Cherie Davis, Senior Health, Safety & Environment Specialist with Baker Hughes, a GE Company, shared the theirinnovative culture to approaching safety.
All Baker Hughes, a GE Company, employees are tasked with individually being responsible for a perfect HSE day. This means for any given day there were no recordable injuries, illnesses, significant spills or releases, or significant motor vehicle accidents. Employees work as a team to ensure everyone has ownership in HSE, as a new way of thinking.
Through hazard identification, control, understanding and following processes, managing change, and sharing lessons learned each department can ensure a perfect HSE day is achieved. Employees are also empowered to stop work at any time if they feel the environment is unsafe.
By using an interdependent safety culture, cooperation occurs not only within but across the team, with increased organizational pride. Management can be comfortable leading, or empowering team members from their area to lead. Overall this leads to a team fully engaged in goal setting and improvements.
This Think Tank session was sponsored by RCB Bank.
Josh Kunkel, Architect with Crafton Tull, presented a case study review of both local and nationwide districts. He began with the importance of a unified look and brand to distinguish the area. Some examples include the Kansas City Power & Light District, The Broken Arrow Rose District and the Dallas Arts District. The branding of a district is important to tie into the details of a place. For example the Blue Dome District is implementing domed light fixtures with blue LED lights on the top to further communicate boundaries. He did point out that Strong Towns recommends that place comes first because decorative lights without a place is just bling without a soul.
Kunkel presented a number of data points reviewing how places were built including commuter patterns, travel times, home ownership rates, and migration between rural and suburban areas. He recommended that districts can be named from a number of elements including namesakes, architecture, products, ethnicity, and geography. One example of geography would be the West Bend District near the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Claremore Expo and Rogers State University. This is a bend on the west side of town.
Walkability and parking was another key discussion point. Kunkel argued it is important to create awareness and experiences so that you can begin to shift cultures toward putting walking in perspective. He compared a Walmart parcel to that of downtown Goergetown, being equal in size. However, it is not always considered from this manner. Finally, Kunkel argued that having a cornerstone to anchor your downtown area helps drive the success allowing districts to thrive.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE CLAREMORE DAILY PROGRESS BY CYDNEY BARON - 9/4/2017
Sea shanties? Check.
Jolly Rogers flag? Check.
Sea-worthy crew? Check.
The Claremore Collective crew is ready to hit the Arkansas River again for the Great Raft Race.
For the second year, the Collective has constructed a raft to enter in the race's Pokie Okie contest.
The race is held Labor Day weekend and historically has drawn thousands of participants and spectators. The Collective's race team, called the Jolly Rogers, is excited to represent Claremore.
Meggie Froman-Knight said it was exciting to participate in a project that gets everyone's creative juices flowing in a new way.
This project is a fun way of showing off local resources and talents.
"Hydrohoist donates the pontoon, which is a huge help," she said. "It's been a learning opportunity for us, learning the process of how these are made. And this is a manufacturer that we have in our own backyard."
She said the team has spent between 60 and 80 hours on the project—not to mention the off-site work like graphic design and drafting blueprints.
With a project of this scale, she said everyone had a chance to shine.
For this crew, the project is about more than just building a raft, more than just participating in a race.
"We're all really excited about being a part of the Great Tulsa Raft Race again this year. Young professionals in the Claremore area came together to form Claremore Collective in January of 2016. We are a group of people who share at least one thing in common: a passion for Claremore. We are all involved in our community and have always built relationships with each other through our shared passion, but participating in the Great Tulsa Raft Race is a chance for us to grow together in more of a fun and relaxed environment," Jake Krumwiede said. "And, with our participation in events like the raft race, we are representing Claremore in the greater Tulsa area, showing people that, while Claremore is small compared to places like Tulsa, it is still a great place to live."
Another Collective member, Matt Ballard said “we’re definitely going for style points on this one. I think people will like the raft we’re putting together.
He said, as an attorney it’s been an interesting experience—I’m listening to engineers and people with building backgrounds that are very mechanically-minded and I’m completely out of my element.”
Ballard said he is impressed by the talent found within the group—and the sense of camaraderie.
Every sea vessel needs a captain—of the Jolly Rogers, that hat belongs to Brian O'Dell.
