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Boeing bucks

Kelley Chambers - 
06.21.2013

Boeing bucks

Boeing furthered its investment in Oklahoma, and in Tinker Air Force Base, with an announcement in May that its Defense, Space & Security arm was investing $76 million in Combat Network Communications Technology.
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Boeing to make $76 million upgrade at Tinker

okcBIZ Staff - 
05.08.2013

Boeing to make $76 million upgrade at Tinker

Tinker Air Force Base is set for a $76 million communications system upgrade from Boeing Defense Space and Security.
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On the defense

Dean Anderson - 
08.27.2012

On the defense

Oscar Womack writes his congressman on a regular basis, but the last few months he’s kept the mail carrier extraordinarily busy.


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Midway there

Heide Brandes - 
05.30.2012

Midway there

When Tim Berney flies out of Oklahoma City on business, he almost always chooses direct flights.

Spending less time in airports means more time generating revenue, and those direct flights typically are to Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City and Phoenix.


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Aero dynamics

Kelley Chambers - 
05.30.2012

Aero dynamics

The Oklahoma Aerospace Alliance will host the 11th Oklahoma Aerospace & Defense Summit & Expo June 4-6 at Embassy Suites in Norman. The focus has been expanded this year to include Oklahoma’s defense industry.

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No delays in sight

Dean Anderson - 
03.28.2012

No delays in sight

Jim Rice started Pro-Fab Inc. in his garage back in 1986. Focusing on the fabrication of aircraft parts, the business grew until finally moving into a 150,000-square-foot manufacturing facility 10 years later.
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Greater Oklahoma City aerospace industry supports $7.3B in goods and services for the region

Submitted - 
01.09.2012

Greater Oklahoma City aerospace industry supports $7.3B in goods and services for the region

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber recently commissioned a two-part study to evaluate the size, composition and economic impact of the aerospace industry on the Greater Oklahoma City region.
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DRG awarded fighter training contract

Submitted - 
01.05.2012

DRG awarded fighter training contract

Oklahoma City-based defense contract DRG has been awarded the Air Combat Command Fighter F-15C, F-15E, F-16 and F-22A Contract Aircrew Training contract with the United States Air Force.
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Boeing plans to close Wichita facility, move jobs to OKC

Kelley Chambers - 
01.04.2012

Boeing plans to close Wichita facility, move jobs to OKC

Oklahoma City is set to again benefit from the closure and relocation of facilities and employees of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, a unit of the Boeing Company - to the tune of a projected 800 to 900 jobs.
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All in a Day's Work: Yoga instructor

Jenn Scott - 
07.24.2013

All in a Day's Work: Yoga instructor

In this job market, things are tight, positions are few and many have decided to look for new occupations, often in a field very different from what they left by choice or due to a layoff, downsizing or firing.

Fortunately, I enjoy my position as lifestyles editor for the Oklahoma Gazette (sister publication of okcBIZ.) I get to have tons of fun.

It’s my job to drink and eat and go to fun events all around the city.

Somewhere in the middle of all that fun, however, I forgot to breathe and take breaks for myself to ensure I was the healthiest — mind and body — that I could be.

Enter yoga. It has made a huge difference in my life, and, hey, I might want to be a yoga instructor someday.


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All in a Day's Work: Professional model

Kelley Chambers - 
03.25.2013

All in a Day's Work: Professional model

In this job market, things are tight, positions are few and many have decided to look for new occupations, often in a field very different from what they left by choice or due to a layoff, downsizing or firing. Fortunately, I enjoy my position at okcBIZ, , but wanted to see what else might be out there. After all, I might want to be a model some day.
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All in a Day's work: Professional actor

Kelley Chambers - 
03.28.2012

All in a Day's work: Professional actor

In this job market, things are tight, positions are few, and many have decided to look for new occupations - often in a field different from what they left by choice, or due to a layoff, downsizing or firing. Fortunately, I enjoy my position at okcBIZ, but wanted to see what else might be out there.

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All in a Day’s Work: Architect

Kelley Chambers - 
02.24.2012

All in a Day’s Work: Architect

In this job market, things are tight, positions are few, and many have decided to look for new occupations. This often occurs in a career field quite different from what one left by choice, or due to a layoff, downsizing or firing. Fortunately, I enjoy my position at okcBIZ, but wanted to see what else might be out there. Who knows? I might want to be an architect some day.
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All in a Day’s Work: Mayor

Kelley Chambers - 
01.23.2012

All in a Day’s Work: Mayor

In this job market, things are tight, positions are few, and many have decided to look for new occupations, often in a field very different from what they left by choice, or due to a layoff, downsizing or firing. Fortunately, I enjoy my position at okcBIZ, but wanted to see what else might be out there. After all, I might want to be mayor some day.
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AIA announces architecture tour sites

OKCBiz Staff - 
04.01.2014

AIA announces architecture tour sites

The 13th annual Architectural Tour, hosted by the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter, is set to take place from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. That day's event is part of Architecture Week, set for April 7-13 with a series of events planned.
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Architecture accolades

Greg Horton - 
01.02.2014

Architecture accolades

Five Oklahoma City architecture firms received awards of excellence at the Oklahoma chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ annual convention on November 12. Of the fourteen awards given, nine were for projects in the metro area.
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It’s a mod, mod, mod, mod city

Louis Fowler - 
09.27.2013

It’s a mod, mod, mod, mod city

Drive  down many of Oklahoma City’s busiest streets and you’ll see cheap strip malls, low-rent fast-food joints and a homogenized drug store on every corner. But just beyond those, every so often, you’ll find a piece of OKC’s architectural history that hasn’t been demolished. The most interesting to a group of concerned fans who call themselves the Okie Mod Squad are the homes and buildings from the space-age era of the 1950s and 1960s.
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Brick by brick

Kelley Chambers - 
04.25.2013

Brick by brick

At a community meeting concerning the planned renovation of Taft Stadium, Gary Armbruster began by telling attendees that, despite rumors to the contrary, the historic rock wall on the 1930s stadium was not coming down. With that said, the place began to empty out.
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Constructive forces

None - 
03.25.2013

Constructive forces

Attendees to the 12th annual American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter Architectural Tour on April 13 can look forward to seeing seven sites.

Or, in the case of one of the stops, can look down.


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OCURA approves office space proposals atop Downtown garage

Kelley Chambers - 
01.16.2013

OCURA approves office space proposals atop Downtown garage

Oklahoma City Urban Renewal commissioners approved an addendum to a request for proposal Jan. 16 to allow additional options for space on top of a planned parking garage Downtown.
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Building excellence

okcBIZ Staff - 
12.27.2012

Building excellence

For seven local architecture firms, Nov. 2 proved lucky. From 52 entries, the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter recognized excellence at its 2012-2013 Design Excellence Awards Program, held at Red PrimeSteak.
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View master

Kelley Chambers - 
11.26.2012

View master

Sitting in Vast, on the 49th floor of Devon tower, it is difficult to look at anything other than the view. But those who can steal a glance from the floor-to-ceiling windows, even briefly, will notice the restaurant’s subtle design details and custom furniture meant to make it a truly unique space.
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Coury courts DDRC with Ambassador design plan

Kelley Chambers - 
11.15.2012

Coury courts DDRC with Ambassador design plan

Paul Coury, the Tulsa hotelier who developed the Colcord boutique hotel, is back after selling that hotel to Devon Energy. This time, he is bringing one of his Ambassador branded hotels to MidTown.
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Architect selected for MAPS convention center

Clifton Adcock - 
09.26.2012

Architect selected for MAPS convention center

The MAPS 3 Convention Center Subcommittee voted Tuesday to recommend that the company responsible for selecting the site of the $250 million building also be the one to design it.
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First Fidelity completes Arizona bank acquisition

okcBIZ Staff - 
12.16.2013

First Fidelity completes Arizona bank acquisition

Oklahoma City-based First Fidelity Bank's president and CEO, Lee Symcox, announced the bank closed on its merger with an Arizona bank. The acquisition was first announced in August.
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Oklahoma bank set to grow

okcBIZ Staff - 
10.04.2013

Oklahoma bank set to grow

On Nov. 15, Oklahoma City-based Stillwater National Bank and Trust Co. will bring Bank of Kansas into the fold and consolidate all Southwest Bancorp Inc.'s banks into the same national charter. On Nov. 16, all of Southwest's banks, which includes the Bank of Kansas and Stillwater, will all operate under the name Bank SNB and operate under the same national charter.
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First Fidelity acquires Arizona bank

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.05.2013

First Fidelity acquires Arizona bank

First Fidelity Bank has acquired a failed bank in Arizona—and nearly all of its assets, including six branch locations in Phoenix—for an undisclosed sum.
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For the Long haul

Dean Anderson - 
05.30.2013

For the Long haul

Ron Shaw grew up in a household with a circled calendar on the wall.
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Strategy is key

Dean Anderson - 
05.30.2013

Strategy is key

Harry Markowitz, born in 1927, is considered the father of the Modern Portfolio Theory. In a nutshell, diversifying your risk by spreading your money across various investments was the only proven financial winner.
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Fear factor

Dean Anderson - 
05.30.2013

Fear factor

On the NBC hit prime-time show Fear Factor, contestants brave their worst fears for a chance at a big cash prize.
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No gambling allowed

Dean Anderson - 
02.21.2013

No gambling allowed

Being part Chickasaw doesn’t help John Fryrear do a better job for his clients, but it does help him relate to them better. And that’s why tribes come to him for help managing money.
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Yukon bank celebrates 100th anniversary

okcBIZ Staff - 
07.19.2012

Yukon bank celebrates 100th anniversary

Your Neighborhood Bank celebrated 100 years of service in Central Oklahoma on July 12. Based in Yukon, the family-operated and family-owned bank began in 1912 with a capital stock of $25,000, survived the stock crash of 1929, the Great Depression, World War II, and the oil bust and bank failures of the 1980s.


