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April 26th, 2012 - Kelley Chambers

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DOWNTOWN

Sperry Van Ness/William T. Strange & Associates, the local office of Irvine, Calif.based commercial real estate firm Sperry Van Ness, was named third place for the third year in a row out of 150 offices nationwide.

In the “Top 100 Sperry Van Ness Advisors” category, local representatives Andy Burnett ranked No. 4, Tim Strange ranked No. 5, and Zach Martin ranked No. 73 out of 950 advisers around the country.

“This is validation of the hard work and collaboration of the entire group of advisers and staff,” says Strange, the firm’s managing director. “I am extremely proud of our team and their collective results for our clients, which have produced this outstanding ranking.”

NORMAN

Local, an eatery featuring locally sourced food, opened in the Normandy Creek Shopping Center, N.W. 24th Street and Main Street. Its owners, Melissa Scaramucci, Heather Steele and Abby Clark are sisters, and wanted the store to offer several options for diners with and without children.

The restaurant portion features an open kitchen, patio and bar. The retail space offers prepared meals, and an area called Localville keeps the kids busy with a nursery, movie cave, reading space, playhouses and other fun options.

The sisters brought on board Ryan Parrott from Iguana Mexican Grill as executive chef.

“We are busy people,” says Scaramucci. “Sometimes we want to just pick up something that is fresh and nutritious, so we created a take-away retail space. Sometimes we wish we could sit down with our friends or husbands without having the expense of a sitter, so we created Localville for the kids. But mostly, we love sustainable, locally sourced, delicious food, which is why we hired Ryan Parrott. This has been our dream. And now we’re excited this dream is our reality.”

WEST 

Officials at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City marked the 50th anniversary of the campus by dedicating Jerry D. Carroll Drive, named for OSU-OKC’s third president, and unveiling a master plan for the years ahead.

The plan includes a new parking garage, upgrades to student accessibility campuswide, and expanding programs for current and future areas of study.

A new wellness center and health sciences center also are proposed. The longrange plan will be implemented over the next two decades. A 3-D model of improvements is on display in the student center.

“The master plan is a studentcentric model for campus expansion and improvements that we will achieve in the next 18 years,” says President Natalie Shirley. “The additions will allow us to provide more offerings for students in the future and provide local business and industries with valuable, highly educated employees.”

OSU-OKC was founded in 1961 as a branch of OSU in Stillwater.

NICHOLS HILLS

Iguana Mexican Grill, which originally began in Nichols Hills, is returning home this spring with Iguana Cafe, 6482 Avondale Drive. It will be a smaller version of the flagship on N.W. Ninth Street Downtown. The cafe will feature a limited menu, but include Iguana favorites, such as tacos, burritos and its signature salsas. The bar will offer tequila and a selection of wines.

Lunch and dinner will be served daily, and five dinner specials will be available each week. The kitchen will stay open longer for late-night diners.

Owners Steve Mason and Robert Painter have hired Toni Hoffman as general manager. Lee Bennett serves as executive chef for both restaurants, and Riley Westerberg will be head chef at the Nichols Hills location.

“The original Iguana, located on Western Avenue in Nichols Hills, was a family staple for this area of Oklahoma City,” Painter says. “Steve and I are thrilled to come back to the neighborhood where it all started.”

EDMOND

A partnership between University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Business Administration’s Professional Sales program and Central Career Services office led to the creation of the Professional Sales Lab to give students a resource for sales and presentation techniques.

The lab is equipped with video and recording technology so that fellow students can provide immediate feedback for presentations. Advanced sales students will give at least two presentations during the semester that will be recorded and available to students and professors, then graded.

Recruiters from sales companies — including Paycom, Northwestern Mutual and Express Professional Services — will participate in the program to offer real-world insight and further the learning process.

 
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