“Positioning OKC for the Next Step”
Rhonda Hooper is the first woman to lead the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber in its 128-year history.
Rhonda Hooper is President & CEO of Jordan Advertising, a marketing and advertising communications agency with expertise in owned, paid, earned and shared communication channels. She is serving as Chair of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber in 2017, having previously served on the executive committee as vice chair of economic development, as well as convention and tourism development.
She is chair of the governing board of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), vice chair of the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust, and past chair of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Leadership Oklahoma, and the OSU Alumni Association. She currently serves on the boards of the Alliance for Economic Development, OKC Boathouse Foundation, Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Arts Council, Oklahoma Hall of Fame, OSU Foundation, and Riata Center for Entrepreneurship. She was inducted into the OSU Hall of Fame in February 2017.
Chair of the Day
Roy Williams became the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on January 1, 2004, after having served as Executive Vice President of Economic Development since mid-2002.
Roy has held numerous executive leadership positions in Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development organizations in Texas, Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma. Some of these include the Texas Governor’s Office, the Texas Department of Commerce, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (Arizona), the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce (Ohio), and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. His experience in economic development has not just been limited to domestic activities. Roy also directed international trade and investment offices in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, India, Belgium, Germany and Mexico.
Additionally, Roy was Partner, co-founder, and President of The Economic Development Group, Inc., an international economic development consulting firm with offices in Ohio and Arizona. In that capacity he helped build economic development strategies and tools for cities, counties, regional partnerships, states, utility companies, universities, private companies and even foreign countries. As well, he performed corporate site location consultant work for companies and executive searches for economic development organizations.
Roy also has served on the faculty for several professional certification programs including the United States Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management and the International Economic Development Council’s Economic Development Institute. And he is an active participant of numerous domestic and international Councils and Associations, holding both membership and appointed positions. Nationally, Roy serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association and on the Board of the International Economic Development Council. Statewide and locally, Roy serves on numerous Boards of Directors, some of which include the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, the Oklahoma Bioscience Association (Treasurer & Executive Committee), the State Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Fair, the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives (Past President), Oklahoma Industries Authority, Downtown YMCA, the Oklahoma Technology Development Corporation – i2E (Chairman of the Board), Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc., United Way, Leadership Oklahoma City, Allied Arts, Myriad Gardens Foundation, the Governor’s Economic Development Team (2009 President) and several others.
Roy has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Lutheran University and pursued his M.B.A. at Sam Houston State University. As well, he is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management at Southern Methodist University, successfully completed the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Leadership Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina, and is a graduate of the Governor’s Center for Strategic Leadership for State Executives program at Duke University. In 2008, Roy was the recipient of the most prestigious award given by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) – the Chairman’s Award – for his significant contributions to ACCE and the chamber profession. In July 2012, Roy was elected and served as Chairman of the Board of the ACCE association. Also in 2012, Roy was given the Hall of Fame Award by the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executive