The Tulsa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/Tulsa) recognized top local communications professionals on April 25, at the organization’s annual Bronze Quill Awards Ceremony. The event, attended by more than 100 people, was held in the Tandy Garden at the Central Library in downtown Tulsa.

Teryl Rose was named the 2019 Communicator of the Year for his passion and outstanding contributions toward creating a strong safety culture at ONE Gas in his role as Vice President of Environment, Safety and Health. Previous IABC/Tulsa Communicators of the Year include ONE Gas CEO, Pierce Norton, former TU coach Bill Self, former Tulsa mayor Susan Savage, former Williams CEO Keith Bailey, and most recently CEO of Tulsa City-County Library Kimberly Johnson.

Becky Carver, Supervisor of Communications at ONEOK, received the John Hartman Professional of the Year award. Carver was recognized by her peers for her exceptional leadership, professionalism and all-around dedication to everything she does.

For just the second year, IABC/Tulsa presented the Rising Star award to recognize a dynamic, young communications professional. This year, Kayla Swan, Communications Specialist at Helmerich & Payne, received the honor.

The Leon Bolen Service Award, which honors an IABC member’s volunteerism and support of IABC’s organizational goals, was awarded to Cindy Bolen for her continued generosity and efforts to support our chapter.

The “Best of Show” Award, presented to the entry with the highest total score, was awarded to Beth Harris of Walmart for “The Scoop Internal Newsletter”.

In addition to these special awards, 43 Bronze Quill awards were given to local communications professionals for their exceptional work.

Awards of Excellence were presented to:

  • Kiley Roberson of the Tulsa City-County Library for “My Neighborhood Library”

  • Kathy Murphy and Erin Holland of ONEOK for “ONEOK FacilityConnect”

  • Kiley Roberson of the Tulsa City-County Library for “Summer Reading Program 2018”

  • Stephanie Higgins, Brittany Viuf, Becky Carver, Jason Wright and Erica May for “ONEOK’s Corporate Sustainability and ESG Report” – this entry won awards in both the Corporate Social Responsibility and Publications categories.

  • Byers Creative for “AIRIS Wellsite Services Website Development”

  • Cherokee Nation Businesses and Cherokee Nation for “”

  • Byers Creative for “Elite Workforce Management: Website Design”

  • Helmerich & Payne Communications for “My H&P Way: Launching a modern intranet for a 100-year-old company.” This entry won three awards, including two awards of excellence in the Digital Communication and Internal Communication categories as well as an award of merit in Employee Engagement.

  • ONEOK Corporate Communications Team for “ONEOK Email Update”

  • Byers Creative for “Tulsa Centerless Website Redesign”

  • June Pennell, Nicole Nascenzi and Outreach Experts of Williams for “WILLCO PAC Recruitment Campaign” – in addition to an award of excellence in Government Relations, this entry also won an award of merit in Internal Communication.

  • Tulsa City-County Library Public Relations Department for “Be All In”

  • Kelli Gebbia, Susan Simpson, Nicole Nascenzi and Saxum for Williams’ “#BringItWilliams” – in addition to an award of excellence in Marketing, Advertising and Brand Communication, this entry also won an award of merit in Social Media Programs.

  • OU-Tulsa Marketing & Communications for “OU Physicians South Opening”

  • Propeller Communications for “Flight Night Space Week”

  • Resolute PR for “Osage Casinos: Tulsa Grand Opening”

  • OU-Tulsa Marketing & Communications for “Professor Paws”

  • Walmart & Byers Creative for “Walmart’s 2018 Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report”

  • Erica May and Marquétta Thompson of ONEOK and Byers Creative for “2019 Open Enrollment Guide”

  • Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses for “Anadisgoi Magazine”

  • Propeller Communications, the City of Broken Arrow and Scrambler Creative for “City of Broken Arrow Bond Issue Voter Guide”

  • Catharine Brierre of ONEOK for “Investor Relations Monthly”

  • Jennifer Rector and Ashley Cleveland for “ONE Gas Annual Report”

  • Tulsa City-County Library Public Relations Team for “Summer Reading Event Guide”

  • Beth Harris of Walmart for “The Scoop Internal Newsletter”

  • Cherokee Nation Businesses for “Where the Casino Money Goes”

  • Resolute PR for “Community Brookside Launch”

  • Becky Carver, Noel Freeman, Leah Harper and Michelle Singer of IABC/Tulsa, PRSA and AMA, respectively, for “2018 Communicators Summit”

  • Byers Creative for “Tulsa Regional Chamber 2019 Annual Meeting Event Graphics” – in addition to an award of excellence in the Special Events category, this entry also won an award of merit in Audio/Visual.


Awards of Merit were presented to:

  • Keith Isbell of Williams for “Gulf Connector: Right Way, Right Results”

  • Paige Cole, Kelli Gebbia, Susan Simpson, Nicole Nascenzi, Firethief Productions and Saxum for “Williams Recruiting Videos”

  • ONE Gas Customer Communications Team for “Winter Preparation Campaign”

  • Rachel Weaver Smith of Bailey Medical Center “Bailey Bariatric Kitchen”

  • Resolute PR and Tulsa International Airport for “Fly Tulsa: What’s Non-Stopping You?”

