Rising Star Award Presented to Freshman Legislator Rep. Jon Echols
Oklahoma City (December 4, 2013) – The State Chamber of Oklahoma gave out five awards to state legislators today honoring their commitment to Oklahoma’s economy. The awards were presented during the State Chamber’s annual Public Affairs Forum.
Each year, the State Chamber of Oklahoma selects at least one lawmaker in each chamber who went above and beyond the call of duty to take a stand for Oklahoma business. They were not only instrumental in advancing pro-growth legislation; they fought to protect Oklahoma’s job creators from burdensome and unnecessary regulations to ensure our state’s competitive future.
This year four legislators will receive the State Chamber of Oklahoma’s Guardian of Free Enterprise Award.
On the House side, Speaker T.W. Shannon and Representative Leslie Osborn received awards while in the Senate, President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and Senator Anthony Sykes were honored. They all played a significant role in the last legislative session, and during the special session, on key issues important to the business community including the workers’ compensation reform legislation.
Jim VandeHei Gives Keynote Address at State Chamber of Oklahoma's Public Affairs Forum
Oklahoma City (December 4, 2013) – The State Chamber of Oklahoma hosted another record breaking event this afternoon, giving attendees access to national and state political powerhouses. The Public Affairs Forum provided an insider look into the 2014 Oklahoma legislative session.
Addressing a crowd of approx. 600 people, Jim VandeHei, co-founder, president and CEO of POLITICO, provided the keynote address at the State Chamber’s Public Affairs Forum today. VandeHei led off the annual event which also included a legislative panel discussion and an awards presentation.
The panel featured Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, House Speaker T.W. Shannon, Senate Minority Leader Sean Burrage and State Representative Joe Dorman talking about their agendas for the upcoming session.
“It’s a great opportunity for our members to hear directly from legislative leaders,” said Fred Morgan, president and CEO of the State Chamber. “We are honored that all four took time out of their busy schedules to come and share their ideas for growing Oklahoma’s economy.”
Five members of the legislature were singled out for awards from the State Chamber. President Pro Tempore Bingman and Speaker Shannon, along with Senator Anthony Sykes and Representative Leslie Osborn were named Guardians of Free Enterprise for their efforts in the last legislative session on key issues important to the business community including the workers’ compensation reform legislation. Representative Jon Echols received the Rising Star Award, which is given to a legislator in his or her first term in office.
OKLAHOMA CITY (November 5, 2013) — State Chamber of Oklahoma Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Gwendolyn Caldwell released the following statement on the pending release of report cards for public schools in the state:
“The business community knows that the future of our economy is based on a sound public education system. That’s why the State Chamber supports education reforms such as the more rigorous Common Core standards and school accountability efforts like the A-F grading system.
The State Chamber agrees with Governor Mary Fallin that educators, lawmakers and parents need to work together to ensure that the A-F system succeeds. While there may be ways to make the grading system better, the goal of empowering parents, business leaders and the general public to engage in the education reform process is crucial. Our members, the job creators of this state, are committed to improving education which is vital to the success of our children and our economy in a competitive world.”
OKLAHOMA CITY (November 4, 2013) ― The State Chamber of Oklahoma made three internal promotions:
Cindy Glover is now Vice President – Membership. She will oversee member recruitment and retention. Glover joined the State Chamber in 2011 as a regional membership manager after 20 years of account management experience selling medical products and services. Glover is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Oklahoma University Health Science Center. Glover also serves as chair of publications for Executive Women International.
Stephanie Snyder is now Vice President – Membership. Snyder will continue to oversee Western Oklahoma, North Oklahoma City and parts of Northeast Oklahoma including Tulsa in developing new business investors, as well as working with our existing members in her area. Snyder has been with the Chamber 12 years, coming from the health care technology insurance industry. Snyder has a Master’s degree in business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and currently serves on the Board of Executive Women International.
Emily Duren is now Director of Member Relations. Duren will now focus solely on meeting the needs of State Chamber members statewide and seek input from members on improving Chamber services. Duren joined the State Chamber in 2010 as a Marketing Assistant and identified the need for improved member relations.
About the State Chamber of Oklahoma Representing more than 1,000 Oklahoma businesses and 350,000 employees, the State Chamber of Oklahoma has been the state’s leading advocate for business since 1926. For more information, visit www.okstatechamber.com.
Over the last few weeks, all of the news coming out of Washington, D.C., was about the inability of lawmakers to come to an agreement on spending plans and debt limits. Now that the budget can has been kicked down the road for a couple of months, attention is focused on the multitude of problems with the federal health care exchange website.
The Affordable Care Act is complicated and, according to news reports, some of the information being given out through the federal exchange is inaccurate. The uncertainty in Washington on health care is a major concern for business in Oklahoma. Solutions must be found and found quickly. That’s why The State Chamber of Oklahoma and its partners will unveil ChamberMarket later this year.
ChamberMarket is a private solution to a changing market. One little-discussed shortcoming of the federal exchange is that it only provides access to a major medical policy. Employers and employees want a broad array of options. The ChamberMarket will be a one-stop shop for medical and other employee benefits like dental care, vision coverage and life insurance.