A successful artist couples vision with raw talent to create works to behold. In Tulsa, sculptor Rosalind Cook once again receives the top spot as best artist, as voted by our readers. Pat Gordon also receives recognition, while Otto Duecker rounds out the top three.
In Oklahoma City, Desmond Mason proves he’s multi-dimensional, as the former pro basketball player has made the successful transition to a second career as an artist. Local artists Bert Seabourn and Kate Mendenhall also receive recognition.
Raising funds for good causes can be great fun. This is exhibited especially by this year’s selection of top charity events. In Tulsa, Carnivale, benefiting Mental Health Association in Tulsa, earns the top spot this year, followed by Painted Pony Ball, which benefits The Children’s Hospital Foundation at Saint Francis, and Pink Ribbon Event, which raises money for Oklahoma Project Woman, and Red Ribbon Gala, benefiting Tulsa CARES.
Oklahoma City’s Red Tie Night, benefiting Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund, is the top charity event, followed by Infant Crisis Services’ Boots & Ball Gowns, and Renaissance Ball, which benefits Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Becoming a top chef requires equal parts technical ability and artistry. Tulsa’s Tuck Curren, chef of Biga and Local Table, earned the most votes this year, followed by Justin Thompson of Juniper and James Shrader of Palace Café.
Renowned chef Ryan Parrott, who now heads the kitchen of Norman farm-to-table restaurant Local, earns top honors this year, followed by Ludivine’s Jonathon Stranger and Flint Restaurant’s Andrew Black.
Top CEOs have more than just business expertise; they also know how to create great working environments for their employees. George Kaiser, CEO of GBK Corp., parent of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company and Chairman, BOK Financial Corp., is once again named top CEO by our Tulsa voters. Jake Henry Jr., CEO of Saint Francis Health System, and Paula Marshall, CEO of The Bama Companies, round out this year’s list.
In Oklahoma City, Aubrey McClendon CEO of energy giant Chesapeake Energy, was recognized for his leadership, as were Devon Energy CEO J. Larry Nichols and OU Medical Center CEO Cole Eslyn.
Company to Work For
Great employers create enjoyable work environment as well as benefits and incentives that make it a joy to go to work each day. Saint Francis Health System was voted top company to work for by our Tulsa readers, followed by ONEOK and Williams Companies. Cherokee Nation Businesses and New Dominion round out the Tulsa list.
Chesapeake Energy was once again recognized as tops in Oklahoma City, followed by Devon Energy and OU Medicine. Continental Resources and Chickasaw Nation round out the Oklahoma City list.
There are some people and places that are ubiquitous in our communities. In Tulsa, BOK Center earns top recognition. Country superstar Garth Brooks and Tulsa’s Golden Driller also received recognition by Tulsa readers.
In Oklahoma City, it’s the magic he displays on the basketball court that makes Kevin Durant the top local icon. Durant’s “office,” the Chesapeake Energy Arena, also earns a nod, as does Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne.
Local Radio Personality
We listen to them for both news and entertainment, but who ranks as The Best of the Best radio personalities? In Tulsa, it’s KRMG’s Joe Kelley, followed by Cash and Carey on KWEN. KMOD’s Lynn Hernandez rocks out along with his appreciative listeners.
Jack & Ron keep listeners entertained on KYIS in Oklahoma City. Readers also appreciate the morning show of TJ, Janet & JROD on KJYO, as well as Drew & Kaci on KYIS.
Local TV Personality
We rely on television personalities to deliver hard-hitting news as well as entertaining feature stories. In Tulsa, FOX23’s Chera Kimiko once again claims the title of The Best of the Best Local TV Personality in Tulsa. News on 6 anchor Terry Hood also earned votes this year, as did Channel 2’s Karen Larsen.
In Oklahoma City, KFOR’s Linda Cavanaugh was the top vote getter, followed by News 9’s Kelly Ogle and KFOR’s Kevin Ogle.
Tulsans most heavily rely on KOTV’s Travis Meyer for accurate weather forecasts and the latest updates on severe weather. KJRH’s Dan Threlkeld also received high praise from our readers, as did Frank Mitchell on KTUL Channel 8.
In Oklahoma City, meteorology powerhouse KWTV’s Gary England received the most votes for best meteorologist, followed by KFOR’s Mike Morgan (and his jeweled bow ties) and KOCO’s Rick Mitchell.
When city living becomes a little too much, it’s nice to escape to a small community for a little down-home flavor. Muskogee receives top billing in this year’s The Best of the Best list, followed by Shawnee and Claremore.
In Oklahoma City, readers gave props to the (not-so-small) town of Edmond. Guthrie also receives accolades, as do Okarche and Choctaw.