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Articles from May 21, 2015

Achievers under 40 Profile: Adam Leaming
Adam Leaming describes himself as a recovering introvert.Growing up in a small, rural town of Newkirk, Leaming said he was content to stay behind the scenes and not engage with others. That all changed when he decided he wanted to become a teacher."I...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Akash Patel
Many great leaders dedicate their lives to helping others. But rarely does a leader base his own success on those of others like Akash Patel.Patel's peers say he is a true testament to the word "leader." His success doesn't come from what he does, but...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Amy Bailey
Amy Bailey is a firm believer that when your priorities are aligned, everything else falls into place. That belief isn't surprising - Bailey's career priorities aligned early, when as a high school senior she took part in a work-study program at Citizens Bank...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Blake Elliott
"Keeping the lights on" is an old business maxim, but it's uniquely appropriate when talking about Chickasha's Blake Elliott. The town has long been known for its Festival of Light. When that festival was in danger of closing down in 2012, board member...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Blu Hulsey
Blu Hulsey's passion for Oklahoma's oil and gas industry is making a difference not only in his home state, but across the world. As vice president of government and regulatory affairs for Continental Resources Inc., Hulsey has been an invaluable advocate for...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Brenda Hernandez
Brenda Hernandez is all about building bridges. Not the kind made out of concrete, but the type that crosses language and cultural barriers. Along with her husband, Jorge, she is building those bridges every day, through professional and community channels designed...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Brian West
From family life, to sports, to his career, teamwork has been the central theme for BKD Director Brian West as long as he can remember. And it was that philosophy that helped West earn the 2014 BKD Pride Award."Having grown up playing sports with a basketball...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Chadwick T. Holeman
Chadwick T. Holeman is known as the real deal and a man who is committed not only to his company, but his family as well.Holeman began his career at Devon Energy in 2001 as an accountant. He went on to obtain his master of business administration and...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Charis Ward
Friends and peers describe Charis Ward as one of those rare leaders who embody all the aspects of a caring, committed individual. And they say she not only brings her personal philosophy of commitment and integrity to the table, but also knows how to motivate...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Craig Immel
Many professionals contribute to leadership, community, and notable causes. And, while Craig Immel is noted for all of these, his peers say it is his commitment to economic, environmental and community sustainability that is his true strength."He has...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Dustin Akers
It took a serious leap of faith for Dustin Akers to leave his native Virginia and move halfway across the country, but it's a decision he's never regretted. Almost immediately upon arriving in Oklahoma three years ago, he hooked into the Oklahoma City...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Dusty Boren
Growing up in a family of self-employed entrepreneurs, most of whom worked in the construction industry, it's no surprise that Dusty Boren achieved his own success in the home construction business early on. He started young - purchasing his first home while...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Elliot Anderson
As an English instructor in China, Elliot Anderson learned to explain things more than once, in different ways, until he found an approach that clicked with his students."Concepts that were familiar to me were often familiar to my students as well, but...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Hayley Thompson
H. Jackson Brown Jr., author of Life's Little Instruction Book, said "Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do." Hayley Thompson says these words are at the core of her philosophy."My experiences in life...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Isaac Rocha
Isaac Rocha's unyielding devotion for his community and eagerness to attract and retain a strong and diverse workforce are leaving behind a lasting impression."Isaac's community involvement and service-leadership are nothing short of legendary in Tulsa,"...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Jeffrey Ewing
The business approach taken by Jeffrey Ewing, president of Prodigal LLC, is no surprise."From a business perspective, I believe in a team environment, which is what attracted me to the sports and entertainment industry," said Ewing, who joined the Prodigal...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Jhoanna Astudillo
When Jhoanna Astudillo first moved from Ecuador to America at the age of 18, she felt like she was "on mute."The language and culture were unfamiliar, and those with whom she interacted were often hostile. "I was afraid to share my goals with others,...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Jodana Borden
As vice president of resource development for United Way of Central Oklahoma, Jodana Borden is passionate about her work."I think it is so important to do purposeful work and truly believe in what you spend your time doing," Borden said. "Being a part...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Jody East
The Oklahoma City Thunder is known for its exciting home-game atmosphere. As director of corporate hospitality for the Thunder, Jody East leads her team to do its part to make the game experience a pleasant one."I've been involved in competitive sports...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Jonathan Fowler
Automobiles and the arts might not seem like a natural combination, but don't say that to Jonathan Fowler. This member of one of the state's most well-known automobile families, in just a few short years, spearheaded the creation of Oklahoma's top-selling Volkswagen...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Jordan Cash
