Helmerich was president of Helmerich & Payne Inc. for 25 years, a company co-founded by his father, Walter H. Helmerich. Helmerich’s love for Tulsa was evident through the many years he spent committing time and resources to multiple projects around the city, ranging from parks to museums and civic organizations.
“The legacy of Tulsa’s quality of life was shaped in part by the region’s heritage of dedicated philanthropic businessmen and women, particularly that of Walter Helmerich III,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Chamber. “Helmerich’s legacy also lives in the many cultural, educational, medical and athletic projects the Helmerich Foundation has supported for more than 55 years.”
“Helmerich and Payne is an employer of choice in the region,” said Neal. “Under Helmerich’s leadership, what began as a family-owned business has emerged as one of the most successful publicly traded companies in the world.”
“Walter Helmerich was a part of shaping Tulsa’s history, both in business and the community. He will be greatly missed,” said Neal.
Tulsa Sports Commission announces Tulsa as host of the 2012 US Elite Challenge
Held at the Tulsa Convention Center, the three-day event showcases the nation’s best in men’s and women’s trampoline, tumbling, synchronized trampoline and double mini-trampoline. The U.S. Elite Challenge is one of three events that are part of the selection process for the U.S. Olympic Team for trampoline.
“This event is one to see,” said Ray Hoyt, senior vice president of the Tulsa Sports Commission. “Trampoline and tumbling require intense athletic talent, focus and training. Visually, the competition is definitely one of the most thrilling showcases of premier Olympic talent.”
In addition to the junior and senior elite levels, the U.S. Elite Challenge also includes athletes in Levels 8-10 and the Olympic Development Program. The four events for the elite and Olympic Development Program levels will have both preliminary and final rounds.
To find out more, visit www.tulsasports.org.
Chamber hosts HR ForumThe Chamber hosted an HR forum Jan. 12 that focused on the opportunities and challenges wellness programming presents to businesses in an age of rising healthcare costs and marketplace changes.
Teah Corley, CEO of PremierSource and Bill Freudenrich, employee benefits attorney with McAfee & Taft, presented on the legal challenges of implementing wellness programs. Discussions centered on differences in state and federal laws, for example Oklahoma protects smoker’s rights.
Eric Moon, health and wellness coach and corporate programming consultant with The Holmes Organisation, provided information on reducing healthcare costs through proactive wellness programming in business, whether large or small.
Yale Avenue widening project in South Tulsa beginsCity of Tulsa and Tulsa County officials recently marked the official start of a road-widening project along Yale Avenue between 61st and 71st streets.
The joint city/county project, which is being undertaken with assistance from the Warren Foundation, includes widening Yale Avenue from four lanes to six lanes between 61 and 71st streets. The project is expected to be completed in July.
“We applaud Tulsa County Commissioner Fred Perry and Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett for structuring the collaborative arrangement by which this project could get under way,” said Mike Neal, Tulsa Metro Chamber president and CEO, noting that “Commissioner Perry has been dedicated to seeing this effort through for some time.”
Read more from the Tulsa World here.
Tulsa Shock names new head coach
“The Tulsa Sports Commission is excited to see our local WNBA franchise make this great announcement,” said Ray Hoyt, senior vice president of VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission. “Kloppenburg is an experience coach that will focused knowledge to a great organization. It’s the perfect pairing and we’re excited to see the Shock in the playoffs soon under his leadership.”
Kloppenburg started his WNBA career with the Seattle Storm in 2000 and has since served the Phoenix Mercury, the NBA Charlotte Bobcats and the WNBA Indiana Fever, where the team finished with three consecutive 20-win seasons including two regular season first place finishes in the Eastern Conference. Kloppenburg also helped coach the Fever to the WNBA Finals in 2009.
For more news and updates on the Tulsa Shock visit www.wnba.com/shock.
What We're Working OnExecutive Offices
VisitTulsa Campaign CEO Calls
Attending Tulsa Sports Commission Advisory Council Meeting
Attending Oklahoma Department of Commerce & Governor's Economic Development Team Marketing
New Business Development
Attend scheduled appointments with consultants
Attending Governors Economic Development Team event
Existing Business Development
Meeting with company on possible expansion efforts
Working on completing Quality of Jobs application with company
Assisting manufacturer with expansion project
Marketing and Communications
Hosting Breakfast Network Circuit Series
Planning January/February events
Lunch with downtown business owner/developer regarding downtown development strategy
Business development meeting with local construction firm
Attending Small Business Council/TYPROS/Higher Ed intern reception
Attending Diversity Taskforce meeting Wednesday
Facilitating Small Business Awards committee meeting
Tulsa Sports Commission
OSU Sports Management speaking engagement to discuss Tulsa Sports Commission and internship program
World of Wrestling Tulsa Nationals at Expo Square Jan. 20-21
Ongoing event bids and planning for AC Milan Heartland Cup and Bill Connors Sports Dinner
Education and Workforce
Partners in Education newsletter
Oklahoma Scholars volunteer recruitment
Military/Veterans – recruiting and transition services
Career Services Summit
Tulsa’s Young Professionals
Hosting Co-Crew Leader-elect networking event
Developing The Forge speaker series
Continuing Street CReD 2012 planning
Finalizing strategy on top regional priorities for the 2012 state legislative session
Attending the TRUST Transportation Innovation Banquet with Governor Fallin
Attending the Coalition of Tulsa Area Governments (CTAG) Legislative Reception
Family Health Education Service site visit
Implementing the VisitTulsa PartnerNet as part of our new database system
Setting up two events in Passkey GroupMAX housing system
Chamber welcomes new businessesEach month the Tulsa Metro Chamber's Hospitality Club welcomes new businesses and new Chamber members to the community by assisting with ribbon cuttings and groundbreaking announcements.
Autism Center of Tulsa
Duffy Enterprises Inc.
Fennell & Associates, Inc.
Home Asset Protection
Liberty Occupational Health Management
Oklahoma Farm Bureau
Top That Pizza
Archana Patel, Owner
5347 E. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74135
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