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Relationships are Top Priority for Charles Campbell

By EMILY RAMSEY

Farmers Insurance Agent Charles Campbell has stories. Lots of them.
Whether it’s about his time as director of both the Tulsa number 1 Founders Chorus and Tulsa number 1 Sweet Adalines; his years training and working with John Doak, who is currently State Insurance Commissioner; his love of cars and his ties to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Co., located in Broken Arrow; or the accomplishments of his four children and 13 grandchildren, he is eager to share.

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Business World on KWGS Ends After 21 Years

By D. FORREST CAMERON

This article emanates from a recent interview with Business World hosts Art Rasher, Bill Nole and Louis Coleman and information taken from an article from the Business World website.

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Dairy Queen Chooses Owasso, Tulsa

By EMILY RAMSEY

Dairy Queen opened at 9495 N. Owasso Expressway on July 13, the first of seven franchised locations planned to open in the greater Tulsa area in the next three years, says Ken Ward, vice president of operations for franchise owner Vasari LLC.

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Bixby Resident Opens Business, Continues Serving

By EMILY RAMSEY

Bixby resident Russ Knight had spent years working with people as both a salesman and, from 2009-2013, with Overcoming Job Transitions (OJT), a local job search ministry.

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TTCU Collects School Supplies for Those in Need

Imagine starting the school year without the basic supplies that everyone else in class seems to have. Many children face obstacles to learning – the lack of school supplies shouldn’t be one of them.

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Business and People Notes

OK Mozart announces that Lizabeth Rolfson will fill the position of marketing and public relations director upon the retirement of Linda Keller. Rolfson is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in English. After graduating, she began her career in corporate marketing and communications. She has since consulted in publishing, marketing and graphic design for over 20 years, with clients from all over the world. She works with many local organizations including Bartlesville Magazine, the Institute for Conversational Fundraising and Bartlesville Print Shop, among others. Previously, she served on the board of directors for Theater Bartlesville as marketing director for the 2013-2014 season.

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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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Business, Civic Leader Larry Mocha Remembered

By EMILY RAMSEY

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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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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VINE AND DINE:

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 southwoodgardencenter.com.

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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

By TRACEY NORVELL

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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