Behind every great company is a hardworking team that contributes to the diverse economic fabric of our state. These individuals spend their days creating quality products and services, ensuring clients, customers and patients get exactly what they need, when they need it.

To showcase these industry leaders, Oklahoma Magazine presents Faces of Oklahoma – which shines a well-deserved spotlight on those who make Oklahoma a better place to live, work and play. From healthcare experts to construction professionals, jewelers and wealth managers, the following companies stand out as the unique face of their field. 

When deciding which businesses to trust, turn to the Faces of Oklahoma.

1. The Face of Fine Jewelry Stores – Diamond Cellar

Diamond Cellar staff
Diamond Cellar staff

Discover the true difference of genuine luxury at Diamond Cellar—Your True JewelerTM. In 2006, Diamond Cellar purchased Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels – a longstanding Tulsa favorite for luxury brands. As Weber looked toward retirement, he wanted to ensure the company remained family-owned and was focused on selling only the best brands. Weber approached his longtime friend, Andy Johnson, to continue this legacy. Both men shared a love for jewelry and a passion for customer care, so it felt like a perfect fit. In 2022, the name changed to Diamond Cellar, with an expanded selection of jewelry plus a new store on Cherry Street. Johnson’s Columbus, Ohio-based Diamond Cellar has set the standard for authentic craftsmanship, unparalleled expertise and exceptional customer service for over 75 years. 

Only a True Jeweler offers creation, curation and caretaking of all luxury jewelry and timepieces. From engagement rings to statement pieces, our creations are meticulously crafted, elevating each design to a work of art. Our roots are in the goldsmith trade and our team of master artisans possesses unparalleled skill and expertise, ensuring that every piece surpasses the highest standards of quality. 

We take great pride in creating trust and genuine lifelong friendships with our customers. We offer an exceptional shopping experience with personalized service and attention to detail, guiding you to the perfect piece that reflects your unique sense of style. We represent some of the best brands in the world with more than 50 designer partners. We guarantee the authenticity and ethical sourcing of our diamonds and gemstones, ensuring that every purchase is a conscious one. Trust and integrity are the cornerstones of our business.

Visit us at Diamond Cellar, where luxury, artistry and unmatched service converge to create an extraordinary experience. We’ve got something for everyone to help you make memories that will shine forever.

918-749-1700 | 1523 E. 15th St., Tulsa |

2. The Face of Construction Companies – Ross Group

From left to right: Bobby Spurlock, Tyler Buchanan, Tracy Hembree, Clint Black, Brandon Robbins, Eli Kieslich, Dallis Reed, Victor Tobin, Kyndra Walker, Chris Bynum
From left to right: Bobby Spurlock, Tyler Buchanan, Tracy Hembree, Clint Black, Brandon Robbins, Eli Kieslich, Dallis Reed, Victor Tobin, Kyndra Walker, Chris Bynum

Ross Group began as a small contracting company based out of Catoosa, Oklahoma, in 1979, when Jesse Ross founded J. Ross Acoustics and Drywall. The company specialized in carpentry and interior finishes and quickly earned a reputation for quality construction, professional excellence and good old-fashioned hard work. In 1996, Warren Ross joined his father in the business and The Ross Group Construction Corporation was incorporated in the great state of Oklahoma. Building on each other’s strengths, the father/son duo used their knowledge and reputation to make a seamless transition into general contracting.

Since its incorporation, Ross Group has evolved into a development, engineering and construction firm serving private, commercial and government clients under the leadership of CEO Warren Ross. Working hand-in-hand with our clients, we provide industry-leading solutions in a variety of markets, such as medical, aviation, hospitality, education, government, manufacturing, industrial, and oil and gas. By offering an integrated suite of services to fit any need in any market, we commit to achieving our client’s vision for each project. 

While our company has grown to include more than 130 employees spread across two offices, we are still a roll-up-our-sleeves and get-to-work kind of place. Just like our founder Jesse, our leadership and staff realize that companies don’t build projects. People do. We are team players who will help anyone who asks, regardless of our titles, because we know we all succeed or fail together. With that in mind, Ross Group’s dedicated employees continue to build our firm’s reputation through our actions, while delivering tangible benefits to our clients as a one-stop-shop for project delivery. Visit us at to learn more about how Ross Group can help your make your vision a reality.

