10 honored for leadership
Business owners and entrepreneurs receive annual small business awards.
Adam Marshall, chairman of the Small Business Connection and co-founder of Marshall Brewing; Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber; 2015 award winners Sean Barton, Melanie Hasty-Grant, Jennifer Jezek, Lanny McIntosh, Jim Langdon, Jim Light, Alexander Iser, Mark Tedford, Mike Tedford and Lisa Riley (Robert Grant not pictured); back row: Kent Williams, chair-elect of the Small Business Connection and principal consultant at HRB Consulting; and Jeff Dunn, chamber chair-elect and president of Mill Creek Lumber & Supply Co.
Bryan Campbell/Tulsa Regional Chamber
Small businesses create two out of three new jobs in the Tulsa region, according to the Tulsa Small Business Connection. Ten business leaders and entrepreneurs were honored Oct. 8 at the 2015 Small Business Summit and awards luncheon.
The Crystal Star Awards were created to recognize small business as the foundation of the American economy, according to SBC officials.
Small Business Person of the Year
Lanny McIntosh has helped position The McIntosh Group as a leader in the development of national architectural programs.
As a regional director of the American Institute of Architects, McIntosh influences significant laws and regulations. He also helped preserve Boulder on the Park, a historically significant building, to use as his company’s offices.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Alexander Iser, founder and CEO of Phone Doctors, started his first business in the back of his car in 2001. Phone Doctors has since multiplied to several locations across the country.
His creative business methods, innovative products and dedication to the community have helped his company thrive in tough economic conditions.
Family-Owned Business of the Year
Mike Tedford owns Tedford Insurance, a Tulsa-area business since 1978. He serves on the boards of Tulsa Zoo Management and Grace Church and picks a different charity each year to support.
Tedford was recognized for his passion, commitment, response to adversity and family values.
Women in Business Champion
Lisa Riley of Pinot’s Palette opened three franchises in the Tulsa area — one while undergoing chemotherapy. She was recognized for her mentorship of other female entrepreneurs.
Riley is an active member of the Tulsa Executive Exchange. Her business regularly supports the Ronald McDonald House and DVIS.
Veteran Business Champion
Tinker Federal Credit Union’s Sean Barton and his company regularly support the 138th Fighter Wing Family Day. Each year he recruits veterans at the “Hiring Our Heroes” event.
He serves on the Business Advisory Council for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, which helps Oklahomans with disabilities bridge barriers to success in the workplace, school and home. Barton also teaches financial literacy to local businesses.
Financial Service Champion
Melanie Hasty-Grant of Waterstone Private Wealth Management has spent her career helping people and small businesses become more profitable. She is a legislative advocate for individuals and small business at the local, state and national levels.
Small Business Pioneer
Jim Light of Jim Light & Associates served as chairman of the chamber’s Small Business Council in 2011 and has been actively involved in its OneVoice Small Business Task Force. He also is a founding member of the TulsaBizPac and OklahomaBizPac, which focus on electing smart, dedicated and diplomatic candidates to office.
Diversity Business Champion
Jim Langdon of Langdon Publishing was recognized for his work with Mosaic, the chamber’s diversity business council. For two years, he chaired the chamber’s initiative to create high-performing workforces that embrace diversity and inclusion.
Lifetime Achievement Tier 2
Jennifer Jezek has grown her family business, York Electronic Systems, throughout the region. Under her leadership as president and owner, the 30-year-old company has received numerous awards.
Jezek’s volunteerism includes Epsilon Sigma Alpha International, Junior Achievement and Partners in Education.
Lifetime Achievement Tier 1
Robert Grant began working in his family’s commercial real estate business in 1954. His company, Whiteside & Grant Realtors, has been a chamber member since 1937.
Grant has been actively involved with the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors and helped found Town and Country School.