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BancFirst reports earnings

okcBIZ Staff - 
07.18.2012

BancFirst reports earnings

BancFirst Corp. reported net income of $11.7 million, or 76 cents diluted earnings per share, for the second quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $10.1 million, or 65 cents diluted earnings per share, for the second quarter of 2011.
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okcBIZ announces 2014 Best of Business finalists

OKCBiz Staff - 
04.16.2014

okcBIZ announces 2014 Best of Business finalists

okc.BIZ is proud to announce the 2014 Best of Business finalists! The okc.BIZ Best of Business program honors local businesses in 25 specific categories as chosen by okc.BIZ readers.


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Best Commercial Construction Company

okcBIZ Staff - 
04.25.2013

Best Commercial Construction Company

1st Place

Flintco Constructive Solutions

In a word: Safety-centered


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Best Health Care Company

okcBIZ Staff - 
04.25.2013

Best Health Care Company

1st Place

Integris Health Inc.

In a word: Trusted


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Best Commercial Real Estate Company

okcBIZ Staff - 
04.25.2013

Best Commercial Real Estate Company

1st Place

Baker First Commercial Real Estate

In a word: Innovative


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Best Information Technology Company

okcBIZ Staff - 
04.25.2013

Best Information Technology Company

1st Place

InterWorks Inc.

In a word: Versatile


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Best Staffing Service Provider

okcBIZ Staff - 
04.25.2013

Best Staffing Service Provider

1st Place

PeopleSource Staffing Professionals

In a word: Ethical


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2013 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma

None - 
06.26.2013

2013 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Okla. – okcBIZ magazine announced the winners of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma competition last night at its annual awards dinner at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.
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2013 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma

None - 
06.26.2013

2013 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma

 Oklahoma City, Okla. – okcBIZ magazine announced the winners of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma competition last night at its annual awards dinner at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. BCG analyze
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Small/Medium 1 - Foundation Medical Staffing

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.21.2013

Small/Medium 1 - Foundation Medical Staffing

U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Salt Lake City 

Website: foundationmedicalstaffing.com 

Year Founded: 1999 

Director: Matt Rice 

Status: Private 

Employees in State: 25


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Small/Medium 2 - Tri County Technology Center

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.21.2013

Small/Medium 2 - Tri County Technology Center

U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Bartlesville 

Website: tctc.org 

Year Founded: 1967 

Superintendent/CEO: Lindel Fields 

Status: Educational Institution 

Employees in State: 98


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Small/Medium 3 -InterWorks Inc.

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.21.2013

Small/Medium 3 -InterWorks Inc.

U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Stillwater 

Website: interworks.com 

Year Founded: 1996 

CEO/President: Behfar Jahanshahi 

Status: Private 

Employees in State: 68


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Small/Medium 4 - Maschino, Hudelson & Associates

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.21.2013

Small/Medium 4 - Maschino, Hudelson & Associates

U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Oklahoma City 

Website: mha-ins.com 

Year Founded: 2002 

Owner: J. Kelly Hudelson 

Status: Private 

Employees in State: 35


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Small/Medium 6 - Vox Printing

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.21.2013

Small/Medium 6 - Vox Printing

U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Oklahoma City 

Website: voxprint.com 

Year Founded: 1971 

CEO: LaVerna Reid 

Status: Private 

Employees in State: 52


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Small/Medium 5 - Ideal Homes Of Norman LP

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.21.2013

Small/Medium 5 - Ideal Homes Of Norman LP

U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Norman 

Website: ideal-homes.com 

Year Founded: 1990 

President of Sales and Co-Owner: Vernon McKown 

Status: Private 

Employees in State: 113


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Small/Medium 7 - GableGotwals

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.21.2013

Small/Medium 7 - GableGotwals

U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Tulsa 

Website: gablelaw.com 

Year Founded: 1919 

President: Sid Swinson 

Status: Private 

Employees in State: 141


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Small/Medium 8 - Republic Bank & Trust

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.21.2013

Small/Medium 8 - Republic Bank & Trust

U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Norman 

Website: rbt.com 

Year Founded: 1988 

President and CEO: Chuck Thompson 

Status: Private 

Employees in State: 141


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The new paradigm

Russell Evans - 
07.24.2012

The new paradigm

Russell Evans

Director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business


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There is a way to lower health care costs

G. Keith Smith - 
12.21.2011

There is a way to lower health care costs

G. Keith Smith
Medical Doctor
Surgery Center of Oklahoma

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Creativity is the new currency

Shane Kempton - 
11.22.2011

Creativity is the new currency

Shane Kempton, Director of Consulting Phase 2 Interactive
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Lofty opening

Greg Horton - 
03.03.2014

Lofty opening

The 134-room Aloft Hotel is scheduled to open April 13 in Deep Deuce. The Starwood Hotels brand, which also includes Sheraton and Westin in its group of hotel chains, is clearly designed for a tech-savvy business traveler, but Jim Thompson, the local developer and owner, believes his Oklahoma City Aloft will appeal to more than just business travelers.
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Rubble rousers

Kevan Goff-Parker - 
03.03.2014

Rubble rousers

Despite the mind-blowing devastation caused by last year’s May 20 tornado, the City of Moore and its community continue to display a steadfast resilience as its nearly 58,000 residents rebuild their homes, lives and businesses.
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Shake, rattle, insure

Dean Anderson - 
01.27.2014

Shake, rattle, insure

As Oklahomans increasingly feel the earth move under their feet, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak recommends homeowners and businesses prepare for more shaking. He knows from experience how difficult it is to face those who have suffered earthquake damage to their property and then find out their policies do not cover the losses.
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TIF Tally

Kelley Chambers - 
04.25.2013

TIF Tally

A local team of developers and investors is one step closer to converting a Bricktown warehouse into affordable apartments with help from funds designated to improve blighted areas. While Bricktown is hardly an area of blight, it once was; but along with Downtown, it has benefited from tax increment finance dollars.
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Record time

Dean Anderson - 
03.25.2013

Record time

In the world of federal grant applications, progress often can be measured in months.

But the stars aligned at the end of the last fiscal year for the Norman Economic Development Coalition. And Executive Director Don Wood says his organization has an extra $2.5 million to show for it.


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Patron Saints

Kelley Chambers - 
02.01.2013

Patron Saints

St. Anthony Hospital is set to embark on two projects that will expand its MidTown Oklahoma City campus and create a new facility in Mustang. The cost of the combined projects is about $83 million.
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$18 million Holiday Inn Express planned for Bricktown

Kelley Chambers - 
01.23.2013

$18 million Holiday Inn Express planned for Bricktown

A 124-room Holiday Inn Express will replace the former Steffen’s Ice Cream building in Bricktown. Work will begin this spring, and be completed within the next 12 months. A building permit filed with the city listed the job value of the project at $18 million.
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Thunder prepares to debut new suites, restaurant

Kelley Chambers - 
11.01.2012

Thunder prepares to debut new suites, restaurant

As the Oklahoma City Thunder prepares to begin the 2012-2013 season, fans will have additional seating options in former press boxes at the top of the arena.
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MAPping expectations

Kelley Chambers - 
10.25.2012

MAPping expectations

If one little girl has her way, the MAPS 3 f park planned for Downtown Oklahoma City will include a castle surrounded by a moat. That, a carousel and a boardwalk along the Oklahoma River were just a few of the suggestions brought forth by members of the public who attended a Sept. 13 meeting about the park.
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Hogan gets thumbs up from urban renewal for restaurant building

Kelley Chambers - 
10.18.2012

Hogan gets thumbs up from urban renewal for restaurant building

Developer Randy Hogan returned to the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority Oct. 18 with revised plans for a building in Lower Bricktown. The original design was criticized by OCURA commissioners last month for the front of it being oriented toward a parking lot, rather than facing the Bricktown Canal, and for a narrow walkway between the proposed building and its neighbor to the east, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill.
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Curtains for Stage Center

