In today’s ever-changing work climate, businesses need to truly stand out to attract the brightest talent. What draws employees in, however, changes from person to person. Some look for the most competitive pay; others are more interested in a healthy work life balance or a strong culture. Some have their hearts set on finding a company dedicated to community service; others seek out places on the cutting edge of their fields. The businesses included in Oklahoma Magazine’s 2022 Great Companies to Work For feature, however, offer all of those perks and more. Industries run the gamut, from architecture to finance, construction, healthcare, technology, law and everything in between.
Profiles by Tracy LeGrand
Write-ups by Tracy LeGrand and Mary Willa Allen
All photos courtesy the companies unless otherwise marked.
4. Williams: Setting the Pace in Clean Energy
Williams handles 30% of the natural gas in the United States that is used every day to heat homes, cook food and generate electricity. Founded in 1908, the Tulsa-based FORTUNE 500 company owns and operates energy infrastructure across the natural gas value chain spanning the United States.
As the world moves to a low-carbon future, Williams is well-positioned to leverage its natural gas-focused strategy to meet the growing need for reliable energy while also addressing climate concerns. Because of its focus on the environment, Williams ranked No. 1 in its peer group in the latest Dow Jones Sustainability Index and was the only U.S. energy company to be included in both their world and North American indices.
“We have prioritized our natural gas-focused strategy because we see firsthand the critical role it plays in providing safe and dependable low-carbon energy while supporting the growth of renewables,” says Alan Armstrong, the company’s president and CEO. “At the same time, we recognize that more needs to be done to mitigate the risks of climate change and stimulate technology growth needed to build a viable clean energy economy.”
With aspirations of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Williams launched New Energy Ventures to drive the commercialization and implementation of innovative technologies and markets in the clean energy business. By combining company infrastructure, employee expertise and strategic relationships, Williams is developing new solutions to meet growing demand for energy while reducing emissions.
Williams’ nationwide infrastructure network is well-suited to support the growth of renewable natural gas and clean hydrogen, as well as carbon capture, utilization and storage. Williams is currently pursuing and executing several opportunities across these fronts, including green hydrogen production in southwestern Wyoming to potentially serve markets in the northwest.
Another clean energy advancement at Williams uses digital platforms that provide market transparency for next generation natural gas. It will overlay satellite monitors and blockchain technology on the company’s core infrastructure to provide end-to-end measured, verifiable and transparent emissions data for real-time decision-making capabilities.
Williams is executing multiple solar projects along its footprint as part of a broader initiative to power company operations with power from the sun. In addition, Williams continues to add new renewable natural gas interconnects onto its system so that methane from landfills and livestock farms can be captured and used – instead of escaping into the atmosphere.
“Our history of innovation, determination and drive for excellence would not be possible without the dedication of our employees,” says Armstrong. “Anchored by our core values, we operate in a safety-driven manner that protects fellow employees, contractors and the public, while also safeguarding our assets and the environment.”
Williams and its employees have positively influenced the local communities they call home through charitable giving, outreach and volunteer efforts. In 2021, Williams and its employees contributed over $12 million to more than 2,100 organizations across 48 states through community giving channels, including cash contributions, in-kind donations and matching programs; employees recorded more than 23,000 volunteer hours.
3. OG&E: Aiming Higher
Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E) is the state’s largest electric company. For more than 120 years, the company has provided customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes with some of the nation’s lowest electric rates.
“OG&E serves approximately 887,000 customers across our service area,” says Aaron Cooper, manager of corporate communications. “We have 7,207 megawatts of electric generation capacity. Because of our strong system reliability, high customer satisfaction and consistently low rates, we regularly rank among the highest performing utilities in the nation.”
Safety, optimization and giving back are some of the company’s cornerstones.
“Safety is at the core of who we are, and we work to achieve an incident-and-injury free workplace for our employees, as well as a safe environment for our customers and communities,” says Cooper. “We energize life, providing life-sustaining and life-enhancing products and services, while honoring our commitment to strengthen our communities.
“We live, work, and volunteer in the communities we serve and are deeply invested in helping them grow and thrive. Our 2,185 employees generously give their time, talent, and resources to support communities and local nonprofit organizations across our service area.”
The future of OG&E shines brightly with bold growth and continued excellence.
“In the past two years, OG&E has invested $1.7 billion in capital for infrastructure and technology upgrades that improve our electric grid, minimizing the number and duration of service interruptions to our customers in Oklahoma and Arkansas,” says Cooper. “As we look to the future, we will continue to invest in our communities by building an affordable, resilient and ever-cleaner electric grid that will support community growth for generations to come.”
Technology has become more user friendly at OG&E in recent years.
“In 2021, we launched a new website experience for OGE.com, utilizing customer to design and build functionality,” says Cooper. “A new outage map quickly followed and continuous improvements are underway. A new mobile app is the next step in our digital customer experience journey.”
Aside from what it offers to clients, OG&E provides a lot to its employees, too.
“At OG&E, we provide … products and services that make a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors,” says Rose Royal, the company’s director of ethics, equity and inclusion. “We care about our employees and the communities we serve. We invest in our employees by providing them with the necessary resources and tools for success, and we invest in our communities by volunteering our time and energy. Truly, OG&E is a great place to work.”
2. TBS: Investing in Its People
It’s all about supporting truckers and trucking at TBS Factoring Service.
