The Bill Knight Advantage is Happy in Tulsa
The name Bill Knight has become synonymous with success, at least in greater Tulsa where the Bill Knight name is identified with four outstanding area automobile dealerships.
Crowne Plaza’s Tulsa Social Club the Place to Be
The Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Tulsa continually develops ways to maximize its power of space to provide valuable services to out-of-town guests and local Tulsans. The most recent development is the Tulsa Social Club. “In addition to being a preferred accommodation destination for visitors to our wonderful city, the Crowne Plaza has become a destination in itself among Tulsans,” says Connie Otis, Crowne Plaza director of marketing. “The Tulsa Social Club offers a great way for friends, work colleagues, or any group to get together in a wonderful setting with everything organized and managed by our staff,” she adds.
Clear Skies Ahead For Seth Christ and Sun City Solar
“Green living” may be the latest trend to some and is certainly one of the more buzz-worthy topics in the news today. More and more businesses and people are seeking “alternative” and/or “sustainable” ways to operate their businesses and homes, but Sun City Solar Energy has been available to Tulsa for some time.
TU Business College Hall of Fame Inducts Leaders
The University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business recognized the professional accomplishments of three Tulsa business leaders during its Feb. 26 Business Hall of Fame event at the Allen Chapman Activity Center.
FOREST RIDGE SALUTE: Forest Ridge and Robson Realty recently recognized and honored local realtors and brokers in a banquet held in the Glass Veranda at Forest Ridge Golf Club.
Tulsa Area Real Estate Values Go Up
Sometimes good news is hard to find in these tough economic times; however Tulsa area real estate values have actually increased. January 2009 average home prices increased 10.6% from January 2008. (January 2008 average price saw a slight decrease from January 2007.) Inventory levels, including the amount of new listings decreased; the available inventory for the month was 7,639 compared to 8,154 in January 2008. This means that fewer homes were available “for sale” throughout the month of January.
PSO Honored for Ice Storm Service
The Edison Electric Institute on March 11 honored Public Service Company of Oklahoma with the association’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for its effort in restoring electric service to its customers following a winter storm that blanketed Oklahoma with ice.
New Verizon Store
Verizon Wireless employees and the Tulsa Metro Chamber and the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce kicked-off the grand opening of a new Verizon Wireless store recently at Tulsa Hills.
Members of the Arvest banking team recently hosted a banking seminar at the Stokely Event Center.
The speakers included, from left, Kevin Lackner, senior vice president, commercial relationship manager; Jackie Randle, senior vice president/SBA loan administrator; Kristin Vaughan, mortgage loan officer; Leslie Bercher, vice president, treasury services; and Chuck Foster, certified financial planner, Arvest asset management.
Business & People Notes
Julie Hackler joins Avansic, one of the country’s leading digital forensics and e-discovery firms, as an account executive.
She will be responsible for servicing and educating the legal and business communities on digital forensic technology, as well as the expansion of Avansic’s client base in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and new markets. Hackler graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Math and Science Education. Since then, she has worked for Abbott Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson as a senior sales representative where she was responsible for educating physicians, specialists and new employees on current pharmaceutical products. Hackler has also served as a second grade teacher at Eliot Elementary.
PSO Signs Wind Energy Deal
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), a subsidiary of American Electric Power, announced recently that it has signed long-term agreements to purchase approximately 198 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from two new wind farms planned for western Oklahoma.
Destiny Led Kim Jones to Tulsa Air and Space Museum
Those who fervently believe in destiny and the notion of following one’s heart to success will find much solace in the story of how Kim Jones became curator for Tulsa Air & Space Museum (TASM). When he was offered the position in 1998 it was the end of a long journey, a lifelong dream come true and for all practical purpose it was a match made in heaven.
2009 Tulsa Boat Show Reports Strong Attendance
This year’s Tulsa Boat Sport and Travel show was another success. The show started with much enthusiasm with Boat Show President Phil Keeter and Board Member Ann Swanson displaying Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor’s Boat Show Day Proclamation Feb. 2. The show ran through Feb. 8.
Derrick Baptist an Up and Comer at Cox
In November 2008, the Tulsa Young Professionals hosted a very special event called “D2: Diversity & Dialogue,” and Derrick Baptist was the one of the roundtable event’s chosen moderators. It is easy to understand why he was selected for the position upon first impression.
Matt McCoy Opening
STATE FARM RECEPTION: Friends, family and colleagues joined Matt McCoy in his new agency’s grand opening. Matt McCoy State Farm Agency is located just east of Garnett Road on Kenosha Street (71st Street) next to Bonefish Grill.
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