Special Speaker: Mayor G.T. Bynum, City of Tulsa
G.T. Bynum was sworn in as the 40th Mayor of Tulsa on December 5, 2016.
Prior to his election as Mayor, Bynum served for eight years on the Tulsa City Council. During that time, he was elected as the youngest City Council Chairman in Tulsa history.
Throughout his time in Tulsa city government, Mayor Bynum has focused on fiscal restraint, public safety, and infrastructure. He led the successful effort to enact the largest streets improvement package in the city’s history, authored the first city sales tax cut in Tulsa history, crafted budget amendments putting Tulsa Police Department helicopters back into service and doubling the number of Police academies, authored legislation creating the first municipal rainy day fund in Oklahoma, and coordinated efforts to establish the first municipal veterans treatment court in the United States.
Mayor Bynum and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of Robert and Annabel – the sixth generation of Bynums to call Tulsa home. He previously worked as the managing partner of Capitol Ventures, and before that in the United States Senate for Senators Don Nickles and Tom Coburn. He has also worked on the senior management team of a national real estate firm and for the American Red Cross.
Mayor Bynum has served on the boards of directors for Leadership Oklahoma, Leadership Tulsa, and the Tulsa Historical Society. He also served on the Board of Regents for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and is currently a member of the Augustinian Advancement Advisory Council.
In 2011, Mayor Bynum was selected as an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow, a program which seeks to bring together 24 of the nation’s most promising young elected leaders on a bipartisan basis, explore the responsibilities of public leadership, and assist them in achieving their fullest potential in public service. In 2014, he was selected as the only city councilor in the nation to participate in the Moneyball For Government Fellowship Program, which aims to assist local governments in achieving better results with limited budgets through increasing the use of data, evidence and evaluation when spending taxpayer money.
Mayor Bynum attended Eliot Elementary in the Tulsa Public Schools system. He is a proud graduate of two institutions operated by the Augustinian Order of the Catholic Church: Cascia Hall Preparatory School and Villanova University, where he served as Student Body President. Mayor Bynum is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Tulsa. He is a member of Christ the King Parish and earned his Eagle Scout designation in high school as a member of Troop 73.
Special Speaker: John D. Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner
When he took office in January 2011, John Doak’s goal was simple: Do everything possible to improve the lives of Oklahomans. He’s done that with groundbreaking initiatives, fiscal conservatism and an unwavering commitment to public service.
Under Commissioner Doak’s leadership, the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) has transformed itself into a proactive and mobile organization. His team fans out across the state to educate citizens before disaster strikes and offers assistance after it does. OID employees have responded to tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires and ice storms to help victims quickly recover from catastrophe.
Commissioner Doak’s visionary efforts include hosting the National Tornado Summit, an annual disaster preparedness conference for insurance professionals, emergency managers and meteorologists. With more than 5,000 attendees over six years, it is the nation’s premier event for catastrophe response. His focus on disaster resiliency also earned him a trip to the White House to share best practices with experts from around the country.
Other accomplishments by Commissioner Doak include holding the state’s first-ever rate hearing on earthquake insurance premiums, returning $34 million in unspent funds to the state treasury, attracting almost 100 captives to Oklahoma and hosting a Healthcare Innovation Summit that offered cutting-edge solutions to the country’s healthcare challenges.
Commissioner Doak is an active member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners where he serves as chair of the Property and Casualty Insurance Committee, chair of the Antifraud Task Force, vice chair of the Surplus Lines Task Force and vice chair of the Midwest Zone. He is also a member of the Innovation and Technology Task Force, a new effort to monitor technology, data collection and cybersecurity developments in the insurance industry. Commissioner Doak shapes important national insurance policy issues as a member of the Government Relations Leadership Council and international insurance issues as a member of the International Insurance Relations Leadership Group. Additionally, Commissioner Doak represents the NAIC with the international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Commissioner Doak graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Shortly after college he launched a successful insurance business in Tulsa. Later, he served as an executive for several risk and insurance service companies including Marsh, Aon, HNI and Ascension.
Doak and his wife Debby live in Tulsa with their children, Zack and Kasey. They are members of the South Tulsa Baptist Church.