“TBS’s mission is to serve the transportation industry, strive to make truckers’ lives easier by assisting with all aspects of owning a trucking company, and be a leader in technological advancements for them,” says Hailey Benton-Thomas, the company’s CEO.
The booming business, however, had humble beginnings.
“TBS started in Oklahoma City as Truckers Bookkeeping Service in 1968. It was a small company that assisted trucking companies with fuel taxes, registration, tags and other regulatory paperwork,” says Benton-Thomas. “When its dedicated, loyal client base began asking for assistance with financial products, TBS met their call by introducing factoring – and TBS Factoring Service was introduced in 2004. Though TBS now ranks as a top transportation factor globally, it remains important that those pain points of being a small business are not forgotten along with TBS’s humble beginnings.”
Over the last few years, TBS has grown exponentially, with new offices and a suite of technology.
“As the global economy changes, TBS is focused on continuing to find new products and tools that will support its clientele in navigating new environments,” says Benton-Thomas. “TBS has recently begun leveraging its network to negotiate discounts for its clients that would traditionally only be available to the largest fleets, thereby evening the playing field for the independent trucker.”
TBS invests in its workforce, earning it a variety of industry accolades for, simply put, being a great company to work for.
“TBS maintains a work culture built around our core values: respect, valuing others, teamwork, honesty and integrity, and striving for excellence,” says Benton-Thomas. “We want everyone to be their true and authentic selves at work each day. We operate on the philosophy that our employees are number one, and we cultivate an engaged and motivated workforce who, in turn, go above and beyond for our clients. TBS is a trendsetting employer of choice, and we recognize that our growth and success is because of our teams, which we continually connect to our mission and philosophy.
The company will continue to grow with the times – using forward momentum to evolve.
“Being an employer of choice looks different today than it did years ago, but TBS continues to be successful by leading with the same principles,” says Benton-Thomas. “Communication with the people we serve helps us deliver the right environment and culture, and while we have not figured out exactly how to approach every challenge in this new environment, we know that we are on the right path, because we allow those decisions to be made in collaboration with our teams.”
1. KKT: Character, Creativity, Collaboration, Community
Founded in 1989, KKT Architects, Inc. is an architecture, interior design and structural engineering firm located in Tulsa.
“KKT has been committed to engaging in Oklahoma’s future by aligning closely with local organizations to create spaces that improve lives and enrich communities,” says Kate Cofer, AIA, IIDA, PMP, principal and business engagement lead at KKT. “Our core values of character, creativity, collaboration and community are the heart of our how and why we do what we do. We have built a reputation on innovative design solutions, client partnership throughout design, elevated customer service, repeat clientele, and adherence to project budget and schedules.”
KKT is led by president and CEO Sarah Gould, along with the leadership of experienced department leads and principals who help guide the team of more than 65 architects, engineers and designers.
“Our goals are to focus on enriching the day to day lives of our family, friends and neighbors, and create buildings that will positively enhance our local community,” says Cofer. “Through our diverse project types – education, corporate, healthcare, nonprofit, hospitality and multi-family – we have been able to consistently design high quality, signature buildings, each project distinctly reflecting the image of the organization it represents.”
The future of KKT is bright, with compelling in-progress projects including a 200,000-square-foot facility for Bixby High School; four new branch libraries for Tulsa City-County Libraries, including the new Rudiskill/Greenwood location; several projects for Oklahoma State University; a 68,000-square-foot, two-story Family Safety Center in Tulsa; and a $137 million, 330-bed ODMHSAS Mental Health Hospital in OKC.
Alongside an impressive slew of undertakings and accolades, KKT also works diligently to keep its employees happy.
“Everyone is so encouraging and passionate about their work, and it spreads like wildfire,” says employee Chris Humber. “Every day I get to be challenged while also having fun with what I’m doing.”
Another employee, Wanas Jasim, weighs in: “In my opinion, the most powerful aspects of KKT’s culture are appreciation and trust. These aspects create an ideal environment to nurture creative and talented individuals. Working at KKT is like being part of a big family, where everyone’s voice is heard and considered.”
Cofer’s excited for the future.
“We are honored to be a design innovator, proud of our Oklahoma roots and focus, and utilizing our professional team’s local and national expertise to uplift our community. We look forward to all the energy, excitement and future developments to come in Oklahoma. While the firm now employs over 65 design professionals, we have retained the collaborative, client-focused culture on which we were founded,” she says. “We are unique in that our staff represents five different generations in the workplace, and we are constantly learning from each other and sharing our knowledge and skill sets. We also encourage engagement beyond standard project work through volunteering, board service and sponsorship support for many organizations and nonprofits. And in the past several years, we’ve had many opportunities to share our profession with students K-12 through outreach, job shadows, internships and conversations.”
Great Companies to Work For
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As one the state’s largest accounting firms, HoganTaylor boasts more than 350 personnel, providing expertise in a spectrum of services including accounting, tax, assurance, wealth management solutions and technology. The firm employs CPAs and advisors who serve individual investors, small businesses and large entities.
Since 1950, Weaver has offered tax, advisory and assurance services with the aim to help clients achieve their objectives. With 14 offices across the United States, Weaver is ranked as the largest independent accounting firm headquartered in the southwest by Accounting Today magazine.
KKT Architects, Inc.
For more than three decades, KKT has served clients’ needs as a full-service architecture, interiors and engineering firm. Recent accolades include recognition by Interior Design Magazine as a 2022 Healthcare Giant and Top 100 Rising Giant. Project types at KKT are wide-ranging, in sectors like education, healthcare, historical renovation, civic and multi-family housing.
