Business & People Notes

Roger Marshall, Tulsa National Bank chairman of the board, has announced the appointment of Jim Batson as president of the bank. At the same time, the bank named Calvin Hopcraft as its chief financial officer.

Batson has been involved in Oklahoma banking for over 35 years, spending most of those years with Tulsa area banks. Batson attended Tulsa Community College and The University of Tulsa and graduated from The Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

Hopcraft has served in a variety of Tulsa banking and public accounting roles over the past 24 years. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University and a degree from The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

Sky Fitness & Wellbeing, a local full-service health and wellness facility, hired a new marketing manager recently. Liz McDaniel will work on developing a marketing strategy, annual budget and robust growth plan for all facets of the facility.
McDaniel hold’s a bachelor of arts in advertising and sales from Oklahoma State University.

She formerly was marketing director and spa coordinator at Spa Southern Hills and Elements Spa where she directed all advertising facets, including graphic design and the execution of effective and efficient media plans. McDaniel also previously co-owned a cupcake business, Alter [Egos] Couture Cupcakes.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced recently that Dawn Warrick will join the city of Tulsa as the director of planning and economic development, effective Dec. 16, 2011.

Warrick will be in charge of the planning, real estate management and development services.

Warrick leaves her role as assistant director of planning and design for the Louisville Metro Government in Louisville, Ky. She has more than 15 years of experience in urban planning and was instrumental in securing federal and local grants for Louisville to initiate planning efforts for land use, transportation, sustainability and small area plans. Before her role in Louisville, Warrick worked as a development coordinator for the City of Fayetteville, Ark.

Family and Children’s Service’s (F&CS) has announced the hiring of Tina Wells as director of communications for the agency. 

Wells will provide strategic direction and oversee all public relations, marketing and communications programs in an effort to gain maximum public awareness, visibility, understanding and support for the programs, services and events of the agency.

Prior to joining F&CS, Wells was a senior account executive at Schnake Turnbo Frank | PR in Tulsa. Other previous work experience includes eight years with Emergency Medical Services Authority, where she served as vice president of marketing and policy development for three years. Additionally, Wells worked as a community relations specialist for five years with St. John Health System and as a news producer and assignment editor at for two years.  

Pray Walker is pleased to announce that Kajeer Yar has joined the firm. Yar’s legal specialties include intellectual-property licensing and litigation, private-equity transactions, non-profit governance, best practices and alternative investment regulations.

Prior to joining Pray Walker, Yar practiced with the international law firm Jones Day in its patent-litigation section for eight years. During that time he represented Fortune 100 clients including Texas Instruments, , Apple Computer, Micron, Motorola, Freescale Semiconductor and Nokia in a variety of domestic and international matters involving patent litigation and intellectual-property licensing.

Mark Kinders, vice president for university relations at Northeastern State University for the past three years, will step down in December to join the University of Central Oklahoma administration as vice president for government relations. He will begin his new position in January.

During his Northeastern tenure, Kinders guided the institution through an integrated branding and marketing campaign, “Gather Here. Go Far.” He also constructed a comprehensive state and federal relations program to complement grants activities and to pursue federal directed funding. He also initiated and coordinated the institutional discussion that led to the creation of the Center for Regional and International Partnerships, which unifies institutional responses for assistance or collaborations.

Saxum, an integrated communications firm offering public relations, marketing, creative and social media services, recently hired Jessica Cordt as an account coordinator in the Tulsa office.

As account coordinator, Cordt will be integral in the day-to-day communications activities on her accounts, providing support for social media, media relations, strategic communications and event planning for Saxum’s clients.

Prior to joining Saxum, Cordt served as an intern for the American Diabetes Association providing event support and media relations. She also authored articles and conducted research during her internship with TulsaKids magazine.

Updated 11-22-2011

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