Special Speaker: Oklahoma State Representative Glen Mulready, House District 68
Elected in 2011 to the Oklahoma House of Representatives from House District 68, Glen Mulready is the House Majority Floor Leader and previously served as Chair of the House Insurance Committee. He also serves on the House Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee and the House Appropriations and Budget Health Sub-Committee.
Representative Mulready is a long-time insurance professional and private sector businessman who has worked with businesses of all sizes. Mulready spent 13 of his 33 years of experience in the insurance industry working on the executive teams of Oklahoma’s two largest health insurance companies. He received the Underwriter of the Year Award from the Oklahoma State Association of Health Underwriters.
Glen and his wife, Sally, are celebrating 29 years of marriage and are the proud parents of three sons, Sam, 17, Jake, 15, and Will, 14. Glen is an active member of the Tulsa community, where he serves on numerous boards and committees. Glen and Sally were honored as recipients of Leadership Tulsa’s Paragon Award for their work with Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2008.
Disaster Resilient Business Council Chair: David Hall
David Hall with State Farm is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of DRN and serves as a frequent speaker around the country on the subject of Small Business Continuity Planning. He is also the Chair of the Disaster Resilient Business Council, designed to raise Business Continuity Planning awareness and participation, and he is a member of the Community Resilience Speakers Bureau.
Born and Raised in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, Dave joined State Farm in February 1988 after graduating from Bloomsburg University with a BS in Marketing. Dave earned his CPCU and ALCM designations in 1995. Dave has worked his entire career at State Farm passing through Pennsylvania, Indiana, Louisiana and finally Oklahoma Offices.
Dave is a Senior Fellow at the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University and serves as a national volunteer and strategic partner for the CPCU Society. Dave also serves as the Insurance Industry representative on the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission. Dave has been married to his wife Laurie since 1995, and they have three children: Andrew, Zachary, and Kayleigh.
Chuck Banks, APSCP, CBCP, is the Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Capital Projects & Infrastructure (CP&I) services and supports the Firm’s disaster resilience and recovery practice. Based in the Washington D.C. Metro area, he specializes in assisting public sector entities, in partnership with the private sector and other community organizations, to advance comprehensive and sustainable solutions to address both unexpected and unplanned events, as well as mitigating anticipated future occurrences. Chuck works on-the-ground on a daily basis with public and private sector leaders, financiers/investors, government agencies, non-profits entities and foundations, and other community-based organizations to create tailored solutions for their needs.
Chuck routinely works with and presents to senior U.S. government agency staff and elected officials, city/county/state management staff and their elected officials in recommending sustainable solutions to address their respective goals. He has also worked in overseas on international finance development projects, and has participated in international disaster resilience and recovery conferences.
Chuck is also accredited by and is a certified instructor with the Disaster Recovery Institute International.
Melinda Belcher, Masters in Adult Ed; Bachelors in Family & Child Development, is a 15-year employee at the Child Care Resource Center (CCRC), a program of the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, Inc (CSC), and is the Resource and Referral Coordinator. This role includes the development of community collaborative and outreach, safety and security, disaster preparedness, database maintenance, management and supervision of the Resource and Referral contract and Disaster Resiliency Grant with Child Care Aware. She is also Chair of CSC’s Business Continuity Planning Group and is the Technology Administer for CCRC. Ms. Belcher is responsible for maintaining corporate contracts and referrals, developing local partnerships, advocacy, and research. She is a Certified Information and Referral Specialist (Alliance and Information Referral Systems), Past President of Oklahoma Alliance for Information and Referral Systems Association, Tulsa Area Safe Kids Board Member, and a certified car seat technician. She has been an adjunct instructor at Tulsa Community College.
David Chen is the owner of the Chick-fil-A at Southroads Mall, a location that was in the path of Tulsa’s destructive August 2017 EF-2 Tornado. David has been a Chick-fil-A business owner in Midtown Tulsa since 2015. The vision of his business is to have a positive influence on all of his employees, guests, and local community. David moved to Tulsa from Atlanta where he spent 5 years working in Human Resources at the Corporate offices of Chick-fil-A. Prior to Chick-fil-A, David worked in the non-profit sector serving refugees with World Relief and as a missionary to China for the International Mission Board. David has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a MA in Cross Cultural Leadership from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to his beautiful wife, Lynn, and they have an energetic elementary school aged daughter. They are members at The Church at Battlecreek where David leads worship for the children as well as leads a discipleship group for adults.
