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2020 TulsaFest

TulsaFest is an annual members-only event featuring a networking luncheon and educational sessions in the Tulsa area. Featuring top speakers in the industry from around the country, it's a can't-miss event! The 2020 TulsaFest will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa.


Registration Opens: 10:00am 

ORA Education Session 1: Presented by Speaker Bill Fournet: 10:30am - 12:00pm 
  • Lead for Tomorrow: How to Thrive in the Age of Disruption
    • In this thought-provoking but practical program, become equipped to better lead through uncertainty and change. Learn and apply Bill Fournet’s rules for yourself, your team and your mission to not only navigate but thrive in the midst of chaos. Learn workforce trends and what’s on the horizon to prepare you to better lead today and tomorrow.
      Covered in this presentation: 
      •    The number one thing leaders should be focusing on right now
      •    The new success driver (Hint: It is NOT efficiency or effectiveness)
      •    How your level of discipline defines your level of chaos

Member Mingle (Networking) 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Tony Moore, Executive Director at Gathering Place 12:30 - 1:45pm

ORA Education Session 2: Presented by Speaker Bill Fournet: 2:00 - 3:30pm 
  • New Kids on the Block: How Generation Z is Changing the Game and What to Do About It
    • Just when you were adjusting to the Millennials, a new generation is entering the workforce. Meet Generation Edge! Mostly the children of Gen X’ers, this group has its own very distinctive drivers. Born 1995 or later, they are now entering the workplace and are predicted to greatly change the way we work. Generally fast learners and resourceful, they are individualistic, high in inductive reasoning, and more connected to technology than any generation before them. This program promises a lively and enlightening discussion around this newest workforce group!
      Learning Objectives
      •    Understand the important differences between Gen Edge and Millennials
      •    Understand the strong similarities between Gen Z and Gen X
      •    Understand their entrepreneurial mindset and how you can harness it for your organization’s benefit
      •    Understand how they view work, and what motivates them

ORA Board of Directors Meeting: 3:45 - 5:15pm

ORA Board of Directors Cocktails/Dinner (Private Event): 6:00pm    



*After March 24, 2020 no refunds will be provided; however, if you wish to transfer registration from one person to another we are happy to accommodate your request in advance of the event.
  • AM ORA Education Session ONLY: $50/person
  • PM ORA Education Session ONLY: $50/person
  • Luncheon Presentation ONLY: $45/person
  • FULL Event (includes AM and PM ORA Education sessions, luncheon presentation, and networking opportunities): $130 (bundled savings of $15/person)


The River Spirit Casino Resort: 8330 Riverside Parkway, Tulsa, OK 74137

Overnight Lodging:

The River Spirit Casino Resort is offering $109+taxes for an overnight stay. The availability is very limited for the two evenings of TulsaFest. Call the hotel directly and provide Oklahoma Restaurant Association TulsaFest 2020 name for these rates. The cut-off for the rate is March 13th. 
River Spirit Casino Resort: 918-299-8518



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This Year's Speakers:

Bill Fournet
Founder, President and CEO
The Persimmon Group

Bill Fournet is President and CEO of The Persimmon Group, the award-winning management consulting firm he founded in 2004. Bill has been a project leader for more than 25 years in the IT, engineering, manufacturing, and business change areas.  He has led or overseen large and mega projects in excess of $10 billion.

Bill loves to solve complex problems for organizations of all sizes, and remains hands-on at Persimmon, consulting clients of all sizes and across verticals. A sought-after speaker on Project Management, Leadership and Generational Diversity, Bill believes “we are in the midst of a great transformation.” From technology to generational issues, Bill analyzes workforce trends to help you understand the future of work and how to stay ahead in times of uncertainty.

Bill’s experience in managing high-performance teams has directly influenced the unique business philosophy and atmosphere that has created one of the leading small businesses today. The Persimmon Group was awarded the Blue Ribbon by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its success as one of the leading small businesses in America in multiple years. The Persimmon Group was also named multiple years to the Inc. 500/5000 list for the U.S. Fastest Growing Companies. The Persimmon Group has received the Families and Work Institute’s Effective and Flexible Workplace Award, and also received the Arrowhead Award for the Oklahoma Professional Business of the Year.

Bill earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master`s degree from Oklahoma State University. He has been honored as the Small Business Person of the Year by Tulsa’s Metro Chamber of Commerce and is a two-time honoree for “Most Admired CEO” in Oklahoma.

Bill currently serves as a Member, Board of Directors at Boy Scouts of America, Indian Nations. He and his wife, Christy, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma and have three sons.

Tony Moore
Executive Director
Gathering Place

As a hospitality park executive with more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Tony has served in a leadership capacity for some of the most respected entertainment brands including Universal Studios, SeaWorld Parks and Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Tony owned and operated a hospitality consulting firm, Attractions Management Group Inc. and is now serving as the Executive Director for a one of a kind, world-class, urban park, Gathering Place.

At Universal Studios, Tony held operational leadership roles as a creative, hands-on leader with big-picture perspective, assisting with the successful opening of Islands of Adventure Park.

During his career at SeaWorld Parks, Tony served in a variety of roles including Marketing Manager, Director of Park Operations, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Director of Culinary Revenue, Director of Corporate Operations and Executive Assistant to the President and Chairman of The Board.

As Chief Operating Officer for Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, Tony relaunched the brand for the zoo, overseeing new project development, in-park brand enhancements, programming and special event development, competitive market analysis, and community affairs.

In 2016, Tony started as the Executive Director for Gathering Place, a $465 million dollar park located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He worked closely with park designers and park builders in managing all end-user, guest interface initiatives. Tony’s vast industry experience along with all the efforts of his entire team and colleagues played a critical role in the successful opening of the park in September, 2018. Gathering Place has since been named USA Today’s “Best New Attraction of 2019”, Time Magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places to Visit” and has been honored with the Urban Land Institute’s “Global Award for Excellence”. Tony’s goal for the park is that it continues to grow as an inclusive space that unites all Tulsans regardless of age, culture or socio-economics. A place that not only engages, educates and excites; but likewise a place that helps to make Tulsa a more vibrant place to live work and play.


Registration ends on April 2, 2020

If you wish to register more attendees, you will be able to do so before finalizing your registration.

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