Eight local businesses announce 361 jobs in 2010
Tulsa’s Future, a job-creation initiative of the Tulsa Metro Chamber, announced today that eight Tulsa-area companies have hired or intend to hire a total of 361 employees in 2010. Chamber and City of Tulsa representatives made the announcement to emphasize that jobs are available and that efforts to attract and retain businesses are working.
“Companies large and small, public and private, are beginning to expand their operations and hire new employees,” said Don Walker, chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and president of Arvest. “We have invited these companies here today to make public their recent commitments to adding jobs to the Tulsa economy.”
The Chamber’s economist estimates that from the 361 announced jobs, an additional 187 jobs will be created throughout the Tulsa-area economy and produce or support the production of $66.9 million in goods and services throughout the economy with total income earned by the work force of $18.6 million.
Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett; Mike Neal, Chamber president and CEO, and Vikki Dearing, director, business solutions, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, also spoke, acknowledging the efforts of the Chamber to work with area companies to develop quality jobs and praising businesses that that commit to investing in the community.
Representatives of the companies that announced their hiring intentions for 2010 included:
• Ken Hird, executive vice president, Bearwood Concepts,
• Wendy Whelan, director of talent, Cancer Treatment Centers of America,
• Suzanne Behr, vice president engineering, Geophysical Research Company
• Kenneth Statton, president, M&M Manufacturing
• David Patterson, director of human resources, Parkside Psychiatric Hospital & Clinic
• Dororthy Wampler, human resources recruiter, State Farm
• Nancy Fratzke, director of sales, U.S. Cellular
• Mike Thornbrugh, Manager of government and public affairs, QuikTrip
For more information or to apply for these jobs, visit:
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Geophysical Research Company
Parkside Psychiatric Hospital & Clinic
State Farm Insurance
DC Fly-in brings Oklahoma voices to Washington
More than 45 regional business leaders and elected officials depart tomorrow for the Tulsa Regional D.C. Fly-In. The three-day event is an opportunity for local leaders to present a united front and get the full attention of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation. Both Oklahoma Senators and five of six Oklahoma Congressmen are committed to meet with the group.
“The issues debated in Washington can have a direct impact on our efforts to build infrastructure and lay foundations for future growth in the region,” said Chamber president and CEO Mike Neal. “We have a lot of momentum right now, but we must continue to press our issues.”
Among the top issues for discussion are: federal surface transportation programs that include funding for I-244, I-44 and US 169; funding for the Arkansas River corridor master plan; improvements to McClellan-Kerr waterway, and public funding for healthcare and hospital services.
The traveling delegation includes Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Sec. of Transportation Gary Ridley, City Councilman G.T. Bynum and Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith. Chamber volunteer leaders include: Don Walker, chairman of the Board and president of Arvest Bank; Dr. Gerry Clancy, Chamber chair-elect and president of OU-Tulsa; and Dr. Tom McKeon, vice chairman of the Board for government affairs and president of Tulsa Community College.
Small businesses recognized
The Tulsa Metro Chamber announced last Wednesday the winners of its annual Small Business Awards at a luncheon and program at the Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills. Recipients were selected by the Chamber’s Small Business Council from nominees that exhibited entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to create jobs in the Tulsa area.
“We know from experience that economic downturns create more opportunities for small businesses to start up and grow,” said Don Walker, chairman of the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Board of Directors and president and CEO of Arvest Bank.
Brad Frank, President of Tulsa Tube Bending, was the keynote speaker of the event and shared his experiences of building his small business by creating a culture of cooperation and service to others.
DC Roberts, Senior Director of Sales, Williams & Williams Worldwide Real Estate Auction, emceed the awards program.
The award winners are:
• Small Business Person of the Year – Bill Fournet, president and CEO, The Persimmon Group.
• Home-Based Business Champion - Marilyn Boyce, founder and president, Ambitious Web Services.
• Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Kelsy Eakin, president and CEO, Keltech.
• Small Business Financial Services Champion - Sean Kouplen, president and CEO, Regent Bank.
• Minority Small Business Champion of the Year – Majick RavenHawk, Ph.D., founder and CEO, Engage Life and RiverHawk International.
• Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year – Matt Stiner, Assistant to the Mayor, City of Tulsa
• Women in Business Champion – Shannon Wilburn, president and CEO, Just Between Friends.
Small Business benefactor sponsors are AVB Bank, Bank of Oklahoma and IBC Bank. Sponsors for the awards include Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills, CommunityCare, Cubic, Emerge Interactive Media, Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers, The Journal Record, TulsaPeople and The Tulsa World.
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.
Villages of Southern Hills
5721 S. Lewis
Tulsa, Ok 74105
Mr. Will Otjen, Executive Director