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Skirvin Employees

John Williams- General Manager of the Skirvin Hilton.John has nearly 30 years in the hotel business and has opened numerous hotels, including other historic landmarks. Contact: Dan Mahoney 405-474-4406

Vanessa Claspill-Director of Sales and Marketing. Vanessa has been in Oklahoma City for months serving as John Williams’s right-hand person. She makes a great interview and can talk about the events and parties that will be held at the hotel, as well as the atmosphere and high quality of the restaurant and bar/lounge. Contact: Dan Mahoney 405-474-4406

Andrew Black - Executive Chef. Black is an award winning chef from Jamaica and makes an excellent interview.  Contact: Dan Mahoney 405-474-4406


Betty Ellis-granddaughter of owner W. B. Skirvin. When she was a child, she lived in the hotel for several years with her mother and brothers. She lives in Maryland came back to Oklahoma City for the grand re-opening events with three generations of Skirvins. 301-461-4966.

George James- Skirvin Hotel manager in 1950's.  Son of Dan James who owned the hotel from 1945-62. 405-842-5100. 

Oklahoma City Figures

Mayor Mick Cornett-Mayor of Oklahoma City 405-297-2424

Bob Blackburn- Oklahoma historian, very knowledgeable in history of the city. 405-521-6249

Christine Berney-Manager of PR with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. 405-297-8990