As the Executive Director of Small Business at the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Kathy Duck is an advocate for small businesses, helping them connect and engage with peers and resources. Starting her work with small businesses in 2014 with the Chamber, Kathy believes that, while small businesses can be underrepresented, they are poised to make the largest positive impact on our local economy. Taking time to meet with them individually and listening to their daily challenges, Mrs. Duck drives the Chamber’s innovative programs that assist with solutions to small business issues.
Prior to her work with the Tulsa Chamber, Kathy was a Loaned Executive with the Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) on the 2013 campaign. Working with local schools and the Tulsa County to advocate for TAUW’s partner agencies, Mrs. Duck helped achieve one of the largest campaign overall totals the United Way has seen. Currently, in addition to her work with small businesses, Kathy teaches private flute lessons with students of all ages while playing as adjunct flute for the Tulsa Signature Symphony. She is active on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Resource Board and the Disaster Resilient Business Council. Kathy and her husband Seth, participate in church activities at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and enjoy visiting nearby towns to learn about local history and culture.
Eddie Green is the Director of Business Development for both the South Tulsa and Edmond franchises of Servpro, bringing 20+ years of experience in developing commercial relationships. He has a passion for Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness and holds his WRT IICRC certification.
Debbi Guilfoyle, Ed.D. has been Executive Director of Crosstown Learning Center for the past 15 years.
Debbi has been involved in nonprofit board trainings for the last several years, with her primary focus on roles and responsibilities of boards and staff, and board governance. In 2013, Crosstown embarked on a 7+ million-dollar capital campaign, and in November of 2016 moved the Center to a new, 23,000 square foot learning center.
Under her leadership, the Crosstown Learning Center has participated in various emergency preparedness training and planning initiatives since 2007 for both its facility and the surrounding community, including the Disaster Resiliency Grant awarded in 2016 to the Child Care Resource Center by Child Care Aware.
Debbi has been married for 49 years to her husband, Tony. He owns a cattle ranch and a limestone and fertilizer business. They have three daughters and three son-in-laws; two grandsons (delightful, by the way). And two very spoiled dogs that require a great deal of time. Debbi enjoys reading; gardening; knitting and spending time with her family.
Jeff Hamra is the owner/manager of Titan Data Services, a commercial IT Data Center. Jeff is a member and past President of the Oklahoma chapter of Association of Contingency Planner (ACP), a member of PRISM, Vice President of the Tulsa AITP, an active member of AIIM and ARMA, and is a member of the Disaster Resilient Business Council. Jeff is a regular speaker on topics related to disaster recovery and cybersecurity locally and nationally.
Gail Moraton joined the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) in 2011 as the business resiliency manager. She is responsible for the Open for Business® program, a business continuity and property protection planning tool for small to mid-sized businesses. She formerly worked for the Mercury Insurance Group in Clearwater, Florida as a business continuity program officer and senior business systems analysts. She also worked for the company’s Brea, California and Vernon Hills, Illinois branches, where her positions included underwriting branch manager and senior underwriter. Gail is currently a member of the Greater Tampa Bay Association of Contingency Planners. She is also certified as a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) by Disaster Recovery Institute International.
Jessica Smith has a BA in Child Development from Chico State University and has worked in the child care field in five different states, including Oklahoma, over the past 15 years. Mrs. Smith is a Child Care Consultant for the Child Care Resource Center (CCRC), a program of the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, Inc (CSC). Mrs. Smith has had many different roles during that time, including preschool teacher, Resource & Referral Specialist (Family Involvement), and Child Care Consultant. Mrs. Smith is also an active partner of the Disaster Resiliency Grant awarded to CCRC in 2016 whose purpose is to assist child care centers with developing procedures to react to different types of disasters. Mrs. Smith enjoys working closely with children and improving the quality of their daily care.