Business & People Notes

First Fidelity Bank promoted Alyssa Sims to Tulsa area market manager. Sims previously served as office manager of First Fidelity’s office in Noble, Okla. She brings more than six years of banking experience to her position. As market manager, Sims is responsible for managing the sales and service performance of the Tulsa offices and is accountable for market growth and client retention. In addition to her role as area market manager, Sims also will run the bank’s Tulsa Signal Hill office at 8120 S. Yale Ave.

Arkansas Valley State Bank announced the hiring of Jimmy R. Boze as President and CEO. A native of Arkansas, Boze graduated from Southwestern College and the Colorado Graduate School of Banking. He brings over 30 years of experience to his new position at AVSB. Half of his 30 year banking career has been spent in the Tulsa area, most recently as market president manager and chief lending officer of a local bank.

TTCU Credit Union announced the promotion of Liz Stidham to vice president of branch operations. She will have the primary responsibility for overseeing the operations of all of the branch locations. Stidham joined TTCU as a Consumer Loan Officer and has held several supervisory and management positions. She received a business administration degree from Oklahoma State University in 1981 and worked for Citicorp and Norwest Mortgage before joining TTCU in April of 1987. Stidham was promoted to her new position from her most recent assignment as branch manager of the Jenks and Plaza Branches.

Schnake Turnbo Frank announced Lucinda Rojas has been named account executive. Rojas joined the firm in 2006 and previously served as an account coordinator. Prior to joining the firm as an account coordinator, Rojas completed an internship at Schnake Turnbo Frank. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication with minors in marketing and Spanish from the University of Tulsa.

RSU Public Television in Claremore announced Mary Beth Turner of Ozark, Ark. is the newest addition to the station. Turner accepted the position of producer/ director as RSU Public Television launches into new programming and documentary filmmaking. Turner recently finished coursework towards a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking at the University of Arkansas Lemke Dept. of Journalism in Fayetteville. She plans to graduate this fall with a premiere of her documentary thesis titled “Ties that Bend, The Story of Turner Bend, Arkansas.”
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors announced the hiring of Rod McCalman as business development and recruitment director. McCalman has extensive knowledge and experience in expanding companies, recruiting and retention in the Real Estate Industry. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and is active in the Superintendent Business Advisory Cabinet for Tulsa Public Schools.

Operation Aware of Oklahoma, Inc., a Tulsa-based non-profit organization providing prevention education and positive life skills training to students, elected Susan Walker (attorney with Boone, Smith, Davis, Hurst & Dickman) as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Also elected are Jeff Kendall, Arvest Bank, chairman elect; Kim Fairchild, Tullius Taylor Sartain & Sartain, treasurer; and Kay Kittleman, SemGroup, secretary. David W. Bryant II, Dave Bryant Agency, serves as immediate past chairman.

Edward Jones announced the hiring of Karie Kluesner as the new financial advisor for the Jenks’ branch office located at 611 E. Main St. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and through its affiliates in Canada and the United Kingdom. Every aspect of the firm’s business is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work.

Tulsa Area United Way President and CEO Mark R. Graham announced Sharon Gallagher has been named as the new vice president of community investments. Gallagher is the former executive director of development at OU-Tulsa.

Thomas Gilcrease Museum Association named Linda Galbraith as director of membership and annual giving. Galbraith is returning to the position after a short leave of absence. She has worked at the museum for 18 years. TGMA also announced Anne Brockman has been named public information officer. Brockman had worked as a reporter and photographer for the Tulsa World’s Broken Arrow Community World since 2004.

MidFirst Bank announced Jim Holloman has been named senior vice president and managing director of Tulsa private banking. Holloman started with MidFirst Bank on Nov. 26, 2007. Holloman will be the market leader for MidFirst Bank’s private banking initiatives in Tulsa, responsible for building the private bank team and the bank’s growth strategy. Holloman joins MidFirst Bank from Bank of Oklahoma, where he was an executive vice president for 14 years, responsible for Trust and private financial services. Holloman worked for over 20 years with Bank of Oklahoma and has over 34 years of experience in the financial industry.

The Tulsa Police Department announced the promotion of Sgt. Richard Alexander to the rank of Captain and Officer Bob Heidlage to the rank of Sergeant. A promotion ceremony was held at the Tulsa Police Training Center, 6066 E. 66th St. North, on Jan. 18. Following the ceremony, the command staff of the Tulsa Police Department attended a leadership course instructed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis announced J. Patrick Mensching has joined the firm in its Tulsa office. Mensching received a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1979 and received a juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1982. During his 25 years of law practice, Mensching has tried numerous bench and jury trials in the Oklahoma state and federal courts. His areas of experience include a wide range of business and commercial litigation and collection matters. Mensching will practice in the firm’s Civil Litigation Group.

Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis also announced that Kiemonn Jones was recently appointed by the Tulsa City Council to serve as an Associate Municipal Judge. Jones, who has been a member of the Riggs Abney firm since 2001, received her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University in 1998 and her juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 2001. In addition to her duties as an Associate Municipal Judge, Jones will continue her law practice at the firm’s Tulsa office in the areas of criminal, education, employment, and civil litigation matters.

Monte Miron has joined AXA Advisors, LLC as a financial professional. The announcement was made by John Coburn, executive vice president of the western division of AXA Advisors and branch manager of the Oklahoma branch. Miron has been in the insurance and investment business for 25 years, assisting clients with retirement planning, business insurance solutions and estate planning. By choosing AXA Advisors as his affiliated broker/dealer, Miron will continue to work with clients to help them define their financial goals and create strategies to help them achieve their objectives with the added support of one of the nation’s leading financial protection and wealth management firms.

Janine Morales has been elected as the Brookside Business Association President for 2008. Morales has lived in Brookside for 16 years and has owned a State Farm agency in the area for 18 years. Association officers include Vice President Karen Keith, Vice President Travis Firey, Secretary Kathy Doss, Treasurer Deeann Ritter, Membership Chair Amy Tidwell and Restaurant and Bar Committee Chair Mike Smith.

ONEOK, Inc. announced officer appointments effective immediately. Carol Lawhorn, currently senior vice president and chief accounting officer, has been named chief accounting officer. Stephen Allen has been promoted to vice president and associate general counsel. Joseph McCormick has been promoted to vice president and associate general counsel.

Updated 02-18-2008

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