The Research Institute for Economic Development has appointed four state business and civic leaders to its board of directors.
New members of the board include Gary Pierson, Oklahoma Publishing Company president and CEO; Mark Funke, president and CEO of Southwest Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Stillwater National Bank and Trust Co. and Bank of Kansas; Ted Haynes, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, and Marc Maun, chairman of and CEO Bank of Oklahoma's Oklahoma City market division.
“I am looking forward to working with each of these individuals during the upcoming legislative session and beyond,” Susan Winchester RIED president said in a statement. “Their business, civic and leadership credentials are top notch, and more importantly, they understand Oklahoma's business climate and what it takes to grow an economy.”
RIED also announced that co-founding member Gerald Gamble, president of the Gerald L. Gamble Co. Realtors, will step down after 15 years of service.
RIED is a nonpartisan institute that promotes economic growth in the state by evaluating the way Oklahoma lawmakers act as advocates for business issues.
Since its founding in 1997, RIED has analyzed thousands of pieces of legislation to produce annual assessments of legislators' voting records.