Roundtable names new officers
The Oklahoma Business Roundtable has elected Rhonda Hooper of Jordan Associates as its chairman. During a recent meeing, the group also elected Tom Clark of Tulsair Beechcraft in Tulsa as vice chairman; Renee Porter of Advancia Corp. in Oklahoma City as secretary/treasurer; and Bill Burgess of Vortex Inc. in Lawton as immediate past chairman. Other executive committee members elected are: Gov. Bill Anoatubby, The Chickasaw Nation, Ada; Karen Cunningham, Oklahoma Financial Center, Oklahoma City; Jeff Davis, Acorn Growth Group, Midwest City; Ted Haynes, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Tulsa; Robert Martinovich, ONEOK, Inc., Tulsa; David Page, JP Morgan Chase, Oklahoma City and Brenda Rolls, Frontier Electronic Systems, Stillwater. The Oklahoma Business Roundtable serves as the state’s major economic development support organization. The nonprofit organization assists with dozens of programs and activities that help promote business investment and jobs in the state. Carl Edwards serves as president of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable. There are more than 175 roundtable member companies.
Verizon presents $5K grant
Verizon has presented a $5,000 HopeLine grant to YWCA Oklahoma City to support awareness and prevention programs related to domestic violence. Verizon’s HopeLine program collects no-longer-used cellphones and accessories from any carrier, refurbishes the phones and loads them with 3,000 free wireless minutes, then donates the phones to local shelters or support programs for use by victims of domestic violence. Phones that can’t be refurbished are turned into cash grants, which, in turn, support local communities.
Campaign to include slide
Ozarka Water’s “Random Acts of Hydration” campaign will include the construction of a 160-foot adult slip ’n’ slide. The slip ’n’ slide will open for one day only on Saturday at the inaugural Deep Deuce Dive. The summer bash, which also boasts live music, food trucks and outdoor games, will run from 4 to 11 p.m. at Second Street and Central in downtown Oklahoma City. Attendees can ride the slide for free on a provided raft after signing a waiver and receiving a wristband.
Special trustee sworn in
Vincent G. Logan has been sworn in as special trustee for American Indians to lead the Department of the Interior office that oversees the management of more than $4.6 billion in American Indian trust funds. A member of the Osage Nation, Logan is the fourth person to hold this position since it was established in 1994. “I believe the protection and preservation of Indian trust assets is one of the Secretary of the Interior’s most sacred trust responsibilities,” Logan said. “I look forward to supporting that critically important pillar of the trust.” Logan previously was president of The Nations Group LLC, where he helped tribal leaders draft investment guidelines, select asset managers, and collateralize tribal funds for casino expansion projects. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Survey lists McAfee & Taft
Oklahoma’s largest law firm is also among the nation’s biggest, according to the recently released annual survey by The National Law Journal. McAfee & Taft is listed at No. 217 in this year’s NLJ 350, moving up five spots from last year. McAfee & Taft broke its way into the NLJ 250 two years ago after more than a decade of steady growth, with the greatest increases coming in the past six years following the opening of its Tulsa office in 2008. Since then, the firm has grown from 131 lawyers to the 182 lawyers counted in this year’s NLJ 350 survey. In addition to lawyer count, a firm must have more lawyers based in the United States than in any other single country to be included on the list. All of McAfee & Taft’s lawyers are based in Oklahoma.
From Staff Reports