Business & People Notes

Kevin and Cheryl Ishmael announce that they have recently opened Little Creek Hardwoods in Tulsa. The business specializes in native and exotic hardwoods for a variety of project ideas. Project consignments will provide crafters with an area to display their work. Lessons will also be an integral component of the business that has a large equipped workshop on site. The Ishmael’s plan to reach out to the community by building wooden toys for the Toys for Tots program as well as working closely with wood associations. Little Creek Hardwoods is located at 6540 E. 41st St. For more information, call (918) 764-9663.

Molly Aspan, attorney for Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C., recently spoke at the annual Substance Abuse Program Admin-istrators Assoc-iation (SAPAA) conference in Texas. The focus of the conference was to update employee managers on current issues, regulations and trends pertaining to drug free workplace programs and legal compliance regarding implementation of employee drug and alcohol testing. She is a frequent speaker at labor and employment seminars and was the only presenter from Oklahoma at the conference. Her presentation specifically covered the area of drug and alcohol testing policy and procedures for employers.

Bluewater Managed Services recently announced the hiring of a new business development manager. Bill Bryan will focus on building Bluewater’s name recognition in the marketplace by establishing strong business relationships with potential clients and continuing to push the managed service firm to provide the highest customer satisfaction in the market. Driven by results, Bryan brings more than a decade of technical experience and professional milestones.

Keller Williams Realty announces that Val Gaudet has joined their South Tulsa Market Center. Gaudet graduated with distinction from the University of Akron’s Mary Schiller School of Art in Ohio. She brings an energetic appreciation, enthusiasm and commitment to superior customer service combined with her involvement in community services in the Tulsa and Jenks areas.

Century Bank of Oklahoma has announced eight additions to their management teams in Tulsa and Pryor. Joining the Tulsa office are Senior Vice President Marlon Goodwin and Vice President John Linhardt. Goodwin has 10 years of financial and banking experience starting as a trading and financial analyst and more recently, as senior vice president of commercial lending for an Oklahoma bank. Linhardt has 10 years of banking experience and more than 20 years in the sales and marketing fields. He comes to Century Bank from a director of business development position at another bank.

Longtime chamber executive Richard Rush announces that he will retire as president and of The State Chamber of Oklahoma effective March 31, 2010, to pursue other business projects and to spend time with family. Rush led several high-profile campaigns, including passage of Right-to-Work, implementation of the civil justice reform law, creation of the Oklahoma Prosperity Project and a financial overhaul of the State Chamber, which now operates debt-free. Rush is also credited with saving the Oklahoma business community two billion dollars during his tenure.

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has named local businesswoman Talia Shaull to the Tulsa Community College Board of Regents. As a Regent, Shaull will be responsible for policy and oversight of Tulsa Community College. She was sworn in at a regular meeting of the Board of Regents. However, her appointment must be approved by a vote of the full Oklahoma Senate. Shaull is a program director for the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, a non-profit health and human services agency specializing in community planning and research.

Arvest Asset Management announces that it has promoted Carrie Coles to senior vice president, regional investment officer, Arvest Asset Management. Coles, who joined Arvest Bank in 1998, has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. She attended Western Kentucky University and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. Arvest Bank also announces that it has promoted April Allen to assistant vice president, assistant operations manager. Allen has been with Arvest for nine years.

Colleen J. Payne-Nabors, owner and of Tulsa’s Mobile Cardiac Imaging () Diagnostic Center, was honored at the Inc. 500|5000 Conference for her achievements as an Inc. 5000 business owner and her entrepreneurial spirit. The conference, held in Washington, D.C., brought together the current Inc. 5000 honorees and alumni of the list along with the national business community. The remarkable achievements of the Inc. 5000 companies and their contributions to this global economy were celebrated at this event.

Anil Kaul, M.D., D.D.S., M.P.H., an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, has been appointed as a senior public health advisor with the U.S. Department of State, helping to evaluate basic health care structures and identify priority needs in Iraq. Kaul, a native of India, has a diverse, international background as physician, dentist, researcher, and teacher. “I have lived and practiced in resource poor environments and I know the challenges. This is a unique opportunity for me as a physician, but also it is an honor and a privilege.”

Russell W. Kidd has recently joined the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa at the development and public relations manager. Kidd has a seven-year history in arts development in Tulsa, most recently as development manager at the Tulsa Opera. Before entering the nonprofit sector, he was a planning and systems analyst for Williams and a trust operations officer for BancOklahoma Trust Company. Kidd joins during a time of growth as plans are developed for a Visual Arts Center in the Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa.

Updated 11-23-2009

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