Chickasaw Holding Spins off Its Technology Division
Chickasaw Holding Co.'s technology division, Chickasaw Technology, has become a stand-alone enterprise operating under the name Apigent Solutions.
Oklahoma City-based Apigent is an application service provider that provides operations managers in the food service, convenience store, retail, grocery, chain drug and hospitality industries with a proprietary suite of Internet-based operations management products and services.
Jim Peterson is chairman for Apigent. Peterson was chairman, president and CEO of Bojangles' Restaurants, and president and CEO of Whataburger Inc., a chain of more than 550 drive-in restaurants.
Peterson also serves as co-chairman of the International Franchise Association and as a board member of the National Restaurant Association, where he is a past chairman and past president.
Jim Melvin is CEO of the new company. Melvin is founder and former CEO of Compris Technology and the architect of that company's point-of-sale software.
"Apigent Solutions relies on the technical and operations expertise of our senior management team to create innovative technology solutions to common business operations problems," says Melvin. "Our understanding of the challenges facing managers in the industries that we serve enables us to design products and services that solve specific tactical operations issues."
Apigent's products and services -- including its flagship product ZEOM.net -- integrate and extend existing information systems to transform raw operations data into information that can be accessed from any computer or wireless device.
Oklahoma City-based Chickasaw Holding is a $150 million telecommunications company with nearly 150,000 customers in more than 30 states. Chickasaw remains a major shareholder in Apigent.
More tag legislation
A bill that would correct problems with the auto tag referendum will be filed for the upcoming legislative session, Rep. Wayne Pettigrew announced Tuesday.
The legislation would prohibit excise tax from being levied when a car buyer transfers an unpaid balance on a previously owned car to the purchase of a new car.
"The situation often occurs when people who are upside down in their current note purchase another car," Pettigrew said.
The Edmond Republican said that the problem is occurring because the new law charges the excise tax of 3.25 percent on the actual sales price of the automobile being purchased. "What is happening is that the balance transfer is added to the purchase price of the car to arrive at what is considered the sales price of the vehicle," he said. "This means you end up paying 3.25 percent excise tax on the transfer amount of your old note.
"If a person were to transfer $8,000 to the purchase price of a $20,000 new car they would be responsible for paying excise tax on $28,000, which would be approximately $910."
He said that under his amended version of the bill that same car would cost the consumer about $300 less.
Watonga plant closing
More than 250 employees at a Watonga yarn spinning plant will be looking for new jobs once the plant closes in early January.
According to Beaulieu of America officials, the plant was not efficient enough to run compared to the company's other plants. Another Beaulieu plant in Anadarko was closed in October.
"We're seeing more than just a slowdown, a function of seasonal demands," said Bruce Bowers, a senior vice president at Beaulieu's headquarters in Dalton, Ga.
"The carpet industry is becoming a smaller segment in the total flooring market."
He said the plant closing was not a reflection of the quality of product coming from the plant or the work being done by employees. Bowers said the bottom line was what determined the closing.
When the plant shuts down, 262 workers will be unemployed and $4.5 million in payroll will have been lost.
Grayson Bottom, state regional economic development director, has a message for those employees.
"Maintain hope," he said. "The process does work, and if all of us get in there together and work as a team we can get it done." Bottom is working on bringing a successor company to the 245,000- square-foot building the plant now occupies. The building will be featured soon on the Oklahoma Department of Commerce's Web site.
Duo joins Jordan
Tricia Freeman has joined Jordan Associates Advertising/ Communication as a copywriter and James Cowden has been named assistant traffic manager.
Freeman and Cowden are both graduates the University of Oklahoma. Cowden was advertising and promotions coordinator for the Oklahoma Gazette.
Reaccredidation for Edmond
The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce has been approved to a 10- year Reaccreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce's leadership, strong organization and continued support for the principles of free enterprise has been a major asset in our efforts to promote pro- growth policies at the federal, state and local levels of government," said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber.
Ali Lassen's Leads Club International has scheduled a Fall Networking Extravaganza at 7 p.m. Monday at the Waterford Marriott.
Joan Sampson, vice president for the Carlsbad, Calif.-based club, and Marilyn Price, executive director for Oklahoma Leads Club, will give tips on how to keep the "high-touch human aspect alive in our high-tech, low-touch business environment."
There are six Leads Club chapters in the Oklahoma City area. For reservations, call Price at 844-8036.
Leveridge to receive award
Karen Leveridge, vice president of education and work force development for The State Chamber, will receive the Award of Merit from the Association for Career and Technical Education.
She will receive the award Dec. 8 at the group's annual convention in San Diego. Leveridge is being recognized for involvement in education issues and the impact she has made in state legislation pertaining to education.
KCSC reaches goal
University of Central Oklahoma's public radio station, KCSC-FM, reached its $90,000 fund-raising goal.
To continue broadcasting, the UCO-based public radio station must rely in part on listener donations, which are conducted through fund- raisers in November and March.
This fall's fund-raiser involved a collaboration with the commercial side of the radio dial as Oklahoma City commercial radio station Magic 104.1, KMGL, teamed up with KCSC to support the fund drive.
"I'm not aware of this kind of partnership existing anywhere, certainly not in this market," Brad Ferguson, general manager of KCSC said. "Their participation dramatically improved our exposure and we hope, our support base."
The money is used for salaries, program expenses, compact discs, to purchase and maintain equipment, and "everything it takes to operate a public radio station," said Ferguson.
KCSC, 90.1 FM, broadcasts classical music 24 hours a day from its studios at UCO. The same programming is also carried via satellite in McAlester on KBCW, 91.9 FM.
The executive branch's role
The University of Central Oklahoma is providing Oklahoma high schools, community and junior colleges and cable television viewers with an educational videotape designed to improve citizens' understanding of the executive branch and its role in democracy.
"Your Executive Branch and You" focuses on Oklahoma's Fifth Congressional District. It explains how the executive branch of government works and how it affects people.
The video is being sponsored by UCO and the Washington D.C.- based Committee For Citizen Awareness. Featured in the tape are UCO President Roger Webb, Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., Secretary of Education Richard Riley and Sam Skinner, secretary of transportation under President George Bush.
The video also is being distributed to area chambers of commerce and libraries.
UCO is one of more than a thousand other corporations, universities and local organizations throughout the country who have produced videos designed to improve the understanding of the executive branch and its role in democracy.
Saving a forest
Oklahoma preservationists are working to keep a patch of forest just as undisturbed by humans as it has been for centuries.
The 1,400 acres of forest, located off U.S. 412 near Keystone Lake and the Prue city limits west of Tulsa, could be added to Oklahoma's list of 10 nature conservancies. The state chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation are going through the process of making the area into a nature preserve.
The land was "discovered" by Nature Conservancy members Matthew Therrell and David Stahle in a research project for the University of Arkansas. Therrell, a graduate student, and Stahle, a UA professor, were looking for undisturbed pieces of old-growth forest, or forest that has not been disturbed or cut down by man.
This particular patch is Oklahoma's largest, and includes some trees that are more than 500 years old. The Nature Conservancy wants it set aside as a preserve because it's the largest patch of old- growth forest and because it is such a diverse patch. The forest includes old-growth cedars, which are very hard to find, Therrell said. Cedar trees burn more easily than other types of trees and don't grow back as easily. So in old-growth forests, where forest fires are part of the natural order, the only cedar trees standing usually are new ones. But deep within this forest, old cedars have been able to thrive by growing out of large rocks and cliffs. "It's very rocky, so even when you do have fire, there's lots of protective areas," Therrell said.…
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