Board of Directors


John D. Goldman - Chair

John D. Goldman is a seasoned professional with over 45 years in the real estate business. John began his career as an attorney, and then went on to build a substantial portfolio of properties as an owner, a manager, and eventually as a developer of properties for his own account. In recent years he has taken on the role of broker and officer of several prominent brokerage houses in Manhattan. In October of 2008, when Halstead Property created its Commercial District to enter the field of Commercial Brokerage for the first time, John was enlisted to round out, expand, and enhance Halstead’s premier position. John is a graduate of Harvard College and received his law degree from Columbia University. He also has a Master of Laws from Stanford Law School.


Mary Smith Crofts - Vice-Chair

Prior to her current role as a management consultant, Mary served as the Executive Director of several organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, and the Oklahoma Aerospace Alliance. Mary has worked with the state’s aerospace companies as Vice President of Economic Development for the Tulsa Metro Chamber and as Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Tulsa Airport Authority. She has served on the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority, and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum Board of Directors. She is currently on the Tulsa Airports Improvements Board of Trustees and Tulsa Airport Authority board. She is a past Chair and current member of the Tulsa Economic Development Commission and served as a member of the VisitTulsa Advisory Board.


Bruce Begitschke

Bruce Begitschke recently retired as Director of Operations of the Core Lab Instruments Division of Core Laboratories. He has more than 42 years of experience in engineering and operations management, and has been a leader in developing strategies to help businesses grow and become successful. Bruce has been instrumental in the startup of several small successful businesses and continues to consult with small business owners to help them meet the challenges of today’s markets. As a business owner and manager, he has an extensive background in the management and running of all aspects of an organization. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toledo.


Rocky Bright, MHR, CPP

Rocky Bright is the Manager of Community and Corporate Partnerships for Tulsa Tech. His most recent professional experience includes Coordinator of Outreach and Diversity at Tulsa Tech, Project Manager in the Economic Development Department of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Pharmaceutical Sales with Sanofi-Aventis, and National Recruiting Coordinator for Vanguard Car Rental USA, IncMr. Bright received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, and is a Certified Program Planner through The Learning Resources Network (LERN). Rocky is a member of the University of Oklahoma’s National Championship football team in 2000.

Jackie Price Johannsen

Jackie Price Johannsen is the President of Price Family Properties. Previously, Jackie was an Associate in the New York office of DLA Piper LLP in the firm’s Finance Group, and she has volunteered her time at several non-profit organizations. She currently serves on the board of the Tulsa Regional Chamber and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tulsa Community College Foundation. Jackie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a J.D. from The University of Virginia.


Paul Maness

Paul Maness works for Baker Hughes General Electric as the Cable Plant Manager in Claremore, Oklahoma. Mr. Maness has worked in manufacturing in various positions for four years. Prior to that, Mr. Maness served as a Combat Engineer in the United States Army where he held positions of increased responsibility in various capacities. Paul has deployed in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan four times. He currently serves in the Army Reserve and as an Executive Officer of a training battalion teaching soldiers basic skills and leadership. Paul received his undergraduate in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Webster University


Patricia Nazemetz

Patricia Nazemetz is Principal and founder of NAZ DEC LLC, a consulting firm helping executives and their organizations design and prepare for executive continuity by placing an emphasis on coaching executives and developing succession plans and transition strategies. Previously, Ms. Nazemetz built a career in human resource management at Xerox Corporation that spanned more than 30 years. She was Chief Human Resource and Ethics Officer and was responsible for the design, development and execution of the company’s comprehensive talent strategy.


Mark N. Savoye

Mark N. Savoye is a Vice President, New Payments Business at MasterCard. He joined MasterCard in 2008. Prior to joining MasterCard, Mark served as a Director at American Express. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University Stern School of Business in Marketing and International Business. Mark serves on the board of directors of Solving Kids’ Cancer, and is a board member for the Maina Foundation.


Terrlyn Smock

Terrlyn Smock is Director of Paternity and Child Support, Virgin Islands Department of Justice. She was formerly Assistant Attorney General, Solicitor General Division, Office of the Attorney General, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Ms. Smock holds a BA in political science and a JD from Howard University.


Cynthia Solomon, MHR

Cynthia Solomon is a human resources professional with 35 years of experience in education, as well as oil and gas. She recently retired as Senior Executive Director of Human Resources for Union Public Schools in Tulsa, Okla. As a professor and instructor in the areas of human resources and English, Ms. Solomon has taught for school business professional organizations and at the college and middle school levels. She received her Bachelor’s degree in education/English from the University of Tulsa. Ms. Solomon earned a Master’s degree in human relations with an emphasis in organizational change and development from the University of Oklahoma, where she also received paralegal certification from the OU School of Law.


Channing Stave, Ph.D.

Channing Stave, Ph.D., is Chief Operating Officer of Newristics, a marketing and market research consulting firm focusing on Life Sciences. Prior to co-founding Newristics, he led the Strategies and Market Insights team at Express Scripts (formerly Medco). He has also held senior positions at Pfizer and IBM. Channing is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for Solving Kids’ Cancer and Co-President of the Board of Directors for Camp Zeke. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from New York University.


Richard Stricof

Richard Stricof is a Certified Public Accountant and is a Managing Partner at Pemco Financial Services, a financial and tax services firm. He was formerly with the international accounting firm of BDO USA where he served as a tax Partner-In-Charge of the New York City and White Plains, N.Y. offices.

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