Tulsa men who make a difference
Clay Martin, NFL Official & Coach of Jenks High School Boys Basketball
As an NFL referee and head coach of the Jenks Boys Basketball team, Clay Martin is the ultimate sportsman. In 2018, Martin begins his fourth year as an NFL official and his 16th year working at Jenks High School including 14 years as the head basketball coach. He hopes to inspire and motivate young men to be selfless yet relentless in pursing their dreams while teaching them the benefits of responsibility, accountability and hard work. Martin, a graduate of Nathan Hale High School and Oklahoma Baptist University, was recently named to the Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame.
Jeff Nickler, General Manager, BOK Center
Known as the face of the BOK Center, Jeff Nickler’s job is to meet with music agents and promoters to convince them to bring tours through Tulsa. As the youngest person in the country to be selected as a general manager of a major arena, Nickler says the BOK was named the 2017 Arena of the Year beating heavyweights like Madison Square Garden and The Forum. Celebrations surrounding the BOK’s tenth anniversary will include U2, Bruno Mars, Elton John, the Eagles and more. Nicker moved to Tulsa to open the center in 2007 from his home in Miami Beach, Florida.
Tony Moore, Executive Park Director, Gathering Place
With more than 30 years of tourism industry experience, Tony Moore is the man at the helm of Tulsa’s Gathering Place. He moved to Tulsa from Florida in 2017 where he worked for Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, SeaWorld and Universal Studios. This year, Gathering Place will open and include a wide range of attractions and experiences for all ages and people. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Moore came to the U.S. for college and to play soccer. He says he is deeply honored by the trust that the George Kaiser Family Foundation has put in him to manage Gathering Place.
Jay Foley, President and CEO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
As the president and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) Tulsa, Jay Foley prides himself on a leadership style of transparency, collaboration and communication. His passion is to develop strategies and tactical plans to achieve outstanding team results. Foley serves on the boards of the Oklahoma State and Tulsa Regional Chambers of Commerce, Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Habitat for Humanity and Leadership Tulsa. Growing up in New York, Foley moved to Tulsa in 1995 to join Dollar Car Rental. He says CTCA will soon be in the news regarding its expansion as a Cancer Center of Excellence.
W. David Ballard Jr., Financial Analyst, PSO
Known as a community networker, W. David Ballard Jr., is heavily involved in a number of non-profits in Tulsa. For the past four years, Ballard has served on the boards of Ability Resources, Inc., as the fundraising chair, and Leadership Tulsa as the treasurer. His day job is working as a financial analyst for Public Service Company of Oklahoma where he has received PSO’s Key Contributor Award for honoring his work co-chairing the company’s United Way Campaign. Ballard grew up in Tulsa and graduated from McLain High School and Oklahoma State University.