Business and People Notes

Schnake Turnbo Frank, a strategic communications and consulting firm, has named David Wagner as region president and chief administration officer and Bill Handy as senior vice president.

Wagner, who was previously the Tulsa region president, is now responsible for the management of the performance of the company, developing the firm regionally and client outreach.

Handy, who started at the firm in 2012, will now manage the firm’s Tulsa account team and service a number of clients.

“David and Bill have both had a significant, positive impact on our firm,” Becky J. Frank, chairman and , says. “David is a great ambassador for our firm and has proven his leadership with his client counsel and business development success. Bill’s developmental influence he’s had on our team, clients and in the region is unmatched. They are both well-regarded leaders in Oklahoma and provide excellent strategic communication counsel to our clients.”

Wagner and Handy work primarily in the firm’s Tulsa office but support clients throughout the region.

Schnake Turnbo Frank has also hired Kris Hooper as senior account executive.

Hooper will work primarily in the firm’s Tulsa office, but will support clients throughout the region. He brings more than 20 years of experience in visual, written and spoken communication encompassing public relations, public affairs, community outreach, event planning, traditional and social media, crisis communication, graphic design and marketing.

Hooper comes to with experience as a public affairs officer for the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet, the public relations coordinator for Institute of Technology and graphic designer for Light Studio to name a few.

Trust Company of Oklahoma has named Michael Hopper assistant vice president of its corporate compliance department.

Hopper has nearly 10 years of insurance and investment experience. Prior to joining Trust Company of Oklahoma, he worked for Northwestern Mutual where he worked actively with financial representatives to ensure conformity with state insurance, FINRA and regulatory requirements.

A native of Tulsa, Hopper earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma and is currently pursuing the Certified Financial Planner designation. Additionally, he holds multiple FINRA registrations, including principal designations.

“We are very pleased to welcome Michael to our team of professionals,” Tom Wilkins, president and chief executive officer, says. “He has great energy, and we expect his extensive insurance and regulatory experience to be very beneficial for our compliance department and the clients we serve.”

Lori Maxwell, -, has joined Utica Park Clinic on the Hillcrest Medical Center campus. Maxwell specializes in internal medicine. Maxwell earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2004 and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is currently welcoming new patients at her office, located on the campus of Hillcrest Medical Center at 1245 S. Utica Ave., in Tulsa. Most insurance plans are accepted. To make an appointment, call 918-382-2515 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Utica Park Clinic also welcomes Saima Salim, M.D. Dr. Salim is a board certified physician who has practiced family medicine since 2007.

Dr. Salim earned her undergraduate degree in pre-medical requisites from St. Joseph’s College in Karachi, Pakistan, and her Bachelor of Medicine degree from Dow University of Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed her internship and residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich., in 2006.

Dr. Salim has a professional history of helping patients in all areas of family medicine, particularly in adult attention deficit disorder (), asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (), cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, hormonal imbalances, migraine headaches, obesity and weight issues, polycystic ovary syndrome (), and preventative health.

Dr. Salim is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most insurance plans. Her office is located at 7600 S. Lewis Ave. in Tulsa. To make an appointment, please call 918-493-2229 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Utica Park Clinic (), a service of Hillcrest HealthCare System, is one of the largest physician groups in Oklahoma. offers more than 180 primary and specialty care providers who practice in over 35 locations throughout northeastern Oklahoma. For more information about Utica Park Clinic’s locations, services and providers, visit

America, a television network broadcasting to nearly 22 million households and a division of Oral Roberts University, announces that Amy Calvert has been promoted to general manager. Calvert has been a part of the leadership of America since 2007, most recently as the vice president of marketing and sales.

Calvert, a native of Jenks, Okla., graduated from in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She has worked in local and national broadcast for more than 20 years in various capacities at the Tulsa and affiliates and the TV Guide Channel. Calvert has been recognized for her excellence numerous times by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. She has also been instrumental in producing international health and ministry programming throughout her career.
Hall Estill announces Hugh Long has joined the firm’s Tulsa office as an associate. Long served as a summer associate at Hall Estill in 2012 and practices in the corporate services area of the firm.

“We are extremely pleased to have Hugh join our firm as an associate,” says Michael D. Cooke, Hall Estill managing partner. “Hugh has a great work ethic and will be a great addition to our corporate services practice.”

While in law school, Long served as executive articles editor for the Journal of Legislation and served as president of the Native American Law Student Association. Long received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2013, and he holds a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Hall Estill announced it was named as a “Highly Recommended Law Firm” in 2014 by Benchmark Litigation, a leading national law publication. Additionally, seven of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized as “local litigation stars,” and three have been named “future litigation stars.”

Attorneys Mark K. Blongewicz, J. Patrick Cremin, Phillip L. Free, Jr., J. Kevin Hayes, Timothy S. Posey, Mike E. Smith and Steven W. Soulé were those selected as “local litigation stars.” Attorneys Sarah Jane Gillett, John F. Heil and J. Todd Woolery were selected as “future litigation stars.”

Benchmark Litigation is the only publication on the market to focus exclusively on litigation in the U. Hall Estill was founded in 1967 in Tulsa. It is a full-service law firm with clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations and medium-sized companies to nonprofit organizations, emerging businesses and individuals. More than 150 legal professionals work in the firm at offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Washington D.C., and northwest Arkansas, assisting a diversified base of local, regional, national and international clients.

ADDvantageTechnologies Group, Inc. announces the appointment of three industry veterans to the company’s new sales management team. The new salespeople, Eric Himes, Tony Garling and Jerry Scheliga, are former Motorola employees with more than 10 years in the Broadband Access Network division selling cable equipment.
Himes brings 33 years of experience in cable equipment sales, including 13 years working at Arris, formerly part of Google, which acquired Motorola.

Garling has over 17 years in sales and management of video and data products. Most recently, he was a senior sales specialist at Motorola,working with multiple large customers on solutions to enhance services.

Scheliga joins with over 15 years of experience in various engineering and sales management roles within Motorola, coordinating field service and applications engineering efforts as well as expanding the existing customer base.

Updated 10-01-2013

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