Rand Elliott Architects
With a focus on the aesthetics of light, place and purpose, Rand Elliott Architects is a multi-disciplinary firm founded in 1976. Recent projects include the renovation of Science Museum Oklahoma, which received a Citation Award for Commercial Architecture at the 2021 AIA Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards.
Renowned firm TriArch Architecture continues to serve the community with empathy and authority, touting projects in the commercial, residential, tribal, education, religious and wellness sectors. Recent projects include the Whimsy Cookie Company, Will Rogers Downs Casinos and Chickasaw Ada Wellness Center.
BANKING, FINANCE AND INVESTING
Ameriprise Financial places emphasis on helping clients with a personalized and comprehensive approach to wealth management. Services include estate and retirement planning, taxes, education savings, stocks, mutual funds, securities-based lending, brokerage sweeps accounts, insurance annuities, asset management and more.
Arvest offers personal and business banking across four states, and was again voted as one of America’s 100 Most Loved Workplaces by Newsweek in 2022. Clients in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma utilize services including mortgage programs, investment planning, wealth management and myriad banking offerings.
Bank of America
In addition to serving clients as a multinational investment and financial services bank, Bank of America is a community partner that formed an environmental business initiative in a commitment to sustainable finance. Internally, Bank of America strives to cultivate a diverse, inclusive workplace with varied perspectives.
Top 25 U.S.-based bank BOK Financial offers a diverse portfolio with sophisticated expertise in wealth management, loan assistance, and commercial, personal and business banking. BOKF also serves the nonprofit community with over $6 million in yearly contributions and ample volunteerism.
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Charles Schwab is all about helping clients meet their unique fiscal goals – whether that’s financing college, buying a home or saving for retirement. The company offers full-service wealth management and has ranked in the top three of Investor Business Daily’s Best Online Brokers for 10 years running.
Fidelity Investments offers expertise to make complex financial matters more understandable. Offering sage planning and advice, straightforward pricing and robust investing tools, Fidelity tailors its offerings to each client’s unique needs, helping nearly 23,000 business and 3,600 advisory firms.
First Fidelity Bank
Privately owned First Fidelity Bank has worked diligently to supply a high level of care to individual, business and commercial banking clients. Each of First Fidelity’s nearly 350 employees are focused on establishing meaningful relationships and providing the best in customer service.
First National Bank & Trust Co.
With convenient branches and ATMs across central and southern Oklahoma, First National Bank has served Oklahoma since 1984. The bank offers business and commercial loans as well as personal and business banking, with the stated purpose of creating a legacy by making dreams a reality.
Gateway First Bank
Gateway First Bank provides banking and mortgage solutions for a variety of clients. The institution offers award-winning service and has amassed numerous national accolades in its tenure, including Top 100 Mortgage Companies from Mortgage Executive Magazine from 2012-2021.
JP Morgan Chase began as a financial institution in 1799 and today offers a variety of investment and banking tools, wielding multi-trillions in client assets. With a focus on diversity, the institution has hired over 10,000 veterans since 2011, and 49% of new global hires are women.
For nearly a century, family-owned and operated Mabrey Bank has offered top-tier personal and business banking services. With a focus on giving back, Mabrey serves over 100 organizations in the community annually through volunteerism and financial contributions, with core values that include integrity, teamwork, reliability and professionalism.
Known for its utilization of cutting-edge financial tools in the management of wealth and investments, Merrill – a Bank of America company – provides clients a pathway to reaching financial objectives. Individual advisors offer personalized advice, preparing people for major life milestones.
Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, MidFirst Bank serves nearly a million customers and is the largest privately owned bank in the country. Providing clients with convenience, value, service and financial strength, MidFirst is dedicated to giving back to the community through a variety of volunteer programs and corporate partnerships.
A global leader in financial services, Morgan Stanley assists families, individuals, institutions and governments as they raise, manage and distribute capital. Offerings include investment banking and management, sustainable investing, as well as sales, trading, research and inclusive innovation.
Garnering awards for superlative service and work culture, Regent Bank operates with a passion to serve. The bank, founded in 1898, provides business and personal banking services, and assists small and mid-market businesses with their goals. Core values at Regent include going above and beyond, being a lifelong learner and remaining truthful and transparent.
UBS Wealth Management
UBS Wealth Management, founded in 1862, employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. The firm specializes in mortgage planning, digital experience, and retirement and financial planning, with objectives to connect people and reimagine the power of investing.
Founded with the purpose of building businesses and managing money, Wells Fargo has offered innovative financial services to help its clients get ahead since 1852. Experts can assist with personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking, alongside wealth management and small business backing.
The world’s largest telecommunications holding company, AT&T is all about creating connections – providing fast, reliable and secure 5G to customers. AT&T stays at the forefront of their industry, preparing for clients to consume at least five times more data in 2025 than they did last year.
Offering telecommunications services, home automation and bundles with excellent value, Cox Communications focuses on speed, support and reliability. Committed to creating meaningful moments of connection through technology, Cox is passionate about community engagement through volunteerism and expanding digital equity.
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At Crossland, the team believes that if you can dream it, they can build it. The family-owned and operated business completes projects in the education, retail, medical, civic and industrial sectors, among others. The company aims to make it into the top 50 contractors in the U.S. by its 50th anniversary in 2027.