918-234-7675 | 510 E. 2nd St., Tulsa |

3. The Face of Emergency Medicine – Tulsa ER & Hospital

Dr. Mark Blubaugh
Dr. Mark Blubaugh

Dr. Blubaugh is a native Oklahoman. Born and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma, he attended Northeastern State University, then pursued his medical education at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 2001.

After residency, Dr. Blubaugh spent the next 13 years practicing and teaching emergency medicine at Oklahoma State University Medical Center. During this time, he saw the need for more personalized, patient-focused care. 

Since 2019, Dr. Blubaugh has been a founding partner at two of Oklahoma’s only physician-owned micro-hospitals, Tulsa ER & Hospital, and Oklahoma ER & Hospital. Both hospitals were designed by emergency physicians in an effort to improve the access and quality of emergency care and hospital services. Local ownership and management allow for the hospital to adapt to the needs of the community. The physicians are able to customize services for community providers and patients without the bureaucratic delays and hurdles, typical of larger corporate health systems. Emergency room services, observation care, inpatient care, outpatient imaging, outpatient laboratory services and outpatient therapies are offered at both facilities.

Tulsa ER & Hospital and Oklahoma ER & Hospital are the only facilities in Oklahoma that offer outpatient services 24/7 without an appointment. Dr. Blubaugh is currently the Medical Director at the Tulsa facility. This position has afforded him the ability to spend more time with patients and experience both the administrative and political aspects of healthcare within the state. 

Our physicians and staff strive to create an atmosphere where the patient feels heard and receives healthcare that is above and beyond.

918-517-6300 | 717 W. 71st St. S., Tulsa |

4. The Face of Medical Spas – For Inner Good (FIG) Medical Spa

Dr. Cristie Hawkins and staff
Dr. Cristie Hawkins and staff

For Inner Good (FIG) Medical Spa, located in Tulsa, is known for its expertise in the science of anti-aging for face and body rejuvenation. Under the direction and supervision of Cristie Lehr-Hawkins M.D., Fig offers the latest treatments for the face, hair and body.

The staff at Fig brings multiple years of experience in patient care and is dedicated to providing the most innovative treatments for their patients. Fig is honored to have won numerous awards for Best Medical Spa, Skin Care, and Wellness Center in Tulsa, the state of Oklahoma and nationally. Fig has also been awarded Oklahoma Magazine’s The Best of the Best Award in 2021, 2022 and 2023. 

Medical and wellness services offered at Fig include dermal fillers, injectables, microneedling, PDO threading, weight loss programs and hormone therapy. They also provide a full range of laser treatments and aesthetic services.

Some of the newest treatment modalities at Fig include Opus Plasma and TED. Opus Plasma is a skin resurfacing treatment using plasma energy and radio frequency to repair photodamage and treat the signs of aging with minimal down time. Fig is also the only medical facility in Tulsa to offer TED (Transepidermal Hair Restoration). This new treatment uses ultrasound technology to stimulate hair growth. The TED treatment is painless and needle-free with no downtime. TED is quick and beneficial for any individual suffering from hair loss or wanting to improve the appearance and health of their hair.

Fig carries numerous skin care lines such as SkinCeuticals, Caudalie, Revitalash, ZO Skin Health, iSClinical, Skin Medica, and Revision. Fig also has the SkinCeuticals SkinScope LED Lamp. With the help of the aestheticians and The SkinScope lamp, patients can learn about their visible and underlying skin imperfections and what products will work best for them. FIG recently launched its own skincare line, Fig MD. This medical-grade skincare line is both preventative and corrective. Fig MD products are built on a layered system of the highest quality ingredients resulting in healthy and beautiful skin.

To learn more about Fig’s services or purchase products, please visit their website To schedule an appointment for a service or free consultation, call 918-932-8810.

918-932-8810 | 8921 S. Yale Ave., Suite B., Tulsa |

5. The Face of Heating and Air – Airco Service, Inc.

With over 60 years in business as a family-owned company, Airco Service has a reputation for reliability, along with the trust of customer who count on us for excellent service, honesty, and integrity. Airco offers 24/7 service for all your home needs. With the largest service area in Oklahoma, Airco Service provides customers with the highest quality products and maintenance available in the areas of heating, air conditioning, plumbing and generators. We are a one call does it all company, with certified, trained technicians along with excellent customer service. Call or text us, Airco is home services made easy.
Tulsa — 918.252.5667 | Edmond — 405.715.2665 | Moore — 405.378.4500 | Grand Lake — 918.782.2263

6. The Face of Residential Real Estate – Chinowth & Cohen Realtors

Chinowth & Cohen REALTORS® is the largest independent real estate company in the state of Oklahoma with more than 700 associates, 15 real estate offices and over $2 billion in annual sales. Founded in 2004 by Sheryl Chinowth and Lee Cohen, the company has seen rapid growth and expansion over the years, with the help of sons Leland and Taylor Chinowth.

