Business and People Notes February 2018

The National Association of Home Builders () honored Peter Grant, , , as the 2017 Remodeler Designee of the Year at the 2018 International Builders‘ Show () in January in Orlando. 

Education recognizes housing professionals as Designee of the Year for their outstanding service in advancing the significance of designations.

Grant, president of Grant Homes Remodel & Restoration, is a professional remodeler with over two decades of remodeling experience.  As a Certified Graduate Remodeler () and a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist () designation graduate, Grant’s customers are assured of the specialized training, practical experience, and in-depth knowledge required for successful project completion.

“Education is not only essential to one’s success and happiness, it is the determining factor at being good at what you do or being great at it.  designation instruction and examination provides the resources to improve one’s professional skills and to promote industry excellence to colleagues and clients,” says Grant.   

Grant is immediate past president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa () and the Charitable Foundation, and he is a member of the Tulsa Preservation Commission.  He is a member of the board of directors and serves as a trustee on the Remodelers (NAHBR) Board.  For more information, visit

Hall Estill, with law offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Denver and Northwest Arkansas, announces that Kristen Pence Evans has been elected shareholder in the Tulsa office and Matthew R. Gile and Moira C.G. Watson have been elected shareholders in the Oklahoma City office.

Evans joined Hall Estill in 2013 and concentrates her practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation, labor and employment, and tort defense. She has represented, counseled and advised clients ranging from local, family-owned companies to national, Fortune 500 companies in a wide array of industries, including energy and energy services, manufacturing, construction, logistics and heavy haul, financial services and healthcare.

“All three of these attorneys have earned this accomplishment through both their talent and their commitment to their respective communities,” says Mike Cooke, managing partner for Hall Estill. “Kristen, Matt and Moira are all great representatives of our firm and we could not be prouder of them.”

Evans received her J.D. with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Since 2015, she has been named an Oklahoma Rising Star by Super Lawyers. She also devotes time to improving opportunities for youth in Tulsa, serving as a member of the board of directors for Street School.

Women’s justice advocate Stephanie Horten has been appointed director of Criminal Justice Collaborative for Tulsa’s Family and Children’s Services.

In the new role, Horten is being charged with working with criminal justice partners in the community to help move forward with recommendations from the Vera Institute of Justice and identifying additional areas for reform.

“I have been working closely with criminal justice community partners in Tulsa since 2014, and I’m excited about bringing my experience as both an attorney and an advocate to improve the justice system across the continuum,” Horten says. “Many great organizations are working on the issue, and I look forward to continuing our work together.”

Horten has a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Westminster College.

Prior to her time in Oklahoma, Horten helped wrongfully convicted individuals as part of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University and represented indigent defendants in appellate and post-conviction proceedings. Prior to law school, she worked in public policy in Washington, D.C.

The Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners officially seated its 2018 board officers at its January meeting. Margaret Rosales, a nurse practitioner from Tulsa, was sworn in as the organization’s new president.

“I’m excited about the upcoming year and the opportunities we have to move our profession forward in Oklahoma,” Rosales says.

Other officers sworn in at the recent board meeting were President-Elect Leah Melton, Norman; Secretary Cene’ Livingston, Oklahoma City; Treasurer Tracy Langley, Ada; Immediate Past President Toni Pratt-Reid, Piedmont; Legislative Chair Mindy Whitten, Tulsa; and Historian Tricia Butner, Waynoka.

The officers were selected by members during the association’s annual conference in October.

The Museum Broken Arrow has announced the appointment of three new board members for 2018.

Newly appointed members include Lynn Palmer; vice president, S. Matt Condry; director and Cooper Rash; presidential appointee. 

Lynn Palmer is a builder and developer in the Broken Arrow Community. In addition to being an active member of the Broken Arrow community, she owns the local store “Simplicity” in the Rose District.

S. Matt Condry is a 1998 graduate of Broken Arrow Senior High School and currently serves as vice president of commercial banking for Arvest Bank in Tulsa.

Cooper Rash grew up in and around Broken Arrow and has been with Bank for two years, serving as the marketing and public relations research specialist. “Each of these individuals will add great expertise and knowledge to our board of directors,” said Lori Lewis, executive director of The Museum Broken Arrow.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 918-258-2616 or visit

Mark Stanley, founder of Stanley Myers Morgan Law Firm, has been selected among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for 2017. Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters. 

To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2 million in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2 million at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration. Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.

Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state receive this honor and are selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators. With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, less than one-half percent of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor, truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community.

Rachelle Parker has been named Rotary District Administrator for District 6110. She was recently marketing and membership coordinator for the Rotary Club of Tulsa.

Parker is an Oklahoma native from Cleveland. In 1996, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked as an assistant manager for Kroger Co. from 1997-2006.

In 2012, after finishing her degree in H.S.D.A., she returned to Oklahoma and began work as a Child Support caseworker for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. In addition, Parker worked part time as an Adoption Counselor for Adoption Affiliates before accepting the Rotary Club of Tulsa position.

Architects announces Carolyn Back as its director of planning. Back brings more than 17 years of national experience in the industry, and this addition will allow Architects to add land planning services and pre-development research through site analysis and due diligence reports.

The new services areas will assist Architect clients through the entitlement and permitting phases of their projects. These additions complement the award-winning architectural, interior design and structural/civil engineering services currently offered.

“This is a monumental moment for as this new service will allow us to work with municipalities to help them foresee and prepare for long-range development within their communities,” says Sarah Gould, partner.

Updated 02-20-2018

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