Business and People Notes

St. John Medical Center announces the appointment of Pam Kiser, MS, RN, as chief nursing executive and vice president of nursing. Kiser, a 25-year healthcare veteran, will oversee St. John Medical Center’s overall nursing service, as well as its daily operations. She will also provide management oversight for St. John Medical Center’s surgical and dialysis programs.

Kiser joined St. John Medical Center in 2001 as a nursing project specialist. She held this position until 2008, when she was named St. John Medical Center’s director of nursing practice. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tulsa, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. She currently serves as the Tulsa director for the Oklahoma Organization of Nurse Executives and as a committee member of the Oklahoma Board of Nursing Education and Practice Advisory.

Rick Armstrong, vice president and general manager for FlightSafety International Simulation in Broken Arrow, has been reappointed to the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission by Gov. Mary Fallin.

“I am very pleased to have been appointed to the Commission four years ago and then to be reappointed for a full six-year term. It is an honor to serve my state in such a capacity, especially in an industry that is near and dear to my heart,” Armstrong says.

Armstrong has been with FlightSafety since 2007 where he is responsible for the development, manufacturing and certification of flight simulators for FlightSafety Training Centers and the military and commercial aviation markets. He manages FlightSafety facilities in Tulsa; Austin, Texas; and St. Louis, Mo.

Prior to joining FlightSafety, Armstrong worked 18 years for The NORDAM Group in Tulsa, where he served as vice president for the Interiors and Structures Division and Transparency Division. His previous employment history also includes an eight-year stint with Xerox Corporation.

Rogers State University Public TV General Manager Dan Schiedel has been selected as the new executive director of Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, effective Nov. 5.

Schiedel replaces John McCarroll, who announced his retirement earlier this year following nine years as executive director.

Schiedel joined in June 2006 following five years of service as general manager for Wyoming Public Television and president of the Foundation since 2001. He has more than two decades of experience with public television stations in Wyoming, Missouri and South Dakota.

As the only full-powered public television station licensed to a public university in Oklahoma, Public TV provides educational, cultural and general interest programming to 1.3 million viewers in northeastern Oklahoma and the Tulsa metropolitan area.

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Arvest Bank recently promoted two private bankers in the Tulsa region.
Nikki Rex and Marquay Baul have been promoted to Vice President. Nikki specializes in serving the needs of business executives, physicians and medical groups. She has 14 years of banking experience and is a board member of The Parent Child Center of Tulsa.

Marquay has 12 years of experience in the financial services industry including wealth management and investment planning. He specializes in serving business executives, medical professionals and professional athletes. Marquay is a board member of and active in several nonprofit agencies.

Air Power Systems Company (APSCO, Inc.), a global manufacturer of pneumatic cylinder, valves and control solutions, announces the addition of Stephanie Cameron to executive assistant.

Cameron has been added as the executive assistant to Larry Mocha, of APSCO. She will serve as an ambassador to represent the company at local Chamber of Commerce events, assist in community relations and involvement and oversee office operations.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the University of Georgia. She served as corporate market director for the American Heart Association and has experience in staffing and manufacturing.

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Oilfield Instrumentation (OI), which provides real-time drilling instrumentation, gas detection, and hazardous environment labs, announced the appointment of John Woolslayer to business development in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Weatherford, as well as the Midland-Odessa areas of Texas.

Woolslayer is responsible for developing Oilfield Instrumentation’s customer base in the region for drilling instrumentation, gas detection, and custom well-site accommodations, such as company man and safety buildings.

Oilfield Instrumentation, along with its sister company, Advanced Building Services, which provides custom accommodation buildings for the oilfield, opened a new location in Weatherford in 2011 to service the Oklahoma region.

Assistance in Health Care (), a Tulsa-based non-profit, has hired Melanie Collins, PsyD, as the organization’s executive director.

In her new position, Collins will be responsible for directing all the activities of the charity including program development, community outreach, grant writing, long-range planning and fundraising.

Collins holds a bachelors in behavioral studies and masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from American Behavioral Studies Institute in California.

Global Spectrum and SpiritBank Event Center has named Patrick L. McGrew as its new general manager. McGrew was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He has worked for the New York Yankees, Miami Heat, Florida Panthers and the University of Miami Hurricanes. McGrew joined Global Spectrum in May of 2002 as director of operations for the Bank United Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He was appointed general manager in 2003 and led the building to eight consecutive years of growth and balanced budget for the client. He is happy to be a part of the Global Spectrum Tulsa team.

Global Spectrum and SpiritBank Event Center has also named Kellen Seitz as its new director of marketing. Seitz, a former intern and marketing coordinator with Global Spectrum at Budweiser Event Center, was added to the staff upon Global Spectrum’s acquisition of SpiritBank Event Center in June. He was born and raised in Durango, Colo. where he graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in sports administration and a minor in marketing. Seitz began his career with Global Spectrum as an intern in the summer of 2010.

Tamara Conner has joined the Tulsa Metro Chamber staff as the Administrative Assistant for the executive offices.

Conner brings nearly 15 years of experience working in an executive assistant role and is excited about joining the Tulsa Metro Chamber organization.

U.S. Cellular has named Michelle Collinsworth senior field marketing manager for Oklahoma, Northern California, Oregon, Southern Washington, Kansas, Missouri and Wichita Falls, Tex. Collinsworth has 18 years of wireless experience and is responsible for developing and leading a team of associates to ensure the successful execution of regional and corporate promotional efforts throughout the west region.

“Michelle is passionate about providing the best experience for our customers,” says Peter Sternberg, director of field marketing for U.S. Cellular. “At U.S. Cellular, we treat our customers like neighbors, not numbers, and they enjoy benefits such as new devices without resigning contracts and the only points-based rewards program in the industry. Michelle and her team help customers understand these benefits and promotions that can save them money.”

Having been with U.S. Cellular for more than 16 years, Collinsworth is a strong customer advocate and driver of results with a deep knowledge of the west region and the industry as a whole.

Updated 10-30-2012

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