Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce Business Plan

Mission Statement: To serve as the business community’s catalyst,
leading the Ponca City area into a growing, diversified, and prosperous future.

Vision Statement: Make Ponca City your choice for building our future.

Chamber Staff

l-r Austin Unruh-Tourism Coordinator; Danielle Vap -Director of Finance; Tiffany Hermann-Membership Development Director; and Rich Cantillon-President/C.E.O.

2017 Chamber Executive Board

l-r Erik Peitz, Mandy Morris, Molly Kyler, Adam Leaming and Barry Bickle.

123rd Chamber Banquet Award

l-r: Cindy Heidlage - Gary Martin City Employee of the Year, Don Jorgenson - Volunteer of the Year, Brace Books and More - Business of the Year, Continental Carbon - Industry of the Year, Jeff Cowan - Outstanding Citizen, Natalie Fraser - Larry Hughes Leadership Award

Ponca City Leadership Class

This is the 31st. Ponca City Leadership Class.

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Making a Difference and Enhancing Ponca City and Our Region!

  • November 28 - Business After Hours hosted by Cherokee Strip Company
  • December 8 - Ribbon Cutting for Visiting Angels of North Central Oklahoma
  • December 9 - Ribbon Cutting for Vortex Alley Brewing
  • December 12 - Ribbon Cutting for Autism Support Center
  • December 15 - Ribbon Cutting for Legal Shield/ID Shield





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City of Ponca City

Whether you are only visiting or you already call Ponca City your home, you will find Ponca City a very memorable experience.
Ponca City is the home to the 2012 Oklahoma Mayor of the Year.
Visit The City of Ponca City website for more about our city.

Visit Ponca City

Ponca City has so much going on... From the wonderful people, to the beautiful attractions, Ponca City is a city full of history, art, and culture!
Don't miss out on all the fun events taking place in Ponca City! For a complete list of events head over to VisitPoncaCity.com.


The mission of the Ponca City Development Authority (PCDA) is to facilitate job growth in wealth producing industries in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Visit our website for more information on recruiting, retention, marketing and financial opportunities that exist in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Ponca City Chamber of Commerce Committees

2017 Ponca City Chamber of Commerce Business Plan

Chamber Board of Directors
Objective: Govern and set policy for the Chamber, make decisions representing the membership and provide direction, support, and necessary resources to carry out the Chamber’s business plan.
Membership: Elected by the membership and by appointment
Meeting Date:  4th Tuesday - 11:00 a.m., Chamber Office Patt Hughes Board Room
Chair: Adam Leaming, University Center at Ponca City
Executive Committee
Objective: Act for the Board of Directors between meetings of the Board, oversee the Chamber’s business plan implementation and employ and provide direction to the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber.
Membership: Officers and C.E.O. of the Chamber
Meeting Date:  3rd Wednesday - 11:30 a.m., Chamber Office Patt Hughes Board Room
Chair:  Adam Leaming, University Center at Ponca City
Finance Committee
Objective: Ensure that the Chamber of Commerce remains fiscally sound and that all monies are handled in a prudent manner.
Membership: By appointment
Meeting Date:  3rd Wednesday - 11:00 a.m., Chamber Office Patt Hughes Board Room
Chair: Barry Bickle, Eastman National Bank
Objective: Recruit new members, retain existing members and serve as the official goodwill diplomats for the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Membership:  Open to any Chamber member
  • To aggressively recruit new business and individual members. Each Ambassador is encouraged to recruit a minimum of one new Chamber member in 2014.
  • To work with existing members and seek their views on how the Chamber can better serve them.
  • To work with the Chamber staff to update membership contact information. To attend and promote member participation in Chamber functions including ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings, “Business After Hours,” new member luncheons and Chamber membership luncheons.
  • To sponsor and coordinate Chamber Goodwill Days, in order to make contact with, and receive feedback from Chamber members.
  • To schedule 1 goodwill visit to another chamber each year
Meeting Date:  3rd Tuesday - 8 a.m., Chamber Office Patt Hughes Board Room

Chair: Brittany Atauvich, City National Bank

Vice Chair: Shasta Scott, Eastman National Bank

Ponca Politics Committee
Objective: Promote legislation and responsible government which creates an environment for economic development and enhances quality of life for our city and region at all levels of government.
Membership: Open to any Chamber Member
  • To develop recommendations to be presented to the Chamber Board of Directors on federal, state, county and area legislative issues that affect the business environment, and communicate the Chamber’s position to appropriate officials and the general public.
  • To conduct public forums such as “Ponca Politics” to discuss pertinent issues on a non-partisan basis.
  • To continue to communicate with Chamber members on legislative issues that affect our region.
  • To promote the Oklahoma Prosperity Project to Chamber members and our citizens to increase voter education, registration and election turnout.
  • To promote serving on state and federal level boards. To host an elected officials appreciation picnic.
  • To offer voter registration in the Chamber office. To work to increase Ponca City area citizens’ involvement with local government at all levels by serving on various boards in Ponca City and with Kay County.
  • To host “Ponca City Day” in the Capitol rotunda during the legislative session to promote Ponca City.
Legislative issues: Support the Film Rebate Program; Support passenger rail service; support adequate funding for Oklahoma Department of Tourism; support adequate funding for K-12 education, technology
centers and higher education; support no unfunded mandates; support online sales tax collection; support sales tax enforcement; and, support adequate funding for infrastructure needs.
Meeting Date:  4th Friday - 10:30 a.m., Chamber Office Patt Hughes Board Room, except when we have Ponca Politics, then it will be before the forum at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall.

