Oklahoma City Real Estate Development – Mark Beffort, Megan Gelmers, Dick Tanenbaum

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CEO, Newmark Robinson Park

Mark Beffort began his commercial real estate career and in-depth involvement in Oklahoma City in 1985, after graduating from Washburn University. After several years as a successful commercial real estate broker, Beffort began assisting several private and public entities to build a strategic real estate portfolio. Beffort’s leadership has driven Robinson Park to successfully manage over 12 million square feet, worth in excess of $2 billion, and the firm has grown to cover eight markets, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Rogers, Arkansas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Columbus, Ohio; and McKinney, Texas.

Beffort actively supports the advancement of young entrepreneurs through various avenues, including direct involvement in the development of an entrepreneurial business program at Washburn University and various organizations throughout Oklahoma City.


Gardner Tanenbaum Chief Executive Officer

As Gardner Tanenbaum Principal Owner and CEO, Richard Tanenbaum brings more than 35 years of commercial real estate experience to every project the company undertakes. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Tanenbaum has demonstrated the ability to provide visionary leadership and quality real estate solutions for corporate and aerospace clients needing commercial space in the Oklahoma market.

Mr. Tanenbaum has vastly expanded the asset base of the Gardner Tanenbaum commercial portfolio and enhanced the company’s capabilities and expertise in various types of construction, including multi-family, industrial, retail and office. Since 1997, he has overseen the growth of the company’s commercial portfolio, expanding it from 800,000 square feet to more than 8,000,000 square feet. Mr. Tanenbaum has completed nearly 50 projects totaling more than $500,000,000, making Gardner Tanenbaum one of the largest developers in Oklahoma. In 2020, Mr. Tanenbaum negotiated one of the largest commercial real estate transactions in Oklahoma history, selling the Boeing Oklahoma City campus for more than $124.7 million to west coast investors.



Megan Gelmers  Development | Investment Manager  -Research Analyist  Robinson Park

Megan leads local Oklahoma City development projects and an investment portfolio across the United states for Robinson Park Investments. With a passion for driving economic growth, Megan’s position as a partner in Convergence has led her to spearhead the groundbreaking mixed-use development in Oklahoma City’s Innovation District. The development will reshape Oklahoma’s economy through collaboration, innovation, and advanced technology. Megan manages capital for a hospitality portfolio spanning across five cities and is fiercely committed to executing investment strategy promised to investors and maximizing returns.


Chair of the Day

Clayton C. Taylor
of Oklahoma City serves as the principal of the Taylor Group that he established in 1994.  The Taylor Group is a full-service lobbying and consulting firm specializing in Oklahoma business issues.  Their service capabilities include business management and communications consulting, direct lobbying of state and federal legislative and regulatory agencies, community relations, political action committees and campaign management, marketing, client recruitment and development.  Their in-depth experience ranges from local to statewide to federal, and includes extensive international business and political management, as well.

A native Oklahoman, Taylor grew up on a small family ranch that his family still operates near Oktaha in Muskogee County.  He began his career in Washington, D.C., working on the staffs of five Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, first starting as a Correspondence Assistance and working his way up to Legislative Director and finally the top position of Administrative Assistant – the youngest AA on Capitol Hill at the age of 25.  His political campaign background includes management responsibilities in Congressional, Gubernatorial and U.S. Presidential races, in addition to extensive international political campaign consulting work.  He had directed successful statewide campaigns that have amended Oklahoma’s Constitution including three Ad Valorem State Questions and SQ 707 to modify requirements of Tax Increment Financing to accelerate economic development investments.

Taylor is a 1975 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.   He graduated from OSU as the Outstanding Senior Man in the College of Business Administration and as Top Ten Senior in the University.  In 2003-2004, he served as President of the National OSU Alumni Association Board and previously chaired the Building Design Committee for the $14 million ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center built on the Stillwater campus.  He was recently recognized by Oklahoma State University as a 2012 Distinguished Alumni.

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