Senator Jim Inhofe’s communications director, Jared Young, said today he is leaving to accept “a new position that will be taking me back to my home state – Oklahoma.“
Young said Donelle Harder and Jake Heisten will be the new media contacts for Inhofe. He said Harder will be the new Communications Director. Heisten will be the Deputy Press Secretary.
Jan 29 2013 | Posted in Congress
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The Research Institute for Economic Development (RIED), a non-partisan organization founded in 1997 that promotes economic growth through the evaluation of business, job and economic growth issues considered annually by the Oklahoma Legislature, today named four state business and civic leaders to its board of directors.
The new board members are:
Mark Funke – President and CEO for Southwest Bancorp, Inc. and its two financial subsidiaries, Stillwater National Bank and Trust Company and Bank of Kansas
Ted Haynes – President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Marc Maun – Chairman and CEO of Bank of Oklahoma – OKC, a division of BOK Financial
Gary Pierson – Chief Operating Officer of The Oklahoma Publishing Company
RIED also announced the resignation of co-founding member Gerald Gamble, President of the Gerald Gamble Company, after 15 years of service.
Greg Love, RIED Board Chairman and President of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores said, “Our entire board of directors extends a heartfelt thank you to Gerald Gamble for his 15 years of service to RIED. He co-founded our organization and is one of the primary reasons we have been so effective in executing our mission over the course of his tenure.”
“It is a tremendous privilege for RIED to add four extremely gifted business leaders to our board, and more specifically, four individuals who understand what it takes to build successful businesses in today’s competitive business world, and how important it is for the public and private sectors to work together to provide economic growth opportunities across Oklahoma.”
Susan Winchester, RIED President said, “I am looking forward to working with each of these individuals during the upcoming legislative session and beyond. Their business, civic and leadership credentials are top notch, and more importantly, they understand Oklahoma’s business climate and what it takes to grow an economy.”
The Oklahoma Real Estate Commission has appointed Charla Slabotsky, a lobbyist for the Oklahoma Association of Realtors, as its executive director, effective Feb. 11.
Slabotsky will take over from Anne M. Woody, who will retire March 1. Woody has been with the state agency for 38 years, starting in her teens as a receptionist, and is just the fourth executive director since it was formed in 1950.
Slabotsky, who grew up in Atoka, has worked for the Realtors trade association for 16 years. She is the senior vice president of government affairs. She has worked in communication, professional development and legislative and political issues, lobbying the Legislature on issues of interest to the real estate business.
1st Lt. Michael Behenna’s parents report movement in their effort to have the U. S. Supreme Court review their son’s conviction in the death of an al-Qaida operative in Iraq.
Scott and Vicki Behenna of Edmond report, “Today, the Supreme Court requested a response from the Government concerning Michael’s petition. The Government had previously waived their right to respond. We knew Michael’s petition did not have a chance of moving forward in the Supreme Court without the Court asking for the Government’s position about Michael’s petition. Today’s request allows the Court to fairly analyze the petition and requires the Government to defend the military’s actions against Michael. We pray this step will increase the likelihood that Michael’s case will be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Jan 29 2013 | Posted in General
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