The Tulsa Metro Chamber honored volunteers at its annual meeting Jan. 11. Dan Ellinor of Bank of Oklahoma received the Chairman’s Award, Jack Majors of Farmers Insurance was awarded the Hospitality Club Volunteer of the Year, and Lynda Wingo of Miss Helen’s Private School was honored with the Award of Excellence.
The Chairman’s Award goes to the person who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and exceptionally unselfish dedication to a project or program that could bring substantial long-term benefits to the community.
Since 2005, the recipient of the Chairman’s Award, Dan Ellinor, senior executive vice president of the Bank of Oklahoma and the Chamber’s vice chairman of the Board for Economic Development, has diligently worked to bring about a new era of economic strategy and renewal.
Some of his endeavors over the last two years include overseeing the implementation of a new regional economic development plan, serving as a mentor on the advisory council of the Chamber’s workforce attraction initiative, participating in Tulsa’s Young Professional and leading a national search for a new top-tier economic development professional to join the Chamber team.
He also provided critical assistance in securing more than $9.3 million in private funding for the five-year program of work for Tulsa’s Future and dedicated time and resources to the first year accomplishments of Tulsa’s Future.
He did all of this while also serving as a vice chairman on the Board of Directors.
Majors received the Hospitality Club Volunteer of the Year Award by attending 72 of the 100 separate Hospitality Club events and assisting with signing 16 new members throughout 2006.
Wingo’s Award of Excellence embodies the true spirit of setting a goal and then going above and beyond everyone’s expectations.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber’s annual Resource Campaign is considered a top model program by Chamber peers and provides 22 percent of the Chamber’s annual operating budget. Continued growth is sustained directly through the positive return on member’s investments and through remarkable leadership.
Wingo was presented the Award of Excellence for her work as the 2006 Campaign Chairman. Wingo led 30 corporate teams consisting of 130 volunteers and raised more than $1.75 million to help fund the Chamber’s programs and services.