Tom McDaniel (OKC)
Dec
6
11:30 AM11:30

Tom McDaniel (OKC)

MAPS 3 is entering its homestretch with the momentum and money to finish the job. Oklahoma City's unique formula for success is the collaboration of city government, the business community, world-class consultants and contractors, and a cadre of local volunteers. It is a testament to public teamwork. As a result, the goals established almost a decade ago are now well within our sights.

On Dec. 31, collections ended on the MAPS 3, 1-cent sales tax initiative. While the final collection amount for the $777 million program will be determined soon, city officials project we will exceed that amount by approximately $28.5 million. The mayor and city council will ultimately decide how the excess collections will be spent, and in the meantime, work is either ongoing or complete on all eight projects.

Construction on the upper Scissortail Park is well underway. We broke ground in June and announced the park's name after an engaging public vote. The 70-acre park will extend from the core of downtown to the shore of the Oklahoma River. Nearby, the downtown convention center construction will begin soon as bids open this spring. Omni will build a contiguous headquarters hotel.

Rail construction for the Oklahoma City Streetcar is about 55 percent complete with a start date in late 2018. We look forward to seeing the first redbud-colored streetcar arrive this month.

The first senior health and wellness center is experiencing success with nearly 4,000 members at the one-year mark. The second center is under construction near Capitol Hill High School and will open this spring. Just recently, the city entered into a partnership with Langston University for a third center.

The Riversport Rapids whitewater rafting and kayaking center continues to challenge and excite the community with a myriad of adventure-related activities. The whitewater park enjoyed a thrilling and successful opening season.

Over at State Fair Park, the Bennett Event Center opened a year ago and has hosted events with total attendance topping 139,000. The state-of-the-art expo center has provided a much-needed, larger-than-life space for indoor events.

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Sean Kouplen (Springfield)
Nov
28
11:30 AM11:30

Sean Kouplen (Springfield)

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Multipliers vs Diminishers: How great leaders maximize their organization's effectiveness

In this presentation, Nationally Renowned Speaker and Regent Bank Chairman & CEO Sean Kouplen will discuss how multipliers help the people around them grow and maximize their effectiveness, thereby propelling their organization to achieve goals they never imagined. 

 Leveraging his expertise and teachings from Liz Wiseman, Human Resources Director for Oracle Corporation, and Joel Manby, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, Sean will discuss leadership lessons we can use immediately to maximize our organization’s performance.  

 Kouplen will also share specific insights and strategies Regent Bank has used to achieve 50% annual growth and many national best places to work awards over the last five years.

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Ray Hoyt (Tulsa)
Nov
28
11:30 AM11:30

Ray Hoyt (Tulsa)

Ray Hoyt is president of Tulsa Regional Tourism where he is responsible for the sales, development and programming efforts of VisitTulsa, the Tulsa Sports Commission and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture divisions at the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Ray joined the Tulsa Regional Chamber in September of 2010 as the executive director of the Tulsa Sports Commission where he was responsible for the day-to-day leadership, growth and development of the sports commission’s relevance and advancement in the local, regional and national sports market. Shortly thereafter, Ray matriculated to senior leadership responsibilities at the Tulsa Regional Chamber when he became senior vice president of VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission. Within his first year in this expanded role, Ray led development efforts generating over $10 million in private investment for regional tourism programs.


He is currently leading the destination rebranding strategy known as, “Tulsa Inspires,” a regional marketing and branding strategy designed to positively promote Tulsa as a premier destination for visitors, investment and talent.
Ray is actively working on the implementation of Tulsa’s first tourism-based improvement district, and is convening and collaborating with community stakeholders on multiple vision projects like the USA BMX National HQ, Cox Business Center renovation, and destination development strategies for the future.


Prior to his arrival in Tulsa, Ray served as the director of national games for the National Senior Games Association, an organization he had been associated with since serving as its inaugural executive director of the Tucson Sports Commission from 1994 through1997. The Walt Disney Company, a world-renowned convention and tourism leader, recognized Ray’s success in Tucson and invited him to join the Disney’s Wide World of Sports team in 1997 leading the event management team, executing more than 200 events annually. Ray’s impact resulted in more profitable events defined by higher per-athlete spending and increased room nights sold per event.

You won't want to miss this event!

-Sean Kouplen

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Mark Tedford (Tulsa)
Oct
24
11:30 AM11:30

Mark Tedford (Tulsa)

From the time he was 16, Mark Tedford worked every summer at his family’s insurance agency. He got his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern University and worked part-time at the agency has he earned his MBA from the University of Tulsa.

After graduation in 1994, high-profile firms tried to lure him away, but Mark’s loyalty and legacy led him to take a full-time position at Tedford Insurance. He appreciated the opportunity to work alongside his father and brother, while recognizing the pressure to prove oneself as a 2nd generation family businessman. 
Mark tends to clients personally, as well as leads the staff. He takes every opportunity to mentor other employees, sharing the same wisdom his father shared with him as he was coming up in the family business. Mark has a passion for providing superior service and giving back to the community. 

