Kimray names CEO
Kimray's board of directors announced the CEO David Hill will also serve as president of the Oklahoma company. Hill has been at Kimray since 1993 and served in a variety of roles within the company. He graduated from the Advanced Training Institute in Chicago with a degree in International Business and is a founder of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Founded in 1948 by Garman Kimmell, Kimray, Inc. is an Oklahoma manufacturer of control valves and related equipment for oil and gas producing companies.
Paycom wins Hire Power award
Oklahoma City-based Paycom has won Inc.'s inaugural Hire Power Award, recognizing private companies that are leaders in creating American jobs. Paycom was listed among the top 100 job-creating companies in the country, and also was recognized as being among the top job creators in the state and in the payroll and human capital industry. Paycom was the only Oklahoma-based company to make the list. “Being recognized as the top job creator both in our industry and our state is an honor and is extremely gratifying as we have worked extremely hard to grow our company year after year,” Paycom CEO Chad Richison said. “We attribute our exceptional growth to our focus on customer service and by developing and delivering innovative solutions for the HR professional.” Paycom created 275 jobs over a three-year span and has 560-plus employees at its headquarters and sales offices across the country. While hiring about 20 new employees each month, Paycom plans to add at least 500 jobs over the next three years. Paycom processes payroll for more than 8,000 customers in all 50 states. In addition to their headquarters in Oklahoma City, they also have sales offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, New Jersey, Phoenix, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa and Washington, D.C.
Creativity ambassador is named
Gov. Mary Fallin has named Rich Taylor, Dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma, as an official Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador. Taylor, a native of Enid, graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1980 and spent decades in the entertainment business. In 1996, Taylor was named vice president of Disney Entertainment and Costuming where he served as the creative executive responsible for numerous Disney parades, shows, and special events, including the grand opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom and the gala christening of all Disney Cruise line ships. He also co-created and produced the Emmy Award-winning Walt Disney World Christmas Parade aired Christmas morning on ABC, and the Super Bowl XXXIV half-time show. Taylor has cast more than 4,000 performers and entertainment professionals while at Disney and has been a two-time judge of the Miss America Pageant. In 2009, David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma tapped Taylor's entertainment and business acumen for the leadership role at the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. As a 2012 awardee, Taylor was recognized in addition to television personality, Jane Jayroe Gamble; athlete and artist, Desmond Mason; and Stillwater native, Jesse Tabish, lead vocalist for the band, Other Lives. Sir Ken Robinson, the National Advisor for Creative Oklahoma, was also named a Creativity Ambassador for his work on Oklahoma's behalf.