Business people for May 19
Andy Sherrer, a longtime Republic Banker, has been elected president of Republic Bank and Trust. Sherrer, 42, has worked for Republic for 17 years. He will continues as director of corporate banking and private, professional and executive banking. Sherrer earned an undergraduate degree in marketing from Oklahoma State University and an Master of Business Administration with a finance and Management Information Systems concentration from the University of Oklahoma. He serves as an adjunct faculty member of the MBA program at the Price College of Business, past board chair of Visit Norman, and is a board member of the Norman Regional Health Foundation.
Noble Research Institute researcher Carolyn Young has been promoted to professor. Young has served as principal investigator in the Noble Research Institute Mycology Laboratory since 2006. Her research focuses on fungi that impact agriculture by studying the interactions between naturally occurring beneficial fungi and their grass hosts, as well working with plant fungal pathogens. Young received her doctorate in molecular biology at the Massey University in Palmerston North in New Zealand. She also has served as the editor-in-chief of the American Phytopathological Society Phytobiomes Journal since 2016.
Cindy Hastie Murray has been promoted to a director and shareholder at Oklahoma City law firm Phillips Murrah. She is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. While still in law school, she co-authored The ABC’s of the UCC: Related and Supplementary Consumer Law, ABA 1999 with Professor Frederick H. Miller. She also clerked for the late Justice Marian P. Opala at the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1999.
Julie Simmons has been hired as senior vice president and regional sales manager for Arvest Bank's treasury management division. Simmons has more than 23 years of industry experience. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern State University.