And while Chinowth & Cohen is a leading luxury real estate company in the nation, at its core, C&C is a local, family-owned and operated enterprise that prioritizes investing in their agents – paving the way for individual success.

Realtors love being a part of Chinowth & Cohen because of the tools they are equipped with in order to make them as effective and successful as possible. Aspiring and new agents have the Chinowth & Cohen Real Estate Academy with an extraordinary team of educators and trainers, who also offer a plethora of courses for existing Realtors to further their education in real estate.

Chinowth & Cohen also prides itself on its large, award-winning in-house marketing department, a one-stop shop for agents to get all the graphic design, digital media, printing, photography and videography services right within the company.

And because real estate is really about people and making genuine connections, the profound level of investment in people goes beyond just the real estate business. Chinowth & Cohen supports dozens of non-profits and charitable organizations throughout Oklahoma and encourages their agents to get involved and be present in the communities they serve. Chinowth & Cohen’s mission extends beyond just helping Oklahomans buy and sell homes – it’s about building community.

Affiliated with the largest referral networks in the world, such as Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International, Chinowth & Cohen agents are ready to provide you with the elite experience in buying or selling your home.

918-296-7950 | 10129 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa |

7. The Face of Hospice Care – Grace Hospice

Front row, L-R: Dr. Michael Gorman, Rachel Arnold – Executive Director, Tifafny Hughes – Business Manager Back row, L-R: Michek Swift – LPN, David Peterson – Chaplain, Amber Rasnake – Account Executive
Front row, L-R: Dr. Michael Gorman, Rachel Arnold – Executive Director, Tifafny Hughes – Business Manager Back row, L-R: Michek Swift – LPN, David Peterson – Chaplain, Amber Rasnake – Account Executive

Grace Hospice is one of the oldest hospices in the Tulsa area, having served Green Country and beyond for over 20 years. 

While traditional health care only concentrates on treating a patient’s illness, Grace Hospice also focuses on offering comfort and compassion to patients, family members and caregivers. Executive Director, Rachel Arnold, MHA and Certified Hospice Manager, and her interdisciplinary team of Hospice professionals are able to deliver a higher standard of care by meeting the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and their loved ones.

From the first visit through our last, the Grace Hospice difference is evident. Patients needing help are admitted within 24-hours of referral. Grace works with every patient, family and primary care physician to create a customized care plan. After a patient passes, the Bereavement Team provides support through mailings, monthly grief support groups, phone calls and visits. Grace Hospice is also one of the few Hospices in the state to receive a 4-star CMS Family Satisfaction Rating. 

Grace Hospice’s team of physicians, nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains, volunteers, therapists and dieticians all work together as a cohesive unit. “Our team allows family members the opportunity to be family members and to be present. It is such a blessing to be able to give a patient and their loved ones quality time together for however long we can, free of the burdens of caregiving, planning, medication management and pain,” says Executive Director Rachel Arnold.

At the end of life, most people want to stay at home, surrounded by family and friends, with symptoms and pain under control. By focusing on the whole individual, not just the illness, Grace Hospice honors life’s final journey, leaving a legacy of compassion and caring.

918-744-7223 | 6218 S. Lewis Ave., Ste 1000, Tulsa |

8. The Face of Wealth Management – David Karimian

Prime Wealth Management™ a Private Wealth Advisory Practice of Ameriprise Financial

David Karimian is a Tulsa native who graduated from Jenks High School and the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduation, David started in the wealth management industry and quickly became a licensed financial advisor, and soon after, a Certified Financial Planner®. This year, he was even named as one of Forbes’ Best In-State Wealth Advisors.

David’s firm name is Prime Wealth Management™ a Private Wealth Advisory Practice of Ameriprise Financial. David and his team specialize in comprehensive financial planning and unique asset management strategies, helping his clients reach their financial goals. 

David says “everything begins with learning what is important to the client, what they would like to achieve, and then crafting a personalized plan that they can follow to help them feel confident about working towards their goals.”

