Tulsa Press Club & Benevolent Society announced its 2019 Headliner, an outstanding Tulsa-area civic, business, professional and industrial leader selected for their unselfish contributions to the growth, prosperity and culture of Tulsa.

The Tulsa Press Club is proud to honor

Cherokee Nation Businesses Executive Chairman and former Principal Chief

Bill John Baker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Headliners will be recognized at a dinner and awards program on Saturday, November 23, 2019.

A portion of the event’s proceeds will fund scholarships for Oklahoma journalism and communication college students.

The Tulsa Press Club is pleased to announce Cherokee Nation Businesses Executive Chairman and former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker has been named the Tulsa Press Club’s 2019 Headliner of the Year. The 2019 Headliner of the Year Award will take place in the Sky Room on the 18th floor of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on Saturday, Nov. 23. An honoree reception for sponsors begins at 6 p.m. The dinner and program begin at 7 p.m.

Tulsa Press Club & Benevolent Society annually recognizes Tulsa-area civic, business and professional leaders that made headlines over the past year for their unselfish contributions to the growth, prosperity, people and culture of Tulsa and the surrounding areas.

In August of this year, Baker completed two successful terms in office, serving the largest tribal nation in the United States. His impact on the health and economic prosperity of the Cherokee people will be felt for generations. “We could not think of an individual who has better embodied the traits of a Headliner over the past several years than Chief Baker,” said Claire Johnson, president of the Tulsa Press Club. “With his signature achievement, the new Cherokee Nation Outpatient Health Center opening this fall, it’s also a timely way to honor Chief Baker’s service to the Cherokee people and to all of Oklahoma.”

Baker will join a prestigious list of Headliners of the Year, including honorees, such as W.K. Warren (1956), W.G. Skelly (1957), Dan P. Holmes (1973), John C. Leake (1983), Peggy Helmerich (1987), Henry Zarrow (1991), Senator Maxine Horner (1995), Roxana Lorton (1997), Jack Zarrow (1999), Robert Lorton (2000), Kathy Taylor (2004), Gov. Henry Bellmon (2006), Bill and Kathy LaFortune (2017) and the Cherokee Nation’s own Wilma Mankiller, who was honored in 2007, along with many other Oklahomans who’ve made the lives of their fellow statesmen better through civic duty and dedication to service above self.

Baker will also be presented with an original caricature, hand drawn by Tulsa World cartoonist Bruce Plante.


When: Saturday, November 23, 2019. A reception for sponsors starts at 6 p.m. Dinner and program starts at 7 p.m.

Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in the Sky Room on the 18th floor. 777 W Cherokee St, Catoosa, OK 74015 



Sponsorship information is available here.
Individual tickets are $150.00, and can be purchased online here.

 

Questions? Please email Tulsa Press Club general manager Becki Watson or call at 918.583.7737.
 

HEADLINERS

1956

R. Otis McClintock

W.K. Warren

1957

A.E. Bradshaw

Robert W. Dowell

Lawrence L. Dresser

Harvey A. Heller

E. Fred Johnson

R.K. Lane

Frederick W. Peters

W.G. Skelly

1958

Norris G. Henthorne

Gary Y. Vandever

1960

Maude Lorton Myers

1961

John Rogers

1962

Jackson P. Arnold

1966

James R. Allison

1967

Harold C. Stuart

1973

Dan P. Holmes

Russell F. Hunt

Katie Westby

Joseph H. Williams

1978

Robert L. Lafortune

Gerald H. Westby

John H. Williams

1983

John C. Leake

1984

Robert L. Parker

1985

Jenkin Lloyd Jones Sr.

J. Paschal Twyman

Jack Zink

1987

Peggy Helmerich

Ray H. Siegfried III

1989

Robert E. Bresnahan

Gladys Harrington

1991

Henry Zarrow

1992

Betty Bradstreet

Dr. Warren Hultgren

Moscelyne Larkin

1995

Chester Cadieux II

Senator Maxine Horner

1996

Robin Siegfried

Pat Woodrum

1997

Roxana Lorton

Stanley Lybarger

1998

Keith Bailey

Sister Sylvia Schmidt

1999

Mollie Williford

Jack Zarrow

2000

Robert E. Lorton

Nancy Meinig

2002

Nancy Feldman

Ron King

2004

David Boren

Kathy Taylor

2006

Gov. Henry Bellmon

2007

Wilma Mankiller

Michael Wallis

2009

Tulsa Metro Chamber

2011

Nancy Day

Steve Turnbo

2012

Sharon Daugherty

Steadman Upham

2013

Chester Cadieux III

2014

Becky J. Frank

Major Dan Rooney

2015

Dr. Keith Ballard

Elliot Nelson

2016

Alan Armstrong

Sharon King Davis

Julius Pergues

2017

Kathy LaFortune

Bill LaFortune

2018

Mark Graham

Tony Moore

Tulsa Teachers

2019

Bill John Baker

415 S. Boston Ave.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

74103

Atlas Life Building

Tel:918-583-7737

Fax: 918-583-7485

mail@tulsapressclub.org

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