Chair: Barry Bickle, Eastman National Bank

Vice Chair: Bruce DeMuth, Pioneer Technology Center
Community Development
Objective:  Encourage and actively support the development of a comprehensive commercial and public infrastructure system (streets, highways, air and rail service, etc.) that promotes growth, educates our community and enhances the quality of life in our region.
Membership: Open to any Chamber member
  • To collaborate on common issues with federal, state, regional, and city officials and with the Ponca City school district officials.
  • To develop a comprehensive multi-modal transportation system (streets, highways, trails, public transportation, air and rail service).

  • To work with city officials on regional water and waste water issues.

  • To support recreation improvements for Ponca City citizens.

  • To encourage all remaining sections of Highway 177 south of Ponca City to Stillwater to become at least a Super 2 Highway.

  • To encourage continued improvements to Highway 77 from Newkirk to the Kansas border toward becoming at least a Super 2 Highway.

  • To support maintaining and continued improvement of the telecommunications infrastructure.

  • To continue discussion and help obtain passenger rail service north from Oklahoma City to Newton, Kansas, stopping in Ponca City.

Meeting Date:  3rd Thursday - 10 a.m., Chamber Office Patt Hughes Board Room
Chair: Jeremy Sacket, GammaStream Technologies, Inc.
Vice Chair:
Johnny Thornburgh, Pioneer Technology Center
Ponca City Business Council

Support and enhance Ponca City’s business community in the areas of business development, education, communication and networking opportunities through specific programs and activities directed to the needs of business.

Membership: Open to any Chamber Member
  • To plan and coordinate activities, including at least 4 educational workshops, to meet the current needs of business.
  • To recognize 12 outstanding business/partners during the year and make a recommendation for Business of the Year which will be recognized at the annual Chamber banquet.
  • To offer education on quality customer service through the PRIDE Program. To coordinate “Shop Ponca First” programs such as the Santa Buck Giveaway.
  • To promote Crazy Days.
  • To promote and support the Chamber Buck program.
  • To publish the Ponca City Business Council Tip Sheet to be included in the Chamber newsletter.
  • To partner with the Chamber Ambassadors on the annual Goodwill Days.
  • To support ribbon cuttings, welcome new members to the Chamber and encourage all members to participate in the Ponca City Business Council.
Meeting Date:  2nd Tuesday - 8 a.m., Chamber Office Patt Hughes Board Room
Chair: Melissa Bowers, Rick Scott Construction
Vice Chair: Kerri Bowman, Albright Insurance Agency
Leadership Ponca City
Objective: Develop a pool of committed well-informed leaders who will actively participate in the growth of the community by accepting leadership roles in civic, charitable, or government organizations.
Membership: Open to any chamber member by selection process
Meeting Date:  Monthly, August through May
Chairs: MaryBeth Moore, Century 21 Group One Realtors; Erin Liberton, Eastman National Bank and Chief Don Bohon, Ponca City Police Department
Education and Workforce Development
Objective: Support all local education systems, organizations and agencies. Provide an open format that allows for educational issues and topics to be presented. 
Membership: Open to any Chamber Member
  • To seek support of Chamber Businesses for the (PIE) Partners in Education Program so that each school has at least 2 active partners.
  • To support educational programs such as elementary school mentoring. To present the 8th Grade Oklahoma Scholars Program and the PRIDE program at Ponca City High School.
  • To provide information to the Chamber Governmental Affairs Committee on education issues.
  • To host a new teacher luncheon.
  • To host a support staff appreciation day. To hold a “Stuff the Bus” school supply collection event.
  • To provide support to the school food pantry program. To conduct on-site visits of our local schools.
  • To prepare and distribute a summer children’s activity handout.
Meeting Date: 

1st Thursday - 4:00 p.m., various school sites during the school year.

Chair: Shirley Neal, Quality Inn of Ponca City
Vice Chair: Don Jorgenson, Don Jorgenson Piano Tuning
Tourism Bureau
Objective: Promote Ponca City attractions and events
Membership: By appointment
  • To promote the tourism development effort through the Chamber as economic development for Ponca City.
  • To increase tourism traffic to Ponca City at our attractions and events both individually and by motor coach.
  • To increase our marketing efforts throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and with snow birds traveling I-35.
  • To partner with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism in tourism trade shows.
  • To partner with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism in marketing Ponca City to the European travel market.
Meeting Date: 

4th Thursday - 8 a.m., Chamber Office Patt Hughes Board Room

Chair: Liz Pershing, Ponca City Development Authority


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