Investing is a big part of the plan, but David believes starting with a well thought out plan can help clients achieve better outcomes. Before one starts a business, they must first create a business plan, David says. People should approach their personal financial goals the same way. Once a plan is developed, David and his team go to work on executing it, and investing is an important piece of the puzzle. David believes in creating custom investment portfolios that are tailored to fit the client’s unique situation. David has been helping people feel more confident about their financial futures for over 15 years. He enjoys working with clients very closely – creating deep and meaningful relationships. 

David lives in midtown Tulsa with his wife Sarah and daughter Isabella. You can find them in their off-hours at a local park or enjoying one of Tulsa’s many fine dining restaurants.

David’s office is at Southern Hills Tower, and he welcomes anyone to visit who would like a complimentary consultation or guidance on how their plan might be working for them.

918-388-2009 | 2431 E. 61st St., Suite 400, Tulsa |

9. The Face of Interior Design – Lance Cheney Richard Neel Home

Lance Cheney, Alison McFarlane
Lance Cheney, Alison McFarlane

Interior designer Lance Cheney, head “Style Coach,” helps clients find their personal style. His goal is to enhance and encourage each client by getting to know their families and sometimes, most importantly, their pets! 

Modern, traditional or anything in between, the team of Lance Cheney (owner/ designer) and Alison McFarlane (designer) will work to develop their client’s individual design vision. 

Lance Cheney Richard Neel Home, the oldest brick and mortar interior design company in Tulsa, offers full-service interior design alongside a fine home furnishings store that also serves as a resource and inspiration for many local design professionals. 

“My store represents many design styles – modern, traditional, vintage. We help you find your style, not ours,” Cheney says. “Every design is one-of-a-kind.”

The 4,000-square-foot retail space features the designer studio alongside everything from art and furniture to lighting, accessories, fabric, and wallpaper – everything needed to furnish a home.

918-742-4777 | 3742 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa |

10. The Face of Commercial Architecture – KKT Architects

Sarah Gould and KKT Leadership Team including (L-R), Brandon Hackett, Yolanda Wright, Liz Rohrbacker, Francis Wilmore, Sarah Gould, Pam Deatherage, Angela Sexton, Kate Cofer and Jim Boulware.
Sarah Gould and KKT Leadership Team including (L-R), Brandon Hackett, Yolanda Wright, Liz Rohrbacker, Francis Wilmore, Sarah Gould, Pam Deatherage, Angela Sexton, Kate Cofer and Jim Boulware.

At KKT Architects, we are a full-service
architectural, interior design, and structural engineering firm that is passionate about improving lives and enriching the community. We are local by design, engaged in Oklahoma’s future by aligning closely with community-based organizations focused on improving quality of life in our state.

Our firm is approaching its 35th anniversary, and we are excited to announce the launch of our new Oklahoma City office space, broadening our visible presence in the metro community, in addition to our main headquarters in Tulsa. Our professional team of over sixty-five Architects, Interior Designers and Structural Engineers is ready to continue to build partnerships.

Our reputation is built on innovative design solutions, client partnership throughout design, elevated customer service, repeat clientele, and adherence to project budget and schedules. Our team of professionals is led by Sarah Gould, President and CEO. We are dedicated, nimble and proactive through the leadership of our experienced Principals and Department Leads who keep our projects and teams organized and running smoothly. We consistently utilize our resources to address the most complex projects and aggressive schedules while remaining 100% committed to meeting our client’s needs and exceeding their expectations.

By staying true to an inclusive design process, we have been able to consistently design high quality, signature projects in many communities — each building distinctly reflecting the image of the organization it represents.

Creating spaces begins with your idea. Let’s get started!

918-744-4270 | 2200 S. Utica Pl., Suite 200 |

11. The Face of Dentistry – Utica Dental

Dr. Matthew Walker • Dr. Brian Gosnell & Hygiene Staff

Dr. Matthew Walker and Dr. Brian Gosnell and the team at Utica Dental offer patients a truly relaxed, professional, state-of-the-art experience, with beautiful results from the moment they walk through the door. Conveniently located between 15th and 21st Street on South Utica Ave. in Tulsa, Utica Dental provides patients with peaceful, serene views out of the floor-to-ceiling windows while the dental team provides gentle care. Television monitors allow patients to get comfortable and watch a favorite show or movie. Want to hear music instead? Just ask Alexa to play it while in the dental chair.

