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Saltuarius RPA Promotes the Benefits of Drones

By EMILY RAMSEY

While drones may be in their infancy, with a long way to go in industry regulation and general consumer understanding, many individuals and businesses have been eager to jump into the front lines of this new technology.

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Jackson Tech Breaks Ground

Sticking to its downtown roots, but expanding into its own headquarters, Jackson Technical has broken ground for an 18,878 square foot new office building and training center in Downtown Tulsa. This will be a major expansion for the IT services company including additional employees, a training center and venue for hosting outside industry groups with access to state-of-the-art AV equipment and ample parking.

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Business and People Notes

BOK Financial has announced that Marty Grunst has been named chief risk officer (CRO) effective Aug. 1. Grunst has served as treasurer of the company for seven years. In his new role, he will report to president and CEO Steve Bradshaw and serve on the company’s executive leadership team, which drives overall strategy for the organization.

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BetaBlox Startup Incubator Teams Up With OII

BetaBlox, one of the largest startup incubators in the Midwest, is teaming up with the Oklahoma Innovation Institute (OII) to bring their successful entrepreneurship program to Tulsa. BetaBlox is a startup accelerator that helps early-stage entrepreneurs quickly build their business though coaching on lean startup models, modern customer acquisition channels and raising investment funds.

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Central Bank of Oklahoma Enhances Technology While Keeping Focus on Personal Relationships

By MELISSA CLARK

While technology has changed the way customers may transact business, Central Bank of Oklahoma CEO John Allan believes banking continues to be about people and relationships. Central Bank of Oklahoma has grown its business by offering relationship-building service and products to provide the highest level of financial services technology for the retail customer, small business and corporations.
Allan joined the bank in 2009 with the goal of bringing the successful Central Bancompany model to Tulsa.

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AT&T Business Fiber Gains Gigabit Speeds

AT&T is adding faster Internet speeds for more businesses over AT&T Business Fiber. Business customers in parts of Oklahoma can now enjoy download and upload speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. AT&T Business Fiber is available in AT&T Fiber Ready buildings.

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Employee Retention Maintains Success for Company

Businesses must show appreciation to employees if the company wants to build a loyal workforce. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a bad hire can cost an employer 30 percent of the employee’s first-year earnings. On a larger scale, across multiple bad hires it is easy to see why high turnover rates can devastate a company.

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Business & People Notes

Tina Parkhill, owner of Parkhill’s Liquors & Wine South, has been elected to the board of directors of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association, and Thomas Goekler, partner in charge at Eide Bailly, LLP, has been elected to the leadership council of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.

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ONE VOICE IN WASHINGTON:

The Tulsa region’s OneVoice coalition traveled to Washington, D.C., with 70 local business and community leaders April 18-20 to lobby Oklahoma’s federal delegation and to advocate on behalf of the Tulsa region and state of Oklahoma. “Over the past nine years, the Tulsa Regional Chamber has been fortunate to work with a regional coalition that proactively engages government entities to advance Tulsa and its surrounding communities,” says Jeff Dunn, Tulsa Regional Chamber board chair and president and CEO of Mill Creek Lumber & Supply Company.

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10-Year-Old Entrepreneur Wins Start-Up

The Tulsa StartUp Series named Lego Vacuum as the winner of the K-12 Student Live Pitch Series held recently at 36°North. Gabe Dougherty impressed the judges with his invention that allows for a quick and easy clean up of small toy pieces scattered on the floor.

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Rupe Building Company Becomes Rupe Helmer

Rupe Building Company, a leading commercial construction company located in Tulsa, has announced that it is changing its corporate name to Rupe Helmer Group. The name change reflects the partnership between CEO and founder John Rupe, Jr. and company President Mark Helmer. The new name is also part of a re-branding initiative to better align the company’s name with its broad offerings, including construction, development, real estate brokerage, and property management.

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Business & People Notes

Kayse Shrum, D.O., has been elected to the board of directors for SNB and parent company Southwest Bancorp, Inc.

Shrum is a native Oklahoman who earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. She joined the medical school faculty at OSU Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) in 2002 and was named provost of the OSU-CHS and Dean of OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. In 2013, she was promoted to her current position as president of OSU-CHS, becoming the youngest and first female president and dean of a medical school in the state of Oklahoma, as well as the first medical school alumna to become dean of the college.

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Tulsa Port of Catoosa Completes $11 Million Renovation

After more than two years of phased construction, officials at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa formally dedicated their nearly $12 million dock renovation project May 10. It is estimated that 800 national, regional and city officials, industry leaders, employees and their family members attended the event. Featured speakers for the dedication ceremony were Chip Jaenichen, administrator for United States Maritime Administration; Gary Ridley, Oklahoma secretary of transportation; Michael Patterson, executive director for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation; and Bob Portiss, port director of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority.

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Geico Ad Execs Share Advertising Strategies With TU Students and the Tulsa Community

By LALE SAMARA

Bill Hinkle, adjunct professor of advertising at the University of Tulsa, successfully completed his third annual University of Tulsa Advertising Program Dinner at the Greenwood Cultural Event Center in downtown Tulsa recently.

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Richard Coltharp All Smiles at Don Thornton Cadillac

By GRANT ROWL

Richard Coltharp personifies the quintessential American success story.

Coltharp’s father was a U.S. Marine, stationed in California when Coltharp was born. However, due to his mother’s ties to Tulsa, their family soon relocated back to Tulsa, where Coltharp attended Webster High School.

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