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Flintco is a full service general contractor. This year, Flintco’s OKC office moved to the city’s historic Automobile Alley District, and the company has nearly completed a renovation to the Freede Little Theatre at the Civic Center. The company also celebrated completion of another iconic structure at 222 North Detroit Ave in Tulsa.
J.E. Dunn Construction Group
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J. E. Dunn Construction Group considers clients to be their indispensable business partners – from the first meeting to project completion. A privately owned company headquartered in Kansas City, J.E. Dunn operates with the vision to enrich lives through inspired people and places.
Manhattan Construction Group
Manhattan Construction Group, founded more than 120 years ago, offers services from pre-construction to design/build and construction management. The company won the 2022 Best Engineering News-Record Regional Project Award of Merit for two projects – the OKC Convention Center parking garage and the Oklahoma State Capitol interior restoration.
Nabholz Construction Corp.
Although it’s grown into a megalithic, multi-discipline construction company with expertise in construction, custom fabrication and environmental hazard services, Nabolz began as a family-owned enterprise in 1949. Projects span myriad industries, including arts and culture, higher education and healthcare.
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Began in 1979 as a small contracting company, Ross Group has grown to employ more than 125 people in three offices. The company, focused on meeting clients’ construction, engineering and development needs, has an impressive portfolio of projects that include the Tulsa Club, the Eufaula Indian Health Center and Tulsa Hill’s Warren Clinic.
Communication Federal Credit Union
Recognized by Forbes as Oklahoma’s No. 1 credit union in 2018 and 2020, Communication Federal Credit Union focuses on best serving its nearly 100,000 members. With 22 branches and multiple ATMs across Oklahoma and Kansas, the credit union employs more than 200 people and is known as one of the safest financial institutions in the country.
Oklahoma Central Credit Union
OCCU has served Oklahoma since 1941, beginning with 27 charter members and $628 in assets. Today, the credit union offers financial services including traditional banking and checking accounts, online banking, money management, auto loans, financial planning and mortgages.
Tinker Federal Credit Union
Nearly half a million members strong, Tinker Federal Credit Union is Oklahoma’s largest credit union, with services including banking, financial coaching and planning, loans and investments. What began as a single branch in 1946 has evolved exponentially, now offering $6 billion in assets and 32 branch locations.
WeStreet Credit Union
Currently at 56,000 members strong, WeStreet Credit Union offers modern banking and personalized services including checking, mortgages, loans and business banking. WeStreet aims to build a strong future with a modern vision, approachable atmosphere and a sense of authenticity.
The world’s largest distributor of wholesale and decorative fabric in contemporary, traditional and transitional styles, Fabricut is family-run and employee-owned. With a storied history dating back to the 1950s, Fabricut has partnered with Sustainable Tulsa to become a leader in sustainable business practices.
180 Medical is a company dedicated to supplying the highest quality ostomy supplies available on the market – along with education and unparalleled service. Staff works with prescribing physicians and insurance carriers to provide clients with their specific medical supply needs.
Gunning to help deliver a profitable and sustainable future, Chesapeake Energy aims to achieve net-zero direct GHG emissions by 2035. Headquartered in OKC, Chesapeake’s core values include integrity, trust, respect, transparency and open communication, with a focus on maximizing shareholder return.
Magellan Midstream Partners
Magellan Midstream Partners is a leader in the refined petroleum and crude oil industry. Based in Tulsa, Magellan flows steady with a 9,800-mile refined products pipeline system, and a vision to curate an engaged and innovative workforce with safe, reliable and efficient operations.
OG&E serves more than 887,000 customers and is the largest electric company in the state. Founded in 1902, OG&E consistently ranks as one of the highest performing companies of its kind in the nation, and works to provide life-sustaining and life-enhancing products and services that make a difference in the community.
A 100% regulated natural gas utility, ONE Gas serves more than 2.3 million customers in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Founded in 1906, the company assists clients in the residential, commercial, industrial, transportation and wholesale industries, with core values that include safety, ethics, inclusion, diversity, service and value.
A diversified corporation with a primary focus on natural gas, ONEOK was founded in 1906 as an intrastate natural gas pipeline business. Headquartered in Tulsa, the company’s values include a commitment to diversity and inclusion, excellence, ethics, innovation and a zero-incident culture.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Founded as the Vinita Electric Light, Ice and Power Company in 1889, Public Service Company has grown to now serve 30,000 square miles of the state. Recently, PSO scored highest in the ‘South Midsize’ segment of the J.D. Power 2021 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study.
Summit acquired gas distribution assets of CenterPoint Energy in early 2022 and now serves clients in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. The company’s employees log thousands of volunteer hours a year, and Summit is dedicated to sustainability, decreasing methane intensity by 18% since 2018.
Founded in 1908, Williams handles 30% of all natural gas in the U.S. The company, dedicated to sustainability, is committed to leveraging its natural gas network to create a better world for generations to come, and aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Williams and its employees consistently give back – contributing over $12 million to various organizations in 2021.
Burns & McDonnell
With more than 60 offices and 10,000 employees across the U.S., Burns & McDonnell provides engineering, consulting, construction, architecture and environmental services. Formed in 1898, the company works in such industries as aviation, manufacturing, government and telecommunications.
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A multi-service engineering firm with offices in OKC, Tulsa, Norman and Duncan, CEC operates with a simple but efficient motto: Get stuff built right. CEC provides a vast array of engineering services, alongside 3D visualization, materials testing, surveying and more. The company’s vision is to “eliminate aging infrastructure and drive community growth.”
