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Chamber Recognizes Ambassador of the Quarter

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Laura Long as the Chamber Ambassador of the Quarter!

Laura has the highest attendance among her peers. She attends every event with a smile and graciously volunteers her time and resources whenever she can. Earlier this year, Laura was nominated for the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year award.

Laura is currently the Membership and Marketing Coordinator at the Oklahoma Aquarium. She began as a part-time ticket agent in 2015 and diligently worked her way up in the company.

“I hold myself personally accountable to demonstrate honesty, ethics, and integrity in all I do, both on the job and outside of work. Regardless of how big or small a job is, or how public or behind-the-scenes, I will always perform to the best of my ability,” Laura said.

Laura has an undying desire to continually improve her business and herself. Thank you, Laura. We appreciate all that you do!

Getting to Know: Gary Kirk, Innovative Air Pros

Gary Kirk is an Oklahoma native with more than 40 years of experience in the heating and air industry. Gary is a community advocate and has dedicated his career to the betterment of his community and the industry as a whole. He is one of the founding members of the local Air Conditioning Contractors Association and has been on the Board of Directors since its conception. Gary will be president of the Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing Contractors of Oklahoma next year.

Gary spent the early years of his career with Dolan Heating and Air Conditioning Service. After six years of employment, Gary was given the opportunity to purchase Dolan from its retiring owner. Gary changed the name to Arrow Heating and Air Conditioning. For the next 18 years, he grew the company into a profitable business that gained national attention. Gary sold Arrow Heating and Air Conditioning to Service Experts and remained the general manager for 17 years.

After working for a large corporation for a number of years, Gary found there was a great need for a smaller company in the market. One who not only cared about their customers, but one who also cared about their employees’ needs. A family-owned operation whose employees feel that they are a part of something bigger. With this idea, Gary moved his family to Jenks after falling in love with the community. It was then he and his wife decided Jenks was the perfect community to open their family-owned business.

On April 1, 2016, Innovative Air Pros, Inc. was open for business. Since then, Gary has grown the business to five full-time employees and two contract employees. Gary is a firm believer in equal opportunity and employs a diverse workforce.

Gary and Innovative Air Pros, Inc. received a Citation of Commendation and Congratulation from Senator Dan Newberry in 2017. The company was awarded the Citation of Commendation for its commitment to developing a thriving economy and ensuring prosperity of the community. Innovative Air Pros, Inc. was a top three finalist in the Tulsa Word’s Best in the World awards in 2017. They were also awarded New Business of the Year 2018 by the Jenks Chamber of Commerce.

Getting to Know: Chamber Ambassador Ken Hargrove

Ken Hargrove is a lifelong resident of Jenks. Ken and his wife, D’Ann, are Jenks High School alumi. They have two sons, Hank and Wyatt. Ken is the co-owner of Hargrove-Marker Funeral & Cremation Services. His passion is to minister to families who have lost a loved one and to those who want to plan ahead for funeral services.  D’Ann currently teaches vocal music at Jenks West Intermediate.

Ken is an active in the Jenks community and volunteers his time and resources regularly. He has served as a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Jenks and is active member of the Jenks Kiwanis Club. Ken is an Ambassador for the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, in which he has been a long-time member.

Mike Marker, co-owner and Funeral Director, has 35 years of experience in the funeral business. Mike directed Ken’s father’s funeral years ago. Through Mike’s kinship, Ken knew he wanted to be involved in funeral services ministry. In 2016, Ken and D’Ann Hargrove partnered with Mike and Pam Marker to open Hargrove-Marker Funeral & Cremation Service on Main Street in Jenks.

“Residents of Jenks had grown accustomed to going outside of Jenks for funeral services,” Ken stated. “The mission of Hargrove-Marker is to serve the Jenks community by building relationships and offering local, professional and caring service as they minister to families through difficult times and topics.”

