DON SIBLEY, Tulsa Metro Chamber
The Tulsa Metro Chamber elected Becky J. Frank, chairman and of Schnake Turnbo Frank PR, as its 2012 chair of the Board of Directors. Frank succeeds Chair Dr. Gerard Clancy, president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.
More than 1,200 area business leaders, local officials and citizens were in attendance when the Chamber formally inaugurated Frank at its annual meeting Jan. 10.
The Annual Meeting is presented by Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and hosted by the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.
A video presentation featuring a review of 2011 accomplishments, an awards presentation and Frank’s inauguration address unveiled the Chamber’s primary initiatives it will undertake during 2012. These initiatives include continuing the Chamber’s efforts to lead progress by advancing change and initiating development in the region; maintaining the Chamber’s long-term strategic plan and focus on economic development, regional tourism, legislative success, education and expanding regionalism. Frank also plans to focus on promoting a positive and confident attitude about the Tulsa region. She invited the community to enVision the possibilities for strengthening the region’s foothold as Oklahoma’s center for culture and quality of life.
Frank is one of Oklahoma’s leaders – both in business and in civic affairs. She combines a strong business network with public relations savvy, and in her time with Schnake Turnbo Frank PR has significantly grown both its staff and client base. She joined the firm as partner and chief operating officer, was named president in 2000 and now serves as chairman and chief executive officer.
Before joining the firm, Frank was vice president of community relations and corporate communications at Bank of Oklahoma, a position she began in 1994. Before her work with the state’s largest bank, she served as vice president of communications for the Tulsa Area United Way. Frank’s career began at John Brown University, where she served as the assistant to the director of university relations.
In addition to her role as Chair-elect of the Tulsa Metro Chamber, she has played a significant leadership role in the state, serving on numerous nonprofit boards.
Frank is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including her recognition and selection as a Tulsa Business Journal Women of Distinction Honoree in 2011; Journal Record’s 50 Women of the Year recipient in 2000, 2003 and 2004; Pinnacle Award from the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women in 2004; and received the Silver Addy by the Tulsa Advertising Federation in 2001. Frank studied at John Brown University.
Annually, more than 3,100 businesses support the activities of the Tulsa Metro Chamber through membership investment. Chamber members include businesses and organizations from more than 70 communities throughout the 10-county metropolitan area and the state of Oklahoma and represent 175,000 area employees.