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Our Team

Leadership

Hopper Smith, Brigadier General, ARNG (Ret.)
Hopper Smith, Brigadier General (Ret.)
Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Aerospace and Defense

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

Matt Pinnell
Secretary of Commerce

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

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
Vicki Angell
Vicki Angell
Economic Development Specialist​

Aerospace + Defense and ACES Program

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

Regional Development Team

Jared Cooper - Director of Rural Services
Jared Cooper
Director of Rural Services & Central Region
Steven Bratcher
Steven Bratcher
Southwest & South Central Region
Glenn Glass
Glenn Glass
Southeast Region
Charlotte Howe
Charlotte Howe
Northeast Region
Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith
Rural Resources Coordinator
Stan Ralstin
Stan Ralstin
Northwest Region

Your Small Business + Startup Team

Ray Little
Ray Little
Special Programs Manager
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
Jesse Garcia
Jesse Garcia
Senior Trade Specialist
Robert Oglesby
Robert Oglesby
Trade Specialist
Kathy Gain
Kathy Gain
STEP Grant Program Manager
Robert Oglesby
Robert Oglesby
Trade Specialist

Marketing + Media Relations

Becky Samples
Becky Samples
Director, Marketing & Communications

Legislative

Zac Swartz
Zachary Swartz
State and Federal Legislative Liaison

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

Main Street

Buffy Hughes
Buffy Skee
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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