Getting to Know: Chamber Board Member Heather Turner

Heather Turner has always had a passion for music. She attended The University of Tulsa School of Music and graduated with her Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis on Vocal Performance in December 2003.

Heather enjoyed teaching vocal and general music for seven years before opening her own music school, Anthem Road Academy. Heather and her family grew to love the community, schools and businesses of Jenks, America.

As an educator and advocate for quality education, she serves through organizations that contribute to bettering educational opportunity. Heather serves on the Jenks Public Schools Foundation Board, Bixby Optimist Board, Jenks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is the founder of Women Who Impact.

“When nominated to serve on the Jenks Chamber Board of Directors, I was honored to join and contribute in any way I could,” Turner said.

Through the years, Heather has had many opportunities to serve the community and build valuable, lasting relationships. Heather loves being part of the Jenks Chamber for all they do to enrich the quality of life for the citizens of Jenks.

Heather has a deep belief that we each have a responsibility to be an active participant in creating opportunity for others and ourselves. She loves finding and developing potential in people and in places others may disregard. Her first book, “Dream Traders” is to be published Fall 2018. It is all about the pursuit of one’s dreams and the trades that must be made to see them come true.

Getting to Know: Chamber Board Member Craig Bowman

Getting to Know:

Chamber Board Member Craig Bowman, Farmers Insurance

For Craig Bowman, who owns the Farmers Insurance agency on Main Street in Jenks, being a member of the Jenks Chamber means making a difference in the community.

“If we want to create a community that’s even better for our kids than the one we live in now, we have to get involved,” he said.

Bowman, who served as Chair of the Jenks Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2016, graduated from Jenks Public Schools and, along with his wife Kerri, are raising their two daughters in Jenks. In addition to serving on the Chamber’s Board of Directors, he also serves on the City of Jenks Bond Oversight Committee.

“When I was asked to serve as chair of the Chamber’s board, I saw it as a chance to give back,” Bowman said. “Not only could I serve the community, but I could serve the Chamber.”

Bowman said that the Chamber is the “common unifier” of all the great things that happen in Jenks – from parks to successful businesses to the passage of bond issue to improve the city.

His favorite Chamber event is the Jenks America Food Truck Festival, and not just because he’s been the title sponsor for the past several years.

“The Food Truck Festival brings so many new people to downtown Jenks,“ he said. “I’m amazed at how many people come to it and have never been to our great downtown before.”

Bowman reiterated that events like the Food Truck Festival are important in investing in “our great downtown.”

As for his business, Bowman will be celebrating 10 years in December.

“There’s no place I’d rather be than Jenks,” he said.

Want to find out more about Craig Bowman – Farmer’s Insurance? Contact Craig at 918-299-0945.

 

Story by Josh Driskell, Jenks Chamber President

The Black Sheep of Spain Ranch

What started as a family’s love for entertaining developed into the dream venue for many brides across Oklahoma.

Situated on 44 acres of secluded land in Jenks, Spain Ranch boasts a beautiful, crisp, white barn famous for rustic-style weddings.

The vision of the Spain Family, the White Barn at Spain Ranch has been recognized by Brides of Oklahoma magazine and published on junebugweddings.com.

The 4,800 square-foot barn is lined with large windows, flooding the interior with natural light. The bright and airy space creates the perfect canvas for any bride.

The White Barn hosted its first wedding in September 2015 and has been the perfect venue for countless brides since. However, there was still something missing.

“The White Barn is an ideal space for larger weddings,” Cecily Tawney, Director of Events, said. “The space can accommodate up to 200 guests, but with elopements and smaller ceremonies becoming more popular, it is just too big for an intimate feel”.

Then came the idea of the Black Barn.

Sitting just south of the grand White Barn is the foundation of the Black Barn, scheduled to open Summer 2018.

Inspired on a trip to Kentucky, the Spain’s agreed a black barn would be the perfect contrast to the existing barn and provide what was lacking.