Kelley Chambers - 
03.03.2014

Curtains for Stage Center

The Downtown Design Review Committee cleared the way on Jan. 16 for developer Rainey Williams Jr. to raze Oklahoma City’s Stage Center building Downtown to make room for an office tower. The committee voted 3-2 in favor of demolition.
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Radio star

Kevan Goff-Parker - 
03.03.2014

Radio star

When Film Row visionary John M. “Chip” Fudge was a boy, he spent quite a bit of time with his grandmother, Rena Jo Sandlin. She had a passion for history and shared her love of antiques and knowledge of old buildings and historic homes with her grandson.
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DDRC approves Stage Center demolition

Kelley Chambers - 
01.16.2014

DDRC approves Stage Center demolition

The Downtown Design Review Committee cleared the way on January 16 for developer Rainey Williams Jr. to raze Oklahoma City's Stage Center building Downtown to make room for an office tower. The committee voted 3-2 in favor of demolition.
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Still standing

M.A. Smith - 
11.27.2013

Still standing

The long-vacant Sherman Iron Works building in Bricktown is completely renovated and the Oklahoma City home to Standley Systems LLC. The company already renovated a building across the street that was its former home.
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Match point

Tim Farley - 
11.27.2013

Match point

Plans to provide $2.8 million in major improvements at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center are moving forward.
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TEEMCO breaks ground for Gold Dome renovations

Kelley Chambers - 
10.31.2013

TEEMCO breaks ground for Gold Dome renovations

The Gold Dome is officially saved. After two close calls in as many years, the iconic structure at NW 23rd Street and Classen Boulevard will be home to environmental engineering firm, TEEMCO.
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Church champion

Tim Farley - 
10.29.2013

Church champion

When Dan Davis walked into the empty Calvary Baptist Church in early 2012, the longtime Oklahoma City attorney experienced an epiphany.
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Plaza palates

Louis Fowler - 
10.29.2013

Plaza palates

New food and drink retailers call Plaza District home
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Suite spot

Kelley Chambers - 
10.29.2013

Suite spot

Getting a good night’s sleep Downtown has increasingly become easier with an abundance of hotels that either have opened or are under construction. Just east of the Downtown boundaries, at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, an Embassy Suites is being constructed that will serve that area and the state Capitol and likely will draw some guests looking for close proximity to Downtown, says Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau President Michael Carrier. 
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Trail blazers

Heide Brandes - 
09.27.2013

Trail blazers

Lennon Patton used to be part of what he considers the “unhealthy crowd.”
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Fairly busy

Dean Anderson - 
08.26.2013

Fairly busy

Those who don’t drive along Interstate 44 between N.W. 10th Street and Reno Avenue much might think Oklahoma State Fair Park President and General Manager Tim O’Toole has the cushiest job in the metro.
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Edmond incentives

Kelley Chambers - 
05.30.2013

Edmond incentives

A new incentive policy in Edmond is designed to help companies there grow and lure new businesses to the city.
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City manager presents proposed city budget

Kelley Chambers - 
04.30.2013

City manager presents proposed city budget

Oklahoma City’s proposed  budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 will top $1 billion for the first time, and include funds for additional police officers and transit enhancements.
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Orchestrating the chamber

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12.27.2012

Orchestrating the chamber

In the modern business environment, chambers of commerce must do more to help their members than organize annual parades and host pancake breakfasts.

They must engage their members.


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City manager reports increase in September sales tax collections

Kelley Chambers - 
10.02.2012

City manager reports increase in September sales tax collections

It may be too soon to pop open the champagne and sing “Happy Days are Here Again,” but Oklahoma City’s sales tax returns have almost reached pre-recession expectations, said City Manager Jim Couch at the Oct. 2 City Council meeting. Despite that news, Couch talked about one unusual factor that led to the increase in collections this summer, and unknowns on the national level that could spell trouble for the local economy.
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State experiences third straight month of lower tax collections

Kelley Chambers - 
09.06.2012

State experiences third straight month of lower tax collections

In a monthly gross receipts report at the state capitol Sept. 6, State Treasurer Ken Miller had little good news, and some numbers he called a “head-scratcher.”
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Sales tax collections up in August, use tax down

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.04.2012

Sales tax collections up in August, use tax down

Sales tax collections in Oklahoma City were up nearly 5 percent over August numbers last year, the city manager’s office reported. It is the eighth month in a row of sales tax growth. Use tax, however, was down 10.7 percent in August over the same month last year.
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They shoot, more score

Kelley Chambers - 
07.24.2012

They shoot, more score

When Oklahoma City Thunder made the NBA finals for the first time this year, metro restaurant and bar owners seized an opportunity to hold impromptu watch parties and bring, sometimes, hundreds of people to their businesses on what otherwise might have been quiet nights.


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State sees increases, declines in fiscal year 2012

okcBIZ Staff - 
07.05.2012

State sees increases, declines in fiscal year 2012

A slip in gross production tax collections in June didn’t completely derail an otherwise healthy fiscal year 2012, says State Treasurer Ken Miller in a July 5 gross receipts report.
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OKC unemployment rate best in country

Kelley Chambers - 
04.11.2012

OKC unemployment rate best in country

Oklahoma City gets the gold medal for lowest unemployment rate in the nation after a few months of only taking silver.
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Hallowed halls

Greg Horton - 
11.27.2013

Hallowed halls

Oklahoma City University School of Law Dean Valerie Couch and OCU President Robert Henry are pleased and no doubt relieved to finally say the law school will begin the spring semester of 2015 in a new home, the former Central High School at NW Eighth Street and Robinson Avenue. Joshua Snavely, dean of external relations for OCU Law, says the total campaign and project will cost between $20 million and $25 million. OCU purchased the building for $10 million in 2012.
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Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers get raises

okcBIZ Staff - 
11.07.2013

Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers get raises

Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers can expect a pay raise of 2.09% thanks to a contract and collective bargaining agreement between the American Federation of Teachers and the Oklahoma City Public School District approved this week.
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Lesson plans

Greg Horton - 
10.29.2013

Lesson plans

ASTEC Charter Schools will move to a new location for the fall term of 2016. Founded in 2000, Advanced Science & Technology Education Charter Schools is based on the ideas of its CEO, Freda Deskin, a career educator and education administrator. When Oklahoma passed charter school legislation, she decided to put her decades of experience into designing an ideal educational model.
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OCU selects contractor for law school building

Kelley Chambers - 
10.11.2013

OCU selects contractor for law school building

Oklahoma City University officials have selected a commercial contractor to renovate the old Central High School building that will house its law school. The winning firm has existing ties to the 100-year-old building at 800 N. Harvey.
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Uniformity

Greg Horton - 
08.26.2013

Uniformity

When classes began on Aug. 5, all 76 Oklahoma City public schools implemented the new districtwide school uniform policy. The policy was approved by a 5-3 vote of the school board on March 4. With that rule in place, families must decide how to pay for uniforms, and some question if they are necessary.
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Tribal trials

Brittany Pickering - 
08.26.2013

Tribal trials

With 39 federally recognized tribes and the second-largest Native American population in the country, Oklahoma is a prolific, if somewhat obvious, training ground for lawyers specializing in Native American law.
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MAPped out

Tim Farley - 
08.26.2013

MAPped out

Walls are going up and significant progress is being made on John W. Rex Elementary, the last of the new public schools funded by MAPS for Kids.
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Just the Facts

okcBIZ Staff - 
08.26.2013

Just the Facts

Pay grade

Tuition and enrollment numbers for public colleges and universities in the metro area


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Bottom dollar

Heide Brandes - 
08.26.2013

Bottom dollar

This academic year brings good news for university students and parents in Oklahoma who have faced ever-increasing tuition rates: Two major state universities announced this summer that tuition for instate students would not increase next year.
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Regents wrap-up

Greg Horton - 
08.26.2013

Regents wrap-up

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education reports the cost of an in-state public education remains one of the best in the nation in spite of a tuition increase at most of the schools. 
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Oklahoma companies add more CNG filling station options

Greg Horton - 
03.03.2014

Oklahoma companies add more CNG filling station options

Love’s Travel Stops and OnCue Express are expanding access to compressed natural gas filling stations in Oklahoma this year. Scott Minton, CNG market development manager for OnCue, says the company currently has 14 stations in Oklahoma, seven of which are not located at a retail store. Love’s has 12 stations in the state, and the 13th should open sometime this summer.
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Former secretary of the environment joins Chesapeake

okcBIZ Staff - 
02.04.2014

Former secretary of the environment joins Chesapeake

After hearing mostly of top executives leaving Chesapeake Energy Corp. over the last year, the company announced on February 4 it had hired Oklahoma City attorney Miles Tolbert to serve as associate general counsel for environment, health and safety. He will officially join the energy company on February 17.
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Power play

Greg Horton - 
01.27.2014

Power play

Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority commissioners approved the sale of land at NE 10th Street and Walnut Avenue to General Electric Co. in a meeting on December 18, clearing the way for the construction of a 95,000-square-foot GE Global Research center. The 8-acre parcel of land was held by OCURA as part of the mitigation for the Interstate 235 construction.
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GE plans technology center near downtown OKC

