Tulsa Aviation Reaches New Heights After WWII
Editor’s Note: This is the 12th article in a multi-part series about the growth of the aviation industry in greater Tulsa and throughout the region. The series explores the many unique contributions made by Tulsans to what has become a major aspect of the area economy. The editors of GTR Newspapers want to acknowledge and thank the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and the Tulsa Historic Society for research assistance and the use of many of the historic photos that accompany these articles.
GTR Newspapers Celebrates 15 Years
With the Mid-February 2008 issue of all six newspapers, the Greater Tulsa Reporter is celebrating its 15th anniversary as a local publication. GTR will be honored for this milestone at a reception given by the Tulsa Press Club at the end of February.
The Hilton at Southern Hills, 7900 S. Lewis Ave. in Tulsa, held an “encore celebration,” marking the completion of a $7 million renovation project. Renovations encompassed the entire hotel including all 287 guest rooms and nine new suites, public areas, banquet rooms, Legends Grill, Falls Lounge, indoor pool and fitness center. Helping celebrate with a bottle of champagne are, from left, COO of McSam Hotel Group Gary Wisinski, General Manager Lacey Lamm and President and CEO of Packard Hospitality Group Michael Goldstein.
UBuildIt Giving Tulsans Opportunity to Dream Big
Oprah has been promoting a new program not unlike “The Secret,” called “A New Earth,” in which one visualizes what he/she wants and miracles are said to happen.
Business & People Notes
First Fidelity Bank promoted Alyssa Sims to Tulsa area market manager. Sims previously served as office manager of First Fidelity’s office in Noble, Okla. She brings more than six years of banking experience to her position. As market manager, Sims is responsible for managing the sales and service performance of the Tulsa offices and is accountable for market growth and client retention. In addition to her role as area market manager, Sims also will run the bank’s Tulsa Signal Hill office at 8120 S. Yale Ave.
Arvest Expanding Services
Arvest Bank is introducing new services to customers in the Tulsa area, including seven-day banking at select locations and extended deposit at all Tulsa branches.
The Depression Years: Tulsa Aviation Flew Through the 1930s
Tulsa’s “Golden Era” of aviation is considered to have been between the 1920s and 1940s. The decade of the 1920s was characterized by enthusiastic aviation innovators teaming with brave and skillful pilots financed by burgeoning oil barons and resourceful entrepreneurs to create a synergistic energy that helped catapult the aviation industry onto the national stage. The aviation successes of the 20s would position Tulsa to be a major player in the war effort of the 40s. But before the “Big One” there came the 30s presenting unique challenges and opportunities for Tulsa aviation.
Community Bank Living Up to Its Name, Reputation
It has served Tulsa on the west side of the Arkansas River since Woodrow Wilson was president. It has been sold several times but the name remains (largely) the same. Community Bank, at 2420 Southwest Blvd. may have been serving the parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents of its current customers. It is not only going strong but also planning to go stronger.
California Missions Inspire Shopping Center
Doug Collins had passed the vacant lot on the northeast corner of 101st Street and Mingo Road dozens of times without giving it much of a thought.
Business & People Notes
Countrywide Financial Corporation announced the promotion of Jason Oelrich to Home Loan Manager for its distributed retail lending offices located in the greater Tulsa area and northwest Arkansas. Oelrich is a nationally recognized correspondent mortgage-banking expert. Immediately prior to joining Countrywide, Oelrich served as the president and managing director of Liberty Financial Group where he also served in various advisory roles for several multi-national
mortgage banks, including Countrywide, Residential Funding Corporation, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns and HSBC Mortgage Services.
Oklahoma Central Credit Union Grows
WilServ Credit Union recently merged into Oklahoma Central Credit Union. Oklahoma Central is a $245 million credit union with six branch locations in the Tulsa area. WilServ, the former Williams Employees Credit Union, is a $75 million credit union with three branch locations in Tulsa with the main office located at 81st Street and Yale Avenue.
Heroes Big and Small Make Up Tulsa Aviation History
Editor’s Note: This is the tenth article in a multi-part series about the growth of the aviation industry in greater Tulsa and throughout the region. The series explores the many unique contributions made by Tulsans to what has become a major aspect of the area economy. The editors of GTR Newspapers want to acknowledge and thank the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and the Tulsa Historic Society for research assistance and the use of many of the historic photos that accompany these articles.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber, in conjunction with the William S. Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, hosted the annual Economic Outlook Conference at the Doubletree Hotel Warren Place on Dec. 5.
Tulsa Law Firm in the Hunt for Best Attorneys
Four attorneys from Hall Estill appeared for the first time this year in the 2007/2008 “Best Lawyers in America.” “Best Lawyers” is the oldest and most highly regarded, peer-review referral guide in the legal profession. When combined with the 21 attorneys annually appearing on the list, the total of highly rated attorneys makes Hall Estill one of the highest ranked law firms in Oklahoma.
TTCU Announces School Pride Visa Check Cards and Donations
TTCU announced the addition of a product called School Pride Visa Check Cards. The new program will allow TTCU members to choose among 20 options featuring 19 area high schools, as well as NSU, as their debit card for their checking account. This new product was introduced to the public via a broad marketing campaign including radio, television and print advertising as well as point of sale at the TTCU branches.
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