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Garver is an award-winning, industry-leading, multi-disciplinary engineering, planning and environmental services firm. Named one of the Healthiest Workplaces in America by the Wellness Council of America, Garver is committed to its employees’ overall well-being. The company has also supported over 500 organizations since 2015 through its corporate giving program.
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With a passion for engineering possibilities and leaving the world better than they found it, the team at Olsson provides customized engineering and design solutions, as well as field services, consulting services, and civil, structural and electrical engineering. Oklahoma-based projects include collaboration on Tulsa’s Gathering Place and OKC’s Lake Thunderbird.
Wallace Design Collective
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Wallace Design Collective, with six offices in five states, provides a bevy of structural and civil services, along with survey consultation and landscape architecture. Aiming to redefine, advocate, inspire and connect, Wallace’s projects span sectors including hospitality, wellness, adaptive reuse and retail.
Seating over 19,000 in the heart of downtown, BOK Center is Tulsa’s premier entertainment hub. Presenting world-class concerts, performances, community events and sports, BOK Center also operates with a focus on giving back. Last year, BOK Center donated over $275,000 to local nonprofits.
Choctaw Casino Resort Durant
Raising the bar for what a world-class resort can be, Choctaw Casino Resort – a AAA Four Diamond hotel – offers 1,700 rooms, along with immersive live entertainment, a state-of-the art poker room and more than 7,000 slot machines. Other amenities include spa services, bowling, a luxury pool area, movie theatres and 16 dining options.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
“Live it up” is the motto at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, which presents guests with a bevy of casual and fine dining options, alongside live entertainment and the latest gaming choices. Enjoy a poker room, electronic and table games, and 454 rooms and suites with a luxury resort pool area.
Oklahoma City Thunder
More than a riveting NBA basketball team, the Oklahoma City Thunder provides its employees with competitive benefits, tuition reimbursement, gym membership options and newborn/adoption leave. The Thunder is a community partner in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, offering employees an array of community service opportunities.
Osage Casino Hotel
Osage Casino Hotel is a destination for great dining, luxury amenities and best-in-class entertainment options at the lauded Skyline Event Center. Designed with guests’ comfort in mind, the hotel includes thoughtful furnishings alongside artwork crafted by Osage tribal artists.
Hosting everything from NBA games to nonprofit events, concerts and performances, Paycom Center acts as OKC’s core entertainment venue. The center – which seats over 18,000 and offers a bevy of suites, restaurants and clubs – recently underwent renovations funded by a 15-month sales tax.
River Spirit Casino Resort
Offering its guests 483 hotel rooms and suites, plus a 200,000 square-foot casino, dining options, a spa, pool area and entertainment venue, River Spirit Casino Resort brings a slice of paradise to Tulsa. Proceeds from the resort’s gaming operations fund Muscogee (Creek) Nation service programs like housing, education and elderly assistance.
With humble beginnings in 1920s Dallas, Bama Companies has expanded exponentially, now producing two million biscuits a day, alongside hand-held pies, buns, pizza crusts and other baked goodies. This year, the company was named in the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Businesses by the Women Presidents Organization.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
With nearly 600 locations in 42 states, Love’s aims to provide a safe, clean haven for truck drivers and motorists, offering fuel, travel items, food and more. Employing more than 37,000 people, Love’s has also raised more than $35 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Founded in Tulsa in 1958, QuikTrip offers its guests a bevy of food and drink options – including made-to-order treats – alongside fuel for the road. The company, which employs over 24,000 people, has over 900 stores in 14 states, and donates 5% of its annual net profits to charitable organizations.
Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma
Advanced Orthopedics is a leader in northeastern Oklahoma for orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. The practice offers four clinics and seven physical therapy centers, with specialties ranging from issues of the ankle, back, spine and elbow to joint revision and replacement, as well as concussion management.
Ascension St. John Health System
With the primary goal of understanding you, your health and your life, the professionals at Ascension St. John Health System aim to deliver tailor-made care to each patient. Medical specialties within the complex network of doctors, nurses and care teams are vast, and include cancer care, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics and everything in between.
Center for Orthopaedic Reconstruction & Excellence
Utilizing the newest and most reliable surgical techniques – including robot-assisted surgery – the talented care team at CORE excels in total joint replacement, back and spine health, general surgery and sports medicine. Other specialties include pain management, emergency care and fracture/tendon repair, performed by highly trained physicians in top-of-the-line facilities.
Dean McGee Eye Institute
Employing both national and international leaders in the field of ophthalmology, Dean McGee Eye Institute is known as Oklahoma’s premier eye center, and has been a reliable healthcare provider for more than four decades. Specialties include comprehensive ophthalmology, glaucoma, uveitis and ocular oncology, as well as cosmetic treatments of the eye and face.
Eastern Oklahoma Ear, Nose and Throat
Providing all-inclusive ear, nose and throat care to patients of all ages, Eastern Oklahoma ENT is the largest ENT practice in eastern Oklahoma. Patients receive top-of-the-line care in everything from the treatment of head and neck cancers to hearing aid fittings, sinus issues and allergy testing.
INTEGRIS – the state’s largest Oklahoma-owned health system – partners with patients to live healthier lives. The system has recently taken steps to make that mission easier than ever with the opening of more urgent care centers, along with the introduction of home hospitalization programs and a hospital-based Medicare Advantage program.
