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.

Steven J. Dowty

Chairman, 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

Treasurer, 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.

Jon M. McGrath

Vice Chairman, 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.

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.

Steven J. Adams

Board Member, Catoosa

The Rogers County Commissioned appointed Steven J. Adams to the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. 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. He is a former Oklahoma District Judge, and he 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 he 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 he 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. Also, Adams is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned his juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

Dewey Follett Bartlett, Jr.

Board Member, Tulsa

Dewey Follett 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, and was elected as Tulsa's 39th mayor on November 10, 2009. He is the 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, as well as a member of the board of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

After completing his bachelor's degree in accounting from Regis College in Denver, Colorado, Dewey went on to get his MBA in finance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Dewey was born and raised in Tulsa and lives here with his wife Victoria. They have three children. His son Dewey F. Bartlett III is a Petroleum Engineer with Casillas Petroleum. Their daughter Ann A. Bennett is a photographer, and their second daughter Andrea Brown is an Assistant District Attorney in Tulsa.

Charles T. Bendaña

Board Member, Tulsa

Charlie is the second generation President & CEO of Ben-Trei Ltd. , an integrated global fertilizer and feed ingredient marketing & distribution company. Agricultural chemical production is daily but consumption is seasonal. Ben-Trei, through its subsidiaries, provides the series of services of taking product from where it is being produced to where it is consumed.

The original focus of the company was Central and South America, as Bendaña’s father was a first generation immigrant from Nicaragua, and initially the thrust of the business was to acquire out of season US production and export those materials to Central and South America and then re-import from Central and South America to the US during peak times of consumption.

As a result of shifting market conditions, advances in communication and information technology, coupled with the untimely death of Bendaña’s father Fred, Charlie transformed Ben-Trei’s business model from an import / export platform to one of domestic distribution.

Today, Ben-Trei services its market footprint via North American based supply agreements, as well as maintaining a window to the global marketplace vis a vis historical overseas relationships. For instance, during the growing season, spring, the US consumes large amounts of nitrogen based fertilizers; and because nitrogen is derived from natural gas, regions such as the Middle East and Caribbean manufacture many of these products that Ben-Trei partners to distribute to domestic farmers.

Ben-Trei provides complete supply chain management from providing freight to the port of New Orleans on ocean going vessels, to coordinating discharge into river barges in the Mississippi, transporting barges to river terminals such as the Port of Catoosa (Tulsa area where company is located) wherein material is stored for ultimate delivery to end users in truck load quantities.

In the fourth quarter of 2015, Bendaña and his family sold their 30 year enterprise to EuroChem Ag, 27,000 person, Swiss based multinational Fertilizer and Mineral Company. Charlie remains with the company leading its efforts for growth and expansion in the United States.

Born and raised in Tulsa, OK, Charlie and his wife Krista live in midtown. They have been married for 10 years and have four children, Gabriela 8, Milania 5, Camila 3 and Claudia 17 months.

Hobbies: Friends / Family, leading an active lifestyle including sports and outdoor activity

Education: Saint Louis University; BBS Business Administration ‘03