Business and People Notes

Tulsa Community College has named Mark McMullen as chief financial officer. His appointment was approved by the Board of Regents during the Oct. 20 board meeting.

As , McMullen will oversee Oklahoma’s largest community college and an annual budget exceeding $140 million with more than 2,000 employees. He was named Interim earlier this year and previously served as controller and director of finance.

Since joining in 2010, he helped facilitate the further automation of the College’s purchasing department; worked closely with both the facilities and IT departments to help fund and manage major capital projects; including the renovation of two main campus buildings and the refreshing of college-wide IT hardware and software; and implemented higher standards of financial reporting for both audited financial statements and state required reports.

McMullen has a Master’s degree in accounting and financial analysis and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northeastern State University. McMullen is also a certified public accountant.

He serves on the Ronald McDonald House Charities board and is co-treasurer. He is also active in his church serving as section leader and a member of the hospitality team.

April Sailsbury, senior vice president of the Broken Arrow Chamber, has been named the Outstanding Chamber Leader of the Year by the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives (). Sailsbury has been with the Chamber for over five years and has held the position for 3 years.

The award recognizes a chamber staff member who has performed exceptional work for their local chamber and community. Sailsbury received the award Nov. 3 during the annual state-wide conference. Chairman Suzanne Shirey said the award was a significant honor.

During her tenure, Sailsbury has increased member involvement, developed new and meaningful content for members and increased revenue streams for the chamber.

“Our entire Chamber organization salutes April on her selection for this award,” B.A. Chamber President Wes Smithwick. “She is a valued member of this organization and we are proud to have her as a part of our team.”

Law firm Hall Estill has been named as a “Highly Recommended Law Firm” in 2017 by Benchmark Litigation, a leading national law publication. This is the highest category a law firm may achieve through this publication. Additionally, eight of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized as “Local Litigation Stars” and one has been named a “Future Litigation Star.”

Attorneys Mark K. Blongewicz, J. Patrick Cremin, Phillip L. Free, Jr., J. Kevin Hayes, Timothy S. Posey, Mike E. Smith, Steven W. Soulé and D. Kenyon Williams, Jr. were those selected as “Local Litigation Stars.” Attorney John F. Heil was also selected as a “Future Litigation Star.”

The Tulsa Performing Arts Center welcomes Adam J. Foreman as the new director of marketing.

Foreman comes to the Tulsa after 14 years with Broken Arrow Public Schools as the graphic artist and publications specialist. He was responsible for the launch and marketing of the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center’s season of events for the past eight years.

Foreman has served on many boards, including the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council, Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame, Northeastern State University Alumni Campaign, Friends of Broken Arrow, and the American Cancer Society. He currently serves on the ARTSOK Regional Arts Alliance board.

“I am thrilled to join the Tulsa staff and look forward to enhancing the patron experience at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, as well as assisting our longtime clients in accomplishing their marketing outreach,” Foreman.

The marketing director position became available after the retirement of Nancy Hermann, who worked for the facility for 23 years.

Rupe Helmer Group announces recent hirings: Vice President of Construction Danny Kennedy, Director of Acquisitions and Development Mike Cropper, and Construction Accountant Liz Tobey. Kennedy graduated with a Bachelor of Construction Science from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University. His 24 years of experience in the construction industry will prove invaluable in his transition into this new role at Rupe Helmer Group. Prior to his move, Kennedy held the position of vice president of pre-construction for another Tulsa- based construction organization. His extensive background in the industry also includes roles such as project management, business development and estimating.

A 1996 graduate of the University of Tulsa, Cropper has 15 years of experience in real estate related fields. Prior to joining the company, Mike was a commercial investment real estate broker, working with real estate professionals across the United States. Before becoming a broker, he spent eight years in wholesale data networking where he led various sales and business development teams.

A 2001 graduate of The University of Central Florida, Tobey has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and over 12 years experience in the field of accounting with a strong emphasis on operations, finance and analysis. Prior to coming to the Rupe Helmer Group, she was working to become a licensed financial advisor. Her passion has always been in finance. Tobey has always enjoyed collaborating with her coworkers and feels Rupe is a great fit for her for that very reason.

Christina Jackson, senior engineering manager at Honeywell in Tulsa, was recently honored by the Society of Women Engineers () with an Emerging Leader Award for her outstanding technical excellence, accomplishments and community engagement efforts. She received the award during a regional ceremony in Colorado in FebruarY and is qualified to advance for national recognition during the annual conference in October. The conference brings together the leading businesses, organizations, universities and innovators in engineering.

Jackson has worked in the Performance Materials and Technologies () business since 2007 and has held roles including technical deployment lead, advisor for international deployments, Global Quality Manager, Special Projects Engineer and Project Engineer. She manages a team of global engineers and contractors and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She has mentored more than 40 Six Sigma Green Belt participants and is actively involved in youth outreach through work with the Society of Women Engineers, Girl Scouts, Tulsa Engineering Foundation, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and The University of Tulsa.

Executive Women International () of Tulsa recently installed its board of directors for 2016-2017 year. President, Tonya Solomon of Clempire Janitorial; vice president, Angie Walters of Schnake Turnbo Frank; secretary, Sheila Sayne of Neuens Mitchell Bonds ; treasurer, Dana Nichols of Cimarex Energy Co.; sergeant-at-arms, Jeanette Sefers of LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions, Inc.; B/C/DP, Heather Rettedal of Arvest Bank.; membership recruitment, Gayle Dicus of Mazzios ; membership retention, Jamie Mathew, individual member; programs coordinator, Sarah Hall of Tulsa Federal Credit Union; communications director, Pam Taylor of Dewberry; advisors are Felicia Senter of Tulsa Tech, Judy Russell of ONEOK Inc. and Jody Davis of Accent Moving & Storage, Inc., agent for Mayflower Transit, .

of Tulsa was chartered in March 1956 and currently has 59 member firms. For more information, visit

Updated 12-06-2016

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