OMCTFOA Member of the Year

2017 Member of the Year

Bob Ponkilla

City of Oklahoma City

Bob has been a vital member of OMCTFOA, serving as President of the OAPT US&C, member of the OMCTFOA board, member of the Oklahoma MC&T Education Committee as well as numerous other boards and appointments. He continually seeks to enhance his professional development. This can be seen through his attendance to the OMCTFOA Annual Conference, the APT US&C National Conference, the GFOAO annual conference, the OML Annual conference as well as other local and national training opportunities.

Bob has been a staple when it comes to financially related municipal training in the State of Oklahoma. He has provided training related to Sales Tax, Banking, Investments, Collateral, and Internal Controls among other topics. Bob has presented at the OMCTFOA Annual Conference, the Oklahoma Clerks and Treasurer’s Institute and Academy, the MC&T Handbook Training, the OML Annual Conference, the GFOAO one day conference, as well as moderating sessions at the APT US&C Annual Conference.

He has served on the Municipal Liaison Board with OML. He was also instrumental in helping with the passage of House Bill 1875, which benefited every municipality in the state. Bob took a pivotal role in the planning and organizing the Association of Public Treasurer’s National Conference when it was held in Oklahoma City.

Bob served on the Seminole Nation – Division of Commerce, as an Adviser for the oversight of the Seminole Nation Business Operations. Helped establish the employee health plan, negotiated tax fine settlements for the tribe, saving millions of dollars, negotiated settlements with the National Gaming Association and restructured business operations and reestablished an annual audit of tribal finances.

He has been recognized for his leadership and service during his time as president of the OAPT US&C and his many years of service to the City of Oklahoma City. In 2012, Bob was presented with the “Hometown Hero” award by the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau for his role in bringing the 2012 APT US&C Conference to Oklahoma City.
Bob’s hard work, dedication to the profession, willingness to serve and enduring integrity have garnered him the respect of the Municipal Finance community locally, in the state and throughout the nation. His 33 years of public service with the City of Oklahoma City gives him the distinction of being a lifetime public servant.

Municipalities throughout the state know and understand they can contact Bob with any questions, and he will be happy to help. Bob’s leadership positions held at the State and National level truly show the influence he provides. Bob has presented the case for Municipalities to the Tax Commission, the State Treasurer, numerous legislators and the Governor.

Member of the Year Recipients


Janice Almy;
City of Sand Springs


Tony Davenport;
City of Weatherford


Gina Snedeker;
City of Chickasha


Beverly McManus;
City of Nicoma Park


Deborah Miner;
City of Harrah