  • Becky Carver and Megan Patterson for “2017 ONEOK Annual Report”

  • Helmerich & Payne Communications for “Social Media Program Launch”

  • Michael McCulloh of ONE Gas for “Life Lessons From Eugene Harris"

Sponsors of the IABC/Tulsa 2019 Bronze Quill Awards:

Helmerich & Payne, Cherokee Nation Businesses, ONEOK, Williams, Byers Creative, Miller Photography and Ridgeback Studio.


Honoring our Special Award Winners

Past, Present and Future...

Communicator of the Year Award

Honors a member of the community for his or her contributions to the community through communications. This person is not a communicator by profession — but by passion.

2019- Teryl Rose - ONE Gas

2018- Kimberly Johnson - Tulsa City-County Library

2017- Jeff Stava - George Kaiser Family Foundation

2016- Shagah Zakerion - TYPROS

2015- Scott Shepherd - ONE Gas

2013- Bob Portiss - Tulsa Port of Catoosa

2012- Nancy Day - Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice

2011- Pierce H. Norton - ONEOK

2010- Sandra Lewis - Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless  

2009- Dr. Tom McKeon - Tulsa Community College

2008- Ann Smith - Neighbor for Neighbor

2007- John Gibson - ONEOK CEO

2006- Julie Tattershall - Heller and Clark Theatres

2005-  Gene Batchelder - ConocoPhillips

2004- Henry Zarrow - Tulsa philanthropist and businessman  

2003- Lucky Lamons -  Foundation for Tulsa Schools  

2002- Keith Bailey - Williams CEO

2001- Bill Self, KU Basketball Coach (TU coach at the time)   

2000- Kerry Walsh - Walsh Branding

1999- Susan Savage - Former Tulsa Mayor

John Hartman Professional of the Year Award

Recognizes the outstanding achievements of an IABC member in his or her career, profession and community.

2019- Becky Carver - ONEOK

2018- Megan Patterson - ONEOK

2017- Jennifer Rector, SCMP - ONE Gas

2016- Kendra Thompson - Cancer Treatment Centers of America

2015- Angela Byers - Byers Creative

2013- Shannon Frederick - Walmart

2012- Tom Droege - Rex PR

2011- Ginger D. Homan, ABC, SCMP- Zia Communications

2009- Steve Higgins - Williams

2008- Susie Wellendorf - Wellendorf Communications 

2007- Megan Washbourne - ONEOK

2006- Kerry Walsh - Walsh Branding

2005- Kim MacLeod - City of Tulsa

2004- Tracy Harlow, ABC - ConocoPhillips (Now Walmart)

2003- Joe Williams  

2001- Russ Florence - Schnake Turnbo Frank

2000- Kerry Malone - Williams

Rising Star Award

2019- Kayla Merritt - Helmerich and Payne

2018- Noël Freeman, SCMP – Byers Creative (now T.D. Williamson)

Leon Bolen Service Award

Formerly the President’s Award, the award is selected by the chapter president and given to the IABC Tulsa member who has contributed/volunteered the most to the chapter over the past year. The award was renamed in 2009 in honor of longtime IABC member Leon Bolen, owner of BolenInk, to recognize his many decades of service, leadership, dedication and generosity toward IABC/Tulsa in order to further the organizations’ mission. 

2019- Cindy Bolen - BolenInk

2018- Kim Kuehler - Tulsa International Airport

2017- Leslie Agee, SCMP - Linde Engineering North America

2016- Haylee Westwood - ONE Gas

2015- Cody Bromley - Enovation Controls / Sara Pollard - Walmart

2013- Angela Byers - Byers Creative

2012 - Rachel Payne Wagner - Walmart / Phillip Harris - Williams

2011- Lucia O’Connor - O’Connor Ink

2010- Shannon Frederick - Walmart

2009- Steve Higgins - Williams

2007- Lynn Zimmerman - ConocoPhillips

2006- Leslee Stewart -ConocoPhillips

2005- Ginger D. Homan, ABC - Zia Communications

2004- Shea Daugherty - Conoco Phillips 

IABC Fellow

The IABC Fellow designation is the highest honor we bestow on our members. Becoming a Fellow denotes a body of achievement by a communicator who has had a significant impact not only on their organization and IABC, but also on the communication profession at large.

2009 - Joe Williams


Lifetime Dedication Award

2016- John Simmons


20+ Years of IABC Membership and Service (as of 2020)

Joe Williams - 45 years

Ginger D. Homan - 37 years

Kerry Malone - 29 years

Kendra Thompson - 28 years

Steve Higgins -26 years

Susie Wellendorf - 25 years

Joe Epperley - 24 years

Barbara Hasbini - 21 years

Tracy Harlow - 21 years

Phillip Harris - 21 years

Shannon Frederick - 20 years

A special thanks to Byers Creative for the creation of the theme for "2020 VISION".
Thank you, Angela and team, for your ongoing support of IABC Tulsa.
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