Kelley Chambers - 
12.06.2013

GE plans technology center near downtown OKC

Construction will begin in spring 2014 on GE's five-story, 95,000-square-foot global research center near Downtown Oklahoma City.
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Well off

Dean Anderson - 
10.29.2013

Well off

With projected sales in 2013 of $50 million, Oklahoma City-based WellMark has come a long way since it opened in 1981 with a single product line.
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Devon and Dallas company to combine, form new company

okcBIZ Staff - 
10.22.2013

Devon and Dallas company to combine, form new company

Devon Energy Corp. has signed an agreement with Dallas-based Crosstex Energy LP to combine nearly all of the their assets a form a new company.
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Love's opens new office building

Kelley Chambers - 
10.21.2013

Love's opens new office building

Love's Travel Stops opened a new office building at the site of its corporate headquarters in The Village. The 67,500-square-foot building is at N. Pennsylvania Avenue and Hefner Road with space for 400 employees.
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S&P upgrades Continental Resources

Kelley Chambers - 
08.30.2013

S&P upgrades Continental Resources

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services upgraded it's long-term corporate credit rating for Continental Resources. The ratings are mixed for other Oklahoma City energy companies.
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Ward out at SandRidge

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.19.2013

Ward out at SandRidge

In a U.S. Securities and Exchange filing, the board of directors at SandRidge Energy announced today the termination of CEO Tom Ward. It stated Ward has resigned from his position, effective immediately.
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Chesapeake discloses compensation package for incoming CEO

Kelley Chambers - 
06.05.2013

Chesapeake discloses compensation package for incoming CEO

In a June 5 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Chesapeake Energy Corp. reported it will pay incoming CEO Robert Douglas Lawler a base salary of $1.25 million. He also will receive a $2 million signing bonus and company stock, along with additional bonuses and compensation opportunities.
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Fido’s farewells

Louis Fowler - 
01.27.2014

Fido’s farewells

The truly debilitating and devastating emotional pain that comes with the death of a four-legged best friend is something that only a loving pet owner can fully understand. It’s heartbreaking to look at their favorite sleeping spot and see it empty or to come home to a house where they’re no longer waiting to pounce as soon as the door opens.
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Forbes releases billionaires list for 2013

Kelley Chambers - 
09.18.2013

Forbes releases billionaires list for 2013

Harold Hamm is the richest person in Oklahoma and the 33rd wealthiest in the United States, according to Forbes magazine's 400 Richest Americans list for 2013.
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No slowing this Mustang down

okcBIZ Staff - 
07.18.2012

No slowing this Mustang down

In celebration of its third anniversary, Oklahoma City-based Mustang Brewing Company will host the Razing Hops and Hell tour, promising “great music and great beer.”
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Farm to table

Dean Anderson - 
05.30.2012

Farm to table

Starting out more than 15 years ago, April Harrington was her business: no building, no plan, just a dream.

A bout with ovarian cancer had piqued her interest in organic food. But how to sustain, much less grow, a business was beyond her.


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Love’s Entrepreneurship Center to Leap Into 2012 Entrepreneurship Day

Submitted - 
01.11.2012

Love’s Entrepreneurship Center to Leap Into 2012 Entrepreneurship Day

Oklahoma City University’s Love’s Entrepreneurship Center will host four dynamic leaders from the business community at the Spring 2012 Entrepreneurship Day from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 29 in the Kerr-McGee Auditorium at the Meinders School of Business.
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Gifts Galore

Dean Anderson - 
10.26.2011

Gifts Galore

Ten years ago, Janet McDonald and Cindy Utecht labored over their first gift basket. It was beautiful, even if it was constructed inside McDonald’s garage.
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Gaylord family selling The Oklahoman, OPUBCO

OKCBiz Staff - 
09.15.2011

Gaylord family selling The Oklahoman, OPUBCO

The Oklahoman newspaper and OPUBCO is to be sold in early October, after more than a century of ownership by the Gaylord family, the paper announced Thursday.

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okcBIZ Fittest Execs 2013

okcBIZ Staff - 
03.03.2014

okcBIZ Fittest Execs 2013

Leaders do so by example. This is true in many areas, including health and fitness. When a leader is fit and healthy, employees are more likely to follow that person’s example and strive to stay in shape and meet personal fitness and dietary goals.
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Fittest Execs: Male Over 45 winner, JP Potter

okcBIZ Staff - 
03.03.2014

Fittest Execs: Male Over 45 winner, JP Potter

WINNER
JP Potter, 54

OKLAHOMA BLOOD INSTITUTE 

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER


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Fittest Execs: Female Over 45 winner, Amy Downs

okcBIZ Staff - 
03.03.2014

Fittest Execs: Female Over 45 winner, Amy Downs

Amy Downs, 46

ALLEGIANCE CREDIT UNION 

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER


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Fittest Execs: Male Under 45 winner, Richard Muller

okcBIZ Staff - 
03.03.2014

Fittest Execs: Male Under 45 winner, Richard Muller

Richard Muller, 31

OKLAHOMA BLOOD INSTITUTE 

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS MANUFACTURING MANAGER


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Female Under 50 Champion: Carol Alexander

okcBIZ Staff - 
02.26.2013

Female Under 50 Champion: Carol Alexander

Carol Alexander, 47
Executive Vice President,
Retirement Investment Advisors Inc.

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Female Under 50 Runner-Up: Amanda Storck

okcBIZ Staff - 
02.26.2013

Female Under 50 Runner-Up: Amanda Storck

Amanda Storck, 34
Chief of Administration/CFO,
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
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Female Over 50 Champion: Anne Roper

okcBIZ Staff - 
02.26.2013

Female Over 50 Champion: Anne Roper

Anne Roper, 52
Recruitment Calendar Manager,
Oklahoma Blood Institute
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Female Over 50 Runner-Up: Lucy Fritts

okcBIZ Staff - 
02.26.2013

Female Over 50 Runner-Up: Lucy Fritts

Lucy Fritts, 56
Director and FMS Controller,
American Fidelity Assurance Company
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ANDREA GOSSARD

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.27.2013

ANDREA GOSSARD

Age: 28 | Project Manager | Manhattan Construction Company
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ALLISON BAILEY

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.27.2013

ALLISON BAILEY

Age: 29 | Owner | Barta Bailey
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AMANDA R. DAVIS

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.27.2013

AMANDA R. DAVIS

Age 36 | Assistant Vice President, University Development | Oklahoma City University
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AUTUMN ROSE McMAHON

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.27.2013

AUTUMN ROSE McMAHON

Age: 29 | Director of Development | Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education University of Oklahoma
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BOB FUNK JR.

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.27.2013

BOB FUNK JR.

Age 37 | CEO | Prodigal LLC
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BRAD POARCH

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.27.2013

BRAD POARCH

Age: 35 | CEO | Cory’s Audio Visual Services LLC
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BRIAN DWAYNE KNIGHT

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.27.2013

BRIAN DWAYNE KNIGHT

Age: 30 | Tax Manager | Eide Bailly LLP
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BRIANNE RENEE HINOJOSA

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.27.2013

BRIANNE RENEE HINOJOSA

Age: 33 | Marketing & Special Events Coordinator | Oklahoma Zoological Society
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JOSE L. OCQUE

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.27.2013

JOSE L. OCQUE

Age: 31 | President | Venhomes LLC
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KATHERINE MAZAHERI

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.27.2013

KATHERINE MAZAHERI

Age: 32 | Managing Partner | Mazaheri Law Firm
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MAPS quest

Kevan Goff-Parker - 
01.27.2014

MAPS quest

In the early 1990s, Oklahoma City leaders were troubled after losing a lucrative airline maintenance-site contract to another state. While Downtown bustled during work hours, it emptied nightly. Options to live there were scant.
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Leafy green

Brittany Pickering - 
09.27.2013

Leafy green

The LEAF, an emissionless, all-electric car, has a range equal to 129 city miles per gallon and 102 highway miles per gallon. The city has its own charging stations, and a public station has been installed on Colcord Avenue, by Civic Center Music Hall. Public charging stations are popping up in places like the parking lot at Whole Foods Market.
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OKC Council approves streetcar route

Tim Farley - 
09.25.2013

OKC Council approves streetcar route

Three Oklahoma City Council members voted to derail a recommended framework of the first phase of the MAPS 3 streetcar route, but affirmative votes kept it on track with a 5-3 vote.
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Council cash

Tim Farley - 
07.24.2013

Council cash

Pete White remembers a time when Oklahoma City councilmen were compensated $20 a month for their time and service.
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Sequester squeeze

Dean Anderson - 
07.24.2013

Sequester squeeze

Marnie Taylor strolled through the Will Rogers World Airport on her way to Washington, D.C., in June and paused.
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City plans to address vacant properties

okcBIZ Staff - 
07.05.2013

City plans to address vacant properties

The Oklahoma City Council plans to address vacant and abandoned properties. A recent study by GSBS Richman Consulting showed there were 12,000 of those properties citywide.
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City Cents

