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Business and People Notes March 2018

Mabrey Bank announces that Bill Thomas has been elected to the board of directors of Mabrey Bancorporation, the holding company for Mabrey Bank. Thomas joins Andy Johnson and Terry Carter.

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John Smaligo Looks Forward to New Position

Carl Williams, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma (ABC), has announced his retirement. John Smaligo, Tulsa County commissioner, will assume his position in April of this year.

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Steve Bradshaw Aims to Raise Tulsa’s Profile

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Tulsa Regional Chamber 2018 Chair Steve Bradshaw is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 to Watch in Greater Tulsa 2018,” as announced in its January 2018 issue.

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Actress Kim Coles, Cindy Morrison Headline OSU Women’s Business Leadership Conference

Actress Kim Coles and Emmy Award-winning television journalist Cindy Morrison are among the speakers highlighting this year’s 27th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference March 7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.

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Mayor Bynum Selects Kian Kamas to Lead Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

Mayor G.T. Bynum has announced that Kian Kamas will serve as the Chief of Economic Development for the City of Tulsa beginning March 1. Kamas has served as the Deputy Chief of Economic Development since June 2017.

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Arvest Mortgage Tops $1 Billion Mark

Arvest Bank has announced its mortgage division originated more than $1 billion in purchase-money mortgage loans in 2017, the second year in a row it has done so.
Passing the $1 billion mark in purchase-money loans in 2016 was a milestone for Arvest, so topping the year-old record for performance a year later is particularly rewarding, says Steven Plaisance, president and chief executive officer of the mortgage division.

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Chamber Applauds Frontier Flights

By MIKE NEAL

The Tulsa Regional Chamber applauds Frontier Airlines’ addition of nonstop destinations from Tulsa International Airport to San José and Washington, D.C. Direct flights not only give northeast Oklahoma residents additional options for travel, but they are a significant business driver for the region. These two destinations open additional commercial opportunities between the Tulsa region and the Bay Area and the nation’s capital.

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Business and People Notes February 2018

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) honored Peter Grant, CGR, CAPS, as the 2017 Remodeler Designee of the Year at the 2018 International Builders‘ Show (IBS) in January in Orlando. 

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GTR Enters 26th Year

By FORREST CAMERON, Ph.D.

Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers is celebrating its 25th birthday with the publication of this January 2018 issue.

Thank you to readers, advertisers and all who have been employed by GTR over the years for making this longevity possible. Also, kudos to my co-publisher Sharon Cameron, who has been with GTR from the beginning!

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Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of AIA Names Tulsa-Based GH2 Architects Firm of the Year

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Eastern Oklahoma Chapter has named GH2 Architects, LLC, as 2017’s Firm of the Year. GH2 Architects is an international architecture and design firm headquartered in Tulsa.

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Tulsa Port of Catoosa Reports Tonnage, Welcomes Barge

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa welcomed a unique, and colorful visitor in December.  It was “Big Hope 1,” a pink barge that traveled along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) to raise funds and awareness for the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center. After a fundraising event held at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, the barge was loaded with project cargo destined for Ohio. The barge and its message of hope was a meaningful end to another successful month for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. There were 203,326 tons of cargo shipped in and out of the Port during the month of December 2017.

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PSO Named Customer Champion

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) has announced it has been named a 2017 Residential Customer Champion in a Cogent Reports study by Market Strategies International.

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Central Bancompany Gives Bonuses to Employees

Central Bancompany, Inc., headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri, and with six locations in the greater Tulsa area has announced that, as a result of the new federal tax reform, it will distribute a special bonus to its more than 2,500 employees residing across four states. Full-time employees will receive a $1,000 bonus and part-time employees will receive a $500 bonus.

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Step Up Initiative

By MIKE NEAL

A coalition of business leaders recently set aside partisan differences and presented an admirable effort to resolve Oklahoma’s budget crisis. Our fiscal situation will only improve once our state’s elected representatives and business leaders join together and strive for a budget that appropriately funds core government services. We commend the efforts of Step Up Oklahoma in bringing forward revenue and reform solutions.

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Advertising/Promotion Company Formed

Todd Fimple and Shannon Thompson have formed a new company, Oklahoma Promo, which offers thousands of advertising and promotional products to businesses from coast to coast. Friends since they were students at Oklahoma State University, Fimple and Thompson have a combimed experience of 40 years in sales and marketing with 14 years in advertising and promotional products.

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