Technically, O'Dell is serving as the Raft Race Chairman this year. The crew agrees he's been an integral part of keeping the project moving in the right direction.
O'Dell said HydroHoist gave them a great base to build from, and he's happy his own business, Blue Arc Metal Specialties, had space and tools available to host the building portion of the project.
"Everyone has their own skill set and ideas and we threw it all together," he said. "We went over the top and had a few cool ideas. We recently all pitched in and got a ship's wheel that will be operational and tie back to the rudder so one of us will be at the helm driving this thing down the river."
O'Dell said watching the design come together was fun, but the fellowship was his favorite part, just watching everyone come together.
"We are going to take it to Claremore Lake for a dry run, or wet run rather, before race day," he said.
No matter how they do in the race, Krumwiede said it's been a fun ride.
"I always thought that these nights when we all get together to build our raft is sort of a microcosm of what Claremore Collective is as a whole. We are just a bunch of people who have a vision for Claremore, and together, we are building that vision, one piece at a time. Everyone has different skills and talents. It takes all of us.”
Originally printed in the Claremore Daily Progress by Carolyn Ashford, Publisher, on Sunday, August 13.
The Claremore Progress announces a Tuesday public forum to honor 35 individuals and five power couples, all 40-years-old or under, who are Rogers County’s driven, successful business and community leaders.
“We are excited to recognize the outstanding achievements of these young business leaders,” said Kristy Giesler, publisher of the Claremore Progress. “This year’s class of 40 Under 40 is a driven, community-minded group of entrepreneurs, executives and community leaders and we congratulate them on their many successes.”
The winners will be honored with a public reception to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 320 on Main from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Among the speakers at the event will be Cong. Jim Bridenstine, Pelco President Phil Albert and Frank Robson, owner of Robson Properties and past chairman of the Board of Directors for RCB Bank. The reception is sponsored by BancFirst, Robson Properties, RCB Bank, City of Claremore, Peloc and the law firm of Taylor, Foster, Mallett,, Downs, Ramsey & Russell.
According to Gielser, 'Given the passion, dedication and innovative spirit of our area, it's not surprising we received more than 120 nominations when we asked for applications. Whittling those nominations down to just 40 honorees was the difficult part. But after reading our honorees' biographies in our magazine, Rogers County Reveal, that is included in our weekend edition, I have no doubt that readers will feel as inspired and hopeful about the future of our county as we do.'
40 Under 40 Class of 2017
• Brent Akin - Design Engineer, Pelco Structural
• Matthew Ballard - District Attorney, Rogers County
• Kyle Beggs - RCI Insurance
• Jennie & BJ Bickford - Cherokee Data Solutions
• Beth Clagg - Chemical Engineer, Nalco Manufacturing
• Jeff Clagg - Sales Director, Compassus Hospice
• Jill Ferenc - Director Planning Services, City of Claremore
• Andy & Sarah Fiegener - Rye Design & Musician’s Haven
• Kevin Fortna - Certified Public Accountant
• Josh Froman - Adventure Signs
• Meggie Froman-Knight - Executive Director, Claremore Collective
• Grant Gingerich - Gingerich State Farm
• Shaunte Gordon - She Does Odd Jobs with Integrity
• Savannah Haddock - Human Resources, St. Francis Health System
• Brandon Irby - Associate Director, Claremore Industrial & Economic Authority
• Jessica Jackson - Executive Director, Claremore Main Street
• Jeri Koehler - Assistant City Manager, City of Claremore
• William Lenard - Patriot Outdoor
• Ben Lepak - Living Chief Civil Division, Office of the District Attorney
• Douglas Meadow - Meadow Buildings
• Justin Michael - Member Claremore City Council
• Chelsea Mize - Cranberry Merchant
• Ryan Moore - Vice President Artificial Lift Systems, Baker Hughes
• Sara Moss - Community & Customer Relations, RCB Bank
• Danialle Munroe - Director of Marketing, Pelco Structural
• Tobie Munroe - Senior Designer, Roe Creative
• Ryan Neely - Financial Advisor, Neely Agency
• Zachary Oliver - Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker Select
• Travis Peck - Director of Sales & Marketing, moreClaremore.com
• John Ray - Campus Pastor, Destiny Life Church
• Alex & Mykah Rolison - owners, 6:19 Nutrition
• Jon Sappington - Undersheriff, Rogers County Sheriff’s Office
• Brad Shankle - Health & Safety Director, Pelco Structural
• Gabe Sherman - District Director, Congressman Jim Bridenstine
• Kyle Stafford - Doctor of Physical Therapy, Summit Physical Therapy
• David Steward - owner, Copper Ridge Chimney & Fireplace
• Jessica Stolusky - Kindergarten Teacher, Catalayah Elementary School
• Delayna Trease - Marketing Director, Summit Physical Therapy
• Chris Walker -Project Management Team, Pelco Structural
• Jessica Wilbourn - Realtor Associate, Coldwell Banker Select
• Sara Williams Braun - Associate Athletic Director, Rogers State University
• Rachael Winfrey - Project Management Team, Pelco Structural
In January 2017 at the State of the City, Jim Thomas, City Manager announced near completion of the priorities and goals set forth as a part of the City's strategic plan through 2020. He also shared the City would begin a new visioning process called Claremore Dreams 2025.
