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Goodwin & Grant, one of the oldest African American and multicultural public relations and diversity communications companies in the state of Oklahoma, provides the foremost leadership in the areas of communications, including marketing and advertising, on behalf of its clients.
A native of Tulsa, Goodwin has worked in a number of capacities in the communications field ranging from newspaper publishing to education to community and public service for more than 30 years.
With a diverse background in education and the arts, Marks-Jimerson provides experience in event planning and community relations.
Has an extensive resume demonstrating a high proficiency in information technology and graphic arts disciplines.
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A native Tulsan, James G. “Jerry” Goodwin, 53, is senior partner of Goodwin & Grant, a public relations and diversity communications company headquartered in Tulsa. Currently, he is consultant/director of communications at Morton Comprehensive Health Services, one of the state’s largest community health systems located also in Tulsa
Goodwin is also assistant professor in the Journalism and Mass Communications division at Tulsa Community College and a former adjunct professor in marketing at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Research at Langston University. He teaches courses in advertising, marketing, media, news writing, public relations and speech among other subjects. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as faculty adviser to the TCC Connection, the award-winning college newspaper at TCC.
Prior to his current positions, he was a third generation newspaper publisher where he served as associate publisher of The Oklahoma Eagle newspaper, the state’s oldest minority-owned newspaper, and is currently a member of its board of directors under Co-Publishers James O. Goodwin, Esq., his father, and E. L. Goodwin, Jr., his uncle.
During Goodwin’s involvement for more than 13 years with the state’s oldest African-American newspaper, circulation increased; advertising lineage improved; and the newspaper’s award-winning ranking in the state among weekly newspapers rose from #17 to #3 according to the Oklahoma Press Association.
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. In 2000, he merged with Grant Communications to form the present company (www.goodwingrant.com).
Goodwin recently served as president/CEO of the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League, Inc. Appointed in August 2002
as the 12th chief executive of the 50-year-old organization, Goodwin was chiefly responsible for overseeing a social service organization that provides services and programs for children and adults ranging from mentoring and tutoring activities for middle school and high school students to counseling and assistance to expectant mothers to insure safe pregnancies and deliveries of newborns. Additionally, MTUL launched a major initiative with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Freddie Mac regarding homeownership. As president/CEO, Goodwin helped to raise more than $200,000 in producing a series of events and activities in commemoration of the organization’s 50th anniversary in 2004.
In addition to his professional work and other interests, he is a former member of the Board of Governors and a former volunteer chairman of the Corporate Diversity Department at the American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D. C. Previously, he served as board chairman of the American Red Cross, Tulsa Chapter and continues as an ex-officio member of the board. Goodwin is a former member of the board of trustees of the Tulsa Community Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community foundations with $3 billion in assets. Additionally, he recently served as chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority and continues to serve as a member of its board of directors. He is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Tulsa Chapter. His other memberships include former chairman of Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League board of directors, and MTUL Guild among others.
Other positions held were chairman of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IOHRA) 47th Annual Conference in Tulsa (Aug. 1995); former vice-chairman of the Tulsa School Bond Oversight Committee; founding board member of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, Tulsa Chapter; and former board member/treasurer of the Tulsa Advertising Federation. He is a former board member of the Oklahoma State University Foundation, Oklahoma Heritage Foundation, Tulsa Advertising Federation, Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Philharmonic, Tulsa Press Club, Tulsa Race Riot Memorial Reconciliation Design Committee, and Tulsa Zoo Friends Advisory Board among others.
He was recognized as an outstanding graduate of his university in the summer 2003 edition of Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) Alumni magazine. In 2001, he was named one of the Top 51 Leaders in Tulsa according to Oklahoma Today magazine. In 2000, he received the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Advocate award. Other honors and awards have been journalism honors from the Oklahoma Press Association and the National Conference for Community and Justice Media Award (formerly National Conference for the Christians and Jews). Also, he is the recipient of awards from the national office of the American Red Cross in Washington, D. C. for his efforts in diversity outreach for the local chapter; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Community Service Award and special recognition as board chairman for two terms from the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League.
He served 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.
In December 2007, Goodwin received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He graduated from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH), serving as president of the student body, in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a minor in business. His high school education was completed at Cascia Hall Preparatory School in 1981.