Kelley Chambers - 
06.21.2013

City Cents

The Oklahoma City Council approved a $1.027 billion budget in June for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that begins July 1. Yes, that’s billion with a “B.” It is the first time the fiscal year budget has reached that number. The funds will keep the city running and provide additions to personnel, including 40 new uniformed police officers.
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OKC water takes top honors

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.19.2013

OKC water takes top honors

It appears Oklahoma City's tap water is indeed something to crow about. At the 2013 American Water Works Association's annual conference in Denver, judges chose Oklahoma City tap water as the “best of the best” for its taste characteristics.
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Cornett forms storm readiness task force

okcBIZ Staff - 
05.29.2013

Cornett forms storm readiness task force

 In response to recent tornadoes and severe weather, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett formed a task force to review safety procedures in the city. The task force is charged with reviewing public safety options and school safety procedures during severe weather.
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Oklahoma County Assessor's Office tallies Edmond damage

okcBIZ Staff - 
05.24.2013

Oklahoma County Assessor's Office tallies Edmond damage

With much of the focus on Moore after a large tornado struck the city on Monday, the Oklahoma County Assessor's Office has been at work to estimate damage from a tornado that moved through parts of Edmond on Sunday.
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Feds approve extension of Oklahoma healthcare option

Kelley Chambers - 
09.12.2013

Feds approve extension of Oklahoma healthcare option

Gov. Mary Fallin said a state-sponsored health insurance plan for the poor, funded by Oklahoma's tobacco tax and federal dollars, will be extended for one year.
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Health care company plans Oklahoma City expansion

okcBIZ Staff - 
03.26.2013

Health care company plans Oklahoma City expansion

OptumRX , an Optum company of UnitedHealth Group, plans to expand its presence in Oklahoma City to include 500 employees by the end of 2013.
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Lab to market

Heide Brandes - 
03.25.2013

Lab to market

In a lab at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, scientists are cloning antibodies.
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Integris acquires majority interest in women's hospital

okcBIZ Staff - 
01.02.2013

Integris acquires majority interest in women's hospital

Integris Health brought Lakeside Women’s Hospital into its network Jan. 1 as majority owner of the women’s hospital. 
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Better delivery by design

Dean Anderson - 
12.27.2012

Better delivery by design

The face of health care soon will be changing. And if a local anesthesiologist has his way, he’ll be the one doing it.
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Making the grade

Dean Anderson - 
12.27.2012

Making the grade

Statistics tell us Oklahoma ranks among the worst in the nation in most health indicators, yet Oklahoma health care executives say the delivery system is topnotch. Now with the status quo reaffirmed in Washington, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act undoubtedly the law of the land, will something have to give in the Sooner State?
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NewView opens low-vision clinic

okcBIZ Staff - 
12.05.2012

NewView opens low-vision clinic

Those with vision impairments in Oklahoma have a new ray of hope in a comprehensive low-vision clinic that opened last month. It is operated by NewView Oklahoma, formerly the Oklahoma League for the Blind, which is the state’s largest employer of the blind and visually impaired.
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ATG plans Oklahoma City expansion

okcBIZ Staff - 
12.05.2012

ATG plans Oklahoma City expansion

ATG Rehab acquired Medical Supply of Oklahoma, and plans to relocate and expand its Oklahoma City offices.
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Biz gets new boss

okcBIZ Staff - 
02.21.2013

Biz gets new boss

After serving as assistant publisher of the award-winning okcBIZ magazine for four years, Jeffri-Lynn Dyer has been promoted to publisher.
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Iraq and back

Dean Anderson - 
02.01.2013

Iraq and back

For centuries now, soldiers across the nation have stood and answered the call to duty. But these days, once they return home, nobody seems to be calling them.
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Chesapeake offers separation package to some employees

okcBIZ Staff - 
12.14.2012

Chesapeake offers separation package to some employees

About 275 employees of Chesapeake Energy Corp. were given notice Dec. 14 of the offer of a voluntary separation program to end their employment with the company.
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Now hiring

Heide Brandes - 
11.26.2012

Now hiring

In October, PeopleSource of Oklahoma City began getting calls from companies needing warehouse and industrial help over the holidays, as businesses began gearing up for the traditional shopping bonanza.
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In demand

Heide Brandes - 
10.25.2012

In demand

In Oklahoma City, the jobs exist, but the qualified employees may not.
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Local blogger makes Forbes’ Top 75 Career Websites list

okcBIZ Staff - 
09.18.2012

Local blogger makes Forbes’ Top 75 Career Websites list

Central Oklahoma-based Blogging4Jobs, which provides insight and content about career, human relations and workplace issues, is listed among Forbes’ Top 75 Career Websites.
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Executive boot camp

Dean Anderson - 
06.29.2012

Executive boot camp

Every July, Dan Ostas packs a few days worth of crimson ties and University of Oklahoma polos, and leaves his Norman home for his annual trek to Stillwater.
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Coaching them up

Dean Anderson - 
06.29.2012

Coaching them up

Athletes have coaches, so why not employees? After all, it’s their performance that dictates the direction a company is heading.
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Say what?!?

Dean Anderson - 
06.29.2012

Say what?!?

Earlier this year, worldwide staffing company Accountemps released a survey that was sure to pain many a human resources manager.
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Quittin’ time

Dean Anderson - 
04.26.2012

Quittin’ time

You know when quitting time is, but do you know when it’s time to quit?


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War on Terror

Dean Anderson - 
07.24.2013

War on Terror

David Cid and Kim Carter agree they wouldn’t be in their current positions had Timothy McVeigh not parked a Ryder truck in front of Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building 18 years ago, lit a fuse and walked away.
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May we help you?

Heidi Brandes - 
12.27.2012

May we help you?

Kacy Schlerer of Norman has sat and talked with the elderly, bought groceries, cleaned kitchens, put up Christmas lights, set up parties and organized to-do lists. She’ll walk dogs, pick up dry cleaning, help care for the sick, wash cars and declutter an overstuffed garage. She and her staff will do it all for $10 an hour.
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Sooner spirits

Heide Brandes - 
11.26.2012

Sooner spirits

Hunter Merritt takes a sip of the amber liquid swirling in a tumbler, enjoying the taste of the whiskey as if it were his own.


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Heady alliance

Heide Brandes - 
09.26.2012

Heady alliance

Oklahomans like beer. Since the turn of the century, national breweries like Budweiser and Miller have had great success in Oklahoma. For many years, commercially brewed beers were the only option for beer lovers.
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I2E invests in glioblastomas project

okcBIZ Staff - 
04.18.2012

I2E invests in glioblastomas project

Through the Oklahoma Seed Capital Fund, i2E Inc. has invested $500,000 in Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation's Glioblastoma Project. The Seed Fund participated in an investment round of $1 million with co-investment from the research foundation.
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OMRF makes top 10 postdoc list

Kelley Chambers - 
03.30.2012

OMRF makes top 10 postdoc list

Those completing postdoctoral fellowships are in good company at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation based on rankings in The Scientist magazine.
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Google and a gaggle

Dean Anderson - 
12.21.2011

Google and a gaggle

Debbie Musick always hoped potential clients wouldn’t ask the question.
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Consumer diffidence

Rod Lott - 
11.22.2011

Consumer diffidence

When a magazine is as awesome as OKCBiz, everyone wants some ink! Our email boxes get flooded with press releases touting “cutting-edge” and “revolutionary” products that … well, don’t strike us as such. These are the ones we found most dubious in 2011.
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OCAST awards nearly $1.9 million for 11 applied research projects

Submitted - 
11.16.2011

OCAST awards nearly $1.9 million for 11 applied research projects

Board members who oversee the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) today awarded nearly $1.9 million to 11 research applicants. Tuesday’s awards are the first in the Oklahoma Applied Research program for FY 2012. All research projects will be completed within three years.
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Family-built

Sherry Howerton - 
11.27.2013

Family-built

In a fluid business climate in which companies routinely change hands, are acquired by a bigger competitor or close their doors due to external pressures or internal strife, it’s both rare and refreshing to see a local business thriving after 100 years and into its fourth generation of ownership.
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Woodwork

Sherry Howerton - 
10.29.2013

Woodwork

Ken Windle is, perhaps, in the right place at the right time with the right product.
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Boeing brings more jobs, opportunities to metro by relocating two major programs

Heide Brandes - 
09.24.2010

Boeing brings more jobs, opportunities to metro by relocating two major programs

While some employees from Long Beach, Calif., will make the move, other positions will become available to Oklahomans.
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Owner of The Journal Record files for bankruptcy

None - 
03.24.2014

Owner of The Journal Record files for bankruptcy

Minneapolis-based The Dolan Company, owner of The Journal Record in Oklahoma City, and some of its subsidiaries plan to filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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City considers changing water use fines

