What is on the mind of Tulsa men? That’s a broad question. So, for this issue, we have selected three distinctive individuals who come from very different backgrounds to answer a few questions about style, work and play in Tulsa.
Recruited by Tulsa Police Department nine years ago, Jesse Guardiola is a 44-year old senior officer who serves as an academy instructor and director of the Hispanic outreach program. His honors include US Congressional recognition for “Outstanding & Invaluable Service to the Community” for his work with Tulsa’s Hispanic community, commendations from Tulsa’s Mayor and Chief of Police for community work, and “Officer of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Tulsa.
Jay Leland Krottinger is a 33-year old Tulsa entrepreneur and Tony Award winner. His company, Square 1 Theatrics, received a Tony for co-producing a revival of “Pippin” and has also received the Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award and Outer Critics Circle Award. Currently multi-nominated, Square 1 is producing “Waitress” on Broadway. Jay is also the co-founder of IQ Surgical, a healthcare marketing and biotech distribution company. Jay recently co-chaired the 2016 Red Ribbon Gala with his partner Ryan Tanner raising nearly $1 million for Tulsa CARES.
Lee Egdorf, 47, is the eGames manager for Hard Rock Tulsa. His work in casino expansion and construction also includes Harrah’s and Cherokee Nation Entertainment. Prior to his work in gaming, Lee was a singer with Opera Memphis for seven years. Recently elected to the Guild of Tulsa Opera board as vice president of development, Lee also serves as an endowed member and chaplain of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
TL: How would you describe Tulsa to a stranger?
Egdorf: Tulsa is just right – just the right size with the right mix of people, entertainment and opportunity. Tulsa is tied with my hometown of New Orleans for having the best citizens anywhere.
Guardiola: As part of my job as a recruiter I constantly describe Tulsa to out of town applicants for TPD. I begin with how green it is complemented by a fully developed city center. Without exception, everyone I have recruited here comments on how pretty it is in northeast Oklahoma.
TL: Where do you go for Entertainment?
Krottinger: AHHA, Living Arts and the Hardesty Arts Center rotate wonderful contemporary works. We also enjoy going to MixCo Bar and The Sound Pony for new upcoming local musicians/bands.
Guardiola: I am a huge fan of the Brady Arts District year round and love what it has done for our local economy. Can’t forget ONEOK Field which calls my name during the summer.
TL: What is your favorite sports activity in Tulsa?
Egdorf: We love the Tulsa Drillers. My wife has a lifelong love of the team. She began working for the Drillers when she was 15-years-old and continued for 13 summers!
Guardiola: The Chicago Cubs romanced me early as a kid and I’ve loved baseball ever since. Gotta love that Tulsa has a Double A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. My second love is golf and my go-to greens are White Hawk Golf Club, South Lakes and LaFortune Park golf courses.
Krottinger: I am a member at T-Town Crossfit. It is the perfect hybrid of high intensity work outs allowing me to stay fit and limber. A former athlete, I enjoy pushing the limits physically.
TL: Name your favorite place to go for a drink or dinner for a night out with the guys?
Guardiola: Who doesn’t love a fire pit, cold bear and an occasional cigar? The best time of the year in Tulsa is early fall – crisp air and good conversation. R Bar & Grill, Classic Cigars & Lounge and Vintage 1740 fit the bill.
Egdorf: We tend to end up at McNellie’s because we can always count on good beer and whiskey options.
TL: Some say the clothes make the man. What is your personal style?
Krottinger: I’m an all-American kind of guy with an athletic build. I enjoy the likes of Tom Ford and Louboutin shoes to Saks, Macy’s and JC Penny’s. I am unique on my own and express my fashion choices on how I feel in my clothes.
Egdorf: My style is classic with a little fun and flair. The classic suit is my basic work wardrobe with a colorful bow tie and pair of socks. Jeans with Pikolinos and a Tailorbyrd shirt are the norm for an evening out and about. I am never without my wedding band and my grandfather’s Scottish Rite ring.
Guardiola: It’s a suit paired with a remarkable tie. It’s important to dress the part because most of my days consist of meetings with community leaders to student assemblies. I gain fashion inspiration from various places but my favorite source now is Instagram. I follow #BestofMenStyle, #DapperMan and #MensLaw.
TL: Where do you shop?
Egdorf: I shop at places that carry clothing for tall men; I’m 6’3” and my arm spread is 80 inches, so you can imagine how a regular shirt fits. I tend to pick up casual clothing and shoes at Dillard’s and Tailorbyrd (online). Suits come from Pinpoint Resource.
Guardiola: I hunt for interesting accessories and find gems at a few local shops like Echo Man of Tulsa, Nordstrom Rack and Saks.
TL: What are your thoughts on the current political arena?
Guardiola: I believe in educating yourself on the issues that impact not just you but each Oklahoman. I am amazed when people say they are voting “the party line” but do not know if the policy, proposition or person is best for us.
Egdorf: I think an obstacle we have nationally is that folks on opposite sides of the aisle are not listening to each other, much less working together. Approval of Vision Tulsa happened because our city counselors, county commissioners, mayor and others worked together until they had a package they could all support.
Krottinger: We need real representatives of our communities who aren’t single issue politicians. For Tulsa, the advancement of the Vision Plan and the new Gathering Place will have an economic impact greater than we can imagine.
TL: Tulsa is a place where entrepreneurs thrive. Have you created a business or organization?
Krottinger: I believe in aiming high, staying grounded and following your heart while taking risks. My husband and I started a health marketing/biotech company eight years ago while also making investments in real estate downtown and revitalizing historic properties near Circle Cinema. We also produce film including documentaries and live entertainment including “A Very Sordid Wedding,” starring Whoopie Goldberg and Leslie Jordan; and “Come From Away,” a musical coming to Broadway in 2017.
Guardiola: I started Guardiola Outreach this year, a non-profit serving as a link between the Hispanic population and organizations desiring to provide better services to the community and build relationships. As an entrepreneur, I enjoy participating in 1 Million Cups monthly events and Sooner Marketing’s kick starter program for website design.
From the writer – Many thanks to Hodges Bend at 823 3rd Street in Tulsa where photos for this story were taken.