25 years, 25 favorite covers
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Movers and shapers July 2007
Billy Kulkin was featured in July 2007 as a Mover and Shaper, a young entrepreneur at creative agency Cubic Inc.
At the time, he didn’t even have a Facebook account. He certainly didn’t have an iPhone.
Today, social media is a core service of his business.
“Four years ago, businesses had the upper edge,” says Kulkin, president and managing partner. “Now the tables have turned. The average Joe has as big a voice as the company itself.”
When the original article was published, Cubic had 11 employees. Today, the company has grown to 17, including two specialists who focus on social media strategies.
The company has also branched into developing mobile applications, including the Tulsa Metro Chamber and INTRUST Bank Arena apps.
Kulkin and his wife, Kari, have three children: Ellie, 14; Mitchell, 12; and Quincy, 10.
His after-work activities revolve around his children’s gymnastics and coaching youth football.
And Kulkin, 39, still likes to brag that he continues to dominate the office pingpong table.
Since 2007, Jan Dunn has continued her work in adoptions at Dillon International.
She has earned a master’s degree in social work and has been promoted to director of the Dillon search program, director of the Hong Kong program and associate director of the Korea program.
She volunteers as adviser to the board of directors of an organization called Serving Our Servicemembers-Coffee Bunker.
The program is meant to offer fellowship for veterans, and Dunn says she hopes to have a 24-hour program soon. Right now, Coffee Bunker is open in the evenings at Southern Hills Baptist Church.
Dunn, a former military wife, remains involved in promoting programs for veterans.
“We are good at recognizing our fallen soldiers but not so good at recognizing those that are still living and breathing,” Dunn says.
Since the first article featured Dunn, she has become a mother.
Abner is 2, and Dunn calls him “the light of my life.”
Jabar Shumate has plenty of big news since he was featured in 2007.
Professionally, he is running for Oklahoma Senate District 11, the seat currently held by Judy Eason McIntyre, who is retiring.
What hasn’t changed over the years is his focus on education, especially charter schools, which were at one time highly threatening to public schools and are now embraced.
“I was blessed with a good education and encouragement to dream big dreams,” Shumate says. “I’ll do that until they throw me out of the Legislature.”
His campaign co-chairs are his pastor, Dr. Ray Owens of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Sen. McIntyre.
Personally, Shumate has big changes in the works as well.
The longtime bachelor will marry Jillian Leggett Nov. 12. Leggett is an underwriter for State Farm. Her sister had been trying to set up Jillian and Shumate for five years.
Finally, the two met on their own at a birthday party last year.
“The ladies at church kept telling me that I would find the right one when I was not looking,” Shumate says. “And that’s exactly what happened.”
Since being featured as a Mover and Shaper, Channing Barker has continued her involvement with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
She served a summer internship in Washington, D.C., speaking to legislators about financing for MS research and establishing a registry to track outcomes for MS patients.
“The best part was putting a face with the disease for the legislator,” Barker says.
She volunteered for the first-ever collegiate MS Walk, which was started by a student in Arkansas whose mother has the disease.
In April, she experienced a relapse of multiple sclerosis that prevented her from lifting her right leg, which made attending classes and reaching her upstairs bedroom quite a problem. She required IV steroids and was up-front with her professors about her illness. She also has a regular regimen of Pilates to keep herself flexible.
The 22-year-old is in her last year at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville as a double major in political science and broadcast journalism. She worked as a summer intern at Arkansas CBS affiliate KMWA in 2010.
During football season, she hosts a sideline pregame show for the Arkansas Razorbacks that is streamed online.
Upon graduation, she hopes to find a job as a television reporter in Arkansas and work her way up to the Tulsa market so that she can return home.
“There’s nothing like QuikTrip,” she says, “so I miss Tulsa a lot.”