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Leadership

Matt Pinnell
Matt Pinnell
Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development

Matt Pinnell is Oklahoma’s 12th Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development and the president of Mariska Family Holdings, a diversified investment company, and trustee of Mariska Family Foundation, a private charitable trust. As Secretary, Chad oversees the economic, community and workforce development efforts for our state.

Hopper Smith, Brigadier General, ARNG (Ret.)
Hopper Smith, Brigadier General (Ret.)
Executive Director of Commerce

General Smith has more than 35 years of military and civilian executive experience for the State of Oklahoma and other entities.

Site Selection + Business Expansion

Tina Lindsay
Tina Brown
Interim Director, Business Development
Amy Walton - Deputy Director, Business Development
Amy Walton
Deputy Director, Business Development

Business Recruitment

Vicki Angell
Vicki Angell
Economic Development Specialist​
Jason Baffrey
Jason Baffrey
Automotive Project Manager
Akiva Israel
Akiva Israel
Energy Project Manager
Joshua Mayo
Joshua Mayo
Automotive Project Manager
Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts
Incentive Specialist
Wes Seaman
Wesley Seaman
Energy Project Manager
Jay Shidler
Jay Shidler
Advanced Technology and High Growth Start-Ups Project Manager
Christopher Suttle
Christopher Suttle
Project Manager

Aerospace + Defense and ACES Program

Vince Howie
Vince Howie
State Director, Aerospace and Defense
Leshia Pearson
Leshia Pearson
Deputy Director, Aerospace & Defense
Brent Wright
Brent Wright, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.)
Strategic Advisor, Aerospace & Defense
Rob Wilcox
Rob Wilcox
Business Recruiter, Aerospace & Defense
Kallie Hanisch
Kallie Hanisch
Administrative Assistant, Aerospace & Defense
Brooke Edwards
Brooke Edwards
Program Coordinator, Aerospace & Defense
Brooke Edwards
Brooke Edwards
Administrative Assistant

Regional Development Team

Jared Cooper - Director of Rural Services
Jared Cooper
Director of Rural Services & Central Region
Steven Bratcher
Steven Bratcher
Southwest Region
Charlotte Howe
Charlotte Howe
Northeast Region
Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith
Rural Resources Coordinator

Your Small Business + Startup Team

Ray Little
Ray Little
Special Programs Manager
Cathy Curtis
Cathy Curtis
Small Business Incubators / Women-owned Business Certifications
Ken Talley
Ken Talley
Small and Minority Business Specialist
Cathy Curtis
Cathy Curtis
Small Business Incubators / Women-owned Business Certifications

Oklahoma Film + Music Office

Jeanette Stanton - Director, Oklahoma Film + Music Office
Jeanette Stanton
Director of OF+MO
Tava Sofsky
Tava Maloy Sofsky
Director of OF+MO

International Trade + Relations

Christy Busch
Christy Busch
Chief of Protocol and Diplomacy
Sarah Short
Sarah Short
Director of International Relations and Global Commerce
Robert Oglesby
Robert Oglesby
Trade Specialist
Kathy Gain
Kathy Gain
STEP Grant Program Manager

Legislative

Zac Swartz
Zachary Swartz
State and Federal Legislative Liaison

Marketing + Media Relations

Becky Samples
Becky Samples
Director, Marketing & Communications

Chief of Staff & General Counsel

Thomas Grossnicklaus - Chief of Staff & General Counsel
Thomas Grossnicklaus
Chief of Staff & General Counsel

Marketing + Media Relations

Becky Samples
Becky Samples​
Director, Marketing & Communications

International Trade + Exporting

Nicole Boyles
Nicole Boyles
State Director, International Trade and Exports

Main Street

Buffy Hughes
Buffy Hughes
State Main Street Director

Research

Jon Chiappe
Jon Chiappe
Director, Research & Economic Analysis Services

Community Development

Marshall Vogts
Marshall Vogts
Director, Community Development

International Relations

Christy Busch
Christy Busch
International Protocol Officer
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