Mark Tedford is committed to finding ways to give back to the communities that have fueled the growth of his family’s business throughout the decades. Along with significant involvement in local Chambers of Commerce, Mark and Tedford Insurance support the Tulsa Christmas Parade each year and this year, they chose to support “Joy in the Cause”, a local non-profit organization that provides care, compassion, joy, and one personal act of kindness at a time. 

Mark also has a personal passion for exploring Christian Apologetics.

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Marlene Chism (Springfield)
Oct
9
11:30 AM11:30

Marlene Chism (Springfield)

No-Drama Leadership: Overcoming Dramatic Obstacles to Business Growth

Whether it’s internal conflict, lost customers, lowered productivity, turnover or impending lawsuits, every leader faces a certain amount of “drama.”  The biggest mistake is wasting time and money on temporary fixes. You must get to the root of drama to turn obstacles into opportunity. 

In this session we explore the root cause of drama and how a problem-orientation affects decision-making. You will learn how to immediately shift your focus to stay in charge of the situation instead of getting engulfed in the problem. Stop wasting time and money on ineffective solutions. The real problem is not the one that you see, and the right solution is different than you think. 

About Marlene Chism

Marlene Chism is the leading authority on stopping workplace drama. She works with executives to improve leadership effectiveness and transform workplace cultures. She is the author of three commercially published books: Stop Workplace Drama (Wiley 2011), No-Drama Leadership (Bibliomotion 2015), and Stop Drama in Your Healthcare Practice (Greenbranch 2018). 

Marlene’s areas of expertise include leadership development, strategic communication skills, and stopping workplace drama. Marlene’s message of personal responsibility, accountability, and alignment is making its way around the globe at leadership academy’s corporate retreats, association meetings and the LinkedIn/Lynda.com global learning platform. 

To learn more about Marlene, visit www.marlenechism.com

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Piyush Patel
Sep
6
11:30 AM11:30

Piyush Patel

The Executive Lunch Series is an exclusive event for business owners and executives in the Oklahoma City area. We feature speakers who offer valuable information to help your business succeed and continue to grow. Lunch is served and there is no charge to attend.

Introducing Piyush Patel.

My story is about following my life’s ambition, the frustration of seeing it unravel, and the joy of discovering that one important factor in a company’s success is something that can’t be measured on a sales spreadsheet and cannot be communicated through an employee handbook…
 

About Piyush: With over 20 years of experience, Piyush Patel is an innovator of corporate culture. He grew his company, Digital-Tutors, into a leader of online training, educating over 1.5M students globally. Piyush is an avid member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and has won numerous awards acknowledging his entrepreneurship as a trend-setter in our community.

 

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Geoff Hager (Tulsa)
Aug
22
11:30 AM11:30

Geoff Hager (Tulsa)

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Clark Wigley (Springfield)
Aug
15
11:30 AM11:30

Clark Wigley (Springfield)

The Adizes Lifecycle of Business is based on groundbreaking business research that states as organizations grow and age, they naturally evolve through ten stages known as the organization lifecycle.   Each lifecycle stage brings unique challenges.  How well or how poorly leadership address these challenges will drive the success or failure of your organization. Leading successful lifecycle transitions is not easy or obvious. 

Methods that produce success in one stage will create failure in the next.   Just like it makes no sense to parent a 2-year old the same way you parent a teenager, it does not work well to manage an organization in Go-Go the same way you manage one in Adolescence.  With the very best of intentions, executives who do not practice these principles are often mis-managing their organizations.

In this program, business leaders will:

1.    Learn the organizational lifecycle model.

2.    Assess where their organization is in its lifecycle.

3.    Develop a preliminary plan for accelerating their organization’s journey to Prime, the only stage where they will enjoy market leading customer demand, growth, profitability, and financial strength.   

The Adizes lifecycle seminar provides practical concepts, methods and tools that are need-to-know wisdom for CEOs, Presidents, Board Members, C-level Executives, and their direct reports.  There is no catch.  No sales pitch and no cost to you.  Our sponsors are passionate about small business and simply love to share what we have learned to help you be more successful.

 

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Kelly Riggs (Tulsa)
Jul
25
11:30 AM11:30

Kelly Riggs (Tulsa)

The Business LockerRoom originated in 2006 as Vmax Performance Group. In 2014, the company completely rebranded as "Business LockerRoom" concurrent with the beginning of the Business LockerRoom radio show (#BizLockerRadio).

Conceived by Kelly Riggs, the idea behind the Business LockerRoom is that sports teams and business teams are remarkably similar. Many of the principles used to create successful work teams are readily demonstrated on the playing field, the court, the diamond, and the pitch. More importantly, business consistently draws from the principles of leadership and team building successfully practiced by great sports and business coaches.

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Sean Kouplen
Jun
27
11:30 AM11:30

Sean Kouplen

Multipliers vs Diminishers: How great leaders maximize their organization's effectivene

In this presentation, Regent Bank Chairman & CEO Sean Kouplen will discuss how multipliers help the people around them grow and maximize their effectiveness, thereby propelling their organization to achieve goals they never imagined.  Kouplen will share key leadership insights and specific strategies Regent Bank has used to achieve 50% annual growth and many national awards over the last ten years.

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