Norman Regional Hospital
Touting an award-winning women’s heart program, six accredited Centers of Excellence and 350+ doctors and advanced practice professionals on staff, Norman Regional recently opened its newest facility – Norman Regional Nine – in October. The center offers an ER department, primary and specialty care, physical therapy, cardiology and imaging.
Oklahoma State University Medical Center
One of the largest osteopathic teaching hospitals in the nation, OSU Medical Center houses Oklahoma’s top ranked wound care and hyberbarics clinic. Other departments include rehabilitation, cardiovascular medicine, emergency services, surgery, nutritional education, and maternal child health – which offers private birthing suites.
The Orthopaedic Center
The Orthopaedic Center operates with the end goal of restoring motion and getting patients back to their normal lives. With a team of fellowship trained surgeons and a dedicated support staff, specialties at TOC include total joint replacement, sports medicine, hand surgery, and upper extremity/joint pain.
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Offering a nationally ranked children’s hospital and the state’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, OU Health provides comprehensive health services in everything from cancer care to pediatrics and geriatrics. OU Health also focuses heavily on research, using innovative studies to produce groundbreaking treatments.
Saint Francis Health System
Providing care when you need it, the multi-faceted team at Saint Francis Health System excels in everything from women’s health to cardiology, cancer care and orthopedics. With a dynamic system of specialty hospitals and clinics, Saint Francis is well-known in the region for its outstanding healthcare and top-of-the-line technology and treatment options.
Stephenson Cancer Center
Described as “research-driven and patient-centered,” Stephenson Cancer Center touts over 250 ongoing and original biomedical research projects to explore cancer and develop more effective treatments. Additionally, Stephenson is the only NCI (National Cancer Institute) designated cancer center in the state.
Tulsa ER & Hospital
Providing Tulsans with cutting-edge equipment and expert emergency care, Tulsa ER & Hospital handles everything from CT scans to clinical labs, ultrasounds and digital radiology. The hospital boasts a wait time of under five minutes, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a full pharmacy on-site.
Northeastern State University
Fostering a culture of learning and discovery, NSU provides students with passionate professors, along with 59 undergraduate and 26 graduate programs. Ranked as one of the most affordable online colleges in the country by Study.com, NSU also offers one of only 23 optometric training schools in the nation.
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Rooted in “progress through knowledge,” OPSU focuses on student learning, resource optimization, graduate production and life-long learning. Begun in 1909 as Pan-Handle Agricultural Institute, the university has grown to include four colleges, various degree programs and dynamic academic resources.
Oklahoma State University
A nationally ranked research university, OSU focuses on affordability and quality of life for its students, touting a 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The school, which offers 300 majors and minors, and over 200 master’s and Ph.D. options, welcomes students from across the U.S. and more than 100 countries worldwide.
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
In its 50+ year history, the OSU Center for Health Sciences has never wavered from its mission to heal, discover and educate, helping over 3,700 physicians find their callings. Training doctors to serve Oklahomans in rural and under-served areas, OSUCHS thrives through its dedication to innovation and excellence.
Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
The research-focused OSU-Tulsa provides world-class education in an urban setting, in the heart of the Greenwood District. With a student population of just under 2,500, OSU-Tulsa offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as myriad community engagement initiatives for students, faculty and staff.
Rogers State University
RSU is geared towards student success, offering a variety of master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs. The school provides financial aid to 84% of its students, as well as over 30 student organizations, career placement programs, degrees entirely online, and a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Tulsa Community College
TCC understands there’s more than one path to a successful career, and offers work-ready certificates and associate degrees, as well as easily transferable credits to four-year universities. The college also presents ample money-saving opportunities with competitive tuition rates and substantial financial aid.
University of Oklahoma
Boasting a major university experience with a private college atmosphere, OU provides its students with over 170 academic programs, ample study abroad opportunities, dynamic athletic programs, as well as a vibrant on-campus life; the Princeton Review even ranked OU as one of the happiest student bodies in the U.S.
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Attracting bright and curious students from across the globe, Science & Arts presents rigorous, dynamic and interdisciplinary academic programs, with 28 majors and 29 minors. Nationally recognized for its affordability, the university provides ample scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs.
University of Tulsa
Founded in 1882, TU has grown to become a top 100 private research university with six colleges. The university works diligently to ensure students are prepared after graduation; recently, TU enacted a ‘job placement guarantee’ to students who follow its CaneCareers program.
HUMAN RESOURCES AND STAFFING AGENCY
Express Employment Professionals
One of the top staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada, Express presents job opportunities and workforce solutions in an array of industries. The company also offers ExpressLearn – an online educational program featuring courses in high-demand fields like accounting, medical coding and customer service.
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With four divisions – clerical, industrial, professional and medical – Key Personnel strives to take the headache out of finding the perfect candidate … or the perfect job. With tenured recruiters and a reputation for quality service, Key Personnel provides staffing solutions and best-in-class employment strategies to Oklahomans.
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Offering up both dream jobs and dream candidates, Robert Half presents opportunities to businesses and job-seekers alike in industries like accounting, administration, technology, law and marketing. The firm has won numerous accolades, including Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2022.
