Oklahoma Chamber Opens Tulsa Office

TULSA WELCOME: Tulsa civic leader Steve Turnbo welcomes the State Chamber of Oklahoma to its new Tulsa office located at 511 S. Boston Ave. Looking on from left are Fred Morgan, president and CEO of the Oklahoma State Chamber; Mark Rathe, Tulsa-Northeastern area manager of the Oklahoma State Chamber and Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Metro Chamber.

The State Chamber of Oklahoma celebrated the opening of its new Tulsa office recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The office is located in the heart of the business district, on the street level of the Philcade building at 511 S. Boston Ave.

“Business is the foundation for any community,” said President and of The State Chamber Fred Morgan. “It’s exciting to open an office in an area with such a rich history of successful companies and business leaders. We are truly thankful for our relationship with all the local chambers of commerce across Oklahoma and thank those in attendance at the ribbon cutting for being a part of this historic moment for The State Chamber.”

“Our relationship with local chambers and economic development organizations from across Oklahoma is what makes The State Chamber successful in its efforts to protect Oklahoma’s business climate at the state Capitol,” said Federation and Grassroots Development Vice President Danna Fowble, who is responsible for working directly with the 227 local chambers in Oklahoma. “I was thrilled by the number of chambers who showed up to help us celebrate our Tulsa office opening and for the many miles they traveled for this event and thankful they came.”

Mark Rathe, northeastern area manager, said this is a big step for The State Chamber of Oklahoma and the future of the organization.

“This is a vision that has been in the plans for a long time now,” Rathe said. “An office in Tulsa will build on the strong relationships and involvement with our chamber and economic development leaders in northeastern Oklahoma.”

Area chamber representatives in attendance included Collinsville- Wanda Nyberg, Sand Springs-JC Kinder, Bixby-Lisa Navrkal, Muskogee-Sue Harris, Sapulpa-Suzanne Shirey, Choctaw-Tracy Mosley, Jenks-Annette Bowles, Fairview-Jeannie Marlin; Hema Kumar, Indo American Chamber and Collinsville -Traci Conley. Also, Ponca City-Rich Cantillon and Owasso-Gary Akin.

The State Chamber of Oklahoma has more than 2,000 membership locations, representing over 400,000 employees. The State Chamber of Oklahoma is a unique, non-partisan membership organization. It is the only organization in Oklahoma to represent all types and sizes of business and industry in all parts of the state. For more information, visit www.okstatechamber.com.

Updated 10-05-2010

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