The visioning process to develop Claremore Dreams 2025 is set to take place over nine months with eleven milestones, announcing the results of the data captured at the January 2018 State of the City. August marks the fourth month of the process, with six of the eleven milestones met. The process began with hosting multiple focus groups with City Department Heads, City Council, RSU Administration, Executive Roundtables and a Civic Partner Luncheon.
Priorities within Claremore 2020 were:
Goals within Claremore 2020 were:
The City is asking for citizens to help develop, find ownership and champion the vision behind Claremore Dreams 2025. They are seeking input by traveling into each of the four wards, hosting town halls. These sessions will be a time for the city to listen to input that will help drive the strategic plan for the next eight years. They are open to the public, even if you do not reside within that particular ward. All are encouraged to attend, as well as invite others.
The upcoming town halls are open to the public, even if you do not reside within the ward. RSVP links can be found below.
A copy of the presentation slides from the Think Tank session can be viewed here.
Updates from Claremore Dreams 2025 can be subscribed to here.
Claremore Collective has selected their 2018 Chair-Elect and Leadership Team. The group will take their positions beginning January 1.
Following over twenty public nominations and a rigorous interview and selection process, seven Crew Chair positions were to be filled. The Chair-Elect nominations came from those who have served or are currently serving on the Leadership Team.
Danialle Munroe, Director of Marketing and Assistant to the President at Pelco Structural, will serve as the 2018 Chair-Elect, becoming Chair in 2019. She currently serves as the Government Relations Co-Crew Leader, and was an active member in the organization’s founding year. Munroe stated that she looked forward to “cheering-on young leaders and extending the mission of Claremore Collective through recruiting more talent and membership to take our community to new heights.”
Munroe will be joining Matthew Ballard, who will take the Chair position after serving as Chair-Elect this year. Alongside them will be five Crew and five Co-Crew Leaders representing five key areas: Attraction, Arts and Entertainment, Development, Government Relations and NextGen Leadership.
2018 Leadership Team members include:
Claremore Collective is a group of diverse young professionals and next-level talent assembled as one voice to move our city forward. To get involved, check out more information here or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Arts & Entertainment crew held their second-ever Culture Crawl on Thursday, June 22. Similar to the first event held in March, this one also sold out! Culture Crawls look to feature an exclusive experience, while showcasing the opportunities and talents within Claremore.
Attendees began the evening in downtown at The District on Main, getting an exclusive look at the upstairs Coca-Cola ghost sign. Next they traveled around the corner as Mike Kennedy shared the story and facts behind the transformation of the Claremore Senior Citizens Center into Main Street Tavern. The evening wrapped up at North Block Common with a pop-up art display by John Hammer of The Hammer Studio, featuring live music with beautiful harmony by Desi and Cody.
Culture Crawls take place once per quarter. If you have an idea of a feature for future programming, contact Sarah or Robert - Crew Leaders.
This presentation of Think Tank was sponsored by Grant Gingerich, State Farm Agent.
1 Million Cups is a free national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. The program provides a supportive, neutral space and can be found in 100+ communities across the country.
Claremore launched their program in November 2016, with meetings held the first Wednesday of each month at SheBrews downtown from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. The meetings feature one to two startups, each giving a six minute presentation, followed by twenty minutes of interactive questions from the audience. The final question of the session is always, "What can we, as a community, do to help you?"
