Board of Directors

The City of Tulsa – Rogers County Port Authority Board members are appointed by the Mayor of Tulsa and by Rogers County Commissioners. They are a talented group of local professionals volunteering their time and attention to ensure the continued growth and success of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

A.H. “Chip”McElroy

Chairman, City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority

“Chip” McElroy is president and CEO of McElroy Manufacturing Inc., a family business he has led since 1988. The company is a private, family-owned and operated business founded in 1954.
The company designs, manufactures and markets polyethylene fusion equipment, fintube machines and electronic components on a worldwide basis. The company presently employs approximately 200 people, mostly in the Tulsa area. McElroy has also established offices in the U.K., Chile and Kazakhstan. In 2003, McElroy acquired two additional companies – Insight Engineering and Southern Specialties, a division of the Agillis Group, L.L.C.
McElroy graduated cum laude from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is active with the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Liberty Mutual Insurance board of directors and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is currently a member and chairman emeritus of the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Tulsa.

Steven J. Dowty

Vice Chairman, City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, Claremore

Steve Dowty was appointed to the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority in February 2010 by the Rogers County Commission. He has been the president of Steel Service Company since March 2004, where he has worked for 25 years.
He is grateful to have had the opportunity to learn the steel business from the ground up, working alongside former CEOs. During this time, he has acquired a great deal of product knowledge and achieved high levels of customer satisfaction. His leadership abilities and market awareness allow Steel Service Company to remain flexible and more cost efficient to better serve its customers. Although the leadership of Steel Service Company may be different, the goals and philosophy remain the same. Steve has also served as President of the Sequoyah School Board for 17 years. He is very community-minded and serves in many capacities as needed.

Bryant J. Coffman

Secretary-Treasurer, City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, Tulsa

Bryant J. Coffman is a native Tulsan and graduated from Oklahoma State University with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. He has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 30 years, serving the manufacturing industry, small businesses, and medical professionals. He is also active as a member of numerous community Boards of Directors and foundations.
Bryant was the finance chair for the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills and also served in that capacity for the 2009 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Carla, for 34 years. He became Secretary-Treasurer of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority in 2012, and continues to serve on the Port of Catoosa’s Facilities Authority.

Steven J. Adams

Board Member, Catoosa

Steven J. Adams was appointed to the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority by the Rogers County Commission. Adams fulfilled the unexpired four-year term of his father, Joseph Q. Adams, who vacated his seat on the board after 26 years of continuous service.
Adams is a shareholder with Gable Gotwals, a 90-lawyer firm with offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Adams is a former Oklahoma District Judge and has served as District Judge for Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties from 1987 to 1993. He is the former presiding judge for the Northeastern Judicial Administrative District and was honored in 1992 as the outstanding trial judge for the State of Oklahoma.
Adams served on the Board of Governors for the Oklahoma Bar Association and is a former trustee of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. He is past vice president of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference, former president of the W. Lee Johnson American Inn of Court and presently serves as a Master of the Bar of the American Inns of Court.
Adams is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Tulsa College of Law where he taught trial evidence and pretrial practice. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned his juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

Dewey Bartlett

Board Member, Tulsa

Dewey Bartlett Jr. is an American politician and businessman who served as the 39th Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma. An oil industry executive and political figure in Tulsa, Bartlett was the Republican nominee for mayor of Tulsa in the 2009 election. He was elected on November 10, 2009 and served as mayor until 2016.
Bartlett is President of the Keener Oil & Gas Company, the successor to a family business previously run by his father, and has served as the chairman of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board and the National Stripper Well Association. Bartlett attended Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa. He then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Regis University and a master's from Southern Methodist University.

Ed Fariss

Board Member, Tulsa

Fariss, Senior Vice President and Manager of commercial banking at MidFirst Bank, Tulsa, was appointed to the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority by Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune.
Fariss brings more than 30 years of commercial banking and credit experience to the Port. During his extensive banking career, he held officer positions with several banks in the southeast as well as in Oklahoma. Prior to joining MidFirst, he served Bank of America and its Oklahoma predecessors for more than 15 years as a senior commercial banking executive.
Fariss is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance.
A long-time leader in the Tulsa community, Fariss is a member of the board of directors for Downtown Tulsa Unlimited and the Tulsa Community College Foundation.

