Friday Financial Forum Sept. 30 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, September 27 at 05:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum. We will meet at the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's East Side Branch, located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd. in Bartlesville, Okla.*

This week’s featured speaker is Melissa McLawhorn Houston who serves the State of Oklahoma as Commissioner of Labor. She was appointed to office by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Nov. 20, 2015.

Houston is an experienced administrator with extensive knowledge of state government and considerable experience in state agency operational management, public policy, legislative process and budgeting. Houston also has an in-depth background in public policy and played a key role in criminal justice reform efforts and federal anti-terrorism legislation. She is also a frequent speaker on the impact of terrorism and the importance of anti-terrorism strategies as an Oklahoma City Bombing survivor.

She served as chief of staff for the Oklahoma Attorney General and for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security. She also has served as deputy director for the Oklahoma Sheriffs' Association and as an attorney for the Oklahoma Truth in Sentencing Policy Advisory Commission.

Houston attended the University of Oklahoma where she earned a bachelor’s degree in letters in 1991 and a juris doctor in 1994. She is active in the community serving on several boards including the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the Cleveland County Community Sentencing Council. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Norman.

She and her husband, Ben Houston, who also is an attorney, live in Norman with their two young sons.

What you can also expect at the event:

  • Information: Community leaders share topical, local and state information (Sen. John Ford, Rep. Earl Sears & Rep. Travis Dunlap) 
  • News: "The Scoop"  all about business and community happenings in Bartlesville (Billie Roane, Arvest Bank) 
  • Stock Report & Economic Update: Josh Randolph**, Arvest Wealth Management, and Sonya Reed***, Arvest Wealth Management
  • Hilarious Anecdotes: Jim Bohnsack, Arvest Bank

Each week brings a few surprises! Invite a friend to enjoy delicious homemade cookies and hear about what’s going on in the Bartlesville area. If you have any questions or would like to be included on the invitation email list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

**Josh Randolph - Oklahoma Insurance License #122041

***Sonya Reed-  Oklahoma Insurance License # 111796 

Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma
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