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4/20 – Keri Cain and Jeffrey Frable: Marijuana Business in Oklahoma
Keri Cain is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a BS in Apparel Merchandising. She worked for Gap Inc. in the Dallas area for five years before joining headquarters in San Francisco, California in 2006.
As a member of the Store Operations team, Keri managed several workstreams including real estate operations (new stores, remodels, closures), customer experience, and daily operations. Under the daily operations umbrella, Keri created the stores policy and procedures, rolled out new store point of sale and back of house technology, and worked closely with the internal audit teams on store compliance.
Keri’s last position with Gap Inc. was as the Director of Store Operations (both Daily and Real Estate Operations) for all Gap and Gap Outlet North America stores. In July of 2018, Keri made the decision to move back to Oklahoma where she was tasked by Regent Bank’s CEO and CAO to create a Marijuana Related Business (MRB) program. As the Director of BSA Special Programs, her skills and experience of over 20 years in operations lends itself as a natural fit to create this program in the banking industry at Regent.
Keri has been working with Oklahoma and Missouri MRBs for two years and often works with financial institutions throughout the United State who are exploring the cannabis industry. Keri currently serves on the Board of Directors for OK4U Approved, a cannabis trade organization for OK.
Jeffrey A. Frable is a Certified Public Accountant and a partner at CCK Strategies. His major areas of practice include: small business organization and strategic planning; income tax consultation; cannabis taxation and reporting; audit and financial accounting services; and general business and non-profit organization consultation. Jeff has technical expertise in aligning small business with strategic and proactive tax planning and general business and non-profit consultation. He joined CCK Strategies in 1999 and has played a key role in developing a firm culture resulting in growth from 7 employees to currently over 100.
Chair of the Day
Clay Taylor is the principal lobbyist of Taylor Capitol Group, an Oklahoma City based political consulting and lobbying firm and the principal attorney for Clayton C. Taylor Jr PLLC. Taylor is a native of Oklahoma City, but has lived in Houston, TX, Denver, CO, Washington, D.C., Muskogee, OK, and on the island of Aruba.
A graduate of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, Taylor went on to earn a degree from Oklahoma State University in Political Science and then completed his Juris Doctor at Oklahoma City University. Taylor has been involved in Oklahoma politics for all of his life and has made it his profession, choosing to lobby full time at the state capitol.
Politics is the family business, but Taylor branched out early to forge his own path running a successful congressional campaign before starting his lobbying career. Taylor attended law school while lobbying full time and has blended a career of lobbying and legal work that allows him to offer clients a full range of services, whatever their needs might be.
Representing a wide array of from independent businesses, associations, and large corporations, Taylor continues to focus his lobbying work on helping businesses maintain and create a strong climate in the state. Taylor also boasts strong contacts with members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation and has helped Oklahoma clients navigate federal issues.
Outside of politics Taylor is passionately committed to community involvement in his hometown of Oklahoma City and across the state. Taylor has been involved with nearly every major non- profit and charitable cause in Oklahoma over the years and most recently serves on the board of Infant Crisis Services and the Men’s Dinner Club as well as being a member of Rotary Club #29.
Taylor is married to his college sweetheart Becky and together they have two children, Josie and Trip. Taylor and his family are avid travelers and maintain a very active lifestyle between sports and children’s activities.