Business & People Notes

TTCU, the credit union and provider of financial services, announces Barbara Holmes as Electronic Services Director. She will have the primary responsibility for overseeing electronic services including ATM/check card services, ACH, payrolls, share drafts and member wires. The Electronic Services Director is a new position that was created to further ensure the highest quality service for members’ transaction accounts. Holmes brings over 20 years of financial services experience to this new position. She has served other institutions managing call centers, member services, collections and tellers.

The Oral Roberts University Board of Trustees recently added a new member, Douglas E. Fears, executive vice president and CFO of Helmerich & Payne, Inc. The addition of Fears makes for a full board at 22 members. Fears joined Helmerich & Payne, Inc., a NYSE-listed, Tulsa-based contract drilling company in 1986 as an internal auditor and has been CFO since 1988. In addition, Fears is co-founder and president of Joseph’s Storehouse, a nonprofit evangelistic and benevolent organization. He also co-founded Stand in the Gap, a nonprofit organization that trains churches to equip their members to help needy individuals experience significant long-term life change.

Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C., is pleased to announce the hiring of William C. Milks, III as a shareholder in the firm’s Tulsa office. Milks received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School. His practice areas include Intellectual Property, including Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Licensing and Litigation.

Stanley A. Lybarger, president and CEO, Bank of Oklahoma, N.A., and BOK Financial Corp., has announced the following appointments and promotions at the December 2008 board meeting: Wilson Moy was appointed to vice president, wealth advisory services manager, in the Trust division. Previously, Moy was employed with Fifth Third Bank.

Sandra Pevey was appointed to vice president, special assets manager III, in the Credit Administration division. Previously, Pevey was employed with The Rowland Group.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel recently announced the addition of five new employees. Tony Nabhan joined the Crowne Plaza as the assistant general manager and director of operations. Nabhan, a former Olympic runner, has a Ph.D. in business management and was most recently the assistant general manager and director of operations at the Radisson Hotel in Bloomington, Minn.

Connie Otis was hired as the hotel’s director of sales and marketing. Prior to joining the Crowne Plaza team, Otis was the director of sales and marketing at the Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa. While there, she directed the marketing efforts for a team of four sales managers, three assistants, a convention service manager and two catering managers. Otis graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Tony Sprouse was hired as the hotel’s senior sales manager. Before joining the Crowne Plaza, Sprouse spent eight years at the Holiday Inn Select Tulsa where he was the director of sales and marketing during his last five years there. Sprouse graduated from Northeastern State University,

Patti Cooper joined the Crowne Plaza as the hotel’s sales manager. Cooper spent four years as the sales manager at Holiday Inn Select Tulsa prior to joining the Crowne Plaza. In her first year at Holiday Inn, Cooper helped increase the local corporate market’s revenue by 100 percent.

Traci Widder Byrd was hired as the new catering manager for the Crowne Plaza Hotel Most recently, Widder Byrd was the senior catering sales manager at the Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa, where she planned and coordinated more than 240 events. She graduated from Ohio State University.

Kelly Fuller has joined Schnake Turnbo Frank PR as an information technology assistant in the firm’s Tulsa office. She served as an intern at STF PR prior to being named to the full-time position. A native of California, Fuller worked in technical support for Staples, Best Buy and Radioshack. In California she attended Delta High School, a private school founded by Microsoft.

Rachel Wright has joined Schnake Turnbo Frank PR as an office/account coordinator in the firm’s Oklahoma City office. Wright has served as an intern since April. Prior to joining STF PR, she was an intern at Oklahoma Today magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in journalism with an emphasis on public relations. She is co-chair of New Young Professionals Committee of the Public Relations Society of America chapter and a member of Alliance of Emerging Professionals.

Members of The Tulsa Hotel & Lodging Association (THLA) elected the following officers for 2009: President, Lacey Lamm of Hilton Tulsa Southern Hills; Vice President, Michael Frimel of Hotel Ambassador; and Treasurer, Randy Dietzel of Preview Magazine. Immediate past president is Pete Patel of Frontier Hotels.

2009 board members representing properties with more than 200 rooms are James Cunningham of Doubletree Hotel at Warren Place and Marlin Keranen of Crowne Plaza.

Representing properties with fewer than 200 rooms are Mukesh Bhakta of Best Western Inn and Suites and Steve Nabilsi of Homewood Suites Tulsa South.

At large board members are Jim Barnard of Post Oak Lodge, Jeff Price of Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center, and Elias Thompson of Hampton Inn Tulsa South.

Representing allied members are Julia Sullivan of Guest Supply and Michael Garner of AmSan Oklahoma.

Honorary board members are Suzann Stewart of the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and John Bolton of the BOK Center. The director of the organization is Ann Marie Edwards.

Updated 01-27-2009

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