Tulsa’s Young Professionals to Recognize Local Champions at Inaugural Boomtown Awards

Tulsa’s Young Professionals will host the Boomtown Awards, presented by Arvest Bank, to honor local businesses and individuals on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom at the Mayo Hotel.

The inaugural event was designed as an opportunity for the 7,500-plus membership organization to recognize those in the community who are champions of the ros mission and help position Tulsa as an attractive place for young professionals.

“As an organization of young professionals we realize carrying out the mission of attracting and retaining tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and philanthropists is greatly advanced by the support we receive from those who helped build this community,” said Cassie Reese, ros chair and director of corporate relations for Crossland Construction. “We want to create an event that will honor those who blazed the trail for us, those who have embraced our mission and those who have helped us achieve it.”

ros members nominated individuals or businesses in nine categories based on the areas of interest and development of the ros work crews. Following nominations, a selection committee narrowed the nominees down to the top three businesses and/or individuals for each category:

The People People – people who work to promote Tulsa
1. Kathy Taylor, former mayor of Tulsa
2. Blake Ewing, restaurant owner
3. Ken Busby, Arts & Humanities Council

The Visionaries – Support young professional-friendly businesses, entrepreneurs

1. Tom Maxwell, Flintco
2. George Kaiser, Bank of Oklahoma and local philanthropist

Don Walker, Arvest Bank
The Recruiters – positively represent Tulsa to college and university students
2. Williams
3. Teach for America

The Inclusives – champion and exemplify the value of diversity and inclusion
1. Shane Fernandez, Crafton Tull
2. Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice
3. Alison Anthony, Williams

The Politicians – consider and engage young professionals in issues affecting city growth
1. Tulsa City Councilor G. T. Bynum
2. Oklahoma State Rep. Seneca Scott

The Take-Charge People – embody the role of “mentor” for young professionals
1. Chet Cadieux, QuikTrip
2. Wendy Thomas, Leadership Tulsa
3. Sharon King Davis, King Investments and community volunteer

The Green Team – makes Tulsa a sustainable community for generations to come
1. Cherry Street Farmers Market
2. Marilyn Ihloff, Ihloff Salon & Day Spa
3. Stuart Solomon, Public Services Company of Oklahoma

The Social Igniters – work to develop events and activities popular with young professionals
1. Libby Auld, Elote
2. Tasha Ball, Tasha Does Tulsa and This Land Press
3. John Bolton, Center

Urbanists – make Tulsa a community of progress that attracts young professionals
1. Macy Amatucci & Tori Snyder, Brickhugger
2. Elliot Nelson, McNellies Group
3. Creative Capital

The event will go beyond the standard award ceremony while showcasing Tulsa’s young talent for live entertainment, venue décor and young chefs from local restaurants offering tastings of their signature dishes. Participating chefs include Justin Thompson from Juniper, Trevor Tack from Main Street Tavern, Libby Auld from Elote, Jed Leon from Trula, Grant Vespasian from Brady Tavern, and Tracy Lynn Caton from Café Samana, as well as In the Raw and Wolfgang
Puck. Wine and beer will be provided by Premium Brands/Cycles Gladiator Wines and Marshall Brewery to compliment the evening.

Tickets are now available for purchase by the public. Individual tickets are $30 and can be purchased through the ros website at typros.org. Corporate table sponsorships are also available for $750. For more information or to purchase a table, contact Brian Paschal at brianpaschal@typros.org or call (918) 560-0286.

Updated 10-06-2011

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