Kelley Chambers - 
04.11.2013

City considers changing water use fines

Water, and the lack thereof, led the Oklahoma City Council to consider altering fines levied for people who take more than their share in the midst of a drought and to install cutoff valves on all newly installed irrigation systems.
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City will host third park meeting Thursday

okcBIZ Staff - 
01.23.2013

City will host third park meeting Thursday

The third community meeting to discuss the MAPS 3 downtown park will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 24, where the public can view a preliminary master plan for the $130 million, 70-acre park.
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Claims Management plans acquisition

okcBIZ Staff - 
12.21.2012

Claims Management plans acquisition

Claims Management Resources plans to acquire another credit company to bring three entities under its umbrella that will include 150 employees for the Oklahoma City-based company.
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Delaney takes chairman position with chamber

Kelley Chambers - 
12.14.2012

Delaney takes chairman position with chamber

Canadian comedian James Cunningham brought his brand of whimsical humor to the 2012 Greater Oklahoma City Chamber meeting Dec. 13 by having the outgoing chairman and the incoming chairman perform a parody of the British television show Benny Hill.
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PRdicament

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11.26.2012

PRdicament

Paying for performance is nothing new in the public relations industry, but some agencies are taking it a step further.
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Holiday Inn Express back on in Bricktown

Kelley Chambers - 
11.14.2012

Holiday Inn Express back on in Bricktown

A Holiday Inn Express proposed for Bricktown about four years ago – and then scrapped – is back on with a different ownership group. J.C. Witcher, architect with ADG, declined to name the new developer, but presented initial plans for informational purposes Nov. 14 to the Bricktown Urban Design Committee, which must approve design of all projects in the entertainment district.
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KD's to open in Lower Bricktown

Kelley Chambers - 
10.31.2012

KD's to open in Lower Bricktown

The Hal Smith Restaurant Group and Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant plan to open a restaurant in Lower Bricktown next year. The restaurant, KD’s, will feature southern cuisine, and each item must be to Durant’s liking to make it on the menu.
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In the club

Greg Horton - 
01.02.2014

In the club

As a volunteer mentor in Oklahoma City Public Schools, Jane Sutter saw the impact someone willing to give up some of their time could have on the lives of children.
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Four charitable leaders to be honored

Kelley Chambers - 
11.21.2013

Four charitable leaders to be honored

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits will honor four community leaders on December 3 for their contributions to the needy. It is the third year for the center's Visions awards.
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Star charts

Brittany Pickering - 
10.29.2013

Star charts

Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit organization that tracks the financial accountability of charities, gave its highest rating to six Oklahoma City groups.
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Six OKC charities receive top fiscal accolades

Kelley Chambers - 
09.19.2013

Six OKC charities receive top fiscal accolades

Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit organization that tracks the financial accountability of charities, gave its highest rating to six Oklahoma City groups.
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ICS sets up branch in Moore to aid tornado victims

Kelley Chambers - 
07.12.2013

ICS sets up branch in Moore to aid tornado victims

After a tornado hit Moore on May 20, relief groups from near and far descended on the city to offer aid to the victims. Nearly two months after the storm, those efforts continue as residents work to rebuild their lives.
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Energy companies, Thunder donate millions to tornado relief

Kelley Chambers - 
05.22.2013

Energy companies, Thunder donate millions to tornado relief

Three of Oklahoma's largest energy companies have pledged millions of dollars to aid in disaster relief after the string of tornadoes that devastated Central Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday.
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Annie, get your purse

Kelley Chambers - 
04.25.2013

Annie, get your purse

As the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has become an international attraction, the children’s museum on the grounds has not kept pace. Many might be unaware the museum even has a children’s building, but that is changing with the commitment of a growing group of female business, civic and philanthropic leaders around the state.
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Nonprofits, retailers look to uncertain future with Chesapeake changes

Kelley Chambers - 
02.07.2013

Nonprofits, retailers look to uncertain future with Chesapeake changes

Some could argue that in addition to being in the natural gas business, Chesapeake Energy is in the Oklahoma City business.
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Cheering charities

Kelley Chambers - 
02.01.2013

Cheering charities

Jane Sutter is ready for her close-up. As president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, she doesn’t spend a lot of time in front of cameras.
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Wow, a party!

Heide Brandes - 
09.26.2012

Wow, a party!

Allied Arts is once again hosting its big, biennial fundraiser, “OPUS VII: Party Wow.” Organizers promise the event to be energetic, nonstop and unique.
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Kirkpatrick joins DOKC Inc.

okcBIZ Staff - 
07.17.2012

Kirkpatrick joins DOKC Inc.

A.J. Kirkpatrick seems to be everywhere, but now he will be based at Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. As an urban planner with the city since 2005, Kirkpatrick has been involved with Core to Shore planning, the Downtown Business Improvement District, Bricktown projects and the Urban Land Institute.
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Hamm names Bott new Continental president and COO

okcBIZ Staff - 
05.22.2012

Hamm names Bott new Continental president and COO

Continental Resources Inc., newly relocated from Enid, is making a few changes in top management at its new home in Oklahoma City.
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Flogistix names Drake Andarakes vice president of sales and marketing

Submitted - 
03.08.2012

Flogistix names Drake Andarakes vice president of sales and marketing

Veteran sales and business development executive, Drake Andarakes, has joined Oklahoma City oil and gas services company, Flogistix, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
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Cassidy names director of communications

Submitted - 
02.29.2012

Cassidy names director of communications

Cassidy Financial Group, Inc. has named Billie Rodely Director of Communications.

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VI Marketing and Branding names social media director, digital media specialists and cinematographer/editor

Submitted - 
02.08.2012

VI Marketing and Branding names social media director, digital media specialists and cinematographer/editor

VI Marketing and Branding, a fully integrated marketing firm with offices in Oklahoma City, Colorado Springs and Kansas City has added three key specialists to its Oklahoma City staff.
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Oklahoma City University names enrollment services VP

Submitted - 
02.06.2012

Oklahoma City University names enrollment services VP

Oklahoma City University has named Kevin Windholz as vice president for enrollment management, OCU President Robert Henry announced today.
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Bankers promoted

Submitted - 
02.02.2012

Bankers promoted

Chuck R. Thompson, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Republic Bank & Trust, Norman, Oklahoma, announces the following Bank officer promotions:Bret M. Sullivan – has been named senio
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Bricktown Association names new Board of Director officers

Submitted - 
02.02.2012

Bricktown Association names new Board of Director officers

The Bricktown Association, announces Frank Nelson, with Pearl’s Crabtown, as the incoming President of the Board of Directors, and Cy Perkins, with the Bricktown Hampton Inn, as the newly appointed Vice President.
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OU Medical Center names new CFO

Submitted - 
01.27.2012

OU Medical Center names new CFO

OU Medical Center, Oklahoma’s largest and most comprehensive hospital, has named Michael A. Reese as its new chief financial officer. Reese, who had been chief financial officer at HCA Delta Division of the hospital’s parent company, Healthcare Corporation of America, will oversee all financial operations at OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and OU Medical Center Edmond.

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Expert Q&A: Technology

None - 
06.21.2013

Expert Q&A: Technology

What is OCAST’s role in the state?

CMC: OCAST was created in 1987 by the Legislature to diversify and grow Oklahoma’s economy through strategic investment in science and technology.

Benefits of research are cascading. When researchers make discoveries and move their ideas to commercialization, they create new businesses, jobs and economic impact by competing successfully in the global marketplace — with the added benefit of increased tax revenues for our state.


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The pressures of planning

None - 
03.25.2013

The pressures of planning

Brad Poarch, CEO and Co-owner, Cory’s Audio Visual Services LLC

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A brand-new world

Contributing Writer - 
02.21.2013

A brand-new world

Sarah Mason Sears

Principal

S Design Inc.


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Not quite the Wild, Wild West yet

None - 
02.01.2013

Not quite the Wild, Wild West yet

Adam Childers
Director
Crowe & Dunlevy
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Unnecessary and unaffordable

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12.27.2012

Unnecessary and unaffordable

In recent years, Oklahoma has struggled to meet growing public needs. Most public services have been cut or held flat in each of the past four years, and state funding remains below pre-recession levels.
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2013: The new healthy me, version 12.5-ish

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12.27.2012

2013: The new healthy me, version 12.5-ish

You’ve had at least a month of feasts, parties and holiday celebrations, and now you’re ready for a change: You’re giving up a bad habit, you’re going to spend more time with family and friends, and you’re going to lose weight and get fit once and for all.
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Oklahoma City remains strong alternative for expanding retailers

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09.26.2012

Oklahoma City remains strong alternative for expanding retailers

A few years ago, as headlines blared the effects of the nation’s economic downturn and friends from other parts of the country bemoaned the state of their personal affairs, many of us here in Oklahoma City sheepishly kept our heads down and hoped that Armageddon would pass us by.
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ProFile: Joe Pierce, principal of John W. Rex Elementary School

Dean Anderson - 
03.03.2014

ProFile: Joe Pierce, principal of John W. Rex Elementary School

Joe Pierce has opened schools before. In his 30-year career in education, Pierce has been on the ground floor of something new several times.
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ProFile: David LeNorman, Oklahoma Energy Resources Board

okcBIZ Staff - 
01.27.2014

ProFile: David LeNorman, Oklahoma Energy Resources Board

With more than a quarter century of his life wrapped up in oil and gas, David Le Norman has a passion for what he does.
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ProFile: Sean Trauschke, OG&E Energy Corp.

