Working Together, Hand in Hand


Shawnee has so much to offer to so many different industries and businesses we decided to give you a quick overview. National chains, independently owned business, and manufacturing industries know we are the best kept secret in the region. Low taxes, low cost of living, and a hard working class of people who love where they live and work make it easy to start or expand your business here. Our trade pull factor proves we are a retail destination pulling from more than 400,000 residents in a 30 mile radius. Our close proximity to Tinker Air Force Base strengthens our retail and housing sectors because people want small town living with big city amenities.

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Working Together, Hand in Hand

The Shawnee Forward organization is in place to lead the Shawnee area and surrounding region, in both community and economic development efforts. Shawnee Forward brings together the resources, commitment, and energy of both the chamber and economic development organizations, and will be the lead marketing and business attraction/retention entity for the community. In addition to business attraction and retention, Shawnee Forward will work to build a stronger entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem, to also support private employers in identifying, recruiting and developing talent, and act as a unified, collaborative voice to all of the businesses that calls this community home.

Board of Directors

  • Mitch Hale

    Board Member

    Mitch Hale

    OG&E

  • Mike Adcock

    Board Member

    Mike Adcock

    Don Bodard 1995 Trust

  • Melissa Dennis

    Board Member

    Melissa Dennis

    Pott. County Commissioner

  • Katie Landes

    Board Member

    Katie Landes

    Action Physical Therapy

  • Joe Vorndran

    Board Member

    Joe Vorndran

    Stuart Clover Law Firm

  • Larry Briggs

    Board Member

    Larry Briggs

    President First National Bank & Trust

  • Jim Stuart

    Board Member

    Jim Stuart

    Stuart Clover Law Firm

  • Carl Packwood

    Board Member

    Carl Packwood

    Vision Bank Shawnee

  • Dr. Jim Collard

    Board Member

    Dr. Jim Collard

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation

  • Josh Trimble

    Board Member

    Josh Trimble

    Oklahoma Baptist University

  • Racheal Melot

    Board Member

    Racheal Melot

    Blue Zones & Wystle

  • Angi Mohr

    Board Member

    Angi Mohr

    SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital Shawnee

  • Casey Bell

    Board Member

    Casey Bell

    BancFirst

Shawnee Forward Team

  • Tracy Qualls

    CEO

    Tracy Qualls

    Teammember Content

  • Kaylee Wilburn

    Membership Director

    Kaylee Wilburn

    Teammember Content

  • Tim Burg

    Economic Development

    Tim Burg

    Over the course of the past 45 years, Burg’s hands on career has allowed him to develop a unique perspective and insight. He is one of only 1100 certified economic developers in the world.

  • Patty Wagstaff

    Director of Operations

    Patty Wagstaff



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