State Officials Prepare for Trade, Investment Mission

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Off to Europe

Gov. Frank Keating and officials from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will depart Saturday for an eight-day European trade and investment mission to Germany, England and France.

Keating, Chief of Staff Howard Barnett and Commerce officials are scheduled to meet with government and business leaders to discuss investment and trade opportunities with European companies, specifically those who export heavily to the United States.

"The people of Oklahoma understand that to be truly competitive in today's world economy, we must work together to build global business partnerships," Keating said.

Keating is scheduled to meet with French aerospace executives from the Toulouse area and representatives from the Foreign Ministry of the United Kingdom. He is also scheduled to meet with prominent French business leaders at the U.S. Embassy in Paris as well as a 26- member delegation from Pawhuska who are in France for the signing of a Sister City agreement with Montauban, France.

A marriage with Ecuador

Gov. Frank Keating and Ecuador's Ambassador to the United States, Ivonne A-Baki, have signed an agreement designed to strengthen both Oklahoma and Ecuador.

The agreement calls for government agencies, universities and private-sector businesses in Oklahoma and Ecuador to establish a working relationship in which economic development strategies and processes will be shared. The goal is to boost Ecuador's economy and improve relations between Oklahoma and the Central American country. The pact is contingent on the awarding of a federal grant that will enable the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, along with several state government agencies -- including the Department of Commerce, Department of Vocational and Technical Education, Department of Energy and Department of Agriculture -- to provide economic development training to Ecuador.

The International Division of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce has applied for the grant. The proposal includes energy and agricultural development programs and training that would be provided to Ecuador.

Burnett picks Carroll

William Wesley "Wes" Carroll has been named president of Burnett Insurance Agency and manager of accounts for Burnett Insurance Corp.

Burnett Insurance Agency is based in Oklahoma and is a subsidiary of Burnett Insurance Corp. of Little Rock.

Carroll was president and chief operating officer for Commercial Insurance Services. He is past president of the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters.

Logix promotions

Logix Communications has promoted two employees, Ursula Thompson and Amy McGlory, within the Marketing Department.

Thompson was named director of marketing product development. Thompson's group is responsible for cross-product management of all product development initiatives and marketing participation in Logix's technical and operations support systems. Thompson joined Logix in 1998 as senior manager of voice product development, after two and a half years in business marketing management positions at MCI.

"Ursula has been a driving force behind voice product development since she joined Logix," said Jay Emmet, vice president of marketing for Oklahoma City-based Logix. "As a director, Ursula will be able to utilize her talents in an even greater capacity to help Logix advance its products to continued growth and success."

McGlory has been promoted to the post of marketing communications manager. Her group is responsible for advertising, promotions, public relations and internal/external publications. McGlory joined Logix in 1998 as public relations coordinator, then advanced to senior marketing coordinator for marketing field communications in May. Prior to joining Logix, McGlory served as public relations director for the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services and worked for the University of Oklahoma Athletic Development Office, Cleveland County YMCA and University of Oklahoma Sports Information Office. …