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Oklahoma business briefs for May 22, 2014

Oklahoma business briefs for May 22, 2014
Oklahoman Published: July 21, 2014

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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.

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