Arnold Electric, Inc. President Awarded Excellence In Business Award

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City of Tulsa's Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission Honors James Ryals With The Lewis B. Ketchum Excellence In Business Award

Last Tuesday night at the City of Tulsa's Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission 15th Annual Dream Keepers Awards Banquet, the commission honored James Ryals, President and principal owner of Arnold Electric, Inc., with the Lewis B. Ketchum Excellence In Business Award. Ryals, who is enrolled Cherokee, received this award in recognition of his work in developing Arnold Electric, Inc. into a multimillion dollar annual business with over twenty employees. The award also recognizes Ryals' support of Native owned businesses over the years.

Arnold Electric, Inc. (AEI) has many proud credentials as a Native American owned company. AEI is certified as an 8(a) and HUBZone designated company by the US Small Business Administration (SBA). AEI is also TERO certified by the Cherokee Nation and enjoys certification as a minority owned and controlled company by the City of Tulsa's BRIDGE program. Previous awards for Arnold Electric, Inc. include the Exporter of The Year Award by the Oklahoma Native American Business Development Center in 2005, the Visionary Award by the Native Business Network in 2007, and the Privately Owned Company of The Year by the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma in 2007.

Arnold Electric, Inc. is an electrical contractor, general contractor, and material handling company. Founded in 1991 it has completed projects throughout the United States and Mexico. AEI completes projects for Fortune 500 companies, elite construction firms, and with many federal government agencies.

James Ryals has served previously as an officer for the Tulsa Chapter of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma. He currently serves as a mayoral appointee to the City of Tulsa's Electrical Examiners and Appeals Board. Ryals also participated in the SBA’s Emerging 200 initiative in 2009. James Ryals is a native to Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission
The Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission consists of eight individual members and 15 member organizations. The 15-member organizations' primary mission is the advancement of American Indian culture and heritage and/or the provision of services to American Indians. Member organizations include the American Indian Arts Association, American Indian Theatre Company of Oklahoma, Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa, Cherokee Nation, Creek Nation, Indian Pupil Education - TPS, National Indian Monument & Institute, TU American Indian Cultural Society, Tulsa Indian Art Festival, Tulsa Indian Club, Inc., and Tulsa Indian Coalition Against Racism (TICAR). Sammy Haynes of the Tulsa Indian Club, Inc. serves as the Vice-Chair of the commission.

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