Board of Directors

James G. Goodwin

Board Member, Tulsa

A native Tulsan, James G. “Jerry” Goodwin is senior partner of Goodwin & Grant, an advertising, marketing and public relations company headquartered in Tulsa. The company also specializes in diversity communications and marketing.

As a former third generation publisher, he served as Associate Publisher of The Oklahoma Eagle newspaper and is currently a member of its board of directors under Co-Publisher James O. Goodwin, Esq., his father and Uncle E. L. Goodwin, Jr.

After success in the newspaper business, Goodwin started his own public relations and marketing firm The Goodwin Group, LLC to expand his network on behalf of other corporations and organizations in Tulsa and in the state of Oklahoma. He later merged with Grant Communications to form the present company. Also, he is an adjunct instructor in the Journalism/Mass Communications Department at Tulsa Community College.

In addition to his professional work and other interests, Goodwin is presently volunteer chair of the American Red Cross Corporate Diversity Department and is former chair of its National Diversity Council, both in Washington D. C. He has also served as chair of the board of directors of the American Red Cross, Tulsa Chapter. Additionally, he serves as chair of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. He is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Tulsa Chapter. His other memberships include the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League and former board chair of MTUL, Oklahoma State University Foundation, Public Relations Society of America and the Tulsa Race Riot Memorial Reconciliation Design Committee among others.

Prior to his present position, he served also as a staff assistant to former U. S. Congressman James R. Jones, First District, Oklahoma in 1985. He has also had an opportunity to work for political campaigns of both major political parties.

He graduated from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH), serving as president of the student body, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in business. His high school education was completed at Cascia Hall Preparatory School. He received special recognition and distinction at both institutions.

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David W. House

Board Member, Tulsa

David W. House was appointed to the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority in February 2013.

He graduated from Harding University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently President and CFO of Jireh Resources LLC, an oil and gas production company with assets in Oklahoma. David also serves on the City of Tulsa Energy Industry Task Force, which provides the City with ideas and strategies to make Tulsa more attractive to the energy industry.

He is also a past chairman and current board member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association as well as a current board member and immediate past chairman of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board. In addition, he has served as the resident of the Natural Gas Association of Oklahoma.

David and his wife, Donnie have two grown children.

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Stephen J. Kissee

Board Member, Claremore

Steve Kissee, is dealer principle of Jack Kissee Ford, Claremore, Oklahama.

A native of Claremore, Kissee graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1976 after having been on the dean’s honor roll for four years. Upon graduation, he joined the family car dealership where he was promoted to general manager in 1980 and dealer principle in 1991.

Kissee is an active member of the Rogers County community, including membership in the First Baptist Church, the board of directors for the Claremore United Way, board of directors and vice president of the Claremore Chamber of Commerce, board of directors for the Baptist Retirement Center in Owasso and the Boy Scouts of America. He has served on the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority since 1999.

Kissee has been honored with many professional achievement awards.

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Jon M. McGrath

Board Member, Tulsa

Jon M. McGrath is a fourth generation Railroad Contractor and President of McGRATH LLC in Tulsa.

His firm designs, constructs, inspects and maintains railroads for Shortline, Military and Industrial railroad customers.McGrath has been involved in the construction of a number of Inter City Mass Transit Systems across the United States. A native Tulsan, McGrath was educated at Bishop Kelley High School, Crowder College, The University of Oklahoma and Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College.

McGrath has served on a number of public and private boards including Tulsa Human Rights Commission, Tulsa Transit Authority and INCOG. He is the former Chairman of the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) based in Washington, DC and a graduate of Leadership Tulsa and Leadership Oklahoma. McGrath currently serves on the Tulsa Industrial Authority and the Board of Directors at the MidwayUSA Foundation.

He was appointed by Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. to the City of Tulsa Rogers County Port Authority to join the Board in January, 2014. He is married to Janet Hill McGrath. They have two children: Jon Michael II and Jenna.

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