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Governor visits Aquarium to promote Oklahoma Fosters

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin visited thefallin1
Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks today, Feb. 12, 2016, to lend her support for Oklahoma Fosters, a program dedicated to recruiting foster and adoptive families in Oklahoma.

As part of her visit, Gov. Fallin met with foster parents and discussed the importance of placing children in loving and caring homes.

According to the Oklahoma Fosters website, there are more than 10,000 Oklahoma children needing foster and adoptive families.

For more information about Oklahoma Fosters, visit oklahomafosters.com or follow the organization on Facebook or Twitter, @oklahomafosters.

Chamber board endorses school bond issue

YES copyThe Jenks Chamber of Commerce board of directors has voted to endorse the Feb. 9 Jenks Public Schools bond election.

Projects in the $11 million package include expanding the middle school cafeteria, enhancing safety features district-wide and providing textbooks and media equipment for students. 

The bond election will not raise taxes. 

Board Chairman Craig Bowman urged voters to approve the measure.

“This bond election will provided needed improvements across the district to help ensure Jenks schools remain the best in the state for years to come,” Bowman said.

“As a parent and a business owner, I encourage everyone who lives in the Jenks school district to vote ‘yes’ on Feb. 9.” 

Click here for a full list of projects.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 9. 

Click here to find your polling place.

February luncheon: Creating a Culture of Engagement with Elizabeth King

Have you heard the phrase “People don’t quit jobs – they quit bosses?” This statement is actually true. According to a recent study by Dale Carnegie, 75% of workers who voluntarily left their jobs did so because of their bosses and not the position itself.

As business leaders, it’s important to retain your top talent and reduce churn. So how can you become a better leader and create stronger relationships with your employees?

Join the Jenks Chamber of Commerce at the Hive, 115 S. First St. on Wednesday, February 17 for Creating a Culture of Engagement. This presentation will discuss the impact of leaders on employee engagement, the real factors that motivate employees, and how you can influence and better engage your team. Attendees will walk away with action steps to improve your leadership skills and increase employee engagement.

Elizabeth King, APR, is a public relations professional with nearly 20 years of experience in community relations, employee engagement and education, fundraising and foundation administration, internal and external communications and event management. For more information, visit www.ElizabethKingConsulting.com.

About Elizabeth:
Elizabeth King, APR, is a public relations professional with nearly 20 years of experience in community relations, employee engagement and education, fundraising and foundation administration, internal and external communications and event management.
A native Oklahoman, King is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans’ award winning school of mass communications and earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America. She was named Young Professional of the Year by the PRSA-Tulsa Chapter in 2005.
King has worked in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors and understands the unique challenges and opportunities in both environments. Her experience allows her to utilize her talents to create strategies that bridge the two communities.
Throughout her career, King has been an active community volunteer with a passion for education and children’s issues. Volunteer organizations include Family & Children’s Services, Emergency Infant Services, Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.

 

RSVP to nick.demoss[at]jenkschamber.com by Monday, Feb. 15 to attend.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members.

2016 Board of Directors Inaugurated

Please help us welcome the 2016 board of directors for the Jenks Chamber of Commerce. They are:

Chair: Craig Bowman, Farmers Insurance

Treasurer: Mike Wallace, Wallace Companies

Incoming Chair: Greg Helms, GS Helms + Associates

Past Chair: Bonnie Rogers, Jenks Public Schools

Thomas Bennett III
First Oklahoma Bank

Cindy Brown
TTCU

Kelly Dunkerley
City of Jenks

Russ Hester
Tulsa Tech

Gina Lambillotte
BancFirst

Andy Langston
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos

Carol Swarthout
U Dirty Dawg

Mark Tedford
Tedford Insurance

Trena Thomas
Edward Jones

PHONEDOCTORS to celebrate ribbon cutting Jan. 30

PHONEDOCTORS Celebrates its 9th Grand Opening

PHONEDOCTORS Announces the Grand Opening of its 9th Mobile Device Repair Center inside Reasor’s Foods Jenks, Oklahoma, Saturday January 30, 2016.

PHONEDOCTORS will open its 9th mobile device repair center inside Reasor’s Foods Jenks, OK, 446 S. Elm St. (Creek Turnpike and South Elm Street) on Saturday, Jan. 30, beginning at 10 a.m. It will be a festive occasion with activities, food, and special coupons for every age group. The new location will provide the quality mobile device repair services and accessories that have made PHONEDOCTORS an industry leader and innovator in products, “WOW” customer service, and exemplary warrantied repairs. “The grocery model is a transparent environment where we repair your device while you watch. The model has allowed us to introduce our new ‘DROP and SHOP mobile device repair’ that is designed to repair most popular devices within 30 minutes while you grocery shop inside Reasor’s – Green Country’s finest supermarket chain,” says CEO and Founder Alex Iser.

We specialize in all major repairs, including screen repairs for Apple iPhones, iPads, iPods, and all major brands of phones and tablets, including Samsung, HTC, LG, and more. We guarantee fast, affordable and reliable repairs by virtue of the PHONEDOCTORS brand, a brand that you can trust. PHONEDOCTORS buys and sells replacement devices for most phone carriers and offers a full line of accessories for your device. At PHONEDOCTORS customer service is our top priority. Our mission is “To love our customers in such a way that it transforms their day and the people they touch thereafter” and to provide “WOW” customer service. We serve the customer, not the dollar.

Alex Iser opened PHONEDOCTORS after recognizing a need to offer consumers the option of getting their device repaired instead of the default option of purchasing a new and expensive phone. PHONEDOCTORS has been successful repairing phones in the Greater Tulsa and Northwestern Arkansas communities for over 12 years. In late 2013, PHONEDOCTORS purchased a building at 1209 s. Frankfort Ave. in downtown Tulsa to serve as their international headquarters, national mail-in repair center, and hub for their administrative support, logistics and warehouse operations.

