The Journal Record Business Briefs: November 11, 2010

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The Journal Record Business Briefs: November 11, 2010


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Kanbar names vice president, property manager

Kanbar Properties announced Thursday that Lisa Brandes has been named vice president of Kanbar Property Management and Stephanie Whitener will become property manager for the firm.

Kanbar Properties CEO Sukhi Guhman made the announcement.

Brandes will head the company's strategic initiatives and oversee financial and operating aspects of the company's 2.2 million square feet of office and data space in Tulsa.

Whitener will serve as the property manager for the Philcade Building, Adams Building, Executive Center, Transok Building and the 111 W. Fifth office building. All of these Kanbar properties total more than 700,000 square feet of class A and B office space.

Whitener, who joined Kanbar Properties earlier this month, brings experience in financial reporting, budgeting, contract negotiation, leasing and construction management.

Brandes began her career with JMB Properties in Oklahoma City in 1992. Over the next 18 years Brandes worked as a property manager, leasing agent and facility manager. Some of the clients she has represented include Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Trammell Crow Co., Grubb & Ellis, Thackeray Partners, UPS Corporate Services, Warren Professional Building Corp., Property Company of America and The Landhuis Cos.

Over the past 18 years Whitener worked as a property manager, leasing agent and construction manager with Insignia Commercial Group, Paradigm Realty Advisors & Bauer & Associates.

Oklahoma Quality Award winners announced

Five organizations were presented 2010 Oklahoma Quality Awards during a ceremony Thursday at the Governor's Mansion in Oklahoma City.

SSM Health Care of Oklahoma and Metro Technology Centers, both in Oklahoma City, received the Oklahoma Quality Award for Excellence. Unity Health Center in Shawnee and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services received the Oklahoma Quality Award for Achievement. Southern Oklahoma Technology Center in Ardmore received the Oklahoma Quality Award for Commitment.

"They represent the best of Oklahoma and we are proud to recognize them," said Gov. Brad Henry. "Organizations must be flexible and innovative if they are to thrive in the highly competitive and changing marketplace of the 21st century, and these award winners exemplify that approach."

OKC project listed as largest investment

Oklahoma City's Outlet Shoppes at Interstate 40 and Council Road is the single largest retail real estate investment project currently under way in the country, according to McGraw Hill Construction's 2011 Outlook.

The 348,000-square-foot project is valued at $50 million, $10 million more than the next-largest project in the outlook and significantly larger than the other 13 projects on the list.

"The effective buying income of our metro area is estimated to be $23.38 billion," said Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. "Not only that, but more than 41 percent of our citizens are willing to drive 20 minutes or more to a store that interests them. Combine our buying power with the strength of our economy, and this is the one place retailers should be looking to expand. We are starting to see that happen."

Tulsa United Way ends campaign

The Tulsa Area United Way raised $24.3 million in its 2010 campaign, exceeding the campaign goal by $257,252.

"So many thousands of people in the Tulsa area have once again shown their generosity and giving spirits," said Dan Ellinor, 2010 campaign chairman and senior executive vice president of Bank of Oklahoma. "As our local economy continued to recover economically, we knew that our 61 partner agencies were still experiencing an increase in demand for the mission-critical services they provide. Now with the incredibly hard work of this remarkable campaign team, we have not only met our original goal, we exceeded it, which is fabulous support for our agencies. …

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