Dr. Walker and Dr. Gosnell provide cosmetic and family dentistry to patients of all ages. General restorative care, dental implants, Invisalign, teeth whitening, root canal treatment, extractions, crown and bridge, preventative hygiene care, sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and full mouth transformation procedures are all available at Utica Dental.

Our hygiene staff is one of the best in the area. We offer many different techniques to make your visit with us as comfortable and painless as possible. We are a family-based practice so all members of your family can be seen in the same office, no more traveling to different offices for dental care. We take pride in the care that we give to our Utica Dental family.

Infection control and sterilization are top priorities at Utica Dental.  Using the most up-to-date, strictly followed CDC guided sterilization procedures and products, Dr. Walker and Dr. Gosnell are committed to creating a sterile environment for the safety of every patient and team member.

Utica Dental is an Oklahoma Magazine “The Best of the Best” recipient, and Dr. Walker and Dr. Gosnell continue to elevate his dental techniques to provide the best dental care to patients. Dr. Walker and Dr. Gosnell encourages you to come and experience Utica Dental, where every patient is a priority and truly a member of the family.

918.712.0000 | 1720 S. Utica Ave., Tulsa |

12. The Face of Cornea and External Diseases – Dean McGee Eye Institute

From left to right: David W. Jackson, MD, Aman Mittal, MD, Kamran M. Riaz, MD, Rhea L. Siatkowski, MD
From left to right: David W. Jackson, MD, Aman Mittal, MD, Kamran M. Riaz, MD, Rhea L. Siatkowski, MD

The cornea is the outer layer of the eye, the clear window that focuses and bends light as it enters the eye, allowing for sharp vision. It also acts a protective barrier against dirt, foreign objects and bacteria. However, if the cornea is affected by injury, disease or infection, vision can be compromised.

That is when the expertise of the cornea and external disease specialists at the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) – Dr. Rhea L. Siatkowski, Dr. Kamran M. Riaz, Dr. Aman Mittal and Dr. David W. Jackson – can help save a person’s vision or even their eye.

According to Dr. Siatkowski, “While we treat patients with common corneal conditions, such as dry eye and pink eye (conjunctivitis), we are also experienced in handling more serious conditions such as bacterial infections caused by improper contact lens hygiene, corneal ulcers, and hereditary diseases such as keratoconus and Fuchs’ dystrophy.”

As Dr. Riaz explains, “We treat the full range of corneal pathology and regularly perform complex corneal surgeries. When it comes to these types of cases, the level of expertise our surgeons have makes DMEI the referral center of choice for all of Oklahoma and the surrounding region.”

Should the cornea, or certain parts of it, no longer function properly there are options available to the surgeons at DMEI. “Luckily, the cornea is one part of the eye that we can successfully transplant,” states Dr. Mittal. “Using donor tissue, we can actually restore visual function that has been lost due to disease or damage. This can be life-changing for the patient.” 

If your cornea is otherwise healthy but you would like to improve your vision without glasses or contacts, the corneal surgeons at DMEI can help you with this as well. “Refractive surgery such as LASIK or PRK can correct a wide range of refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism,” states Dr. Jackson. “As LASIK and other refractive technologies continue to advance, we at DMEI remain on the cutting edge.”

If you have been diagnosed with a corneal disease, suffered damage to your cornea, or want to correct your vision, the skilled physicians at DMEI are ready to help. Call 405-271-1095 to schedule an appointment or learn more at

405-271-6060 | 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd, Oklahoma City |

13. The Face of Health Insurance – Sung Kang

Sung Kang, an Oklahoma insurance professional, treats his clients with the same care and respect he gives his own parents.

Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sung’s roots trace back to a long-standing, local, family business — a martial arts school recently marking its 50th-year anniversary. At Kang’s TaeKwon-Do in Tulsa, Sung and his family have been imparting the essence of Traditional TaeKwon-Do since his father started the business in 1972. Sung holds titles such as Oklahoma State and US National Champion, and has a Silver Medal from the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City. He further honed his skills training alongside world-class athletes at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Returning to Tulsa, Sung established his own TaeKwon-Do School, shaping students’ lives by nurturing their mind, body, and spirit.

