Press Release

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:52pm

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.

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!

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.


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