Board of Directors

A. H. “Chip” McElroy

Chairman, City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority

“Chip” McElroy is president and CEO of McElroy Manufacturing Inc., a family business he has led since 1988. The company is a private, family-owned and operated business founded in 1954.

The company designs, manufactures and markets polyethylene fusion equipment, fintube machines and electronic components on a worldwide basis. The company presently employs approximately 200 people, mostly in the Tulsa area. McElroy has also established offices in the U.K., Chile and Kazakhstan. In 2003, McElroy acquired two additional companies – Insight Engineering and Southern Specialties, a division of the Agillis Group, L.L.C.

McElroy graduated cum laude from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is active with the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Liberty Mutual Insurance board of directors and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is currently a member and chairman emeritus of the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Tulsa.

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Steven J. Dowty

Vice Chairman, City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, Claremore

Steve Dowty was appointed to the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority in February 2010 by the Rogers County Commission. He has been the president of Steel Service Company since March 2004, where he has worked for 25 years.

He is grateful to have had the opportunity to learn the steel business from the ground up, working alongside former CEOs. During this time, he has acquired a great deal of product knowledge and achieved high levels of customer satisfaction. His leadership abilities and market awareness allow Steel Service Company to remain flexible and more cost efficient to better serve its customers. Although the leadership of Steel Service Company may be different, the goals and philosophy remain the same. Steve has also served as President of the Sequoyah School Board for 17 years. He is very community-minded and serves in many capacities as needed.

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Bryant J. Coffman

Secretary-Treasurer, City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, Tulsa

Bryant J. Coffman is a native Tulsan and graduated from Oklahoma State University with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. He has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 30 years, serving the manufacturing industry, small businesses, and medical professionals. He is also active as a member of numerous community Boards of Directors and foundations.

Bryant was the finance chair for the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills and also served in that capacity for the 2009 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Carla, for 34 years. He became Secretary-Treasurer of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority in 2012, and continues to serve on the Port of Catoosa’s Facilities Authority.

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Steven J. Adams

Board Member, Catoosa

Steven J. Adams was appointed to the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority by the Rogers County Commission. Adams fulfilled the unexpired four-year term of his father, Joseph Q. Adams, who vacated his seat on the board after 26 years of continuous service.

Adams is a shareholder with Gable Gotwals, a 90-lawyer firm with offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Adams is a former Oklahoma District Judge and has served as District Judge for Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties from 1987 to 1993. He is the former presiding judge for the Northeastern Judicial Administrative District and was honored in 1992 as the outstanding trial judge for the State of Oklahoma.

Adams served on the Board of Governors for the Oklahoma Bar Association and is a former trustee of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. He is past vice president of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference, former president of the W. Lee Johnson American Inn of Court and presently serves as a Master of the Bar of the American Inns of Court.

Adams is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Tulsa College of Law where he taught trial evidence and pretrial practice. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned his juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

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Ed Fariss

Board Member, Tulsa

Fariss, senior vice president and manager of commercial banking at MidFirst Bank, Tulsa, was appointed to the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority by Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune.

Fariss brings more than 30 years of commercial banking and credit experience to the Port. During his extensive banking career, he held officer positions with several banks in the southeast as well as in Oklahoma. Prior to joining MidFirst, he served Bank of America and its Oklahoma predecessors for more than 15 years as a senior commercial banking executive.

Fariss is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance.

A long-time leader in the Tulsa community, Fariss is a member of the board of directors for Downtown Tulsa Unlimited and the Tulsa Community College Foundation.

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