Today, Sung Kang is the Executive Sales Leader at HealthMarkets in Oklahoma City, leading the OKC HealthMarkets team of 60 agents. As a licensed insurance agent, he specializes in assisting retirees during their Medicare transition. His primary mission is to protect seniors from predatory practices and deceptive marketing prevalent in the industry. Sung believes seniors deserve undivided attention in healthcare decisions, as negligence could result in serious financial consequences. He urges agents to become trusted advisors, treating clients like family to establish lifelong relationships and enhance their own financial success through client loyalty and referrals.

With a thriving business, Sung is dedicated to guiding his team toward prosperity. He instills the values from martial arts training in his agency, placing integrity above all else. Creating a supportive “family-like” environment, Sung ensures every individual receives care and respect.

For insurance assistance or an opportunity to join the OKC HealthMarkets team, contact Sung. You can schedule an appointment with his office manager at 405-850-1900. Or reach out to Sung directly at [email protected] for support and expertise. Sung and the HealthMarkets team are committed to delivering the fair treatment and coverage you deserve.

405-492-4670 | 7101 N.W. Expressway, Suite 745, Oklahoma City |

14. The Face Of Medical Aesthetics – Radiance Medical Aesthetics

Kasey Swayden, PA-C and staff
Kasey Swayden, PA-C and staff

Radiance Medical Aesthetics is proud to bring Beauty by the Best!™ to Oklahoma City as the premier destination for aesthetic treatments. With over 90 years of combined experience, the professional team at Radiance Medical Aesthetics is dedicated to helping their patients feel and look their very best with results-driven treatments.

Radiance was founded by Kasey L. Swayden, PA-C in 2020. With over a decade of experience in Aesthetic Medicine, Kasey dreamed of opening a Medical Spa that was centered on skin health and built around a professional team that delivers advanced cosmetic treatments in a beautiful, spa-like atmosphere. Today, Kasey’s dreams have become reality, and patients travel from all over for the advanced aesthetic treatments at Radiance Medical Aesthetics.

Under the supervision of Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Tracy Kuykendall, Radiance offers a variety of industry-leading treatments and technologies to achieve the best results for their patients. From advanced injectables like Botox and dermal fillers, to state-of-the-art Sciton lasers, HydraFacial and SkinPen procedures, the team of professionals have curated a comprehensive selection of treatments designed to address various aesthetic and skin concerns.

Since opening in 2020, Radiance Medical Aesthetics has evolved into one of Oklahoma’s most recognized names in Aesthetic Medicine. The team has earned numerous accolades, including being named “OKC’s Best Medical Spa” by Oklahoma Magazine and several other local publications.

In 2022, Radiance doubled the size of their office and their team, and expanded their menu of services to include The Perfect Derma Peel and Moxi Laser Resurfacing. RMAOK continues to grow in 2023 by investing more than ever before in continuing education and staff training, and adding Genius Microneedling + RF (non-surgical skin tightening), Daxxify – the newest wrinkle relaxer to hit the market – and medically-monitored weight management.

To learn more about Radiance Medical Aesthetics of Oklahoma and to view their services, visit

405.80.RMAOK | 3308 N.W. 135th St., Suite 100, Oklahoma City |

15. The Face of Barbecue – RibCrib

Jeff Baird, Beth Ruddle, Matt Thompson
Jeff Baird, Beth Ruddle, Matt Thompson

Founded in 1992 by Bret Chandler, RibCrib lit its first smoker in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Opening its doors with a menu of four meats and three sides, the brand has grown to 45 locations in Oklahoma and neighboring states. Matt Thompson, vice president of operations, says the secret to RibCrib’s success is its authenticity. Every location smokes its meats on-site daily, using only split-green hickory, crafting the unmistakable flavor fans have loved for 30 years.

What truly defines RibCrib? Its core values. 

“’Make Every Rib Righteous’ isn’t just a slogan we use during training. It’s our pledge to always go the extra mile,” Thompson says. “We’re driven to never settle, to innovate and to invest in our team and guests. Our communities are an enormous part of RibCrib’s success.”

Community engagement is central to RibCrib, with initiatives ranging from school sponsorships to a semiannual golf tournament that raises funds for local charities. Looking ahead, RibCrib has plans. Adapting to the ever-changing food scene, they’re working to make barbecue accessible to more people. They’re also refining their scratch side recipes and rethinking their loyalty program to reward guests more.

As RibCrib looks forward to smokin’ the good stuff for the next 30 years, Thompson’s vision is clear: “We’re focusing on a 21st century smokehouse experience, ensuring RibCrib remains a go-to for barbecue enthusiasts.”

918.712.7427 | 4535 S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa |

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