The Oklahoma Division of Commerce (Commerce) not too long ago welcomed new associates to its govt employees, includingThomas Grossnicklaus as Chief of Workers/Common Counsel, Evan Brown as Director of Legislative Affairs, Amy Loftis-Walton as Deputy Director of Enterprise Growth, and Hopper Smith as State Director of Aerospace & Protection.
“I’m very excited for these new additions to the Commerce staff,” stated Brent Kisling, Commerce Govt Director. “They every deliver a wealth of information and expertise that I’m assured will assist us higher serve Oklahomans, companies and our communities.”
Thomas Grossnicklaus, Chief of Workers/Common Counsel, beforehand served as an Assistant Legal professional Common for Oklahoma. His expertise additionally contains serving as a licensed early settlement mediator, as a legislation clerk for the Oklahoma Supreme Court docket, within the workplace for a U.S. Congressman and on a profitable re-election marketing campaign, and within the Govt Workplace of the Governor of Oklahoma. Thomas additionally served within the U.S. Marine Corps as a Designated Marksman Part Chief in a Fleet Anti-Terrorism Safety Workforce.
A first-generation school graduate, Thomas earned a bachelor’s diploma from Oklahoma Metropolis College (OCU), a legislation diploma from OCU and is incomes a public management credential from Harvard Kennedy Faculty.
Evan Brown, Director of Legislative Affairs, joined Commerce as Deputy Director of Enterprise Growth in 2020. In his new function, Evan will function an advisor and liaison to the Govt Director in managing and coordinating legislative features, each state and federal, throughout the company.
Beforehand, Evan served within the Govt Workplace of the Governor of Oklahoma as a Legislative Aide after which as State Area Director. Evan has a bachelor’s diploma in Enterprise Administration and Administration from the College of Oklahoma.
Amy Loftis-Walton, Deputy Director for Enterprise Growth, joins Commerce following her place as Director of Authorities Relations and Strategic Initiatives for the Oklahoma Heart for the Development of Science and Expertise. Her new function with Commerce will deal with growing home and worldwide funding within the state of Oklahoma.
Beforehand Amy spent 10 years in nonprofit because the Director of Enterprise Growth working to advance strategic plans, shield company pursuits and enhance funding. Amy earned a grasp’s diploma from the College of Oklahoma.
Hopper Smith, State Director of Aerospace and Protection, joins Commerce as a retired Brigadier Common from the Military Nationwide Guard and a former state legislator. Hopper brings greater than 35 years of army and civilian govt expertise in a number of skilled domains. Most not too long ago, he served because the Director of the Employees Comp Fee for the State of Oklahoma. Hopper has a bachelor’s diploma in Geology from Oklahoma State College. He is also a graduate of the Nationwide Protection Intelligence School and the Military Struggle School, receiving grasp’s levels from each.