American Fidelity Assurance
Among the vast offerings at American Fidelity include HR solutions – like custom benefit strategies, enrollment and administrative expertise, and benefits compliance. Additionally, the company offers competitive employee benefits packages in the education, public sector, automotive and healthcare sectors.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
As Oklahoma’s only statewide, customer-owned health insurer, BCBSOK believes Oklahomans deserve premium healthcare and great insurance services. With a company cornerstone of customer value, BCBSOK is over 800,000 members strong, offering individual and family plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
With a history dating back to 1993, CommunityCare has grown to become an award-winning insurance provider, with the goal of offering high-quality, cost-effective healthcare management services. CommunityCare is highly involved in local philanthropic efforts, and also offers 24/7 online care and telemedicine.
CompSource Mutual Insurance Company
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For more than 85 years, CompSource has provided reliable workers’ compensation insurance coverage to an array of Oklahoma businesses, with knowledgeable, passionate agents that care about client success. CompSource’s goal is simple: to protect Oklahoma’s workforce.
A leading provider of dental insurance in the U.S., Delta Dental is a not-for-profit organization that offers dental coverage to all 50 states with a focus on quality and affordability. DeltaDental’s website provides its clients with cost estimators, as well as oral health resources.
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With a passion for genuine care and optimal health for its members, GlobalHealth presents a vast network of providers, hospitals and pharmacies, offering Medicare Advantage plans and state, education and municipal employees plans. GlobalHealth is also committed to the community through local volunteer efforts.
Providing specialized insurance programs to both individuals and businesses, Insurica operates with cornerstones that include integrity, industry leadership and excellence. Insurica, among the 50 largest insurance brokers in the U.S., serves a variety of industries, from agriculture and construction to manufacturing and technology.
Rich & Cartmill
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With a century of expertise, Rich & Cartmill has become a leading insurance provider in the region, with a team of over 60 independent agents in Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. Serving industries including healthcare, energy, education and technology, the company is committed to superior customer service.
With a mission to help people manage risk, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams, State Farm’s foundation is rooted in quality service, mutual trust, integrity and financial strength. Along with insurance coverage for virtually every need, State Farm also offers expertise in banking and investments.
Barrow & Grimm
Boasting a firm of twenty-five highly trained, specialized attorneys, Barrow & Grimm guides clients through an array of legal matters. The firm specializes in business services and litigation, tax law, labor and employment, estate planning and construction litigation/surety law. The majority of its attorneys have been honored in the prestigious Super Lawyers publication.
Calvert Law Firm
The attorneys at Calvert Law Firm are ‘your partners in the fight,’ offering expansive knowledge for a variety of complex litigation and business transactions. With a well-established reputation of excellence in Oklahoma, Calvert works diligently to create long-term relationships with clients – which range from individuals to Fortune 500 companies.
Hammons, Hurst and Associates
Providing effective, ethical representation for employment law litigation, the attorneys at Hammons, Hurst and Associates are committed to creating a healthier workplace for all. Working to expand and redefine discrimination law in Oklahoma, the firm’s practice areas include pregnancy, age, disability and race discrimination, as well as sexual harassment and denial of overtime pay.
The Handley Law Center
Helping clients overcome legal roadblocks with reasonable fees, The Handley Law Center can assist with everything from personal injury to family law, criminal law and oil and gas litigation. The firm has an expansive list of successful recoveries, as well as professional affiliations, special honors and prestigious awards for its work.
With a steadfast devotion to practicing law with integrity, Jones Gotcher excels in a variety of industries, from appellate cases to family law, employment and education. The dedicated staff of partners, associates and paralegals believe practicing law is a privilege, and offer their full attention to each client and case.
Latham Steele Lehman
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A full-service law firm, Latham Steele Lehman takes on cases in areas including estate planning, workers’ compensation, banking and medical malpractice defense. Boasting lawyers with more than 300 trials underfoot and honed expertise, LSL is committed to providing comprehensive, effective counsel to each client.
Stange Law Firm
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Specializing in divorce and family law since 2007, the team at Stange Law Firm understands that clients need an unwavering ally in a tumultuous time. The attorneys work attentively to support each client and make the legal process easier, providing common sense solutions for issues surrounding everything from child custody to estate planning, family violence and alternative dispute resolutions.
Manufacturing semi-custom HVAC equipment, AAON is committed to upholding and continually improving their sustainability practices, alongside honoring each employee’s individual talents. AAON’s Norman Asbjornson’s Innovation Center in Tulsa consists of ten testing chambers that help the company meet and maintain industry standards and certifications – and also sets them apart as a pioneer in the HVAC industry.
Brainerd Chemical Company, Inc.
Leading the way in chemical manufacturing and distribution, Brainerd Chemical Company serves industries including animal health, food safety and metal manufacturing. What began in 1959 as a small business has grown to become a top chemical provider in the U.S. with over 3,000 customers.
A pioneer in the manufacture of underground utility construction equipment, Ditch Witch is dedicated to providing top-of-the-line tools and unparalleled support/job site training, along with transforming the industry as a whole. Ditch Witch firmly believes in creating strong partnerships, evidenced in glowing client testimonials across the globe.
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Founded in 1941, Hilti develops, manufactures and markets a variety of construction and maintenance equipment, from power tools to construction chemicals. The company’s goal is to help all their customers build faster, safer and more sustainably, with a focus on leaving a strong legacy.
Leading the charge in the manufacture of oil and gas control equipment since 1948, Kimray pledges the highest quality valves and control tools, alongside top-notch customer service and employee benefits. CEO Thomas Hill III says that “at Kimray, we believe everyone has intrinsic value and deserves dignity and respect.”
Matrix Service Co.
