Press Release

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 3:11pm

Oklahoma is well positioned as a location for both start-up and attraction of technology-based companies, according to the Roundtable’s October keynote speaker, Paycom CEO Chad Richison.

Over 120 Roundtable members and guests attended the October 4th meeting in which Richison discussed his company success and opportunities for Oklahoma. The payroll and human resources software company employs over 2000 and is ranked fourth on Forbes magazine's 2017 Fast Tech 25, a list of America's fastest-growing publicly traded technology companies.

Richison said, “If someone was looking to start a tech company, they’d be hard pressed to find a better place that Oklahoma.”

Ann McVey Announces Retirement

Longtime Roundtable Operations Director Ann McVey has announced her retirement at the end of 2017 in order to spend more time with family (and travel!).

Ann has been an integral part of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable since its origin in 1991 – and has worked tirelessly for economic development with 4 Governor’s, 4 Lt Governor’s, 4 Presidents, 25 Board Chairs and many Commerce staff and partner organizations.

We have been blessed to have her and salute her for a “a job well done.”

Ann will be honored at a future meeting!

The Roundtable is now taking applications for her position. The Director of Operations is a permanent, part time, exempt position with a work schedule of 18-20 hours per week on 3-5 days per week. Email your resume to Ann Ackerman at

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 9:54am

Over 100 statewide business executives and economic development partners attended the Oklahoma Business Roundtable’s annual meeting on June 7, 2017 in Tulsa.

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 3:37pm

Over 130 statewide business executives and leaders attended the Oklahoma Business Roundtable's Fall Meeting on October 11, 2016 in Oklahoma City.

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 9:46am

The Oklahoma Business Roundtable, at their recent annual meeting in Tulsa, elected Renee Porter, CEO of Scissortail Community Development Corp., Norman, as the Chairman of the organization for 2016-2017. The Oklahoma Business Roundtable was founded in 1991 and serves as the state’s key economic development support organization. The non-profit business group works to promote new jobs and investment in Oklahoma through business expansion, start-up and recruitment efforts. There are approximately 170 member companies. Porter commented "I look forward to working with the State's business leaders, our Governor and Lt. Governor and the Department of Commerce to help expand and recruit businesses to Oklahoma. It is a great time to be involved in supporting economic development to our state”.

Other officers elected for the upcoming year are: Vice Chairman Robert Martinovich, ONEOK, Inc., Tulsa; Secretary/Treasurer, Governor Bill Anoatubby, The Chickasaw Nation, Ada; and Immediate Past Chairman, Tom Clark, Tulsair Beechcraft, Tulsa.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 12:15pm
Ann Ackerman

Ackerman Named Roundtable President/CEO

Chairman Tom Clark has announced Ann Ackerman as the new President and CEO of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable.

She succeeds Carl Edwards, who has completed three years of great service to the organization. Carl will continue to advise during a short transition. 

She will become just the fourth President of the Roundtable. Previous leaders were Don Paulsen, Blake Wade, and Carl Edwards.

Ann most recently served as CEO of Leadership Oklahoma.


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