Dean Anderson - 
10.29.2013

ProFile: Sean Trauschke, OG&E Energy Corp.

After nearly 100 years with few changes, the utility industry now is facing challenges from all sides.
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ProFile: E. Michael Whittington, Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Dean Anderson - 
09.27.2013

ProFile: E. Michael Whittington, Oklahoma City Museum of Art

E. Michael Whittington does not firmly subscribe to the old saying, “Build it and they will come,” when talking about art museums.
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College man

Dean Anderson - 
08.26.2013

College man

When University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz looked for a replacement for retiring Provost William Radke, he didn’t have to look far.
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Family affair

Dean Anderson - 
07.24.2013

Family affair

Lee Symcox grew up listening to his father and grandfather tell stories about investing in people and communities. They were about helping build things and having something to show for it all.
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Have you met Corey Ayers?

Kelley Chambers - 
07.24.2013

Have you met Corey Ayers?

Some people works in banks. Others dig ditches. But some have unique jobs that cater to their particular skills and interests. Corey Ayers took his love of film and love for his home state and turned those into a position at Oklahoma History Center.

He spends his days viewing and archiving the state’s history on celluloid and traveling the country to shoot interviews with notable Oklahomans who have found success in music and entertainment. Every day is an adventure for Ayers as he finds and preserves the state’s history and helps make history with interviews for exhibits that will be accessible for generations to come.

So, have you met Corey Ayers?


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Bridge builder

Dean Anderson - 
06.21.2013

Bridge builder

Mike Patterson remembers the days when the Oklahoma Department of Transportation barely had enough money to make payroll and fix a few potholes. As the new director of ODOT, he says the Legislature and the people of Oklahoma have made transportation a priority in recent years

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Dynamic duo

Christina Nihira - 
06.21.2013

Dynamic duo

One could say Shilpa Abbitt and Carolynn Parker have run their way across America.
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Top Deals

Kelley Chambers - 
01.27.2014

Top Deals

The largest commercial real estate sales and leases in 2013
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No vacancy

Dean Anderson - 
01.27.2014

No vacancy

Call vacant properties in the metro an eyesore, a blight, an economic drain or whatever you wish.
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Solid ground

Sherry Howerton - 
01.02.2014

Solid ground

As a reflection of the robust business and retail climate in Oklahoma City, as well as consumer confidence in the area as an economically sound place to live and work, the housing market in 2013 has continued its recovery from the downturn of years past, keeping builders and Realtors gleefully busy.
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Gold standard

Kelley Chambers - 
01.02.2014

Gold standard

The Gold Dome building in Oklahoma City has been on Greg Lorson’s wish list for a decade. After a failed attempt to acquire it, the property seemed to taunt him each day as he drove past it while taking his daughter to school. And don’t even get him started on a failed effort to purchase the office tower across the street from the dome.
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OGE to anchor downtown tower

Kelley Chambers - 
12.17.2013

OGE to anchor downtown tower

OGE Energy Corp. will anchor a planned mid-rise office building in Downtown Oklahoma City on land currently occupied by Stage Center.
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Price disclosed for Love's purchase of Chesapeake office buildings

Kelley Chambers - 
11.13.2013

Price disclosed for Love's purchase of Chesapeake office buildings

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores purchased three office buildings in northwest Oklahoma City from Chesapeake Energy Corp. for $24.25 million, according to records from the Oklahoma County Clerk. Love's announced the purchase Nov. 11 but did not disclose the sale price.
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Tower Talk

Kelley Chambers - 
09.27.2013

Tower Talk

When Rainey Williams looks at the Oklahoma City skyline, he sees something others don’t. Within the next few years, however, he says everyone will see his vision: an office tower of at least 20 stories on the site of Stage Center, across the street from the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Devon Energy Center.
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Golden opportunity

Kelley Chambers - 
07.24.2013

Golden opportunity

Fans of the historic Gold Dome at 1112 N.W. 23rd can breathe a sigh of relief.
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Real men

Kelley Chambers - 
06.21.2013

Real men

Fans of the television show Mad Men have seen several mergers between the Madison Avenue advertising firm and its rivals over six seasons. With each merger, the names on the door grow longer as the firm works to grab its share of advertising billings in 1960s New York.
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Sporty pies

Kelley Chambers - 
04.18.2014

Sporty pies

Two Oklahomans who became professional athletes plan to return to their home state and open several pizza franchises. They are following in the footsteps of other professional athletes like Billy Simms, Kevin Durant and Wes Welker.
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Flip's Wine Bar & Trattoria faces uncertain future

OKCBiz Staff - 
03.28.2014

Flip's Wine Bar & Trattoria faces uncertain future

Flip's Wine Bar & Trattoria's owners were informed March 24 that their lease would not be renewed, according to documents obtained by okcBIZ and the Oklahoma Gazette.
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Vocal locals

Greg Horton - 
03.03.2014

Vocal locals

In 2009, Bryce Bandy and Chris Branson were doing freelance design and photography work and talking about the genesis of an idea that existed in other cities.
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Making green

Dean Anderson - 
03.03.2014

Making green

Bill Herron, owner of Pergola Supreme, was asked to get up and speak last October to a room full of potential vendors interested in participating in the Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show.
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Love fest

Kevan Goff-Parker - 
01.27.2014

Love fest

Forget whispering sweet nothings in your sweetheart’s ear. If you really want to make a good impression with your loved one on Valentine’s Day, plan to shop early.
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Health nuts

Kevan Goff-Parker - 
01.02.2014

Health nuts

Oklahoma’s growing appetite for farm-crisp, organic and natural food grocery store chains is paying off in fresh investments in Oklahoma by chains such as Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market and Kansas-based GreenAcres Market.
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Sales help

Sherry Howerton - 
01.02.2014

Sales help

Low unemployment rates, rising median household incomes, an enhanced Downtown skyline and a successful national sports franchise all add up to one thing for metro Oklahoma City: a healthy, robust and progressive retail market.
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Lovin’ it

Kelley Chambers - 
11.27.2013

Lovin’ it

Tom Love’s empire is a not a sprawling corporate campus or a high-rise office tower but rather a modest set of office buildings within the city of The Village and in hundreds of Love’s Country Stores around the nation. In October, however, the company expanded its real estate at its home with a 67,500-square-foot office building with space for 400 employees.
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Pop tops

Jenn Scott - 
11.27.2013

Pop tops

’Tis the season for humming holiday tunes and attending festive parties.
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Spin off

Greg Horton - 
10.29.2013

Spin off

Don’t tell local record store owners that no one buys music on vinyl anymore.
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Burgundy blues

Greg Horton - 
09.27.2013

Burgundy blues

Oklahoma did not earn an A, a B, a C, or even scrape by with a D on a consumer report card that looked at wine laws in the state. The American Wine Consumer Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy coalition, gave Oklahoma the lowest grade in the country on its wine consumer report card. Oklahoma received an F and ranked 50th when compared to other states in five categories. That has led those in the liquor industry and legislators in the metro to look at ways to make the state’s wine laws relevant, perhaps allow wineries to ship their products to Oklahoma and take away antiquated laws and practices while keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors. 
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That’s a wrap

Dean Anderson - 
02.01.2013

That’s a wrap

Billboard and television advertising require contracts and big money. But more businesses are finding that when the will is strong, and the ad budget is weak, there’s still an option to stand out from the crowd.
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Stuck in the rough

Dean Anderson - 
04.26.2012

Stuck in the rough

Jim Cowan spent several years leading the Bricktown Association during the area’s renaissance. with that job, which involved constantly being around a young, hip crowd, he always had his finger on the pulse of what was going on.


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A social about social

Submitted - 
02.27.2012

A social about social

Tuesday March 6 – 7 p.m.
The Div
1712 S. Kelly Ave.
Edmond
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Expert Q&A: Advertising

okcBIZ Staff - 
02.24.2012

Expert Q&A: Advertising

With Rhonda Hooper
President and CEO
Jordan Advertising

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Reaching out

Dean Anderson - 
02.24.2012

Reaching out

For Marcus Williamson, relationships are everything. And maybe more so than anyone else on the Oklahoma City University campus, the Meinders School of Business director of outreach pays particular attention not only to the message he’s sending out, but the medium he’s using.


