Board of Directors
Welcome to the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce
My name is Wade Evans, and it has been my honor and privilege to serve on the Ada Chamber of Commerce Board. I have lived and worked in Ada my entire life and I know how valuable the Chamber has been and will continue to be. The Chamber is dedicated to promoting Ada and the Business Memberships, with ribbon cutting ceremonies and additional promotions through the Chamber website and Chamber events. The Chamber works with Community leaders to provide informative and educational events, to keep the Ada Community well informed on local issues as well as having our State and when possible National leadership keep us updated. Networking is an important part of what the Chamber is promoting, and I feel the work being done by the Chamber is essential in helping to improve our community.
Some great reasons to join your local Chamber of Commerce:
· Make business contacts. ...
· Receive weekly chamber newsletters. ...
· Bring credibility to your business. ...
· Increase your visibility in the community. ...
· Networking opportunities. ...
It is my great pleasure to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors in 2022 alongside a fantastic group of talented and hardworking business leaders.
GET TO KNOW THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board of Directors
Wade Evans - Vision Bank
Mr. Wade Evans grew up in Ada, graduated from ECU. He taught and coached at Ada for thirty-four years. He's been married to Daphne Evans for forty-two years and has two daughters, Ashley Witt and husband Tyler and Amy Boatwright and husband Brent. Plus four grandchildren Bo, Baylee, Kylee and Jules. In 2011 he was hired by Vision Bank as the Director of Business Development. In his free time, Wade enjoys attending his grandchildren's activities.
Chris Feiler - Citizens Bank
Mr. Chris Feiler is the Public Relations Officer at Citizens Bank. He is an ECU Graduate. He is married to Loretta Feiler, has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Chris enjoys hunting, fishing, Ada High School and OU sports. He also enjoys serving the people of Ada!
Gage B. Busby - Gage B. Busby C.P.A., P.C.
Mr. Gage Busby, CPA serves as Treasurer for the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce. Gage grew up in a small southern town called Dougherty, many of you may remember stopping by the local Catfish Kitchen to grab some delicious catfish and a glass of sweet tea after a long morning on the Arbuckle Lake, which was owned and operated by Granny Busby, and you might have caught a glimpse of a much younger Gage running food to tables. Many might say Granny Busby started Gage’s entrepreneurial itch as he began his own lawn mowing business by the age of thirteen. Mr. Busby attended Davis High School and then went on to pursue his bachelor’s and master’s degree of accounting at East Central University, Go Tigers. He started his accounting career out at Ada’s own, Lowe & Webb, then spent a few years at BKD working in many diverse areas of tax. After many years in tax accounting, learning from some of the brightest accounting minds in Oklahoma, decided to open his own firm right here in Ada in 2020. He is passionate about helping the community and his clients navigate convoluted tax law as well as providing superior accounting services. Gage married his high school sweetheart, Dorie in 2016 and they have two fur babies, Zeus and Luna. When it’s not tax season you can find them fishing, hunting, or golfing.
“Come meet us on the tees.”
Mason L. Groves - People's Electric Cooperative
Mr. Mason L. Groves is the VP of Accounting & Special Projects for People’s Electric Cooperative. He graduated from East Central University wth a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in accounting and has been a member of both the AICPA and OSCPA since 2017. He was named a 2020 Trailblazer by the Oklahoma Society of CPA’s and was also a 2020 graduate of the AICPA Leadership Academy. Mason lives in Byng with his wife, Shannon, son, Maverick, and daughter, Taylynn.
Immediate Past Chair
Todd Essary - Mercy Hospital Ada
Mr. Todd Essary is the Executive Director of Mercy Health Foundation overseeing Mercy Foundations in Ada, Tishomingo, Washington, MO., Jefferson, MO, and Troy, MO. Over the last eleven years he has helped raise over 10 million dollars leading renovations for the hospital front entry, surgery, 3D mammography, mother and baby among others. He is one of 53 certified fundraisers in the state of Oklahoma and while serving as the foundation leader has kicked off programs like a local community AED program, nine school Just Cure It cancer center patient crisis program, 10 school concussion impact consortium, annual hospital internal grant program, baby car seat program, patient crisis and patient transportation program. Previously he worked in higher education for 16 years, 13 of those years at ECU over enrollment management, recruitment & career services. Todd is from Stratford, OK. He attended ECU where he received both his Bachelors of Science of Mass Communication & Masters of HR Administration degree. Todd has been married to his wife Tina for 18 years and has two sons Shane and Chase.
