Reputation. Leadership. Strategy.
Years in Business
In 1970, when our founder, Chuck Schnake, learned of his employer’s plans to move him to Philadelphia, he had other ideas. He hung out his shingle in downtown Tulsa and opened his one-man public relations shop.
Meanwhile, Steve Turnbo had left the advertising business and put out a shingle of his own. Business was good in 1982 when Chuck asked him if he’d like to have breakfast one Sunday morning. “There’s only one person I would have merged with,” Steve said. “Chuck was the best and most principled PR practitioner I knew. When he invited me to join him, it was an easy decision.” Thus, Schnake Turnbo & Associates was formed.
A few years after Chuck tried, but failed retirement, Steve called his friend Becky Frank, who had built a career in nonprofit and corporate PR, to be a part of the team. Becky joined as a partner in 2000. Six months later she recruited her long-time friend and co-worker of 20 years, Russ Florence. Seven years later, Russ became a partner.
In spring of 2010, Aaron Fulkerson joined the team to lead the firm’s rapidly growing management consulting division and David Wagner joined the firm as region President and Chief Administration Officer. In 2012 and 2016 respectively, Aaron and David became partners of the firm.
Becky, Russ, Aaron and David now own the firm, while Steve Turnbo remains onboard as chairman emeritus. The firm, still headquartered in Tulsa, opened an Oklahoma City office in 2008 and conducts business with clients across the country. With more than 20 employees, the company continues to thrive under its original principles.
What We Believe
Our clients are our lifeblood. They are the key to our success, our growth and our future. Service is our top priority.
We thrive on creativity, humility, innovation, open mindedness and fresh ideas. We recognize that with empowerment comes responsibility. We celebrate the achievements of our employees and reward them for high performance.
We value hard work and teamwork. We believe in continuous education about our profession, our community and our world. We believe in giving back to the communities that have so generously supported us.
We expect leadership from ourselves, and respect and kindness for others. We support a positive work environment and believe that healthy conflict can be productive and stimulating. We practice good sportsmanship and are respectful of our competition. We are committed to high ethical standards.
We realize that balance is a key component to quality of life. We recognize that a diverse workforce – in ideology, ethnicity, background and beliefs – creates an invigorating culture.
We believe in listening, a tenet championed by our founder, Chuck Schnake. We feel it is essential in our work and that client counsel should be honest and forthright.
Our goal is to make life better. For our clients, our employees and our communities.
Partner, Chairman & CEO
Becky J. Frank joined the firm as a partner in 2000. Since then, the company more than tripled in size, expanded into new markets and broadened its services. Read more.
Partner, President & COO
Russ Florence is a partner, president and chief operating officer at Schnake Turnbo Frank, leading the firm’s Oklahoma City office. Read more.
Partner & CDO
Aaron Fulkerson is a partner and chief development officer. Aaron leads the firm’s rapidly growing management consulting division, STF’s practice focusing on leadership and strategy. Read more.
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