Business and People Notes December 2017

Eunice Tarver has been named Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus provost and will oversee the academic and daily operations of that campus. Most recently, she served as interim provost of the Northeast Campus and will continue to serve in a dual role as Assistant Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion.

Tarver earned a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University. She is currently enrolled in Oklahoma State University’s Social Foundations of Education doctoral program where she is working to complete her dissertation. 

serves more than 25,000 students each year on four main campuses and is the third largest college or university in Oklahoma. is currently one of 30 community colleges in the country that is part of a national initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and focused on raising college graduation rates across the country through guided academic and career pathways. The Pathways Project, led by American Association of Community Colleges (), builds better bridges for students from high school graduation to college completion leading to university transfer or credentials that match labor market needs.

Tulsa attorney Kimberly K. Hays will serve as the Oklahoma Bar Association’s 2018 president. Also elected to represent District 6 is D. Kenyon Williams Jr. They will be a part of the ’s 17-member Board of Governors, which meets monthly and governs the association.

Hays is a solo practitioner in Tulsa. She has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 1993. She received her B.A. in 1990 from Oklahoma State University. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law with her J.D. in 1993 and is a member of the Tulsa County and Creek County bar associations and American Bar Association.

Williams is a shareholder of the law firm of Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC in Tulsa. During his 40 years of practice, Williams has predominately assisted and defended businesses and communities in regulatory compliance or litigation matters in the areas of environment, natural resources, real estate and renewable energy. He is serving his second appointment to the Professional Responsibility Tribunal and has served as chair of the Environmental Law Section. He speaks frequently on environmental and energy topics and in 2013 received the Earl Sneed Award for his contributions to continuing legal education.

Williams currently serves as co-chair of the Tulsa County Bar Association Professionalism Committee and served as president in 2014-2015.

Charles W. Chesnut of Miami will serve as president-elect, and Richard Stevens of Norman will serve as vice president.

GableGotwals announces Broken Arrow resident Alicia J. Edwards, Jenks resident Lloyd Landreth and Bixby resident Ryan Pittman have recently been named by Thompson Reuters as Oklahoma Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Rising Stars recognized the top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. The selection process is rigorous and has been recognized by bar associations and courts across the country for its credibility and sophistication.

Alicia Edwards has been recognized in the practice areas of Intellectual Property and Environmental Law. She has been a Rising Star since 2012.

Lloyd Landreth has been a Super Lawyer since 2010. He was recognized in the practice area of Environmental Law.

Ryan Pittman was recognized in the practice areas of Energy & Natural Resources, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation and General Litigation. He has been a Rising Star since 2015.

GableGotwals is a full-service law firm of more than 90 attorneys representing a diversified client base in Oklahoma, the Southwest and across the nation. The firm has offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio, Texas.

Bank announces the hiring of Jim Myers as senior vice president and commercial lender. Myers has several years of banking experience, extensive in all facets of lending, portfolio management and relationship development.

Bank President and , Ted Cundiff, stated, “The addition of Jim is great for . He is an experienced lender with savvy business acumen, and he is going to continue to help this bank pursue our goals and succeed alongside the communities we serve.” Cundiff continued, “AVB has a rich culture we wish to continually develop, along with the people here at . Myers fits the culture well, and is going to be a great asset for us moving forward. We are very pleased to have him.”

On joining a community oriented bank, Myers said, “AVB is a genuine hometown bank focused on the support and growth of the communities they serve. That’s why they are a cornerstone in the history of Broken Arrow.”

Myers grew up in Inola, Oklahoma. He went to Claremore High School before attending Oklahoma State University, earning his bachelor’s degree in business. Myers and his wife, Sarah, live in Broken Arrow.

The Golden Hurricane Club, the fundraising arm of The University of Tulsa’s athletic department, has new leadership as it was recently announced that Chris Maxon will serve as associate athletic director for development, and Ian Sadler as assistant athletic director and director of the Golden Hurricane Club.

Maxon served in the capacity of assistant athletic director and director of the Golden Hurricane Club for the past four months. He came to Tulsa from the University of Oklahoma, where he held fundraising positions with the university’s annual giving program, the National Weather Center and OU Athletics. During his time in Norman, he was part of the successful completion of the Sooners’ $100 million “Great Expectations” capital campaign, which touched all sports.

 Maxon also established the annual giving program with OU’s College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, while raising over $2.5 million in total giving. Prior to his work at OU, he was a private business owner, holding three Marble Slab Creamery franchises in central Oklahoma.

Sadler was most recently the manager of business development for Learfield’s Golden Hurricane Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holder for TU athletics. In that role, he was responsible for over $1.9 million in renewal negotiation and business revenue partnerships.

Maxon is a native of Cashion, Oklahoma, and earned his degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1994.

Tulsa Welding School () has named Frances Heaston campus president of the Tulsa-based skilled-trade school. A leader in the industry for more than 60 years, has trained thousands of students for sustainable welding, pipefitting and electro-mechanical careers in a variety of industries, ranging from oil and gas to manufacturing.

As campus president, Heaston will oversee many aspects of campus operations at , operated by StrataTech Education Group, including operational effectiveness, academic quality and overall growth. Heaston is also responsible for the general education and graduation success of nearly 700 students, and will oversee 70 staff members and administrative functions.

Serving the higher education sector since 1984, Heaston joins from Altierus Career College, previously Everest Institutes, Colleges and Universities. During her 15-year tenure at Everest, Heaston separately led three campus locations as campus president, overseeing multiple functions and departments, including academics, admissions, career services and student finance. Additionally, she served as vice president for two years and director of Admissions for seven years.
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Updated 12-15-2017

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