“Before, we did not have a place for the wedding party to get ready on-site,” Tawney explained. “The Black Barn will have two bridal suites on either end of the barn. The interior will hold up to 75 people. It will be perfect for corporate events and more intimate wedding ceremonies.”

“We’re excited for this addition to the ranch,” Tawney said.

Booking for the Black Barn will be available late Summer 2018. Renderings of the space are available at www.spainranch.com/blackbarn.

*Photo courtesy of Kailey Watson Photography from www.spainranch.com/gallery.

Click here to dowload interview clip with Cecily: IMG_4777

Jenks Trojan Athletics names sponsor for posters, schedules

Jenks Trojan Athletics recently announced their partnership with Excite Fundraising to produce sports scheduling products. Products include tickets, printed schedules and posters.

Excite Fundraising will be contacting local businesses selling advertisement space on behalf of the Trojan Athletics department.

Jenks Trojan Athletic Director, Tony Dillingham, explained that Excite Fundraising is the only company authorized by Jenks High School to sell advertisements.

“We appreciate the support given by our community,” Dillingham said. “We will use the money we raise to pay for various activities in our athletic program.”

For information regarding sponsorships, call 918-299-4415.

Chamber President Appointed to Winter Regents Board

Josh Driskell, IOM, Appointed to Winter Board of Regents of Institute for Organization Management
A Four-Year Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Washington D.C. — Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has appointed Josh Driskell, IOM, President and CEO of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, to the Winter Board of Regents. As a member of this Board, Driskell will implement the policies created by Institute’s National Board of Trustees.

“A strong Board of Regents is essential to Institute’s success,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “These volunteers drive site attendance, provide recommendations for program improvement, and serve as an on-site resource for Institute participants. Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has educated tens of thousands of association, chamber,
and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members, and become strong business advocates.

Institute’s five Boards of Regents serve on behalf of the National Board of Trustees. Each Board of Regents is responsible for recruitment, retention, and marketing of the program nationwide. Each regent is an Institute graduate nominated by their peers.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

 

Banquet Award Winners Annouced

Each year at the Inaugural Banquet, the Jenks Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding businesses and leaders in the Jenks community.

There are seven award categories, including: Bar of the Year, Business of the Year, Community Impact Award, New Business of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Retailer of the Year, and Young Professional of the Year.

Additionally, two leadership awards are presented to exceptional leaders in the community.

Congratulations to the nine winners!

Bar of the Year: The Cigar Box

Business of the Year: Tedford Insurance

Community Impact Award: Jenks Public Schools Foundation

New Business of the Year:  Innovative Air Pros

Restaurant of the Year: Gaetano’s Pizzeria and Creamery

Retailer of the Year: The Pink Lily

Young Professional of the Year: Eli Dean

Ed Gerchman Leadership Award: Bonnie Rogers

Tedford Memorial Scholarship: Beauchamp Jansen

BarkWest to open spring 2018

The City of Jenks and the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation are proud to partner with the community to open Jenks’ first public dog park, BarkWest.

Located at W. Main St. & Koa St., BarkWest will be nestled among the trees near the existing Park West athletic fields. The 3 acre dog park will feature a fenced area for small dogs, a fenced area for large dogs, sitting areas and water fountains.

Construction of the park will start mid-February and is scheduled to open by late spring 2018.

Donors to the park include:

‘Big Dog’ Supporter: Woodland West Animal Hospital and Pet Resort

Major Sponsors: U Dirty Dawg and BancFirst

Gold Sponsors:  the Mike Wallace Family and APAC

Silver Sponsors: Trena Thomas, Marellie Robinson, Stacey Butterfield, and Tulsa Federal Credit Union

Friends of the Park: Cecil’s Tire and Automotive, Thomas Bennett III, Karla Hilst, Kiwanis Club of Jenks America, Joshua Austin, and Robert Lee

Interested in donating? Call 918-299-5005 or visit www.jenkschamber.com/barkwest for more information.