Business & People Notes

Charles B. “Chuck” Wilson has joined Republic State Mortgage of Houston as a managing partner in Tulsa. Republic is a full service mortgage lender. Wilson, a veteran Tulsa-area mortgage lender, says that in addition to mainstream mortgage products, Republic offers a portfolio of special lending that offers highly competitive and innovative borrowing opportunities. Wilson can be reached at (918) 810-5515 or by e-mail at

Credit Counseling Centers of Oklahoma (CCCO) announces the 2007 Board of Directors and Board Officers. The 2006 Chairman, Bruce Adkins, will repeat the position in 2007.

He is the only person to have ever served in this position for three years in CCCO’s 36-year history. Adkins has been an active member of the Board since January 1995 and has held several positions over the past decade, including treasurer (2002), vice-chairman (2003), chairman-elect (2004) and chairman (2005 and 2006).

The other officers for 2007 include Chair-Elect Phil Mulkins, Tulsa World; Vice-Chair, Floyd Schulte, Public Service Company of Oklahoma; Secretary, Christina Birch, Alliance Resource Partners, LP; and Treasurer Craig Denslow, First United Methodist Church, Okmulgee. CCCO is a member agency of the Tulsa United Way that provides confidential counseling, guidance, debt management and education programs to financially troubled customers. CCCO is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. For more information on CCCO, call (918) 744-5611 or visit
Crowe & Dunlevy announces the addition of Hart Holden as a director of the firm in its business department. Holden’s practice focuses on all types of antitrust counseling and litigation. Prior to joining Crowe & Dunlevy, Holden was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the global law firm of Clifford Chance, where he headed the firm’s government antitrust practice in the United States, advised major companies on a full range of antitrust matters, including regulatory approvals for multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions. See
BOK Financial Corp. announces appointments and promotions: Brenda E. Batchelor was appointed vice president, corporate trust administrator III in the consumer banking and wealth management division.

Cynthia A. Creger was appointed vice president, asset liability strategist in the Institutional Investments division of BOSC, Inc.
Brad Steele was promoted to vice president, trader III in the consumer banking and wealth management division. He has been employed with the bank since January 2006.

Brent A. Crandall was appointed to vice president, trader III in the consumer banking and wealth management division.

Stephen T. Grider was appointed to officer, instore assistant branch manager in the consumer banking and wealth management division.

Charles R. Martinez and Kevin Rubin were both appointed to vice president, senior process engineer in the operations and technology division.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites has named Karen Scanlon as general manager and Tonya Wilson as its new director of sales.
Scanlon as its new general manager. Scanlon is responsible for the hotel’s budget and revenue, staff training and overall guest satisfaction.

Wilson brings several years of experience in communications to her position. As director of sales, her responsibilities will include establishing corporate and group accounts and contracts, coordinating business events, advertising management and community relations. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is located at 2201 N. Stone Wood Circle next to Bass Pro in Broken Arrow.

Operation Aware of Oklahoma, has named Martha Desmond as Executive Director.

Operation Aware is also pleased to announce the 2007 executive committee and board members. David Bryant II has been elected as president. 2007 Executive Committee Members are Susan Walker, and Boone Smith, vice president, Susie Wellendorf Hilti secretary, Steve Canary Treasurer and Lynn Conard Past President

Other board members for 2007 include Charlie Strauser, The Flintco Companies, Inc., Fundraising Chair; Kelly Jezek, EDS, Technology Chair; Kim Fairchild, Tullius Taylor Sartain & Sartain LLP, Finance Chair; Kay Kittleman, AcctKnowledge Financial Staffing, Board Development Chair; Jamie Elliott, James C. Elliot CPA, Public Relations Chair; Tyrance Billingsley, Farmer’s Insurance; Ann Farbro, BOK Financial; Jeff Kendall, Arvest Bank; Doug Kinzie, Bank of Oklahoma; Cindy Marshall, Tracy McKenzie, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma; Marty Muck, Keller Williams, Nilda Reyes, Tulsa Public Schools; Kayla Robinson, Marshall Elementary School, and Stephanie Royce.
For additional information about Operation Aware, log on to, or call (918) 582-7884.

International Insurance Brokers Ltd. announced the addition of three new associates.
Edwin J. Cunningham Jr. brings more than 40 years of experience to his role as an associate and surety practice leader. With an expertise in surety and insurance, Cunningham’s previous employers have included North American Group, United States Fidelity & Guaranty, CNA Surety Corporation and Marsh & McLennan Companies.

Antoine Wilson brings more than six years of insurance experience to his position of associate in IIB’s new business team. Licensed for medical, life and disability insurance, Wilson will be responsible for marketing clients’ group programs and maintaining IIB’s insurance carrier database.

Tanya K. Robinson joins IIB as an associate and is responsible for providing customer service and office support. She is a certified legal assistant with honors from the University of North Texas.

Gary D. Woods, CLU ChFC, a registered representative with Woodbury Financial Services, Inc. in Tulsa has earned one of Plancos’s highest honors, membership in the Monarch Society for The Hartford Mutual Funds. The Monarch Society is Planco’s way of recognizing those representatives who excel in meeting their clients’ financial needs.

Updated 01-23-2007

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