Business and People Notes

The Oklahoma Business Roundtable, at its recent annual meeting in Tulsa, elected Rob Martinovich, ONEOK, Inc., Tulsa, as chairman of the organization for 2017-2018.

The Oklahoma Business Roundtable was founded in 1991 and serves as the state’s key economic development support organization. The non-profit business group works to promote new jobs and investment in Oklahoma through business expansion, start-up and recruitment efforts. There are approximately 160 member companies.

Other officers elected for the upcoming year are: Chairman-Elect, Governor Bill Anoatubby, The Chickasaw Nation, Ada; Secretary/Treasurer, Brenda Rolls, Frontier Electronic Systems, Stillwater; and Immediate Past Chairman, Renee Porter, Cristo Rey, Oklahoma City.

New members elected to the Board of Directors are: Scott Dewald, Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc., Durant; Steve Hahn, AT&T-Oklahoma, Oklahoma City; and Steve Hendrickson, The Boeing Co., Tulsa.

Continuing on the Board of Directors are: Michael Ming, GE Global Research, Oklahoma City; Chris Scully, Dell, Inc., Oklahoma City; Stuart Solomon, , Tulsa; and Sean Trauschke, Energy Corp., Oklahoma City.

Ann Ackerman serves as president/CEO of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable.

Cox Business Center announces Holly Beal as communications manager. She has over 15 years of public relations experience and started her career in media before working with clients in the corporate, non-profit, and performing arts sectors. She will develop and implement marketing and public relations initiatives for the facility, while expanding media relations and digital marketing efforts. 

Cox Business Center, formerly Tulsa Convention Center, is a 310,625 square-foot facility hosting a 7,000 seat arena with event suites, Oklahoma’s largest ballroom, 34 meeting rooms, and a 102,600 square foot, column-free exhibit hall. Cox Business Center is managed by -the world leader in venue management, marketing, and development-and owned by the City of Tulsa. In the fiscal year 2015-16, the economic impact of events held at the was more than $33 million.

The CExP Board of Standards, the professional organization that upholds the standards of excellence for business in exit planning, confirmed David A. Cole, , , as a Certified Exit Planner.

Throughout a process that took a year, Cole completed nine courses, wrote two case studies and passed a background check to meet the standards associated with the CExP Board of Standards.

Cole began his financial studies at the University of Tulsa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting. Since 1969, he has been involved in the financial services industry.

Ted Rieck has been named general manager for Tulsa Transit. He began his duties for the The Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority () effective Sept. 1. Rieck leads Tulsa Transit’s efforts in providing a sustainable and efficient public transit system for Tulsa.

He has over 20 years of transit experience spanning operations, planning, technology, and community partnerships.

“I am excited about joining the Tulsa community because of the commitment of the Board and Mayor Bynum to a dynamic transit system as well as by the dedicated professionalism of the employees,” Rieck said.

Prior to Tulsa Transit, Rieck served a successful tenure as the chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Transit System (Metro). Rieck has played lead roles in 16 transit facility projects that included feasibility and environmental studies that led to advanced design and construction. He also served as vice-chair of the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance and currently represents the third district on the Johnson County Transportation Council.

Rieck holds a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst College in Missouri, Master of City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire.

Tulsa has selected Julie Davis as its next chief executive officer. A University of Tulsa graduate alumna, Davis has left her mark on Tulsa’s non-profit community through strategic planning and rigorous engagement, ensuring growth and structure in the organizations she has served. Davis assumes her role Sept. 6.

Most recently Davis has served as the associate director of Up With Trees, where she has served since 2013. Additionally, she has a great deal of knowledge about Tulsa’s philanthropic community, as she served as the community development manager at American Cancer Society from 2009 to 2012.

A native Missourian, Davis relocated with her husband, Paul, in 2007 to accept a scholarship at the University of Tulsa, where she acquired her Master of Arts in English Literature. Davis received her bachelor’s degree from Drury University in English Literature, Business and Global Studies. Married for eight years, Julie and Paul have two children.

Sparks Reed Architecture and Interiors has hired Project Designer Emily Chambers.
Chambers recently graduated from Tulsa Community College’s three-year design program. She will pursue her National Council for Interior Design certification while tackling Sparks Reed’s commercial projects.

Sparks Reed Architecture and Interiors was founded in 2011 by principal David Reed, Gary Sparks and Jill Selman. To learn more about the firm and its past projects, visit

Hall Estill, Oklahoma’s leading law firm, with offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Denver, northwest Arkansas and Nashville, announces the addition of David T. Potts to the firm’s tax practice in the Tulsa office.

Potts joins as special counsel. His practice focuses primarily in the tax field, assisting clients in the areas of federal, state and local taxation, including controversy and litigation matters. Prior to joining Hall Estill, Potts was a partner at James, Potts & Wulfers. Potts earned his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law and is involved in the Tulsa County and Oklahoma Bar associations, as well as the International Society of Primerus Law Firms and Tulsa Tax Club.

Hall Estill also announces the addition of Matthew S. Campbell as a shareholder in the firm’s Tulsa office.

Joining the firm as a 20-year attorney with experience in private practice and in a Fortune 500 Corporate Tax department, Campbell’s practice at Hall Estill will concentrate on tax and international tax law, as well as corporate services, specifically in the mergers and acquisitions area, serving clients nationwide. Prior to joining the firm, Campbell was a tax director for TechnipFMC plc in Houston and previously worked at professional services firms Ernst & Young, , Aronson & Company, and . Campbell earned his J.D, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law and received his LL.M in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center. In addition, Campbell is on the advisory board for Arts for Healing, a 501©3 entity.

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce announces the hiring of Jessica Stacy to serve as the director of communications.

Stacy is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University where she earned a bachelor’s in journalism. A Jenks Public Schools alum, Stacy has lived in the Jenks school district nearly her entire life.

“I’m very excited to be back in Jenks,” Stacy said. “I am looking forward to working with business leaders in the community I call home.”

Stacy will be responsible for public relations and communications to current and prospective chamber members, members of the public and the media. Stacy will plan, promote and enhance programs that achieve the chamber’s mission and goals.

When she’s not working at the Chamber, Stacy said she’s likely to be outdoors. She enjoys jogging, lounging by the pool, and walking her rescue pup, Kit. Stacy is training for her third half-marathon in October.

For questions about the Jenks Chamber, see or call 918-299-5005.

Updated 10-03-2017

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