As assistant administrator at Integris Grove Hospital, Jordan Cash oversaw the construction of a new $56 million hospital. The project, which was finished on time and under budget, proved both challenging and exhilarating for the young professional."Working...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Joseph Abshere
There's always satisfaction in a job well-done, but when that job also allows you to carry on a family legacy, it's even better. As a fourth-generation Oklahoman, Lawton's Joseph Abshere said he feels a tremendous sense of pride in carrying on the legacy...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Joseph Meibergen III
Joseph "Joey" Meibergen III started his career as an assistant at his uncle's veterinary practice. It was there he learned the value of hard work and education, and the importance of one of Oklahoma's top resources - grain. And, from this experience...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Joshua Harlow
"You're never too good to answer the phone."That statement by President George W. Bush's former chief of staff Andy Card to describe the work environment of the White House is the one Joshua Harlow said he remembers most from his time working at 1600...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Joshua McClintock
Breaking from your comfort zone and moving to new adventures is never easy. However, colleagues say Joshua McClintock not only has succeeded in his new endeavors, but also has taken measures to ensure others benefit from his roles as well.McClintock's...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Karla Docter
Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. That staggering statistic keeps Karla Docter motivated to make a difference in a field that could be quite depressing. But for Karla Docter, attitude is everything."My personal philosophy is...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Katie Mabrey
One thing that is for sure is Katie Mabrey's love for her community.A testament to that is her heavy involvement with nonprofits, including the American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Junior League of Tulsa. Mabrey is especially...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Kelli Mosteller
Oklahoma has a rich Native American culture, and its history includes many great acts by American Indian citizens. Kelli Mosteller dedicates her career to ensuring this history is protected.Mosteller earned her doctorate and master's degrees in American history...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Kristin Van Nort
In 2013, Kristin Van Nort took a trip that she said changed her forever. It was a journey to the Holy Land.Due to her involvement in the United Methodist Church, she was one of six Oklahomans asked to attend an international conference on Christian response...
Achievers under 40 Profile: North Whipple
When North Whipple moved to Oklahoma City five years ago, he came with the belief that the work being done in the city to revolutionize the energy industry was going to change the world, and he wanted to be a part of it.Whipple, a Chicago native, graduated...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Peter Evans
Peter Evans took a leap of faith at the age of 27 and hasn't looked back.Evans, who at the time was director of accounting for Tyler Media, quit his job to pursue his passion in life."I had openly decided to leave a great job at a great company that...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Rocky Chavez
Not many people could handle the challenge of starting their own business while at the same time finishing their education. Rocky Chavez, however, rose to the challenge. While still a business major at Oklahoma City Community College, he founded Brickshaw...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Shane Jewell
During Shane Jewell's tenure as executive director for the Oklahoma City Ballet, the company has increased its budget by $1 million and grown performances from 18 in one city to 29 in three cities. "Looking beyond the numbers, Shane understands that...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Steve Jaggers
It was one of Steve Jaggers' high school teachers who first discovered his gift of design and encouraged him to pursue an education in architecture.Today, the licensed architect serves as associate principal with Tulsa-based GH2 Architects LLC. "In a...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Tanishia Beacham
Growing up the eldest of three girls, Tanishia Beacham said she always strived to be a role model for her younger sisters. "It has been important that I set an example for them to follow to ensure they are educated, thoughtful and successful contributing members...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Tristan Shutt
While Tristan Shutt has had several important influences in his life, he said it was his dad, Gary, who shaped him into the person he is today."He cultivated in me a deep love of writing and creativity and instilled in me a work ethic by example," said...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Weldon Bowman
Weldon Bowman doesn't believe in easy money or success. "Success is achieving your dreams, and as long as you have the drive to work hard for it, while overcoming many failures and disappointments along the journey, then all dreams are possible," said...
Achievers under 40 Profile: Will Merrick
Service leadership is considered the backbone of community strength. And colleagues say Will Merrick is a true testament and example of commitment to helping others.Merrick's career includes the University of Oklahoma, Integris Health Foundation, OU...
Achievers under 40: Reagan Bradford
The decision to become an attorney might not seem controversial to most people, but Reagan Bradford is the son of two prominent Oklahoma City ophthalmologists. His pursuit of a law career was, in his own words, "the most rebellious profession I could...
American Indian Museum Bill Sent to Governor
OKLAHOMA CITY - A funding bill for the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum is now in the hands of Gov. Mary Fallin.In a 27-16 vote Thursday, the state Senate adopted the $25 million bond issue that also includes terms of a proposed agreement with...
