Our Staff


Chad Warmington

President & CEO

Chad Warmington serves as the President & CEO of the State Chamber of Oklahoma, the state’s leading advocate for business representing more than 4,300 members representing approximately 270,000 employees. Previously, Chad was the President of the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma, an organization formed after he led the merger of the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. Prior to joining the oil and gas industry, he served as the Executive Vice President for the State Chamber, where he managed political, government affairs, and marketing operations. Chad has also served as Chief of Staff to three Speakers of the Oklahoma House, on the staff of U.S. Sen. Don Nickles, and as campaign manager for multiple statewide candidates. Email:

Eric Blakeney, CPA

Senior Vice President, Operations and CFO

Eric Blakeney joined the State Chamber of Oklahoma in 2001 as Director of Accounting & Finance. In 2003, Eric was promoted to Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, with responsibilities expanded to encompass human resources, payroll, benefit administration and building management. In 2013, he was named Senior Vice President over State Chamber Operations and remains Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Blakeney worked for 12 years in banking, as an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company, and as an auditor. Eric graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Mike Jackson

Executive Vice President of Government & Political Affairs, Registered Lobbyist

Mike joined the State Chamber in 2014 after serving 10 years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Jackson served the last two years as the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House and served on all committees. He helped with the development of rules, presided over numerous sessions and passed many bills that were good for business. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Jackson was the Northwest Field Representative for U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and the Public Information Officer for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.

Regina Manning

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and to the Board of Directors

Regina Manning has served as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO since joining the State Chamber in 2002. She coordinates all Board and Executive Committee functions and is a resource for all board members. Manning has been an Executive Assistant for more than 20 years, operating in that capacity to the Chairman, President & CEO of Fife Corporation; the President & CEO of the Oklahoma Bankers Association; and the President & CEO of Platt Energy Corporation.

Government Affairs

Emily Crouch

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Registered Lobbyist

Emily joined the State Chamber in 2017 as Vice President of Government Affairs. Crouch started her career in public policy working for the United States Senate as a field representative traveling the state. She has previously worked as the Director of Government Relations for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and as the Public Policy Coordinator for the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma.

Cordon DeKock

Vice President of Political Affairs, Registered Lobbyist

Cordon joined the State Chamber in 2011. After working on the Oklahoma Republican Party’s Victory team during the historic 2010 elections, Cordon joined the State Chamber to lead electoral and legislative advocacy. While managing the State Chamber’s political engagement through four election cycles, he has developed expertise on many policy areas at the State Capitol. Prior to the 2010 election cycle, Cordon managed various local issue and legislative campaigns while studying economics and political science at Rice University and Oklahoma State University.

Nicole Boyles

Vice President of Strategic Partners

A western Oklahoma native, Nicole joined the State Chamber in 2015 leading the grassroots development initiatives, strategic partnerships, and the Chamber Action Network (CAN) — a coalition of local chambers and economic development organizations. Boyles began her career as a local chamber executive and has spent the last twenty years cultivating business partnerships, developing advocacy programs and fundraising in nonprofit foundations. She has a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas and graduated from the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management. Nicole serves on the Board of Regents for the Center for Chamber of Commerce Excellence (CCCE).

Kinsey Westwood

Vice President of Government Affairs

Kinsey Westwood joined the State Chamber in 2019 as its Vice President of Government Affairs to lead the State Chamber’s efforts at the state Capitol on human resources and labor law, legal reform, and workers’ compensation. No stranger to the Oklahoma Capitol or public policy, Kinsey previously worked for two agricultural membership organizations, serving as legal counsel and directing public policy and research. Kinsey went on to manage two successful political campaigns. Kinsey also ran her own consulting firm, 46 Capitol Services.

Toni Schwarz

Project Manager-State Chamber Research Foundation

Toni joined the State Chamber in 2012 and was promoted to Government Affairs Executive Assistant in 2015. Before working at the State Chamber, Toni was a career teacher for the Putnam City School District. She taught at various grade levels, from kindergarten through tenth grade, served on school committees and held several leadership roles within school sites. Toni also worked as an independent consultant teaching professional workshops to educators in Math and Reading. She holds a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University.

Barri Bulla


Barri joined the State Chamber in 2013. As Senior Research Assistant, she provides research support for the State Chamber and many of our partner organizations. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics & Government from Drury University. Prior to joining the State Chamber, Barri worked as a teaching and research assistant in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma and as a Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist on the redistricting project while at the Oklahoma House of Representatives.