Business and People Notes

The Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Board of Trustees elected Sean Kouplen, chairman and chief executive officer of Regent Bank, as board chairman for 2017-2018 during its June board meeting.

Brett Lessley, president of Griffin Management Inc., was elected vice chairman and Pete Patel, founder, chief executive officer and president of Promise Hotels, as board secretary.

Kouplen earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics at in 1995 and a master’s degree in business administration at -Tulsa in 2002. He completed training at the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado in 2002.

Kouplen is a member of several board of directors in greater Tulsa.

Lessley has been the president of Griffin Management since 1998. He was appointed to a seven-year term on the board in 2014. An graduate, Lessley earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Patel earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management at in 1994. He is the founder of Promise Hotels, which owns and operates hotels throughout eastern Oklahoma. 

In addition to the newly elected officers, the -Tulsa Board of Trustees includes Charles Ford, Ed Keller, Tucker Link, John O’Connor and Dr. Trudy Milner.

Oral Roberts University President Dr. William M. Wilson has announced that Dr. Mark Roberts has been promoted to dean of learning resources, taking over and expanding the role filled by founding Dean Dr. William Jernigan, who served the university for more than 50 years.

Roberts says the library spends more each year on electronic resources than on physical books but also points to studies that suggest 90 percent of university students worldwide prefer printed materials for academic reading. He feels he is uniquely qualified to unite the two spheres of digitization and printed material.

CommunityCare announces the appointment of Sherri L. White as vice president of operations.

White joined CommunityCare in January 2013 and served as the manager of marketing administration. She has more than 30 years of experience in the health insurance industry, including 19 years with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma. She has an extensive background in the areas of employee benefits, customer relations, operations and marketing.

White received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in organizational management. She has an certification from the University of Tulsa and is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University Executive Program and Leadership Tulsa.

Tulsan Becky J. Frank, chief executive officer and managing partner of public relations and management consulting firm Schnake Turnbo Frank, has been appointed to the Oklahoma Arts Council by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Frank previously served as board chair of Tulsa Regional Chamber, Leadership Oklahoma, Tulsa Area United Way, the Salvation Army, the Summit Club, Tulsa Press Club, Tulsa Advertising Federation and Tulsa River Parks Authority.

She serves on the Tulsa Regional Chamber board and as a member of the Philbrook board of trustees.

Frank succeeds Hannah D. Robson on the Oklahoma Arts Council.

The legislature created the council in 1965 to encourage art. It receives appropriations from the legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts to provide matching grants to Oklahoma nonprofit arts organizations.

The Tulsa branch of Wells Fargo Advisors has announced that Craig Canard and John Johnston have joined the firm as a financial advisors, Vice President- Investments.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors, Canard served as a vice president, financial consultant at Financial Advisors for three years.

A graduate of University of Arkansas with a degree in education and health profession, Canard has 13 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is a member of Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and University of Arkansas Alumni Association. Canard resides in Broken Arrow with his wife Heather and their twochildren.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors, Johnston served as a senior vice president senior wealth advisor at Financial Advisors for 16 years.

A graduate of Oklahoma Christian College with a degree in business administration, Johnston has 21 years of experience in the financial services industry. He resides in Tulsa with his wife, Jaylene, and their six children.

Wells Fargo Advisors’ Tulsa office now has 24 financial advisors serving investors in the Tulsa area. The office is located at 6060 S. American Plaza St E., Ste. 400 in Tulsa.
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors welcomes Marlena Compston who has joined the company as human resources director. Compston grew up in Owasso and recently moved to Jenks.

She previously worked in the oil and gas industry for 10 years and owned her own recruiting business for two years. Compston is currently attending the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis on leadership. She is also studying to obtain her real estate license with the Chinowth & Cohen Real Estate Academy.

The Parent Child Center of Tulsa () announces new board leadership for its upcoming board year. Board leadership for 2017-2018 includes: Carole Huff Hicks, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, president; Carey Baker, ProRecruiters , vice president; Jon Lawrence, Magellan Midstream Partners, secretary; Mellonie Lawlis, Commerce Bank, treasurer; Matt Wheeler, Clann Enterprises, treasurer-elect; and Jamie McCoy, Canyon Creek Energy, past-president.

New board members include: Linda Bridges, Energy Partners; Michelle Choquette, Gateway Mortgage Group; Caron Davis, Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Lisa Deys, QuikTrip; Jon Lawrence, Magellan Midstream Partners; Stella Maddox, Arvest Bank; Annie Smith, St. John Health System, and Dr. Chris Smith, OU-TU School of Community Medicine.

Law firm Hall Estill announces the addition of Sarah Miller to the firm’s energy law practice in the Tulsa office.

Miller comes to Hall Estill with 20 years of legal experience. Prior to Hall Estill, Miller served in a variety of legal leadership positions for The Williams Companies, Inc. including associate general counsel and corporate secretary; and, most recently, senior vice president and general counsel.

Miller earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with Honors from Oklahoma State University in 1993 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1997.

In addition, Hall Estill has announced the elections of Michael J. Lissau to the executive committee and Pamela H. Goldberg to the board of directors.

Lissau joined the firm in 2001. He has been practicing for 19 years. Additionally, he has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America in Employment Law- Management and an Oklahoma Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor.

Lissau is a graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law and earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Westminster College.

Goldberg began her legal career with the firm in 1987. She is the recipient of the 2010 Leadership in Law award presented by the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Journal Record. In 2013, she was named to the Tulsa Business and Legal News Women of Distinction Class.

Goldberg is a graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law and earned an M.A in psychology from the University of Tulsa, and a B.A in psychology from Brooklyn College.

Updated 07-24-2017

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