Business & People Notes

Amber Neville has joined Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers where she will serve as the Account Executive and Feature Writer. Neville earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in Promotional Marketing and Finance from Northern Arizona University in 2003. Neville will assist advertisers with meeting their marketing goals. Neville was previously a contributing writer for the newspaper and will continue to write the TYPros Next Generation Series about Tulsa Young Professionals.

Kelsy Taylor has also joined Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers where she will serve as the Web Editor and Feature Writer. Taylor graduated from the University of Tampa in December where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. Taylor will publish articles to the newspaper’s website and keep the information up to date. She will also increase the social networking of the newspaper. Taylor was previously a contributing writer for the newspaper and will continue to write feature articles.

Another addition to GTR Newspapers is Kelly Johnson, a native of Tulsa who was recently added to the business promotions division. Her primary role will be to originate new business relationships, while her additional responsibility will include facilitating special events and marketing partnerships among businesses within the community with similar interests and zoned targets.

Schnake Turnbo Frank PR named Karen Wicker as Senior Vice President of the Oklahoma City office. Wicker has worked at the firm’s Tulsa office since 2006. Wicker will oversee all phases of the company’s Oklahoma City operations, including client relations, business development and community activism. Before joining Schnake Turnbo Frank, Wicker ran the communications division of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

Also joining Schnake Turnbo Frank PR is Mike Koehler. Koehler has been named the New Media Director to lead the development of an interactive, multimedia division for the firm. Most recently Koehler was multimedia editor for The Oklahoman, where he has received national attention for covering breaking news. He brings more than 15 years of newsroom experience to the position. Koehler graduated from Missouri State University in 1994. He is a member of Central Oklahoma Mensa and supports Boy Scouts of America.

The Holmes Organization has named Kyle Krisman as
a Benefits Consultant. He brings more than 7 years of insurance benefits and sales experience to his position. As a consultant, Krisman is responsible for the development of long-term benefit strategies to reduce employee turnover, increase productivity and design health benefit programs for clients. Krisman received his Bachelor’s in Business Communications from Metropolitan State College. He volunteered with Junior Achievement and Colorado’s Lodo Young Professionals Association.

C. Rieger Wood, III, DDS, was inaugurated as the 103rd President of the Oklahoma Dental Association. Dr. Wood graduated from the OU College of Dentistry in 1981 after obtaining a mathematics degree from OU in 1977. He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists. Dr. Wood also serves as an OUCOD clinical instructor in the Department of Operative Dentistry.

Aaron Cunningham has joined Oseco as a Marketing Specialist. Cunningham will assist with the direction of marketing and service activities, maintain Oseco’s image, coordinate product line plans for new products and conduct research to open new markets for the company’s line of intelligent pressure relief devices.
Cunningham comes to Oseco from IdeaStudio where he was the Marketing Services Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration- Marketing from Oklahoma State University.

AVB Bank is pleased to announce that Ben Dejene has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Downtown Broken Arrow location. Dejene has been with AVB since 2003. Dejene holds a Bachelors Degree from Addis Ababa University. Linda King has also been hired as Assistant Vice President and CRA Officer. Tami Taylor has been hired
as Credit Administration Officer. Taylor is a graduate of NSU and a member of the Risk Management Association.

Downtown Tulsa Unlimited Board announces that after nearly 20 years of service, Jim Norton, president of DTU, will be stepping into a new role as Executive Director of Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership in North Carolina. During his time at DTU, Norton assisted in the progress of downtown Tulsa, pushed for tax increment financing in the early 1990s, pushed for residential development in downtown Tulsa and developed ideas for what eventually became Vision 2025.

The State Board of Directors for BBBSOK has just announced the hiring of Sharla Hall as the Chief Executive Officer. Hall joined BBBSOK in 2006 as the Vice President of Resource Development. In February 2009 she was named the Interim CEO after John Jacobs, former CEO, retired. The agency currently ranks above the national average in its program performance and is currently a Gold Standard Award winner for its growth in children served and fundraising efforts and for the effectiveness of its on-going match support provided to Bigs and Littles.

XETA Technologies announced Paul R. Comeau has been promoted to the newly created position of executive director of operations reporting directly to Greg Forrest, XETA’s president and CEO. In this newly created position, Comeau will oversee the day-to-day operations of all of the company’s service operations.

Updated 05-19-2009

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