Business and People Notes

Bank is pleased to announce that Rebecca Collins has been promoted to senior vice president and bank secrecy act officer. With over 22-years of service to , she is responsible for deposit operations.

Nema Dobbins was promoted to the position of senior vice president at . She serves as the secretary to the board of directors and executive assistant to the president/CEO and chairman of the board.

Linda King has been promoted to vice president, loan compliance officer and community reinvestment officer at .

Michelle Glover has been promoted and now serves as assistant vice president and internal control officer at .

Hall Estill, a leading Oklahoma-based law firm with offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Washington D.C. and Fayetteville, Ark., announced that it has elected Steven W. Soulé to the executive committee.

Soulé currently serves on the Hall Estill board of directors and also served as the firm’s marketing partner for the last three years. He graduated from law school in 1989 and represents trustees, debtors and creditors in bankruptcy litigation and transactions, workouts, reorganization, creditor’s rights and commercial transactions.

Educational Concepts, announces the appointment of Nikki Howell as new media director. In this newly created position, Howell will provide strategic direction and overall management for all EC digital media including website properties, mobile websites and mobile applications.

She joins the Educational Concepts team from Griffin New Media, the interactive division for Griffin Communications, where she most recently served as statewide director of new media.

In addition to managing 15 different mobile properties that included website, mobile sites, and apps, she is a previous Emmy award winner for her work in broadcasting.
The Credit Union’s board of directors has named Tim Lyons president and of the credit union on Sept. 1, 2011. Lyons will succeed Leslie W. Rector who previously announced his plan to retire. He has held the post since 1996.

Lyons is involved in many community groups including the Rotary Club of Tulsa, Credit Union Association of Oklahoma, David Temple Foundation and his church. He was instrumental in the successful passing of two pieces of legislation giving people greater access to credit union membership.

Howard G. Barnett, Jr. received the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association Award of Appreciation at its annual convention in Norman. The recognized Barnett, president of the Center for Health Sciences and College of Osteopathic Medicine, for bringing the college to the forefront in the system, the state’s legislature and within the city of Tulsa.

Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association announced that Sheila Morago will serve as the organization’s first full-time executive director. Previously she served as executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association.

Morago brings to a depth of experience in Indian gaming and a proven history of consensus building.

Summit Bank announces that Luke Essman has been promoted to senior vice president, commercial lending. Essman has been with Summit Bank since November 2007 and serves as a commercial lender. He previously worked for BOK’s Brookside Business Center. Essman is a 2004 graduate of Oklahoma State University.

In addition, Devin Wanzor has been promoted to vice president, commercial lending. Wanzor joined Summit Bank in August 2010 from Union Bank. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.

Educational Concepts, announces the appointment of Kristen Holder as senior account manager. She joins the Educational Concepts team from Griffin Communications, -Channel 6 and Tulsa CW, where she was most recently the statewide sales promotion manager.

Holder is a Tulsa native, graduating from Jenks High School. She then attended and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1996 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with an emphasis in advertising and public relations. She has spent the past 11 years developing local relationships and focusing on conceptual selling and integrated media plans.

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa announces newly elected officers for their board of directors for 2011 – 2012. Chairman of the Board, Tammie Maloney; Vice Chairman, Paul Rossler; and Secretary/Treasurer, Jerry Scherer. Newly elected director to the board is Randy Newcomer; David E. Oliver was re-elected as president of Goodwill Industries of Tulsa. Retiring Chairman of the Board is Ronny Altman.

Oklahoma-based law firm, Hall Estill, announces Heather Flynn Earnhart has joined the firm as Of Counsel. As a trial lawyer, Earnhart brings a wide range of civil and domestic litigation experience to the firm along with experience in intellectual property and construction. Earnhart completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Tulsa, her master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma and her law degree at the University of Tulsa College of Law.

Tulsa Hotel and Lodging Association has elected Michael Frimel, hotel ambassador, as president for a second year.

Other 2011 officers include Jeff Keeley, Hyatt Regency, vice president; James Cunningham, Doubletree Warren Place, vice president; and Jim Barnard, Post Oak Lodge, treasurer.

The new board member representing properties with more than 200 rooms is Shannon Penner, Holiday Inn City Center. Representing properties with fewer than 200 rooms are Mukesh Bhakta, Best Western Inn and Suites; and Steve Nabilsi, Honewood Suites Tulsa South.

According to Trisha Kerkstra, director, is a non-profit association representing over 7,000 hotel rooms in the Tulsa metro area along with more than 35 hotel vendors.

Updated 06-18-2011

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