Martin D. Garber, Jr.
Martin D. Garber, Jr. is a long-time member of the Board of Regents of Tulsa Community College, being appointed and reappointed by three different governors. He currently chairs the community relations and gifts committees of the board and serves on the construction committee.
Professionally, he is president of Garber & Associates, a public and government relations consulting firm he founded in 2001. Prior to founding his firm, Garber was manager of political affairs for Phillips Petroleum Company, a Fortune 100 company with operations throughout the United States and abroad. While working with Phillips government and public affairs group, Garber was responsible for all political activities of the company, served as chairman of the company’s various political action committees, chaired the company government advisory committee made up of over 90 corporate managers, managed state affairs, served seven years in the Washington, D.C. office as a federal relations representative, and served as assistant to the president managing a national outreach program with the American Petroleum Institute. During his 34-year career, he established a comprehensive network of contacts in government and industry in Oklahoma, numerous other states and Washington, D.C.
Garber manages and owns several family businesses. He is chairman of Garber Properties, which owns and operates a family farm in Garfield County, Okla., is chairman of G & G Energy LLC, an oil and gas royalty company that also owns Express Photo & Portraits, Inc. a company that owns a MotoPhoto film processing and portrait studio in Oklahoma City, and KMM Properties LLC, which owns mineral interests and operations in various counties in Oklahoma.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Management and minor in Economics and Marketing from the University of Oklahoma. He has taken master’s level courses in Business Administration at Oklahoma City University and attended in-house training Advanced Management Courses with Phillips Petroleum Company.
He is active in community and industry relations. He is a member of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma City Men’s Dinner Club, and is a member of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Heritage Association. Garber also serves as the past-chairman of the University of Oklahoma Army ROTC Alumni Club, where he was a graduate of the business school. During his career, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oklahoma and a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, the University of Texas and Tulsa Community College.
Over the years, Garber has worked closely with the American Petroleum Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, where he was regional vice-chair of the national public affairs committee, served on the Public Affairs Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, worked closely with the National Governor’s Association, The National Conference of State Legislatures, the American Legislative Exchange Council, The Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, and many local chambers and organizations.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including NAM’s Leadership Award, the Oklahoma State Chamber’s Achievement Award, and an Outstanding Service Award by the Bartlesville School District. He and his wife, Karen, live in Bartlesville.
Graduate of University of Oklahoma. BBA (Business School, with majors in Management, and minors in Economics and Marketing). Attended some MBA courses at OCU, and attended Advanced Management Courses with Phillips Petroleum Company in-house training.