Claremore has featured a number of industries and businesses including: building products, photography, jewelry, cabinetry, marketing, social networking website development, and trailer innovation in addition to a locally owned salon and a chiropractic clinic.
360Favs creator, Dakota Green, presented at 1 Million Cups in April. He contributed valuable ideas that have helped further develop his social networking site from those in attendance.
If you would like to present at 1 Million Cups Claremore, you can apply here. For more information, email Liberty Shere, team organizer.
President Larry Rice shared the positive impacts on students the RSU staff and faculty are working toward, amidst stifling budget cuts. He began by thanking those in the audience for their support toward RSU Foundation's recent scholarship fundraiser, Saddle Up for Scholarships. While official calculations are not yet complete, proceeds are anticipated to be over $100,000.
"I never thought I would be asking for a flat budget to higher education," he stated, urging those in attendance to also ask the same of those who represent them in the state legislature. RSU has been asked to prepare budgets for a 10 - 20 percent cut, in addition to the shortfalls that have already taken place.
Following highlights of positive programs, including the addition of their Masters in Business Administration program, President Rice then turned the presentation to newly named Athletic Director, Chris Ratcliff to share impacts of their NCAA Division II athletics.
Mr. Ratcliff began by telling the value of education and those that invested in his life. He was motivated to pursue a degree following the potential of a promising job, being sought after for his coaching talent. However, he lacked the required degree.
He acknowledged the success the 246 student-athletes, making up 14 athletic teams, have achieved not only within their sport but also in the classroom. "The student athletes have a higher academic success rate and graduation rate than the student body as a whole. They have also completed over 5000 hours of community service."
The audience expressed interest in expansion of athletic programs such as lacrosse. Ratcliff explained that during a budget crisis, athletics were often the first to be cut. He expressed confidence in their programs, with the exception of the being in a current situation to begin new programs. He added student athletes provide additional enrollment and non-scholarship revenue up to $2.7 million.
As the session closed, Ratcliff encouraged the audience with his personal mantra, a quote by Maya Angelou, "People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel."
Originally Published in Tulsa World by Randy Krehbiel - 4/18/2017
Link to the original article here.
U.S. Sen. James Lankford likes to describe his constituent meetings as community conversations.
For some of Lankford’s colleagues, these meetings have been more like community arguments.
But Lankford was able to maintain a steady tone through a meeting Tuesday afternoon with about 50 people in Claremore and a succession of five groups of similar size Tuesday evening in a downtown Broken Arrow restaurant.
The unusual format, which Lankford says allows him to interact with more people and answer more questions, also might have contributed to fairly low-key discussions.
While some questions were very direct, no one directly confronted Lankford. He worked his way through each group by pulling names from a red bucket.
A few of the dissenting red cards seen at other Congress members’ town halls elsewhere popped up, but not many.
“I’m trying to bring the volume down,” Lankford said in response to a question about the anger in American politics.
“We’re in this weird cycle of tit for tat, and it just gets louder and louder.”
On another occasion, he blamed social media for some of that and said, “I’m very aware our president is not a good example of how to do social media.”
In Claremore, Lankford surprised a questioner by saying he believes that President Donald Trump should release his income tax returns.
“He promised he would,” Lankford said. “He should keep his promise.”
Health care and health insurance did not dominate the questions but were the largest share, and they tended to get the longest answers.
Most dealt with GOP efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, but they also covered pharmaceutical costs, family planning, mental health and women’s health.
“What President Obama put out in 2008, 2009, 2010 was a good idea in general concept,” Lankford said.
But “in implementation, it didn’t work.”
Lankford said a health-care reform bill that provides fewer benefits for the people who need them most will not make it through the Republican-led Senate.
“The bill the House put out originally would have included twice as many people with half as much help,” Lankford told one group in Broken Arrow. “That would not get through the Senate.”
Lankford said any health-care reform measure will have to include guarantee issue (meaning health insurance coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions), children remaining on their parents’ insurance until age 26, and a ban on lifetime caps.
Lankford said he expects a health-care reform bill to reach Trump by the end of June.
In just about every session, Lankford took questions about women’s health, abortion and defunding Planned Parenthood.
In each case, Lankford said he favors transferring federal dollars now going to Planned Parenthood to federally qualified health clinics.