L&M Hosts Patriotic Open House

Cari and Gordon Marshall, owners of L&M Office Furniture, hosted an open house for customers, vendors, and friends on October 21. The well-attended event was highlighted by the presence of Lou Miller, the founder of the company, and John Edens, a former employee who is now stationed with the U.S. military in Iraq.

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TPi Billing Solutions Grows,

For the second year in a row, a Tulsa company has made Inc. magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. TPi Billing Solutions, a provider of invoice production, customer service, accounts receivable management, and collections, had a five-year sales growth of 612 percent and ranked 295 on the list, according to Inc.

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Certified Auto Opens New Location

Certified Auto Center recently opened a new location at 3111 S. 129th E. Ave. To celebrate the company’s second location, owner Jonathan Knoerdel is holding a Fall Grand Opening Celebration during which anyone who visits the 31st Street and 129th East Avenue location through November 27 has a chance to register for 250 gallons of gas, a set of four tires, and a family ice cream spree from Braum’s. Souvenirs and gifts will also be available.

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Ken Skillman Named President of Community Bank’s Central Location

Randy Allison, CEO of the Community Bank and Trust Company, has announced the presidency of Kenneth Skillman at the bank’s Central location, which is located at 4880 S. Lewis Ave. in Tulsa. The bank has two other Tulsa locations, the West Bank at 2420 Southwest Boulevard, and the East Bank at 9004 E. 61st Street. Wes Harmon is president of the West Bank, and Sandy Bjornson is president of the East Bank.

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A Wake-Up Call About Energy

Editor’s Note: The author is a veteran energy executive, analyst, and consultant to international financial firms. He is a founder of the Tulsa-based International Society of Energy Advocates and is very concerned about the world’s energy future. The following is an excerpt of a speech he gave to the Lion’s Club of Tulsa in October.

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Kum and Go Completes Acquisition of 40 Oklahoma Git-n-Go Convenience Stores

Iowa-based Kum and Go convenience stores successfully acquired 76 convenience stores owned by Tulsa-based Git-n-Go convenience stores on June 15, 2004. In the $9 million purchase agreement, Kum and Go acquired 40 convenience stores located in Oklahoma and 36 in Missouri. The transition began Monday, June 21 with all newly-acquired stores converted to Kum and Go stores on or before July 7. The value of existing inventory will be added to the final total cost.

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Mays and Med-X Acquired by USA Drug

USA Drug announced the purchase of Mays Drug Stores, headquartered in Tulsa, and Med-X Drug Stores, also headquartered in Tulsa. The Mays drug chain currently operates 39 drug stores in the Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri area. The Med-X drug chain operates 22 drug stores in the Tulsa area. After the purchase, USA Drug will operate 23 franchise stores and 152 corporate stores.

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Baskets to Treasure Specializes in Unique Corporate Gifts


Sometimes friends make the best business partners. That is true of Elaine Darling and Shelly Perkins, who purchased a south Tulsa gift basket store in April of last year. During their first year Darling and Perkins revamped the business and added Darling’s award-winning floral design skills to the gift baskets and retail items the shop carried.

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CEO Yvonne Hovell Leads East Tulsa Dodge’s Growth


Yvonne Hovell, the president and CEO of East Tulsa Dodge, has brought her success story to Green Country, much to the satisfaction of those she reaches through civic responsibility, employee relations, and consumer expectations.
Raised on the East Coast, Hovell graduated from high school in Philadelphia. While growing up, she was encouraged by her mother, who said more than once: “Yvonne, you will get your college education.”

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