Solomon-Simmons Named A Top Business Leader Under 40 By Tulsa Business Journal

3/26/2012 8:55:00 AM The Tulsa 40 Contractors top TBJ’s 2012 list

Call it the year of the contractor.

Five of Tulsa’s top building professionals are included in The Tulsa 40, the Tulsa Business Journal’s annual list of area up-and-comers under the age of 40.

The 2012 class will be honored at a March 22 event at the downtown Hyatt Regency Tulsa hotel, 100 E. Second St.

Julie Chin, a 2008 Tulsa 40 and former KJRH News meteorologist, will emcee the event.

“You always hope that you are making a difference,” Chin said. “An award like this from local business leaders validates your efforts and offers even greater encouragement to work even harder and dream bigger for this amazing city.”


More than 120 young professionals were nominated by mentors, peers and community leaders, and a panel of judges
selected the honorees based on their professional and personal achievements.


“The event aims to honor young professionals under the age of 40 who have made a marked impact on their business and community,” said Chuck Branch, TBJ publisher. “Honorees must also show the potential to be a leader in the next decade.”


Although contractors hold the most spots on the list, including John Priest of
Crossland Construction Co., John Roach with Nabholz Construction Services, Darren Cottom of Manhattan Construction Co., and Terrell Hoagland and David Pounds, both with Flintco LLC, they join 36 others excelling in various industries. Husband-and-wife duo Ryan and Carrie Underwood share a spot on the list.


Of the 41 selected, 10 own their companies, either wholly or in partnership, including Jonathan Belzley, Eric Kehmeier, Stuart McDaniel, Kayvon Olomi, Linette Patterson, Josh Royal, Laura Scott, Philip Shain, Justin Thompson, Ryan and Carrie Underwood and Debra Wimpee. There are two shareholders on the list: Damario Solomon-Simmons and Adam Strange.

Other executives include Elizabeth Frame Ellison, Brian Paschal, Priest and Aaron Tracy. Honoree Jerry Goldman recently accepted an executive-level position. Honored on TBJ’s list for his work as director of booking for BOK Center, Goldman recently accepted a position as general manager of the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y.

“Tulsa and the BOK Center will always hold a special place in my heart,” Goldman said. “Being a part of opening this truly awesome venue, and experiencing the tremendous success has been an amazing experience.”

At 23 years old, Stuart McDaniel, founder GuRuStu Group, is the youngest on the list. The oldest three are 39.

The Tulsa Metro Chamber has a strong presence on the list with the inclusion Justin McLaughlin, Kayvon Olomi, Paschal, Allison Walden, and committee member Kate Hoback.

The University of Tulsa athletic department is well represented with Ross Parmley, one of the youngest athletic directors in NCAA Division 1, and Nick Salis, an associate AD.

TBJ honored its first high school principal with Oliver Wallace of Tulsa Central, and two of its first restaurateurs, Royal and Thompson.

Thirty-one members of The Tulsa 40 are actively involved in charitable organizations, including Calvin Battle, Belzley, Natalie Cash (Lefler), Matthew Clifton, Amanda Clinton, Dr. Greg Cogert, Cottom, Bo Davis, Ellison, Hoagland, Hoback, Kehmeier, McDaniel, Rebecca Miller, Jeremy Moore, Paschal, Patterson, Pounds, Priest, Roach, Salis, J. Terrell Seigfried, Solomon-Simmons, Hank Spieker, Strange, Thompson, Tracy, the Underwoods, James Wagner, Walden and Wimpee.

Thirteen of those serve on area boards of directors, including Battle, Belzley, Clifton, Clinton, Davis, Goldman, Priest, Roach, Salis, Siegfried, the Underwoods, Wagner and Walden.