44 dock doors with 15,000 products stored in eight diﬀerent temperature zones.
Grand Casino and Resort
SHAWNEE grandresortok.com This is the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s premier gaming venue and resort, oﬀering Oklahoma’s only keno lounge, a luxury 14-story hotel tower and national caliber events, including musicians, comedians, sporting events and poker championships – all just a short drive east of Oklahoma City.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa
CATOOSA hardrockcasinotulsa.com This is Cherokee Nation Entertainment’s largest property, featuring a 456-room hotel, six restaurants, four clubs, meeting spaces, shopping and a golf course. Cherokee Nation Entertainment is Oklahoma’s fastest-growing entertainment company, which operates multiple casinos and retail establishments.
Oklahoma City Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY nba.com/thunder The NBA’s Thunder, Oklahoma’s only major professional sports team, has a symbiotic relationship with its adoring fans ... and employees (from superstar players to administrative staﬀers) recognize this deep connection. General manager Sam Presti has each new Thunder employee, be it a basketball All-Star or a support staﬀer, visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
PAWHUSKA AND TULSA osagecasinos.com The north Tulsa casino, with a multi-year upgrade and expansion, made a splash in 2018 with a new hotel and the Nine Brand Brewing Co. just a few minutes from downtown. There are also casinos in Pawhuska, Bartlesville, Hominy, Skiatook, Ponca City and Sand Springs.
River Spirit Casino Resort
TULSA riverspirittulsa.com The Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s shining star when it comes to night life, entertainment, dining, concerts and gaming, the River Spirit Casino Resort is where patrons can enjoy some of the largest gaming floors in Oklahoma, Jimmy Buﬀett’s Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant, and live music and other performances at Paradise Cove. River Spirit also celebrates inclusion and diverse perspectives, from
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its employees to the design, artwork and architecture in the building.
SMG Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY smgworld.com SMG manages the Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. For a decade, SMG has made dozens of upgrades to the arena, which also hosts world-class concerts.
TULSA smgworld.com SMG manages the BOK Center and the Cox Business Center. The former is the best concert venue in Oklahoma, while the latter boasts the largest ballroom in the state (30,000 square feet). SMG takes pride in each event, whether it’s a wedding party at Cox or a Paul McCartney concert at the BOK.
OKLAHOMA CITY topgolf.com Topgolf has more than 100 climate-controlled hitting bays, a full-service restaurant and bar, a rooftop terrace with a firepit and more than 200 high-definition TVs. Employees are encouraged to voice their opinions and embrace new ways to “wow” their guests.
FOOD INDUSTRY AND CONVENIENCE STORES
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OKC AND TULSA ldfcompanies.com Founded by Larry D. Fleming in 1983, LDF markets, sells and distributes Coors, Miller and Boulevard beers, Red Bull energy drinks and a full range of other beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages in Kansas and Oklahoma.
TULSA quiktrip.com Annually recognized by numerous sources as one of the top privately held companies in the United States, QuikTrip builds loyal employees by paying them well, helping them with collegiate tuition, oﬀering generous benefits and providing plenty of opportunities for advancement. Hundreds of administrative positions at the corporate campus are staﬀed by workers who began as store clerks.
THACKERVILLE winstarworldcasino.com Oklahoma’s largest casino resort, the Chickasaw Nation’s WinStar World Casino and Resort oﬀers a world of luxury and excitement – from the 600,000-square-foot gaming floor to the upscale restaurants such as Capisce Ristorante Italiano and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, and eight impressive, city-themed gaming plazas.
TULSA bama.com Bama remains a Marshall family aﬀair. Paul Marshall took a branch of his parents’ pie-selling business, which eventually became the giant plant on Route 66 near the University of Tulsa. He served as CEO from 1937 to 1984; daughter Paula Marshall has expanded the business to include sales to fast-food and casual-dining restaurants.
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OKLAHOMA CITY centralliquor.com Third-generation descendants of founder Zeak Naifeh own and operate a 238,000-square-foot facility. The 59-year-old company is the largest liquor wholesaler in Oklahoma with 9,000 lines of wines and spirits. It sells to around 500 liquor stores and 1,100 clubs across Oklahoma and in nearly every county.
EDMOND benekeith/food/locations/oklahoma Ben E. Keith’s Oklahoma division, also serving Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas, runs a 355,000-squarefoot facility across 88 acres. The warehouse contains
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QuikTrip, an $11 billion company, keeps growing each year and now has more than 20,000 workers and 700 stores across 11 states.
TAHLEQUAH reasors.com Larry Reasor began the first store in Tahlequah in 1967, and today, son Jeﬀ is the chairman and CEO; they both are known for hands-on leadership and empowering their employees. This Northeastern Oklahoma grocery chain, employee-owned since 2007, has 18 stores, one convenience store and nearly 2,700 workers.