Around Town: Meg's Support Is Recognized
Call her a councilman or councilwoman. Meg Salyer doesn't choose. She's too busy lending her support to the betterment of Oklahoma City and many organizations that help homeless people. Not only is she a member of Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett's City...
Come Hell or High Water: Texoma Businesses Face Rising Lake Levels
DURANT - After five years of drought, southeast Oklahoma is welcoming the recent rain. But, for businesses on Lake Texoma it has become too much of a good thing. Rising lake levels have closed several lake businesses just days away from the traditional...
Couch Crimes: DEQ Wants Police to See Illegal Dumping as More Than an Eyesore
LAWTON - A mound of tires or barrels of hazardous material are more than just eyesores to Michael Freeman; they're crimes.The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality investigator hunts for environmental violations and trains local law enforcement officials...
Daring to Give: Past Winner Tells Achievers under 40 to Make a Plan
OKLAHOMA CITY - Melissa Scaramucci dared a group of Oklahoma's young leaders to develop a plan of intentional giving.Scaramucci, a local independent movie producer, spoke Thursday at The Journal Record's 12th-annual Achievers Under 40 event in Oklahoma...
Demilitarized Zone: Small Cities Still Want Former Armed Forces Vehicles
OKLAHOMA CITY - Many Oklahoma law enforcement officials said they are concerned that President Barack Obama's recent executive order on accessibility to military gear will hurt their equipment budgets."A civilianized version of our MRAP is going to cost...
Elevations: OSU Medical Academic and Simulation Center
TULSA - Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Sciences should accomplish three image-altering changes with its new $45 million Medical Academic and Simulation Center.When Tulsa-based Flintco completes this 223,000-square-foot project in May 2017,...
Fed Projects Sluggish State Economy
TULSA - Oklahomans should prepare for continued sluggish economic activity through the rest of 2015, Federal Reserve economist Chad Wilkerson said Thursday.Conditions beyond that will depend on what path oil prices take and how well companies adapt to...
Frank Ambitions: Mutts' New Owners Could Breed New Locations
OKLAHOMA CITY - On Monday, Kevin and Laurel Wilkerson and Eathan Barfield purchased Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs at 1400 NW 23rd St. By Wednesday, one of Kevin Wilkerson's friends was already in the city to learn more about replicating the concept."There are...
Free Market Friday: Taxpayers Protected
It appears to be the legislative session's final week. This is also the time of year taxpayers can be grateful. On March 10, 1992, a majority of Oklahoma voters decided, with the passage of State Question 640, that state lawmakers' ability to raise taxes...
Lot Lines: Good Times Here Again
The good old days are here again. That is the best way to describe the sentiment of local commercial real estate brokers, investors and executives. Occupancies are soaring, rental rates are growing and pricing is headed to new heights. Large deals are flowing...
OIPA Members Turn out against Horizontal Drilling Bill
OKLAHOMA CITY - Protesters remained outside the House and Senate chambers Thursday wearing large square stickers on their jackets urging lawmakers to "Protect All Producers."The stickers represent the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association's opposition...
Outlet Mall Move Could Benefit Tulsa, Jenks
TULSA - Both Tulsa and Jenks may emerge winners after Simon Premium Outlets' decision to take its planned Tulsa center to Jenks - if Simon actually makes that move.The Tulsa World announced the change Thursday, but Tulsa Chief Economic Development Officer...
Periscope: Adjusting to Life in the Neutral Zone
In the five years Oklahoma City has had an American Hockey League team, I have spent a lot of time at the convention center.If you're not all that into hockey, and based on the Barons' average attendance this season you probably aren't, the AHL is hockey's...
Projects to Receive Citations of Merit
OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) - The Oklahoma Historical Society's State Historic Preservation Office will present its 2015 Citations of Merit during a banquet June 4 in Bartlesville.The banquet will be part of the 27th-annual Statewide Preservation Conference scheduled...
State House Members Explain Vote Switching on Budget
OKLAHOMA CITY - Late Wednesday night, it appeared the state budget bill might fail in the House of Representatives.The big board above the dais showed a 47-all tie as Republicans walked off the floor to meet privately with leadership. The presiding officer...
Suite Deal: Fairfield Gets a Green Light in Bricktown
OKLAHOMA CITY - By fall 2016, people wanting to visit Bricktown or catch an Oklahoma City Thunder game will have another option for a place to stay overnight.Tulsa-based American Hotel Investors Inc. purchased 5 SW Fifth St. in May 2014. Within the past...
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