In 1956, the Tulsa Press Club and Benevolent Association was authorized by the membership to form an exclusive Headliners Club, composed of not more than 20 of the truly outstanding civic, business, professional and industrial leaders of the community, whose unselfish contribution to the growth, welfare and culture of Tulsa have made them HEADLINERS in every sense of the word.
These carefully chosen men and women have the opportunity of making a lasting contribution to the Tulsa Press Club and Benevolent Association, and the community through Life Memberships in The Club’s organization.
These HEADLINERS shall be afforded all privileges of membership (except the right to vote in elections) and shall have a special place of honor within the club for all time.
Kathy LaFortune (2017), Robert LaFortune (1978), and Bill LaFortune (2017).
Sharon King Davis (2016), Alan Armstrong (2016) and Julius Pegues (2016).
Elliot Nelson (2015) Principal Owner, McNellie’s Group & Dr. Keith Ballard (2015)
Becky Frank (2014) Managing Partner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Schnake Turnbo Frank & Major Dan Rooney (2014) Founder, Folds of Honor
Chet Cadieux III (2013) CEO & President of QuikTrip
SHARON DAUGHERTY (2012) Co-founder and pastor of Victory Christian Center & STEADMAN UPHAM (2012) President, Tulsa University
NANCY DAY (2011) Executive Director, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice
STEVE TURNBO (2011) Chairman Emeritus, Schnake Turnbo Frank PR
TULSA METRO CHAMBER (2009)
WILMA MANKILLER (2007) Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation
MICHAEL WALLIS (2007) Author; Reporter; Historian and Biographer of the American West.
HENRY BELLMON (2006) Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Senator
DAVID BOREN (2004) President, University of Oklahoma
KATHY TAYLOR (2004) Oklahoma Secretary of Tourism and Commerce
NANCY FELDMAN (2002) Community Volulnteer
RON KING (2002) Chairman, CEO, and President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
ROBERT E. LORTON (2000) Chairman of the Board, World Publishing Company
NANCY MEINIG (2000) Patron of the Arts, Community Volunteer
MOLLIE WILLIFORD (1999) The Williford Companies
JACK ZARROW (1999) President, Zarrow Holding Company
KEITH BAILEY (1998) President, Chairman and CEO, The Williams Co.
SISTER SYLVIA SCHMIDT (1998) Executive Director, Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry
ROXANA LORTON (1997) Community Volunteer
STANLEY LYBARGER (1997) President and CEO, Bank of Oklahoma
ROBIN SIEGFRIED (1996) President, NORDAM
PAT WOODRUM (1996) Director, Tulsa City-County Library
CHESTER CADIEUX (1995) President and CEO, QuickTrip Corporation
MAXINE HORNER (1995) Senator, State of Oklahoma
MOSCELYNE LARKING (1992) Co-founder, Tulsa Ballet Theatre
BETTY BRADSTREET (1992) Patron of the Arts
DR. WARREN HULTGREEN (1992) Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church
HENRY ZARROW (1991) President and CEO, Sooner Pipe and Supply Corporation
MRS. LEE (GLADYS) HARRINGTON (1989) Harrington’s Store
ROBERT E. BRESNAHAN (1989) Division Manager, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
MRS. W. H. (PEGGY) HELMERICH (1987) Patron of the Arts
RAY H. SIEGFRIED (1987) Chairman and CEO, NORDAM
JACK ZINK (1985) President, Zebco, Inc.
JENKIN LLOYD JONES, SR. (1985) Editor and Publisher, The Tulsa Tribune
J. PASCHAL TWYMAN (1985) President, The University of Tulsa
ROBERT L. PARKER (1984) President, Parker Drilling Company
JAMES C. LEAKE, SR. (1983) President, Leake Industry, Inc.
ROBERT L. LAFORTUNE (1978) Independent Oil Producer
GERALD W. WESTBY (1978) President and CEO, Seismograph Service Corp.
JOHN H. WILLIAMS (1978) Chairman of the Board and CEO, The Williams Company
DAN P. HOLMES (1973) President, Dan P. Holmes Insurance Company
JOSEPH H. WILLIAMS (1973) Chairman of the Board, The Williams Company
RUSSELL F. HUNT (1973) Vice Chairman of the Board, First National Bank & Trust Company
MRS. GERALD H. (KATIE) WESTBY (1973) Arts and Humanities
HAROLD C. STUART (1967) President, KVOO Radio and Television
JAMES R. ALLISON (1966) President, Warren Petroleum Company
JACKSON P. ARNOLD (1962) Member of the Board of Directors, Public Service Company of Oklahoma
JOHN ROGERS (1961) Attorney at Law
MAUDE LORTON MYERS (1960) Chairman of the Board, Tulsa World
GARY Y. VANDEVER (1958) President, Vandever’s Department Stores
NORRIS G. HENTHORNE (1958) President, World Publishing Company; Editor, Tulsa World
FREDERICK W. PETERS (1957) Vice-president, Secretary-treasurer, Oklahoma Natural Gas Company
HARVEY A. HELLER (1957) Independent Oil Producer
ROBERT W. DOWELL (1957) President, DX Sunray Oil Corporation
A.E. BRADSHAW (1957) President, National Bank of Tulsa; Vice Chairman of the Board, Oklahoma Natural Gas
LAWRENCE L. DRESSER (1957) President, Dresser Engineering Company
W.G. SKELLY (1957) President and CEO, Skelly Oil Company; “Mr. Oklahoma” 1878-1957 Oil-Civic Leader-Radio-TV
R.K.LANE (1957) Chairman of the Board, Public Service Company of Oklahoma
E. FRED JOHNSON (1957) President, Fourth National Bank
W.K. WARREN (1956) Chairman of the Board, Warren Petroleum Company
R. OTIS MCCLINTOCK (1956) Chairman of the Board, First National Bank & Trust