Editor’s Note: Tulsa-area leadership has been working hard over the past few years to keep young professional talent in the region. One organization that has been very effective with these efforts is Tulsa’s Young Professionals, known by its acronym “TYPros.” This is one of an ongoing Newspapers series spotlighting young Tulsa leadership. Greater Tulsa is fortunate to have young talent contributing to its betterment.
The Buy Bixby Campaign has begun again and will provide the community with a fun way to shop for the holidays. The City of Bixby and the Bixby Chamber of Commerce teamed up to form the campaign in order to encourage holiday shopping in the community and to showcase the merchants, products and services in the area.
ENERGY GIANTS: Larry Nichols, right, Chairman and of Devon Energy Corp. of Oklahoma City, was the guest speaker at the Nov. 11 Rotary Club of Tulsa luncheon meeting. Keith Bailey, left, the of Tulsa-based Williams from 1994-2002, was the Rotarian of the Day and introduced Nichols. Devon is the largest U.S.-based independent natural gas and oil producer.
NIGHT: Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers was the media sponsor for the University of Tulsa opening basketball game with St. Mary’s of Texas Nov. 13. Assistant Publisher Daniel Cameron displays the annual Golden Hurricane Basketball Preview, which was distributed at the game to over 4,000 fans.
From a cigar box in the right hand desk drawer in Room 326 at Central High School in downtown Tulsa, to assets approaching $1 billion. That, in a sentence, is the 75-year history of Tulsa Teachers Credit Union (). That history is complete with a few words about TTCU’s remarkable devotion to one overarching principle: serving its members.
Kevin and Cheryl Ishmael announce that they have recently opened Little Creek Hardwoods in Tulsa. The business specializes in native and exotic hardwoods for a variety of project ideas. Project consignments will provide crafters with an area to display their work. Lessons will also be an integral component of the business that has a large equipped workshop on site. The Ishmael’s plan to reach out to the community by building wooden toys for the Toys for Tots program as well as working closely with wood associations. Little Creek Hardwoods is located at 6540 E. 41st St. For more information, call (918) 764-9663.
SPIRITED COMMITTEE: Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week included celebrations of Tulsa’s rich entrepreneurial history with learning opportunities, the Mayor’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award ceremony and the Tulsey Awards. Jeremy Green won the Spirit Awards with Real Time Rehab.
Dustin Thames is a proud, Tulsa young professional whose interests are as colorful as his mid-century modern living room in the Lortondale neighborhood of Tulsa. Thames claims about himself, “fashion, event planning, real estate, architecture… favorite colors, navy blue and gray. If I wore only these two colors, I’d be content.”
CHAMBER RETREAT: The Small Business Council of the Tulsa Metro Chamber held its annual retreat Oct. 9 at the Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills. Leo Presley facilitated the retreat. From left are President-Elect Cari Marshall of L&M Office Furniture, President Rick Bahlinger of Runners Licensing, Presley and Kinnee Tilly, the Chamber’s vice president of business retention and small business.
Area leaders gathered recently to celebrate the completion of construction for Tulsa’s newest aviation maintenance hangar. The dedication took place inside the nearly 80,000 square foot hangar.
Tulsa based Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. maintained its status as the city’s number one ranked law firm in the 2010 issue of Best Lawyers in America guide. Hall Estill’s Tulsa office ranked number one for the total number of lawyers listed and for the number of practice areas. The new attorneys ranked this year are Bonnie N. Hackler as a Best Lawyer in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law along with Stephen W. Ray who is ranked for the first time in two practice areas, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, and Corporate Law.
Edward Jones Financial Advisor Jennifer Nichols of Tulsa was a Technical Analyst for Sabre Holdings Inc. when she switched careers to financial services. During her five years with the firm, she has seen many women leave other careers and succeed as financial advisors.
The Viktor Schulz family has a long history that ranges from Catherine the Great in Russia to building interesting homes throughout greater Tulsa.
Mayor Kathy Taylor’s recent State of the City address was symbolic of Tulsa’s “new kind of energy” as she highlighted development and progress downtown. Contributing to the buzz and productivity is this month’s featured Tulsa Young Professional Clarence Boyd. “If you have one brief conversation with him, you’ll know he is aggressive, broad-thinking and creative. Just the type of mindset our firm wants,” says Bill Savage, Business Development Manager and Boyd’s mentor at Selser Schaefer Architects in downtown Tulsa.
Entrepreneurship is in Brent Lollis’ blood. His mother literally began her business the week he was born. His father owned a completely separate business that he began in Lollis’ teen years. Lollis grew up seeing first hand the effort needed to make a business survive: working on Saturdays, getting payroll out on time, filling orders. So it seems natural he would have a knack for being in business himself. And he does.