James G. Goodwin

Board Member, Tulsa

A native Tulsan, James G. “Jerry” Goodwin is senior partner of Goodwin & Grant, an advertising, marketing and public relations company headquartered in Tulsa. The company also specializes in diversity communications and marketing.
As a former third generation publisher, he served as Associate Publisher of The Oklahoma Eagle newspaper and is currently a member of its board of directors under Co-Publisher James O. Goodwin, Esq., his father and Uncle E. L. Goodwin, Jr.
After success in the newspaper business, Goodwin started his own public relations and marketing firm The Goodwin Group, LLC to expand his network on behalf of other corporations and organizations in Tulsa and in the state of Oklahoma. He later merged with Grant Communications to form the present company. Also, he is an adjunct instructor in the Journalism/Mass Communications Department at Tulsa Community College.
In addition to his professional work and other interests, Goodwin is presently volunteer chair of the American Red Cross Corporate Diversity Department and is former chair of its National Diversity Council, both in Washington D. C. He has also served as chair of the board of directors of the American Red Cross, Tulsa Chapter. Additionally, he serves as chair of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. He is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Tulsa Chapter. His other memberships include the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League and former board chair of MTUL, Oklahoma State University Foundation, Public Relations Society of America and the Tulsa Race Riot Memorial Reconciliation Design Committee among others.
Prior to his present position, he served also as a staff assistant to former U.S. Congressman James R. Jones, First District, Oklahoma in 1985. He has also had an opportunity to work for political campaigns of both major political parties.
He graduated from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH), serving as president of the student body, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in business. His high school education was completed at Cascia Hall Preparatory School. He received special recognition and distinction at both institutions.

Stephen Kissee

Board Member, Claremore

Steve Kissee is dealer principle of Jack Kissee Ford in Claremore, Oklahama.
A native of Claremore, Kissee graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1976 after having been on the dean’s honor roll for four years. Upon graduation, he joined the family car dealership where he was promoted to general manager in 1980 and dealer principle in 1991.
Kissee is an active member of the Rogers County community, including membership in the First Baptist Church, the board of directors for the Claremore United Way, board of directors and vice president of the Claremore Chamber of Commerce, board of directors for the Baptist Retirement Center in Owasso and the Boy Scouts of America. He has served on the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority since 1999.
Kissee has been honored with many professional achievement awards.

Paula Marshall

Board Member, Tulsa

Paula Marshall is the Chairman and CEO of The Bama Companies. Bama is an
innovator of wholesome bakery products. It counts large-scale restaurant chains including the nation’s largest hamburger chain, the nation’s largest pizza chain and the nation’s largest retailer among its customers. It has manufacturing facilities in Tulsa, China and Europe.

Paula has significantly grown Bama, while putting a precedent on quality. Bama won the
prestigious Malcolm Baldridge Award for Quality in 2004 from the United States Department of Commerce, and has been hailed as a leader in the baking industry.
A native Tulsan, Marshall received her Bachelor of Science in Business and her
Doctorate of Commercial Science from Oklahoma City University. Paula serves on the Board of Directors of Helmerich & Payne, Inc. and American Fidelity.
Paula has served as Chairman of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, and was one of the
first women asked to join the Young Presidents Organization Oklahoma Chapter in 1990.

In 1993, she was named one of the Top Ten CEO’s by Industry Week Magazine. She was selected Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst &Young in 1997. In 1998, she was named to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce Business Hall of Fame. Recently she was named as one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs by the Journal Record.

A Southern Hills Member since 1993, Paula is an active golfer and tennis player. She is
also member of The Merit Club, Chicago, IL and Mayacama Golf Club, Santa Rose, CA.

Jon M. McGrath

Board Member, Tulsa

Jon M. McGrath is a fourth generation Railroad Contractor and President of McGRATH LLC in Tulsa.
His firm designs, constructs, inspects and maintains railroads for Shortline, Military and Industrial railroad customers. McGrath has been involved in the construction of a number of Inner City Mass Transit Systems across the United States. A native Tulsan, McGrath was educated at Bishop Kelley High School, Crowder College, The University of Oklahoma and Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College.
McGrath has served on a number of public and private boards including Tulsa Human Rights Commission, Tulsa Transit Authority and INCOG. He is the former Chairman of the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) based in Washington, DC and a graduate of Leadership Tulsa and Leadership Oklahoma. McGrath currently serves on the Tulsa Industrial Authority and the Board of Directors at the MidwayUSA Foundation.
He was appointed by Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. to the City of Tulsa Rogers County Port Authority to join the Board in January, 2014. Jon has two children: Jon Michael II and Jenna.