Business & People Notes

The Tulsa Garden Center announces the appointment of Laura Chalus as executive director.

Chalus specializes in successful fundraising and project management while bringing an entrepreneurial background to her knowledge, skills, and experience in community relations, non profit administration, grants management, and database management. Chalus is passionate about utilizing innovation, best practices, and collaborative partnerships to improve her community by leveraging limited resources and minimizing duplication of services.

She has served on numerous non-profit boards including Living Arts of Tulsa, Youth Services of Tulsa, the Signature Symphony, the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, among others. Chalus has been named in “The Hot 100” by a local publication and was a mayoral appointee to the Citizens Commission for City Government. She is also a graduate of Leadership Tulsa, Class 42, and served as a Baldrige Examiner for the Oklahoma Quality Award Foundation.

Chalus holds a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma as well as an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University.

Jenks resident Lloyd W. Landreth was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Landreth practices with the law firm GableGotwals. Landreth was honored for his work in environmental litigation in the Tulsa area. Only one lawyer from each practice area is chosen for this award from each metropolitan area.

Landreth was also named to the 2017 Best Lawyers list for his work in environmental litigation and natural resources law. Selections for both of these awards are based upon voting averages received during peer-review assessments.
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.

Law Firm Hall Estill announces the addition of Cassia C. Carr, Ruth E. Stevens and Carson K. Glass as associates to the firm’s Tulsa office.

Carr will serve as part of Hall Estill’s litigation practice in its Tulsa office. Prior to joining Hall Estill, Carr served as editor of the Tulsa Law Review and president of the Women’s Law Caucus at the University of Tulsa College of Law.

Stevens will primarily practice in the firm’s corporate/commercial law practice area. She graduated from University of Oklahoma College of Law with highest honors in 2016 and also graduated summa cum laude in 2013 from the University of Oklahoma with her bachelor’s in political science.

Carson K. Glass, who will practice in the litigation area, joined Hall Estill’s Tulsa office after graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 2016. While in law school she served as Symposium Associate for the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy.

Financial Corporation announces that Brad Emmons, , has been named treasurer of the company, effective immediately. Emmons replaces Marty Grunst, who was promoted to chief risk officer earlier this year.

Emmons is a 19-year veteran of Financial and served under Grunst as senior vice president, asset/liability manager. He is a charterholder with experience in balance sheet management, capital planning and stress testing, and interest rate derivative hedging. He joined Financial in 1997 and has advanced through increasingly responsible positions in the company’s finance and administration department. Throughout his career he has led major projects for the bank including building its interest rate risk and funds transfer pricing models and creating its interest rate derivative program.

Emmons is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and the Collins College of Business at the University of Tulsa, where he earned a master’s degree in Business Administration. He resides in Owasso with his wife and three children.

Rupe Helmer, affiliate of Rupe Helmer Group, announces the addition of four new team members to the organization: Lori Spyres, Jamie Perkins, Keith Allison and Blayne Frieden.

Spyres is part of the brokerage business unit and manages all aspects of the daily business operations for the brokerage team. She brings more than 20 years of administrative experience and is a licensed real estate professional. Prior to Rupe Helmer, she worked at Stan Johnson Company as operations manager for a brokerage team and was responsible for all operational and financial duties.

Perkins is Rupe Helmer’s property accountant on the property management team. She has seven years of accounting experience in both commercial and residential property management. Prior to Rupe Helmer, Perkins served as a staff accountant for two different property management companies in Tulsa.

Allison has served as project manager whose experience includes negotiating and securing favorable lease terms, facilities management, tenant improvement, design and buildout and new bank construction. He has also serviced full-service branches, call centers, treasury management, brokerage sales, executive offices, information technology, customer service and most recently a 19,000 square-foot, full-service bank in Tulsa.

Frieden, with 20-plus years of business ownership, has provided many commercial real estate opportunities. Managing and investing in his own properties eventually led him to assist others in acquiring investment opportunities. When Frieden decided to go to work for a brokerage firm, he felt was the best choice because of the support and expertise provided that allows for seamless transactions.

Rupe Helmer Group services include construction, development, property dispositions, tenant representation, landlord representation, property management and investment services.

CommunityCare announces the appointment of Sharon Fletcher, Ph.D., as president and chief executive officer.

Fletcher previously served as chief administrative officer at Noridian Mutual Insurance Company and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. She has 25 years of executive experience in the health care, airline and technology industries. She has an extensive background in operations, human resources, provider relations and communications.

Fletcher received a doctorate in organizational leadership and behavior from North Central University in Prescott, Arizona She has a master’s degree in human resource management and labor relations from La Roche College and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Point Park College. She also has an in business from the University of Mary and completed an Executive Finance Program at Cornell University.

Institute for Organization Management appointed Allison Walden, senior vice president of resource development for the Tulsa Regional Chamber, to its Southeast Board of Regents. As a member of its board, Walden will implement the policies created by Institute’s National Board of Trustees.

Institute’s five boards of regents serve on behalf of the national board of trustees. Each board of regents is responsible for recruitment, retention and marketing of the program nationwide. Each regent is an institute graduate nominated by their peers.
Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

Jamie Brickman has been named managing partner of ’s Oklahoma region.
Brickman will be responsible for the strategic direction and growth of ’s Oklahoma offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and support the development of its nearly 60 partners and professionals.

Brickman began his career with in Oklahoma City in 1987 and was admitted to the partnership in 2001 and most recently was located in Dallas serving significant public company clients in the energy and leisure industries. Brickman has served in various leadership roles including Reviewing Partner and involved in campus new hire recruitment at the University of Oklahoma and Texas Tech University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Oklahoma.

Updated 10-24-2016

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