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Bohannon Family Business Celebrates 25th Anniversary

By LESA L. JONES

Joe and Sara Bohannon, owners of B&B Liquor Warehouse, bought their first store when they needed a supplemental income for their family of four.

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Stava Building Corp. Welcomes New Leadership

Stava Building Corporation welcomes two new owners to the established Tulsa company. Curt Hellen and LouAnn Smith will join as president and vice president, respectively. John Stava, CEO and founde, will remain active and involved in the day-to-day activities of the corporation.

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Owasso City Manager Discusses Economy

By LESA L. JONES

Owasso residents have the lowest property taxes in the metro area and it’s one of the fastest growing communities in the state, making it a challenge for the city to fund its improvements.

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Miller Swim School Opens Jenks Location

By KAYLEY FORSHEY

With a friendly “Come on in, the water’s fine,” Miller Swim School is expanding to the city of Jenks. A few years in the making, Miller Swim School will be ready to open their second location in the spring of 2019, located on 91st and Elwood Ave.

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OK2Grow, Dream It Do It Oklahoma Celebrate Outstanding Companies

Manufacturing is one of the top industries in Oklahoma, employing more than 130,000 people. October is Manufacturing Month, a nationwide celebration of modern manufacturing to inspire the next generation of makers, builders and dreamers. Manufacturers in Oklahoma are working together to address the skilled labor shortage by connecting future generations to those working in manufacturing. The goal is to make sure this industry continues to prosper.

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ImpactTulsa?Names Carlisha William Executive Director

Carlisha Williams, seasoned educator and Tulsa community leader, joins ImpactTulsa as executive director.  

“As we approach our fifth year in supporting  better education outcomes for all students in the Tulsa region, Carlisha Williams is the perfect leader for the next phase of our work,” said Kathy Taylor, Impact Tulsa Founder and chair of the Leadership Council. “Carlisha is not only steeped in education policy but is a nonprofit leader, native Tulsan, social enterprise strategist and best-selling author.  Her lifelong passion and commitment to quality education opportunities for all children and her significant management experience in high-performing organizations will provide leadership to both our dedicated ImpactTulsa team and our more than 50 community partner organizations.”

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Business and People Notes November 2018

Muscogee (Creek) citizen, Clint Summers, is in his third and final year of law school at the University of Tulsa and was recently selected as TU College of Law’s 2018 Oklahoma Bar Association Student of the Year.

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Spears Travel Celebrates 60 Years of Service

By BETHANY DUARTE

In November, Greg, Gary and Charlene Spears, owners of Spears Travel/Travel Leaders in Tulsa and Bartlesville, are celebrating the 60th anniversary of their business.
Formerly known as Kelley World Travel, Spears World Travel Service was founded in 1958 by Chuck and Charlene Spears.

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Montereau Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

By NANCY MOORE

Founded in 2003 by The William K. Warren Foundation, Montereau has earned a reputation for raising the bar for Life Plan communities and takes pride in providing its residents a complete plan for their future in a secure and worry-free environment.

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Arvest President to Serve as 2019 United Way Chair

The Tulsa Area United Way has announced that Kirk Hays, President and CEO of Arvest Bank in Tulsa, will serve as Chair of the Tulsa Area United Way campaign for the community in 2019.

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OK2Grow Names April Sailsbury Executive Director

The Board of Directors for OK2Grow is pleased to announce that April Sailsbury has become executive director for OK2Grow and Dream It Do It Oklahoma.  Sailsbury succeeds Stephanie Cameron, who was the first executive director of the organization. Sailsbury comes to OK2Grow/Dream It Do It OK after most recently working for the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce as senior vice president of operations and government & media relations.

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PSO Proposes Grid Modernization and Efficiency Plan

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) recently took important steps to ensure a safe, secure and reliable electric grid now and in the future under a more efficient regulatory framework. Additionally, the company is lowering charges to customers for purchased power and fuel used in power generation.

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Joseph R. Cunningham, M.D., Named President of Blue Cross And Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Joseph R. Cunningham, M.D., has been selected as the incoming president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK).  Dr. Cunningham replaces BCBSOK President Ted Haynes who will raetire on Jan. 1, 2019, after a 20-year tenure. 

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Business and People Notes October 2018

Tulsa Opera announces nine new members to the Tulsa Opera  Board of Directors.
Anna Norberg, now professor emerita, is a retired J. Donald Feagin professor of music at the University of Tulsa School of Music. She also serves on the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra Board.

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Nine Local Individuals Honored at TRC’s Tulsa Small Business Summit and Awards

The Tulsa Regional Chamber recently honored nine local companies at the fifth annual Tulsa Small Business Summit and Awards. Powered by the Chamber’s Tulsa Small Business Connection, the summit is northeast Oklahoma’s premier small business event and featured keynote speakers, topical breakout sessions and the annual small business awards presentation.   

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