ELLIOT NELSON: Entrepreneur of the Year.
Mayor Kathy Taylor and members of the Tulsa business community announced the winners for the first Mayor’s Tulsey Awards, held recently at Cain’s Ballroom.
The 2008 inaugural Tulsey Awards recognize the pioneers and innovators of the Tulsa community. The Tulseys are publicly driven awards consisting of ten categories: Civic, Emerging, Entertainment, Franchise, Green, Interactive, Legend, Serial, Young and the Tulseys Entrepreneur of the Year. All votes were made online at the Tulsey Web site, www.thetulseys.com, More than 2,600 votes were submitted.
In a ceremony that slightly mimicked the Oscars, the ten category winners were awarded with a golden bronze Driller statuette to recognize their entrepreneurial spirit. The 2008 Tulseys Entrepreneur of the Year is Elliot Nelson, who received more than 46 percent of the public vote.
The category winners were:
• Emerging Entrepreneur: Mary Beth Babcock, Dwelling Spaces
• Franchise Entrepreneur: David Rutkauskas, Camille’s Sidewalk Café
• Civic Entrepreneur: Ken Busby, Arts and Humanities Council
• Green Entrepreneur: Corey Williams, Sustainable Tulsa
• Interactive Entrepreneur: Justin Shattuck, Just the Web
• Serial Entrepreneur: Elliot Nelson, McNellie’s and El Guapo’s restaurants
• Young Entrepreneur: Steve Cluck, Louis and Cluck Design
• Entertainment: Charles Cissel, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
• Legend: Marilyn Ihloff, Ihloff Salons and Day Spas
The Mayor’s Tulsey Awards culminated the end of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Events were held in Tulsa this week, as well as in more than 70 countries around the globe. Sponsors of this year’s event were Xeta Technologies, Tulsa Tech, Tulsa Community College, University of Tulsa, OSU-Tulsa, Oral Roberts University, Properties Plus, the City of Tulsa’s Economic Development Commission and the Tulsa Metro Chamber.