public Schools principals at Wilson Teaching and Learning Academy. The donation was the culmination of the credit union’s recent “50/50” program.

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