‘Achievers under 40’ event May 17: Program to honor 39 young professionals
04-24-2007, The Journal Record - Staff
OKLAHOMA CITY – Taylor Keen, an executive partner with Giant Partners, will be the speaker at the 2007 Journal Record “Achievers under 40” event honoring 39 professionals from the state.

Keen was honored as one of last year’s “Achievers under 40.” From 2001-2005, Keen was a vice president of Cherokee Nation Enterprises Inc. whose projects include the Phase 1 development of the Cherokee Casino and Resort in Catoosa. Prior to that, he founded a private consulting practice named Native American Solutions, served in a logistics position for Budget Group Inc. and worked overseas for WorldCom International PLC in Business Development.

The Journal Record’s “Achievers under 40: Rewarding the Climb” salute is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. May 17 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.

“The Journal Record’s ‘Achievers under 40’ event is designed to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Oklahoma’s talented young leaders,” said Mary Mélon, publisher. “This group of honorees is all under the age of 40 but have already proven both their leadership skills and their strong commitment to making Oklahoma a better place to live and work.”

The winners were chosen by a committee composed of area leaders and will be honored at the event and profiled in a special publication of The Journal Record. Sponsors of the 2007 event are Accel Financial Staffing Solutions; Alliance of Emerging Professionals; Bank of Oklahoma; Chesapeake Energy Corp.; Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business; Schnake, Turnbo, Frank; Third Degree and Tulsa Young Professionals.

To make reservations for the lunch, call Sunny Cearley at (405) 278-2820 or e-mail her at sunny.cearley@journalrecord.com. Corporate tables are $1,500 each and include a table for eight, a half-page ad and recognition at the event and in the publication. Regular tables are $400, and single tickets are $50.

The Journal Record’s fourth class of “Achievers under 40” includes:

Daniel Adams – vice president, MidFirst Bank, Oklahoma City.
Jeff Beasley – founding partner, Straxis LLC, Jenks.
Shane Brown – photographer/artist, Lexington.
Rebecca Bryant – owner, Council Creek Cheese & Cuisine, Tulsa.
Vickie Buchanan – director, Phillips McFall McCaffrey McVay & Murrah PC, Oklahoma City.
Lester Claravall – child labor specialist, Oklahoma Department of Labor, Oklahoma City.
Julie Cohen – president, Oklahoma Arts Institute, Norman.
David Cry – founder and CEO, The Adrenoleukodystrophy Foundation, Tulsa.
Jody Davis-Bergman – owner/president, Accent Moving & Storage, Broken Arrow.
DeeDee DeVore – project manager, The Banta Companies, Oklahoma City.
Whitney English – principal, Whitney English LLC, Oklahoma City.
Jay Eshelman – area vice president, Gallagher Risk Management, Tulsa.
Kyle Essmiller – senior accounting manager, Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City. Brian Fitzsimmons – president/architect, Fitzsimmons Architects, Oklahoma City.
Pam Gutel – director of public affairs, Federal Reserve Bank, Oklahoma City.
Kathryn Hall – marketing coordinator, Matrix Architects, Engineers, Planners Inc., Tulsa.
Molly Helm – director of marketing and communicating, Autry Technology Center, Enid.
JJ Hurley – president, GDH Consulting Inc., Tulsa.
Eric Johnson – attorney, Phillips McFall McCaffrey McVay & Murrah PC, Oklahoma City.
Mike Knopp – executive director, Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, Oklahoma City.
Laura Kriegel – director of marketing and communications, Oklahom City conventtion and visitors Bureau, Oklahoma City.
Stacy Kymes – senior vice president, corporate controller, BOK Financial Corp., Tulsa.
David Le – podiatric surgeon, Oklahoma Foot Ankle Specialist, Oklahoma City.
Gavin Manes – president and director of research, Oklahoma Digital Forensics Professionals Inc., Tulsa.
Michelle Martin-Coyne – artist, The Flaming Lips, Oklahoma City.
Louisa McCune-Elmore – editor in chief, Oklahoma Today magazine, Oklahoma City.
Joy McGill – media relations coordinator, St. John Health Systems, Tulsa.
Rick Nagel – partner, Acorn Growth Companies, Oklahoma City.
Kevin Ratliff – associate, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City.
Sam Sims – senior public relations manager, Jones Public Relations Inc., Oklahoma City.
Burt Smith – president, Executive Marketing Information, Edmond.
Mark Smith – president and CEO, ChartMark Investments, Tulsa.
Amanda Spencer – vice president of strategic communications, Third Degree Advertising and Communications, Oklahoma City.
Allison Starke – account executive, Schnake Turnbo Frank, Tulsa.
Dave Tedford – project manager, Cardinal Engineering Inc., Oklahoma City.
Jeremy Tubb – shareholder director, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City.
Anne Vermillion – staff engineer, Tronox LLC, Oklahoma City.
Larry Wilhelm – president, Wilspec Technologies, Oklahoma City.