Business FYI: Workforce Tulsa, national group to create program

Workforce Tulsa, national group to create safety training program

Workforce Tulsa and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will join forces to develop and pilot test a new training program to promote workplace safety and health practices among young adults seeking career services and temporary employment opportunities.

The Developing Work Safety Skills training program will be provided to participants in Workforce Tulsa’s Youth Employment Program.

The interactive training program will be designed to help workforce development staff teach foundational health and safety knowledge and skills to workers in a fun and interesting way. Training will include activities that highlight hazard recognition and prevention strategies relevant to a workplaces where young adults are often employed.

“We’re excited that NIOSH has chosen Tulsa for this pilot project,” Workforce Tulsa Executive Director Shelley Cadamy said. “Our Youth Employment Program participants have a variety of challenges and barriers to sustainable employment, including a lack of education (many are high school dropouts), a history in the criminal justice system, homelessness, learning and psychological disabilities, and for some, struggling to succeed as young, single parents.”

Leadership Tulsa announces participants for upcoming Class 58

Leadership Tulsa announced the participants in the upcoming Flagship Class 58.

Participants include Rhiannon Baker, McDaniel Acord; Elizabeth Battiest, BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma; Shane Bevel, Shane Bevel Photography; Derrick Brandenburg, Janine Billings State Farm; Andy Cagle, Inner Circle Vodka Bar; Carrie Clark, Stinnett & Associates; Jillian Childress, The Gathering Place; Jason Cofer, Selser Schaefer Architects; Josh Dzianott, Jackson Technical; Dezeray Edwards, Level 3 Communications, and Ben Elder, Cherokee Nation Businesses.

Others include Michael Elder, JP Morgan Chase; Luke Erbacher, The Ross Group; Jason Farque, CDI; Marshelle Freeman, City of Tulsa; Nick Gallus, Trust Company of Oklahoma; Matthew Gleeson, Crossland Construction; Sarah Gould, KKT Architects; Steve Harden, Applied Leadership Group; Mike Henneke, John Zink Company, and Jonathan Hillman, BKD; Tammi Holden, Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Sue Jenkins, BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma; David Jeter, Bank of Oklahoma, and Jennifer Jones, Seed Technologies.

Also Shannon Kelly, Fidelity Investments; Lauren King, 36 Degrees North; Kim Koleber, Independent Mary Kay Sales Director; Lance Lewis, Flintco; Mark Mainord, State Farm Insurance; Jennifer Matson, HoganTaylor; Matt McCord, Tulsa Police Department; Mark McMullen, Tulsa Community College; Christine McQueen, BOKF; Brandon Oldham, City of Tulsa; Al Pagano, The McIntosh Group.

As well as Janet Pieren, Tulsa Economic Development Corp.; Kelly Sanders, Hilti; Michele Scott, Home Helpers of South Tulsa; Muhammat Sezer, Raindrop Turkish House; Annie Smith, St. John Health System; Kimberly Thierry, American Electric Power; Misha Trimm, SemGroup; Evan Uyetake, Trost Marketing; Bill Witt, Additive Systems, and Austin Zellner, CareATC.

Fundraising group to honor 11 of area’s top philanthropists

The eastern Oklahoma chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals named 11 honorees as the area’s top philanthropists and will recognize them during a Nov. 3 luncheon.

“It is a privilege to reveal the names of those who we will honor for making our community a better place to live, work, and play,” said Michelle Reagor, National Philanthropy Day chair.

Honorees include Bank of Oklahoma as Outstanding Philanthropist, Tina Parkhill as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, Lori A. Long as Outstanding Fundraising Executive, Oklahomans for Equality as Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Philanthropy, Taylor King as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy and Thomas McKeon for Community Impact Award.

Cox Communications, Blane E. Snodgrass, Allison B. Walden, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church and Reese Goettel will be honored for Spirit of Philanthropy.

Data Point


Number of Spartan College aerospace mechanics instructors in Tulsa who were on strike last week because of concerns about an increase in the cost of employer health-care coverage.

$ 2.8 billion

Estimated price KKR paid for the health information website WebMD Health Corp. last week.


Percent boost in U.S. sales reported by McDonald’s during the second quarter thanks to discounted drinks and its new line of pricier burgers.


Percent jump of shares of Barnes & Noble on Tuesday after an investor urged B&N’s board to sell.


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Work begins on QT at 41st and Memorial

QuikTrip has began building a Generation 3 store at the corner of 41st Street and Memorial Dive. QT spokesman Mike Thornbrugh said the store should be open by the latter part of August.


Lobeck Taylor to build $ 5.5 million Mother Road Market

Celebrating its 20th anniversary as a nonprofit, LTFF announced plans Wednesday to develop the $ 5.5 million Mother Road Market at its headquarters at 1124 S. Lewis Ave. Billed as a vibrant community space, it will feature 26,000 square feet and 17 curated shops designed to bridge the next step for graduates of Kitchen 66, a food incubator founded by LTFF.


BOK Financial sees benefit of higher interest rates in second quarter

BOK Financial saw profits surge in the second quarter from the same period last year — the benefit of higher interest rates. The Tulsa-based bank holding company had net income of $ 88.1 million in the second quarter or $ 1.35 per diluted share. That’s compared with $ 1 per diluted share and $ 65.8 million in the second quarter of 2016.


“I need money, and I like to make people smile.”

— Kelly Blanke, 20, on his first day on the job at T-Town Tacos, an outreach of Youth Services of Tulsa that captured the Social Enterprise segment of the Tulsa StartUp Series.

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