Matrix Service Co. presents “a higher standard in service,” boasting 38 years of experience in design/build/maintenance of critical infrastructure in the oil and gas, alternative fuels, energy and mining industries, among others. Touting strong client relationships, 75% of Matrix’s business comes from repeat clients.
Made up of seven manufacturing plants, two distribution facilities and more than 1,000 employees, Webco Industries is a leader in the manufacture and distribution of steel tubing. The company excels through a teamwork-oriented work culture, as well as a strong code of ethics and a commitment to community.
A global leader in advanced combustion technology, Zeeco has provided groundbreaking environmental solutions throughout its 40 year history. Company culture at Zeeco focuses on accountability, excellence and quality, with a commitment to long-term customer relationships, the environment and the community.
Alert360 ensures Oklahomans stay connected and protected with a variety of security and automation technology options. Touting customized and smart service, professional installation and 24/7 monitoring, Alert360 works to stay on top of the newest advancements in the field and has been in business for over 45 years.
Oklahoma State University Foundation
Managing donor dollars in an effort to create the best educational opportunities possible for OSU students, faculty, staff and alumni, the OSU Foundation operates with core tenants that include dignity and respect for all people; open communication; accountability; teamwork; and appreciation.
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors
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Chinowth & Cohen Realtors began in 2004 as a one-office, 25-associate real estate company and has grown to become the largest independent real estate company in Oklahoma, boasting over 700 associates, plus ample resources and training for all its agents. According to Real Trends, Chinowth & Cohen has the largest sales volume per agent and the most transactions per agent in the Tulsa market.
Coldwell Banker transformed the way people bought and sold homes upon its inception in 1906. Now, the company is one of the most trusted real estate brands in the world with over 3,000 offices. The goal, however, remains the same: unparalleled customer service and a commitment to ingenuity.
Keller Williams Realty
The mission at Keller Williams is to “build careers worth having, businesses worth owning, lives worth living, experiences worth giving, and legacies worth leaving.” The broad network of experts provides expertise in real estate, but also entrepreneurship and technology that’s helping to advance the industry as a whole.
For more than 80 years, McGraw has worked to keep real estate transactions as easy and smooth as possible for its clients. With more than 750 experienced associates at the ready, McGraw strives to remain committed, loyal and tenacious in its work, utilizing innovative technologies and a collaborative network of professionals.
A people-focused tech consultancy, InterWorks specializes in business intelligence and IT strategies – gunning to add a human touch to the industry. Core commitments include diversity, equality, open communication and stewardship; the company even has a philanthropic arm called IW Gives Back.
Providing comprehensive HR and payroll technology, Paycom believes the future of their industry is employee-driven. With Paycom’s software, companies of any size can combine talent acquisition and management, payroll, HR, and time and labor data into one easy-to-use product.
Melton Truck Lines
Melton Truck Lines serves customers from coast to coast as a leader in flatbed and step deck trucking. Attracting top-tier drivers with competitive base and tarp pay, plus benefits and recognition programs, Melton employs over 1,250 people with a focus on top-notch customer service and safety programs, with state-of-the-art equipment and communication techniques.
Private Jets, Inc.
Providing jet charter flights for private and business travelers, Private Jets, Inc. owns an impressive fleet and operates with an emphasis on providing an exceptional travel experience for clients. With safety as the No. 1 priority, Private Jets’ safety programs hit and exceed FAA requirements.
TBS Factoring Service
Freight factoring company TBS has helped truckers run their business smoothly and efficiently for over 50 years, with cutting-edge technology, first-class customer service and a commitment to digital transformation. The company excels in cash flow solutions, insurance down payment assistance and free authority process, with 24/7 account service.
A community of more than 400,000 citizens, the Cherokee Nation operates Cherokee Nation Businesses, which touches industries including hospitality and cultural and economic development. Under the umbrella is Cherokee Nation Entertainment, which runs Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, alongside nine other casinos, hotels and more. Additionally, Cherokee Federal consists of government contracting professionals that rapidly build innovative solutions to help solve global issues.
Culturally vibrant and economically strong, the Chickasaw Nation has worked to build a diverse business portfolio since the 1980s. With a three-department government, the Nation encourages and supports infrastructure for strong businesses, upholding the newest technologies and dynamic business strategies within its myriad ventures.
Focused on faith, family and culture, the Choctaw Nation has over 200,000 tribal members and employs more than 11,000 people. The Nation offers a broad range of services to its citizens, and its business sector touches industries including defense services, agriculture, restaurant franchises, tourism and economic development.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Operating with a people-first mentality, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation represents over 37,000 tribal members. Business enterprises within the Nation are vast, spanning recreation, dining, banking, gaming and more. Known as “people of the place of the fire,” CPN works diligently to honor their unique traditions, language and sovereignty, with a state-of-the-art cultural heritage center.
Concentrating on economic development and technological advancement, Muscogee Nation’s commerce department works to foster, promote and develop both foreign and domestic business dealings. The Nation, which has over 97,000 citizens, offers a diverse entity that boasts cultural tourism, gaming, businesses and a higher learning institution.
The Osage Nation is committed to fostering a viable, sustainable economy for its many citizens, with emphasis on civic engagement, education, culture and health. The Nation also focuses on sustainability, conservation and responsible stewardship, and offers crisis assistance, education, employment and housing services, among other offerings.
Rooted in the past but looking towards the future, the Seminole Nation works diligently to foster its culture, with language retention programs and a historical preservation committee. Tribal services offered are vast, and include transportation, childcare, environmental health and social services.