FIRST DAY: Chet Cadieux, center, was inaugurated as chairman of the board of directors of the Tulsa Metro Chamber at the Tulsa renaissance Hotel and Convention Center on Jan. 11. At left is Mike Neal, Tulsa Metro Chamber president and CEO and at right is outgoing chairman Steve Turnbo.
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The Tulsa Metro Chamber elected Chet Cadieux, chairman, chief executive officer and president of the QuikTrip Corporation as the 2007 chairman of the board of directors at its Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 11.
Cadieux succeeds Steve Turnbo, chairman of Schnake Turnbo Frank, Inc. More than 1,100 area business leaders, local officials and citizens were in attendance when the Chamber formally inaugurated Cadieux at its annual meeting. The Annual Meeting was presented by Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and hosted by the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.
Founded in 1958, QuikTrip is now the 28th largest privately-held company in the United States. With annual revenues of more than $7 billion, QuikTrip has more than 9,000 employees in 475 stores across nine states.
Cadieux began his career at the age of 16 as a part-time clerk in one of the stores and began his full-time career with QuikTrip upon graduation from the University of Tulsa.
In addition to serving as the chairman of QuikTrip Corporation’s board, Cadieux currently serves as a director on the following boards: Sheetz, Inc. of Altoona, Pa., the Bank of Oklahoma, the Tulsa Community Foundation and the Executive Advisory Board of the College of Business Administration at the University of Tulsa. He has also served as past board member of the National Association of Convenience Stores.
Among QuikTrip’s numerous service awards and industry recognition is the four-time listing on Fortune magazine’s Best Companies to Work for in America.
Honored guests at the head table included Mayor Kathy Taylor, Commissioner Randi Miller and Tulsa City Councilor Bill Martinson as Chairman Cadieux announced the culmination of the Chamber’s strategic planning process and identified major initiatives the Tulsa Metro Chamber will undertake during the next five years including: (1) Arkansas River development; (2) downtown development; (3) economic development and workforce attraction; (4) workforce preparation through education; and (5) developing a regional public/private legislative agenda.
Mayor Kathy Taylor also provided comments regarding legislative and city issues facing the business community.
Gold sponsors at the event included the Cherokee Casino Resort, Cox Radio Inc., Cubic, GTR Newspapers, The Journal Record, Key Personnel, Lamar, Littlefield and Tulsa People.
Annually, more than 2,700 businesses support the activities of the Tulsa Metro Chamber through membership investment. Chamber members include businesses and organizations from more than 70 communities throughout the 10-county metropolitan area and the state of Oklahoma and represent 175,000 area employees.
Read more about the Chamber’s five year initiatives in the upcoming January 2007 Chamber Report.