Business and People Notes

Arvest Bank recently promoted Kim Adams, private banking manager to senior vice president at its downtown branch, 502 S. Main St., in Tulsa.

Adams has served Arvest for more than 15 years starting as a part time teller, moving up through retail management, business banking, and private banking officer. She is active in the community serving on the board of directors of and is a member of the Medical Group Management Association.

Adams resides in Broken Arrow with her husband Darin and two sons.

Arvest Bank also promoted several Consumer Loan Officers in the Tulsa region recently.

Karen Anderson, Vicki Bastianen, Nell Johnston, Pam Malham and Joyce Merriman have been promoted to Vice President.

Wendy Clark and Stacey Fell were named Assistant Vice Presidents.

Arvest Bank operates more than 240 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a network of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board of directors and management team. Arvest operates a mortgage company, asset management company, insurance division and mortgage servicing company. Arvest is an equal housing lender and member .

The Southern Economic Development Council () announces Jim Fram, CEcD, , senior vice president, economic development of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, has been elected Oklahoma director of the board of directors. Fram will serve a two-year term on SEDC’s board, beginning in January 2013. Fram will also serve as the 2013 conference committee chair. Fram was most recently the Oklahoma alternate director for the 2012 board of directors and has been a member of for over twenty years.

The Southern Economic Development Council is an 870 member professional association composed of economic developers from business and industry, utilities, transportation, financial and education institutions, chambers of commerce, and local, regional and state development agencies.

offers its members a number of professional development opportunities throughout the year, including the highly-rated Meet the Consultants conference and the Annual Conference.

The region includes the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information about visit the Web site at

Gregory S. Graham has been elected First National Bank & Trust Co. of Broken Arrow board chairman, succeeding his father, Scott L. Graham, who held that post since 1966.

A bank spokesman said Scott Graham will continue to serve on the First National Board and as chairman of the First Broken Arrow Corp., its holding company. John Herndon remains as First National president and chief executive officer.

Greg Graham entered the banking world after spending 16 years in the not-for-profit industry, mostly in healthcare, social services and government relations. In 2002, he joined the family business as vice president of Lending for the First National Bank of Coweta. He was elected that bank’s board chairman in 2007 and continues to serve in that role.

Mrs. DeHaven’s Flower Shop is excited to announce their new floral designer, Derrick Black. Black has more than 20 years experience and was professionally trained in floral design. Black is skilled in traditional floral design, high style floral design and silk floral design. He also has interior design experience and extensive knowledge of porcelain. Mrs. DeHaven’s Flower Shop is looking forward to the fresh and creative work that Black will bring to the shop.

Mrs. DeHaven’s is located in Tulsa at 15th & Boston Avenue.

Hall Estill announces that Michael H. Smith and Andrea S. Hoskins were elected as shareholders of the firm.

Smith practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright. His patent law practice focuses on patent prosecution in a number of high tech areas with emphasis on chemical, biochemical and mechanical related technologies. He graduated with a B.S. from Oklahoma Baptist University and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Hoskins practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation, business and corporate law. While in law school, she was the recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Outstanding Graduating Senior Law Student Award. In addition, she is author of “The Health Act’s Same Old Story, Different Congress Dilemma: Overhauling the Health Act and Unifying Congress as a Remedy for Tort Reform.” Hoskins graduated with a B.A. from Northeastern State University and a J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

Founded in 1967 in Tulsa, Hall Estill is a full-service law firm with clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations and medium-sized companies to nonprofit organizations, emerging businesses and individuals.

Tulsa Community College President Tom McKeon has been appointed to work with Gover-nor Mary Fallin on the three E’s, Education, Economic Development and Employment, as a new member of the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development.

“I am excited about this opportunity to work with leaders from across the state to ensure that we are moving Oklahoma forward—in education, economic development and employment,” McKeon says.  “I believe those issues are central to Tulsa Community College’s mission to meet Northeastern Oklahoma’s education and workforce needs.”

The Council consists of state business leaders, political leaders, state agency directors, labor representatives, local elected officials, community-based organizations, economic development entities and education professionals.

Matt Wansley of Newspapers has been named fundraising chair of The Oklahoma Center for Com-munity Justice () New Leaders Round-table. In this position Wansley will help secure funding for projects as well as find sponsors or hosts for food and beverage at after hours events.

The 2013 chair elect for is Emily Dukes of Tulsa. Dukes serves as the recruitment coordinator for The University of Oklahoma – Tulsa. Her duties as chair will include serving on the board of as well as speaking at engagements and forums.

Marlise Irby was elected as Co-Chair of and will assist in coordinating committee and presentations. Irby works in sales for Saltus Technologies located in Tulsa.

Additional chair positions at will be filled by Taguma Jangira, Mohamed Eslam, Tara Schiffelbein, Caitlin Turner, and Mandy Winton.

The Oklahoma Center for Community Justice New Leaders Roundtable is a leadership development program for young professionals committed to diversity and to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism.

Selser Schaefer Architects has promoted Britton Howerton and Jeffrey Thomas to Associates.

Howerton is a licensed Interior Designer and has been with Selser Schaefer Architects since graduation from Oklahoma State University in 2004. Howerton’s prominent work includes Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity, Church on the Move Auditorium and campus renovations, as well as Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center.

Also a graduate of Oklahoma State University, Thomas is a Construction Administrator for Selser Schaefer Architects. Thomas has contributed to the firm for 14 years and has worked on local projects such as Morton Comprehensive Medical Center, Broken Arrow Animal Shelter, and Tulsa Zoo Renovations.

Updated 12-26-2012

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