General Manager Selected for BOK Center
Mayor Kathy Taylor and SMG, the company selected to operate the BOK Center and Tulsa Convention Center, recently announced their choice of John Bolton as general manager of both facilities.
<small><i>GTR Oil Series, Part 21:</i></small> Tulsa’s Energy Based Economy Spawns Niche Companies
Editor’s Note: This is the final article in a multi-part series about the past, present and future of the oil industry in greater Tulsa and throughout the region. The series began in Mid-June 2005 and has been published monthly since. The next GTR Newspapers series will look at the development of the aviation industry in greater Tulsa and will begin in the Mid-March issues.
Originally, Tulsa’s energy-based economy was built by risk takers, entrepreneurs and visionaries who were willing to bet it all on petroleum as the country’s energy source of the future. They were rewarded for their foresight as the need and value of petroleum energy and products rose with America’s rapid industrialization during the first half of the 20th century. The resulting engineering and technological requirements of the growing industry provided many resourceful Tulsans with ample opportunities to build companies around innovative products and services addressing specific needs in the energy industry. It would be impossible to accurately measure the cumulative affect these niche-market, business to business companies have had on Tulsa economic well being. Suffice it to say it has been and continues to be enormous.
GTR Enters 15th Year; Wins Statewide Award
The Greater Tulsa Reporters Newspapers group has entered its 15th year with the publishing of this month’s issue of the Union Boundary.
CPA Changes Direction, Opens Nestle Toll House
Sandy Kinion has started a new career.
The long-term certified public accountant is now hard at work dishing out ice cream, baking cookies and serving up sandwiches at her new place of business, Nestle Toll House Café and Brick House Subs at 9616 E. 71st St. (the southwest corner of 71st Street and Mingo Road).
Edward Jones Associates Accept Limited Partnerships
The following Edward Jones associates in the Tulsa area have accepted limited partnership offerings in The Jones Financial Cos., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial-services firm.
Business & People Notes
Joseph E. Kidwell of the financial-services firm Edward Jones achieved the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS). Kidwell successfully completed the AAMS from the Denver-based College for Financial Planning. To complete the program, he had to pass a final exam and sign a code of ethics and disclosure form. The advanced training offers investment professionals hands-on information needed to provide comprehensive financial services.
<small>MADONNA HOUSE TEA:</small>
Director of Catholic Charities Tim Sullivan, Henry Zarrow, Bishop Slattery and Director of Madonna House Cathy Hill all attended the 17th annual Madonna Mother/Child Tea, Fashion Show and Silent Auction Feb. 10 at the Southern Hills Country Club.
Miss Oklahoma Visit
BBBS ADVOCATE: Dollar Thrifty Director of Image and Compliance Judy Gadlage, Miss Oklahoma Lindsey Miller and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma Vice President for Partnerships and Marketing Barbara Sorochty spoke with Dollar Thrifty employees Feb. 16 about becoming involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) in the Tulsa area.
The Trust Company of Oklahoma recently hosted an informative luncheon discussion titled “Economic and Market Outlook” at Southern Hills Country Club.
Entrepreneurial Companies Keeping Energy Alive in Tulsa
Editor’s Note: This article is the 20th in a multi-part series about the past, present and future of the oil industry in greater Tulsa and throughout the region. The series began in Mid-June 2005 and has been published monthly since. The series is available on this Web site.
State Chamber Honors Mocha
The Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce honored Tulsan Larry Mocha at a reception at the Tulsa Historical Society on Jan. 9.
From left are State Chamber Northeastern Area Manager Mark D. Rathe, State Representative Pam Peterson, Mocha, Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and State Representative Lucky Lamons. Mocha is owner of Air Power Systems in Tulsa and is past chair of the State Chamber.
Community Bank Parent Merges with ONB Bank
Twenty-First Century Financial Services Company and Central Bancompany have jointly announced an agreement in which Twenty-First Century will merge with Central Bancompany, according to Tom Bennett of ONB Bank and Trust Company. Twenty First Century is the parent company of ONB Bank and Trust Company.
Rex PR Moves Up
Rex Public Relations, L.L.C. moved to the 23rd floor of the Mid-Continent Tower, 401 S. Boston Ave. Rex Public Relations had been located on the lobby level of the building since the firm was founded in 2002 by CEO Ryan Rex.
Business & People Notes
Charles B. “Chuck” Wilson has joined Republic State Mortgage of Houston as a managing partner in Tulsa. Republic is a full service mortgage lender. Wilson, a veteran Tulsa-area mortgage lender, says that in addition to mainstream mortgage products, Republic offers a portfolio of special lending that offers highly competitive and innovative borrowing opportunities. Wilson can be reached at (918) 810-5515 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
<i>Modern Amenities Suit Empty Nesters, Young Professionals</i>
Niche marketing for real estate has probably existed since the caveman with two sabretooth tiger rugs tried to get a larger cave than his neighbor, who only had one rug. Certainly, over the decades, mansions were not built in the low-rent district and tenements didn’t appear in the more fashionable parts of town.
Many of the two-bedroom houses in the Brookside area were thrown up right after World War II to take care of returning servicemen, their wives and small families.
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