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Class Notes August 14 - October 16, 2019


William Ford (BBA, Economics; MBA, 1964; 1967) will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame during a ceremony in December.


Mathew Dallas (deceased) (BBA, Marketing, 1972) will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame during a ceremony in December.


Richard Chambers (BBA, Economics, 1982) has joined Commerce Trust Company as a Wealth Management Consultant on the trust and wealth management team of the Wichita and South Central Kansas Regions office.


The Dallas Morning News wrote a feature about judge Tammy Kemp (BBA, Finance; JD, 1984; 1988).


Tactile Systems Technology Inc. has appointed Jay Stracke (MBA, Finance, 1988) as vice president of Reimbursement and Payer Relations.


Kevin Hutchinson (BBA, Management, 1986) was appointed CEO of Apervita.


Karl Means (MBA; JD, 1988) is giving a presentation as part of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts Creative Entrepreneurs Series in October.


The University of Oklahoma has named Sean Burrage (BBA, Accounting; JD, 1990; 1993) the vice president for executive affairs.


Mercer announced the appointment of Geoffrey Smith (BBA, Management, 1998) as Gulf Coast Office Leader.


Chance Cozby (BBA, Management, 1999) has been appointed Executive Director of The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.


Tyler Armstrong (BBA, Finance, 2005) has joined Greystone as a managing director with the Seniors Housing Lending team.


Mark Steenhoek (BBA, Finance, 2006) has joined the Stephens Group as vice president of operations.


Caitlyn Jackson (MBA, 2013) has been named Senior Vice President of Commercial and Business Development at Lagoon Water Solutions.


An article by Anthony Klotz (Ph.D., Business Administration, 2013) and Mark Bolino, Do You Really Know Why Employees Leave Your Company?, was referenced in Blogging on Business.


Erin Psajdl (BBA, Sports Management/Finance, 2019) was featured in an article by the Joplin Globe.


Kara Laster (MBA; JD, 2019) has joined Phillips Murrah’s Transactional Practice Group as an associate attorney.

In Memoriam

James Bates, Jr. (BS, Management, 1939), a decorated soldier who served his country for decades, has passed away. Bates was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve for more than 15 years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and served as a Congressional liaison officer in Washington, D.C. He worked with the Army Corp of Engineers, then the U.S. Air Force for the remainder of his career. Bates was awarded the Exceptional Civilian Service Award for excellence by the Air Force.


Don Symcox (BBA, Finance, 1952) has passed away. Don and son Lee both steered the First Fidelity Bank naming of and partnership with Price College’s Integrated Business Core Program, which transformed the future of countless students by exposing them to real-world business aspects and experiences. Additionally, Symcox served faithfully on the Price College of Business Board of Advisors, where he helped tackle important issues by offering his unique perspective and knowledge. Symcox served City National Bank for 65 years and retired as its Vice Chairman.


Randy Trainor (BBA, Management, 1976) has passed away at the age of 69. Trainor was a proud graduate of Price College of Business. He spent many years working and traveling in the oil industry. He loved fishing at Grand Lake, trips with family to Vail, Colo., NASCAR, and OU football.