To learn more, visit www.phonedoctors.com or call 918-955-1000.

Trader Leaf seeks retail team member

Trader Leaf in RiverWalk Crossing is seeking a retail store sales team member as they prepare to open in 2016.

Trader Leaf is a retail tea store that specializes in high quality loose leaf tea. Teas, Pu-erh, Herbal & Fruit, Matcha, and Matcha flavored.

Job Summary

Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:

• Safe food handling procedures. Tulsa health safety class testing.

• Adheres to Trader Leaf’s goal to maintain consistent world class high quality tea throughout the buyers purchase.

• Facilitates and services the general operations of the store.

• Delegates appropriate responsibilities and practices to store partners to ensure smooth flow of operations with input and guidance from General Manager.

• Consistently reviews store environment and key business indicators to identify problems, concerns, and opportunities for improvement.

• Engages in conversation with customers to understand their needs in order to create a positive experience.

• Maintain store cleanliness.

• Monitors, maintains and follows policies and procedures.

Summary of Experience

• Previous retail experience

• Customer service experience in a retail or restaurant environment

• Experience leading

• Experience training others

• High School Diploma/GED

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Maintain regular and consistent attendance and punctuality.

• Available to work flexible hours that may include early mornings, evenings, weekends and/or holidays.

Click here to apply.

Simon Premium Outlet project advances

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From the Tulsa World:

JENKS — Global retail giant Simon Premium Outlets cleared the city of Jenks’ final hurdle to proceed with its plan to build a massive new shopping center.

The Jenks City Council unanimously approved changing a tract zoned for agriculture to Riverfront Tourist Commercial to accommodate the Tulsa Premium Outlets, clearing the way for permit applications and work to begin.

Company officials have said construction of the complex of 80 to 90 retail stores could start next summer and take 12 to 15 months.

Click here to read the full story.

Dean named Ambassador of the Year

Eli Dean was named Ambassador of the Year for 2015 by his fellow volunteers at the Dec. 14 meeting.

Dean is a business development specialist at Tedford Insurance.

Chamber President Josh Driskell praised Dean’s dedication to the community.

“We appreciate Eli’s hard work throughout the year going above and beyond to support the Chamber’s programs. Whether it’s arriving early or staying late, Eli is always ready to answer the call to help make our efforts in the community successful.”

Dean was also elected chairman of the Ambassador program for 2016. Kim Coon, a Jenks-based Edward Jones financial advisor, was elected vice chair.

Jenks Ready for THRIVE: ERC Companies set to break ground December 8, 2015

THRIVE, a new urban lifestyle experience in Downtown Jenks, will break ground at 11:00 am on December 8th. Located between East Aquarium Place and Aquarium Drive in downtown Jenks.

Capitalizing on the vibrancy and connectivity of downtown Jenks, the THRIVE experience promises to immerse dwellers in an urban environment with access to specialized concierge services and special events, as well as being located within walking and bicycling distance to parks, dining, shops and entertainment.

“We have a unique opportunity to establish THRIVE as an urban lifestyle brand that is fanatical about the experience of our clients”, Rob Coleman, owner and CEO of ERC Companies.

With 168 living spaces from 616 to 1,100 square feet and ground floor parking garages, the three story red brick building is a natural fit with the existing architecture in downtown Jenks.

“THRIVE will undoubtedly serve as an attraction to residents looking for connectivity, energy and a great place to call home”, Josh Driskell, President Jenks Chamber of Commerce.

“THRIVE Jenks brings residential living to Village on Main- where a strollable lifestyle is within easy walkability to Riverwalk, the Oklahoma Aquarium Riverfront, and the Arts and Antiques District in Downtown Jenks. We look forward to growing our vision of waterfront living”, Mayor Kelly Dunkerley. Both Mayor Dunkerley of Jenks and Rob Coleman, owner and CEO of ERC Companies, plan on addressing the audience during the brief groundbreaking ceremony.

ABOUT ERC Companies: The downtown THRIVE: Jenks location is the second development in a series of new projects launched by ERC, which has been building single family and multi-family residential properties in the South and Midwest since 1957.  The company is undergoing a significant transformation in its overall building portfolio by focusing on developing unique living experiences that integrate both community and client needs, and highlighting local products and partners where available.

Contact: Eve Rosin, Experience Curator

THRIVE, ERC Companies

Email: erosin(at)erc.com

November luncheon to address management strategies

Leadership and management expert Clay Staires will speak at the November luncheon of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce.

The topic will be “The #1 Reason Why Managers Can’t Lead.”

The luncheon will begin at noon Nov. 18 at the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

Staires has worked with thousands of people over his 25 years as a motivational coach, developing uniquely effective leadership training programs. Those programs have been taught on university campuses, in high school classrooms, at small businesses and in nonprofit boardrooms.

He has been ranked as the No. 1 motivational speaker in Oklahoma, according to gigmasters.com, and has shared the stage with top CEO’s and best-selling authors.

From Clay:

According to a Gallup Poll this year, 70% of our workforce is disengaged each day! This is a leadership problem of epic proportion and, unfortunately, we continue to make the same mistake over and over in our companies!  I can almost guarantee that your company has made the same mistake or is getting ready to make this mistake!  But you’re not doomed.  You can avoid disaster simply by adding just one step into your training programs. Come here what this big mistake is and how you can avoid it and prepare your workforce for engagement and enjoyment at work!

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.

RSVP to nick.demoss(at)jenkschamber.com by 4 p.m. Nov. 16 to attend.