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Flackhouse

Dean Anderson - 
09.28.2011

Flackhouse

What started with drinks among acquaintances has turned into a public relations experiment. Since that initial happy hour at Paseo Grill a few months ago, PR professionals Kathy Oden-Hall, Meredith Lynn, Rob Crissinger, Phil Bacharach and Mary Ann Osko have joined Tracey Zeeck in a nondescript — and hard-to-find — warehouse building in Automobile Alley.
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Not his hobby

Kelley Chambers - 
08.29.2011

Not his hobby

Nick Preftakes hopes he has found the cure for his big-box blues in south Oklahoma City.
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Signs of the times

Dean Anderson - 
08.01.2011

Signs of the times

Jim Gleason started in the sign industry when he was 12 years old, sweeping the floors in his dad’s sign shop in Salina, Kan. He worked for his father for 18 years at Gleason and Sons Signs before eventually coming to the metro area.
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PR firm donates to two nonprofits

Dylan Smith - 
07.15.2011

PR firm donates to two nonprofits

In its third year awarding a communications grant to a nonprofit, Oklahoma City-based Saxum upped its donation to include two groups this year.
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Web weavers

Giancarlo Gonzalez - 
01.27.2014

Web weavers

Woven is a start-up company that aims to fulfill a unique function in our democracy. It allows Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender to access critical legal and financial information from professionals.

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News flash

Louis Fowler - 
01.02.2014

News flash

Corey Ayers spends most of his days at work watching films.
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Linked in

Dean Anderson - 
11.27.2013

Linked in

Boldly going where no modem has ever gone before. That’s the slogan for Sam Curtis, CEO and managing member of @AtLink Services.


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Apple picks

Kelley Chambers - 
10.29.2013

Apple picks

Apple introduced two new versions of its popular iPhone in September as customers hankering to upgrade, and even those new to the phone, had, for the first time, the option of the latest and greatest and also the recently latest and greatest in slightly different packaging.
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Unplugged in

Brittany Pickering - 
07.24.2013

Unplugged in

Within the last five years, use of smartphone and tablet technology in small businesses has exploded. Businesses in Oklahoma City have embraced this explosion and are using it to their advantage in new and often surprising ways.
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AT&T plans OKC job growth

Kelley Chambers - 
06.27.2013

AT&T plans OKC job growth

AT&T will add 100 management positions in Oklahoma City over the next year. Bryan Gonterman, president of AT&T Oklahoma, said 25 positions have already been filled, and about 76 of the new employees will be in place by the end of the year.
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Laugh radio

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.21.2013

Laugh radio

Round-the-clock comedy on Oklahoma City radio? It’s the new format for 1560 AM KEBC.
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Insurance ID

Kelley Chambers - 
06.21.2013

Insurance ID

John Wiscaver knows all too well what an area looks like after being hit by a large tornado. When an EF5 tornado tore through Moore in 1999, and again in 2003, he was on the ground to help those affected file insurance claims to put their lives back together.
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Social settings

Dean Anderson - 
05.30.2013

Social settings

Vernon Millspaugh had a problem.
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Call it in

Heide Brandes - 
05.30.2013

Call it in

When the major pharmacy chains in America unveiled their ability to accept e-prescriptions from doctors, Thrifty Pharmacy was matching them.
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Downtown adds two new hotels

Kelley Chambers - 
04.09.2014

Downtown adds two new hotels

Downtown Oklahoma City will welcome two new hotels this spring.

In the Deep Deuce district, the city’s first Aloft is set to open this month. In March, Tulsa hotelier Paul Coury opened one of his signature Ambassador properties in Midtown. Both are upscale hotels that cater to leisure travelers who want more than a bed, a cheese Danish and a cup of coffee in the morning.

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Flighty friends

Greg Horton - 
01.02.2014

Flighty friends

When Upward Transitions, an Oklahoma City nonprofit organization, launched its Travelers Aid program at Will Rogers World Airport in 1973, smart phones or the notion that nearly every human being would carry a portable device that could delineate their world at the touch of a button in a matter of seconds were unheard of.
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Cutting room

Louis Fowler - 
11.27.2013

Cutting room

Since 2005, Oklahoma has become a popular spot for independent filmmakers and low-budget studios, cumulating this year with two extremely high-profile works. Academy Award nominee William H. Macy’s Rudderless and John Wells’ August: Osage County, which is already generating Academy Award buzz, were both filmed in Oklahoma thanks to a tax rebate available to filmmakers.
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Soft sell

Kelley Chambers - 
10.29.2013

Soft sell

The Softball Hall of Fame complex in northeast Oklahoma City is in the midst of $8 million in improvements to the facilities to enhance the player and spectator experience and stay competitive to remain the home of the Women’s College World Series.

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Sport Model

Tim Farley - 
06.21.2013

Sport Model

Bringing the Summer X Games or a Grand Prix race to the metro area would receive top priority from the Greater Oklahoma City Sports Consortium, a not-for-profit advisory group formed earlier this year.
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River revamp

Kelley Chambers - 
11.26.2012

River revamp

Amenities planned for the Oklahoma River are designed to appeal to both the aquatically inclined and landlubbers alike. Even those who’ve never dipped an oar in the Oklahoma River soon will be able to zoom across it on a zip line, climb to the top of a tower on a sky trail, hit a bike track or go surfing.
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Overriding desire

Dean Anderson - 
08.27.2012

Overriding desire

Dynah Korhummel did the whole Silicon Valley thing back in the middle of the dot-com era.


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AAA expects strong holiday travel around July 4

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.26.2012

AAA expects strong holiday travel around July 4

AAA predicts a busy travel weekend around the July 4 holiday both nationwide and in Oklahoma.


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Hotel completes multi-million dollar renovation

okcBIZ Staff - 
06.26.2012

Hotel completes multi-million dollar renovation

Embassy Suites Oklahoma City-Will Rogers World Airport recently completed a $5.5 million renovation. The 236-suite hotel, 1815 S. Meridian, has combined upscale amenities with a Western feel.
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Wheel deal

Dean Anderson - 
04.26.2012

Wheel deal

Chad Hodges never had planned a cycling race before the upcoming Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic.
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All aboard

Dean Anderson - 
10.29.2013

All aboard

Jane Abraham could best be described as a kid opening up a new present on Christmas morning when she heard the news Oklahoma City had finally received a grant to help renovate the Santa Fe Depot.
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Nonstop air service to Orlando set to begin in November

Kelley Chambers - 
08.20.2013

Nonstop air service to Orlando set to begin in November

Allegiant Air plans to add nonstop flights between Oklahoma City and Orlando, Fla., beginning Nov. 14. The twice-weekly flight will bring the no-frills airline back to the local market after it exited in 2006 to focus on other areas. It also will offer the only nonstop service between the two cities. 
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Boulevard of compromise

Kelley Chambers - 
02.21.2013

Boulevard of compromise

Despite opposition, a measure to approve a compromise on the design of one portion of a boulevard to run through Downtown Oklahoma City passed the city council Jan. 8 with a 7-2 vote. The boulevard plan dates back to the 1990s when state and federal authorities determined the Interstate 40 crosstown would be moved south, and a boulevard would sit in its previous alignment.
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Alternatives for proposed boulevard meet opposition

okcBIZ Staff - 
12.04.2012

Alternatives for proposed boulevard meet opposition

A firm hired to look at engineering options for part of the future boulevard in Downtown Oklahoma City is recommending that an overpass be used to solve possible traffic issues, against protests by some who favor other options – or more analysis in general.
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City, state officials discuss boulevard plans

Kelley Chambers - 
08.22.2012

City, state officials discuss boulevard plans

Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation attended a public meeting with hat in hand Aug. 22 concerning plans for the new boulevard in downtown Oklahoma City. Tempers flared in the audience, but there was no acrimony from ODOT officials who acknowledged that there have been misconceptions and misunderstandings as to the plans for the $80 million, 10.5-block stretch of road that will sit where the Interstate 40 bridges once stood.


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AAA projects 510,000 Oklahomans will hit the road Memorial Day weekend

okcBIZ Staff - 
05.22.2012

AAA projects 510,000 Oklahomans will hit the road Memorial Day weekend

More Oklahomans will hop in their cars rather than board planes this Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA. The auto travel assistance organization expects increases in auto travel, but for shorter trips due to high gas prices. And air travel is expected to take a hit as more people jump in their cars for destinations from May 24 through May 28.
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As airport gets busier, lines get longer

okcBIZ Staff - 
04.30.2012

As airport gets busier, lines get longer

Come as you are, but come early if you have a flight to catch at Will Rogers World Airport. With passenger traffic numbers up nearly 7 percent over last year, airport officials are seeing larger crowds, especially in the mornings, and some passengers who have not allotted enough time and ending up missing their flights.
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City, state leaders dedicate SkyDance Bridge

Kelley Chambers - 
04.23.2012

City, state leaders dedicate SkyDance Bridge

Oklahoma Mayor Mick Cornett officiated over the ribbon cutting of the $5.8 million, 380-foot SkyDance Bridge April 23 Downtown.
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Destination: relevance

Dean Anderson - 
02.24.2012

Destination: relevance

Ivy Bradford’s career as a travel agent has followed a path different than most. The manager of Prime Time Travel in Edmond got into the business in 1987 and worked through 2000 before taking a break for motherhood.
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