Board of Directors

The City of Tulsa – Rogers County Port Authority Board members are appointed by the Mayor of Tulsa and by Rogers County Commissioners. They are a talented group of local professionals volunteering their time and attention to ensure the continued growth and success of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

Dewey Follett Bartlett, Jr.

Chairman of the Board

Dewey Follett Bartlett Jr. is an American politician and businessman who served as the 39th Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma. An oil industry executive and political figure in Tulsa, Bartlett was the Republican nominee for mayor of Tulsa in the 2009 election, and was elected as Tulsa's 39th mayor on November 10, 2009. He is the President of the Keener Oil & Gas Company, the successor to a family business previously run by his father, and has served as the chairman of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board and the National Stripper Well Association, as well as a member of the board of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

After completing his bachelor's degree in accounting from Regis College in Denver, Colorado, Dewey went on to get his MBA in finance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Dewey was born and raised in Tulsa and lives here with his wife Victoria. They have three children. His son Dewey F. Bartlett III is a Petroleum Engineer with Casillas Petroleum. Their daughter Ann A. Bennett is a photographer, and their second daughter Andrea Brown is an Assistant District Attorney in Tulsa.

Brooke Hamilton

Vice Chairman of the Board, Tulsa

Brooke Hamilton is president and CEO of NPI, printing and nameplates, producers of high quality printing and product identification products. She was promoted to CEO in January 2016, following in her grandmother and mother’s footsteps, to become the third generation woman to run the family-owned business.

Under Brooke’s leadership, NPI has expanded its service and product offerings, and since 2013, invested more than $3 million in new and advanced-technology equipment. This progress, coupled with additional leadership training, marketing efforts, certifications, and rebranding, has positioned the company to be successful in the modern market, winning Tulsa Regional Chamber Manufacturer of the year in 2016.

Brooke currently serves as vice president for GPI, board member for SGIA, the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa Small Business Connection board, TRC Manufacturers council member. 2017 Women in Manufacturing Step ahead award winner and Tulsa Business and Legal news Women of distinction award 2016. She was recognized as Top 40 Under 40 in 2000 by Tulsa People.

In her time away from NPI, Brooke enjoys golfing, traveling, and relaxing with her 14 year old son Conley, fiancé John, and French bulldogs Stella and Annie.

Ed Farris

Secretary-Treasurer, Tulsa

Ed 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.

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.

Stephen Kissee

Board Member, Claremore

Steve Kissee is dealer principle of Jack Kissee Ford in 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.

Paula Marshall

Board Member, Tulsa

Paula Marshall is the Chairman and CEO of The Bama Companies. Bama is an
innovator of wholesome bakery products. It counts large-scale restaurant chains including the nation’s largest hamburger chain, the nation’s largest pizza chain and the nation’s largest retailer among its customers. It has manufacturing facilities in Tulsa, China and Europe.

Paula has significantly grown Bama, while putting a precedent on quality. Bama won the
prestigious Malcolm Baldridge Award for Quality in 2004 from the United States Department of Commerce, and has been hailed as a leader in the baking industry.
A native Tulsan, Marshall received her Bachelor of Science in Business and her
Doctorate of Commercial Science from Oklahoma City University. Paula serves on the Board of Directors of Helmerich & Payne, Inc. and American Fidelity.
Paula has served as Chairman of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, and was one of the
first women asked to join the Young Presidents Organization Oklahoma Chapter in 1990.

In 1993, she was named one of the Top Ten CEO’s by Industry Week Magazine. She was selected Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst &Young in 1997. In 1998, she was named to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce Business Hall of Fame. Recently she was named as one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs by the Journal Record.

A Southern Hills Member since 1993, Paula is an active golfer and tennis player. She is
also member of The Merit Club, Chicago, IL and Mayacama Golf Club, Santa Rose, CA.

Steven J. Adams

Board Member, Catoosa

The Rogers County Commissioned appointed Steven J. Adams to the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. 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. He is a former Oklahoma District Judge, and he 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 he 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 he 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. Also, Adams is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned his juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

Steven J. Dowty

Board Memeber, 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.

Jon M. McGrath

Board Memeber, 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 Inner 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. Jon has two children: Jon Michael II and Jenna.

Nathan Reese

Board Member, Tulsa

Nathan Reese is the Executive Vice President for External Relations at the Grand River Dam Authority, a Public Power Agency of the State of Oklahoma, where he oversees the Authority's government relations, customer relations, and economic development teams. Prior to his current position he was an Assistant General Counsel and Director of Public Policy at GRDA.

Before coming to GRDA, Reese served in the Senate office of U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) as the general counsel to the Committee on Environment and Public Works, Oversight Subcommittee, where he helped write and pushed for Oklahoma's priorities in the 2014 Water Resources Development Act. During his tenure in the senator's office he was also responsible for the Judiciary; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee issues. He also served for a time as a legislative aide to Inhofe for national security and foreign policy.

Reese received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Tulsa and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Nathan and his wife, Andrea, have one daughter, Cecilia, and two sons, Henry and Charles. They make their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.