Most admired CEOs to be honored

Most admired CEOs to be honored


OKLAHOMA CITY – Twenty-five business and nonprofit leaders will be honored April 30 at The Journal Record’s ninth annual Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs event at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.

This year’s group includes four honorees who will be inducted into the program’s Chain of Distinction, an honor reserved for three-time honorees. Those include NewView Oklahoma’s Lauren Branch; Mark Towler with Phase 2; Jill Castilla, Citizens Bank of Edmond; and John Higginbotham, Bank of Oklahoma-Oklahoma City.

All of the Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs honorees as well as a financial stewardship award winner will be recognized at the event and profiled in the magazine to be published May 1.

“At our Most Admired CEOs event, we take a little time to celebrate great leadership,” said Ted Streuli, editor and associate publisher of The Journal Record. “They are great mentors, great strategists and, often, great friends. This year’s class of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs reminds us what can be accomplished when the right captain is at the helm.”

This year’s presenting sponsor is Wymer Brownlee. Event partners of this year’s event include Cox Business, GableGotwals and HoganTaylor.

Following is the list of the 2018 CEO honorees.

Private company category:
Evan Anderson, Oseberg Inc.
Liz Brolick, Switchgear Search & Recruiting LLC
Jill Castilla, Citizens Bank of Edmond
Heath Clinton, Drakewell LLC
Stacy Eads, Levant Technologies LLC
Lee Evans, Evans & Associates
Vahid Farzaneh, Freestyle Creative
Jalal Farzaneh, Home Creations
Pageant Ferriabough, Busine$$’s Resource Unlimited Inc.
Sharon Fletcher, CommunityCare Managed Health Plans of Oklahoma
Paula Marshall, The Bama Companies Inc.
Randy Nail, HoganTaylor
Brad Poarch, Cory’s Audio Visual Services
Timila Rother, Crowe & Dunlevy Attorneys and Counselors at Law
Mark Towler, Phase 2

Public company category:
John Higginbotham, Bank of Oklahoma – Oklahoma City

Nonprofit category:
Lauren Branch, NewView Oklahoma
Landon Hise, Cordell Memorial Hospital
Melissa Houston, Oklahoma Department of Labor
Kathy McCracken, The Children’s Hospital Foundation
Cathy O’Connor, The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City
Paula Porter, Woven Life Inc.
Stephen Tiger, Tulsa Tech
Terri Woodland, ReMerge of Oklahoma County Inc.

2018 Financial Stewardship honoree:
Chris Van Ess, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

EVENT INFO – April 30
CEO Leadership Forum: 2-5 p.m. at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.
Reception: 6 p.m.
Dinner/Awards Banquet: 7 p.m.
Where: Skirvin Hilton Hotel, 1 Park Ave., Oklahoma City
Cost: Individual tickets, $150; tables for 10 are $1,700; Corporate table sponsorships, $2,700.
Contact: To register or for more information, go to journalrecord.eventsmart.com/events/okmaceo or contact Brittany Attaway at (405) 278-2820 or battaway@journalrecord.com.

 

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