Joshua A. Edwards - Law Office of Josh Edwards
Mr. Joshua A. Edwards is an attorney in private practice in Ada. He practices in the areas of criminal defense and family law. He grew up in Weleetka, Ok and attended OU for both his undergraduate and law school. He received his B.A. in criminology in 2007 and obtained his J.D. in 2010. Following law school, Joshua and his wife, Amanda, moved to Ada, where he began his career. He is a member of the Pontotoc County and Chickasaw Nation bar associations. He is a past president of the Pontotoc County Bar Association and currently serves as a District Governor for the Oklahoma Bar Association. Joshua is an associate examiner for the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners, and he has volunteered as a scoring panelist for the OBA High School Mock Trial Program. He has presented legal education for attorneys on the topics of guardianship law and appellate procedure in tribal courts. His articles have been published in the American Indian Law Review and the Oklahoma Bar Journal.
Jessica Kilby - East Central University
Jessica Kilby currently serves as the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance at East Central University. She is a 1998 graduate of Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. She also is a 2013 graduate of Oklahoma State University where she earned a Masters in Business Administration. Jessica has spent over 17 years serving in leadership roles in higher education. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Prior to her career in higher education she worked as an audit supervisor for 6 years. Jessica has a blended family of 5 boys and 3 grandsons. She enjoys spending time with family, travelling, and reading.
Jenny Cypert - Pontotoc Technology Center
Tyler Mackey - Mackey Roofing Inc.
Tyler Mackey was born and raised in Ada, OK and now he’s raising a family of his own here. He’s married to Marissa Mackey and has 2 beautiful girls named MaKenna and Joeli. They are expecting their third child later this year. Tyler is a roofing contractor for Mackey Roofing Inc. His dad, Ronnie Mackey, started the business many years ago and Tyler’s working to continue their brand and name as they grow every year. He graduated from Vanoss in 2007 and then proceeded to attend East Central University where he obtained a degree in Criminal Justice. He enjoys camping, fishing, and traveling with his family.
Shane Johnson - First United Bank
Shane Johnson is married to his wife Gina, and have 4 children. A graduate of Ada High School and the University of Oklahoma, Shane is proud to call Ada home. Shane began his career with Service Chevrolet and eventually became dealer. A career change lead him to First United Bank, where he is a community loan officer at the Arlington Branch in Ada, OK. Besides faith and family; business development, creative lending, and a need to help others are his passions.
Tim Rhynes - Simmons Bank
Tim Rhynes is a lifelong resident of Ada, third generation to be exact. He has a degree in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration from East Central University. He is the Community President of Simmons Bank, Ada. Tim was employed with the Chickasaw Nation for 28 years. While there he served as Special Assistant to Governor Anoatubby, Executive Officer of Organizational Planning and Support, President Sovereign Communications Solutions, LLC, Director of Economic Development, and Director of Office of Management and Budget. He also owns/operates Tim Rhynes Rentals, LLC, Red Rhynes Ranch, and Tim Rhynes Custom Homes, LLC. He currently serves on the Mercy Foundation and the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce boards. He’s been a member of the Lions Club for 25 years. He is a member and deacon of Trinity Baptist Church. Tim is married to Becky Rhynes and together they have 2 children, Addison and Garrett.
Wayne Scribner - The Chickasaw Nation
Mr. Wayne Scribner serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the Chickasaw Nation’s Department of Community Services. The department of community services consists of eight divisions; the divisions of Housing, Grant and Support Services, Social Services, Youth Services, Aging, Chickasaw Employment Access, Support Services and Property and Facilities. Over 100 programs and services offered by the Chickasaw Nation are administered through these divisions. He also serves as executive director of the Chickasaw Housing Authority, a position he has held since 2004. Mr. Scribner has been employed by the Chickasaw Nation for over 35 years. Throughout Mr. Scribner’s tenure he has had the privilege to serve as a board member for the Southern Plains Indian Housing Association, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act Formula Rulemaking Committee, and he was a former board member for Region IV AMERIND Risk Management Corporation. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Riverbed Authority. He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class 32. Mr. Scribner is a traditional Chickasaw bow maker and is passionate about keeping the Chickasaw culture alive. He devotes his time to teaching and mentoring the art of bow making so that the tradition will not be lost. Through his mentorship, apprentices have learned the process of bow making from the harvesting of the wood to the completion of a bow. He has been instrumental in reviving the tradition of cornstalk shooting for the Chickasaw tribe. He is an active member of the Chickasaw Cornstalk Bow Shooters Society; traveling across the state to compete in cornstalk tournaments.
Brooke Tidwell - Edward Jones Investments
Brooke Tidwell serves as a board member for the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Brooke grew up on a farm in northern Oklahoma and graduated from Billings High School. She received her bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University and spent several years working within the communications field in educational and tribal organizations. She married Trent in 2004 and Teagan was born in 2009. She began working for Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor in 2018 and loves working with individuals to help make their financial goals a reality. When she’s not working, Brooke enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending sporting events and relaxing at the lake or the beach.
Linda Townsend - The Clinic
Michelle Blackmore - Pre-Paid Legal Services