Business and People Notes

Schnake Turnbo Frank PR has promoted David Wagner from senior vice president to Tulsa region president. His primary re-sponsibility is to lead client outreach and the account services team in the firm’s Tulsa office. Wagner, who started at the firm in 2010, also leads its faith-based initiatives, helping organizations of all faiths with public relations, organization development and overall performance.

“David is a great ambassador for our firm,” Becky Frank, chairman and , says. “He is a great model and team leader. He has been a trusted friend of mine and a great mentor to our account services staff.”

Prior to joining the firm, Wagner was the vice president of university relations and development at Oral Roberts University. He managed six departments and was involved in the school’s public relations and community outreach efforts.
The Folds of Honor Foundation () has named Jeremy Miller its marketing and development manager.

In his new position, Miller will help manage FHF’s corporate partnerships and assist with the development of the organization’s marketing strategies.

Miller comes to from the ANNIKA Foundation based in Orlando, Fla., where he worked in the operations department. He also has worked in customer service with the Orlando Magic and the University of Central Florida Athletics Department.

Hall Estill announces the addition of Bryan J. Nowlin and Travis G. Cushman to the firm’s Tulsa office. Nowlin brings experience in the areas of trusts and estates litigation, commercial litigation and Indian law, while Cushman’s expertise is in complex commercial litigation.

“Our primary goal as a firm when looking to the future is quality growth in all areas,” Hall Estill Managing Partner Michael D. Cooke says. “We’ve made some stellar additions to the firm in recent months, and Bryan and Travis provide us with even more depth and expertise.”

Nowlin received his juris doctorate, with distinction, in 2006 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and graduated with honors in 2002 from Boston College with degrees in history and political science. While in law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the American Indian Law Review.

Cushman graduated, with honors, in 2009 from the Washington and Lee University School of Law and received undergraduate degrees in 2005 from the University of Virginia in English and economics.

Todd Kinnikin, first assistant golf pro at Tulsa’s MeadowBrook Country Club since 2009 has been promoted to head golf professional, according to Libby Meyer, club general manager and regional manager for Eagle Golf Corporation. Additionally, Martin Maritz, a previous golf staff member, has rejoined MeadowBrook as first assistant professional to Kinnikin.

Kinnikin has worked his way up the professional golf ranks and is a recognized pro. He earned his degree in finance from Northeastern State University and completed the Golf Professional Training Program to earn his Class “A” Professional card.

Maritz, who spent over 12 years on the professional tour playing in many prestigious events including the British Open, will bring his great knowledge of the golf swing, tournaments, individual instruction and playing ability to the staff and club.

announces the promotion of Douglas K. Aldrich to executive vice president.
Aldrich joined as a consumer loan officer in 1981, was promoted to real estate supervisor, later served as a branch manager before his promotion to chief operations officer in 1996. He has been employed by for 30 years.
Aldrich is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1980.

The Tulsa Area United Way names Alison Anthony the 2012 Chair of its Women’s Leadership Council ().

Anthony is the director of diversity and community relations at Williams, as well as president of the Williams Foundation.

Anthony will lead the in upcoming events on the power of mentoring, a workshop on fundraising, projects for the 2012 Day of Caring, and the Tulsa Shock Women of Inspiration Event. Anthony has served on the Steering Committee since the group’s inception in 2011. She was preceded in her role as chair by Becky J. Frank of Schnake Turnbo Frank PR. For more information about the Women’s Leadership Council, visit

Byers Creative announces the addition of Susan Kubes to the graphic design firm’s team. In her new role as a graphic/web designer, she will support the company’s print and website development projects.

Before joining Byers Creative, Kubes operated her own business supporting both profit and nonprofit organizations. She also worked as a production artist for David Weekley Homes in Houston.

Kubes graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
Saxum, a marketing communications agency offering public relations, advertising, marketing and social media services, recently announced the hiring of Grant Zellner as senior copywriter and creative strategist.

Zellner generates ideas and concepts for advertising and marketing initiatives, develops and writes copy for all forms of traditional and digital media, and works with Saxum client teams to provide strategic direction.

Prior to joining Saxum, Zellner was a freelance copywriter for a variety of leading agencies including Jordan Advertising, where he worked on various high-profile advertising accounts.

Zellner has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in advertising and public relations, both from The University of Oklahoma.

Raphael Francisco, M.D. has accepted the position of president of the American Diabetes Association Eastern Oklahoma Leadership Board. Francisco is an endocrinologist with St. John Health System. Before moving to Tulsa, Dr. Francisco was a volunteer with the Association in Colorado. He has jumped in as a volunteer in Tulsa and served as one of the medical experts at the recent “Living With Diabetes” event.

Updated 04-23-2012

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