Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Joe Brusuelas, Chief Economist
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Executive Briefing
The Oklahoma Business Roundtable, at their recent annual meeting in Tulsa, elected Governor Bill Anoatubby, The Chickasaw Nation, Ada, as the Chairman of the organization for 2018-2019. The Oklahoma Business Roundtable was founded in 1991 and serves as the state’s key economic development support organization.
On October 2, 2018 Roundtable members and guests attended a membership meeting and heard from keynote speaker, Brian Byrnes, Oklahoma City Thunder Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. The meeting was held at the Oklahoma History Center.
Over 120 Roundtable members and guests attended a special Roundtable Executive Briefing given by Microsoft researcher and Oklahoma native, Chris White, on March 7 in Oklahoma City.
White discussed his whirlwind career which included work at both the National Security Agency (NSA) and Defense Advanced research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Afghanistan. He received the 2016 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons for his development of Memex, a suite of Internet tools to help local law enforcement agencies extract and visualize information about illicit activities, including human trafficking.
He gave an informative view of the state of technology today as it relates to business – with emphasis on the many aspects of the web, the dark web and the cloud. He cited significant industry growth trends in artificial intelligence (AI) – which will affect all business and industry.
White, an OSU graduate, was introduced by President Burns Hargis.
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!