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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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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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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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EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR:

Cherokee Nation Treasurer Lacey Horn has been named “Executive of the Year” by the Native American Finance Officers Association. She accepted the award at a luncheon in New Orleans. In the photo are, from left, Native American Finance Officers Association President Bill Lomax, Horn, NAFOA 1st Vice President VaRene Martin and Cherokee Nation Government Relations Executive Director Courtney Ruark-Thompson.

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Apache Launches CNG Giving Program

Apache recently announced that its 2014 Community and Neighborhood Giving program will provide CNG conversion kits to nonprofits, municipalities, government agencies and institutions of higher education in the Tulsa area and – for the first time – institutions in the Oklahoma City area. Complete rules for the program and applications, which must be submitted by June 27, are available at www.apachecng.com.

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Construction Begins on Manufacturing Facility at TIA

The landscape along the eastern corridor at Tulsa International Airport will soon be changing as construction crews work to prepare the property for the first structure in the airport’s Mingo Development Area in June. A 42,000-square-foot industrial manufacturing facility is being constructed on an 8.5 acre site located across the street from the American Airlines Maintenance and Engineering Center and Spirit AeroSystems on Mingo Road and 36th Street North. The facility will include dock high and drive in loading and will offer two bays with 20-ton crane capacity.

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Purple Glaze: 20 Years of Making Memories

By EMILY RAMSEY

Father and son Jim and Jeff Stunkard, business partners with Purple Glaze, blazed the trail in opening one of Tulsa’s first paint-it-yourself ceramic art studios in 1994.

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Auto Shop Creates Reputation of Honesty, Skill

By EMILY RAMSEY

If the two dogs that sit calmly at the front door of Lofton Motorsports don’t create a clear enough picture of the easy atmosphere of the business, it’s at least a good start. Add to that, the employees’ candid interactions with customers and the family ownership of the business, it’s no surprise that most individuals are returning customers.

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Larry Mocha Named 2014 Partner of the Year

APSCO, Inc. President and CEO Larry Mocha was named Partners In Education’s 2014 Partner of the Year at the annual Partners In Education Recognition Reception in May.

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Business and People Notes

Gary W. Brooks, Jr., M.D., has joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa (CTCA) as an internal medicine physician and will work its quality of life clinic. In addition, Steven A. Leveston, M.D., has joined CTCA in Tulsa as a hospitalist.
Dr. Brooks received his bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and his doctorate of medicine from the St. Eustatius School of Medicine in St. Eustatia, located in the Netherlands-Antilles.

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