The biggest surprise and highlight of the evening was Chef Reuben Riffel coming up to me soon after I had arrived, and asked if we could put all issues behind us!He was smartly dressed with a polka dot tie, and I photographed him with Pete Goffe-Wood, his Master Chef SA fellow judge.Prior to joining the Thunder, Turner spent more than seven years handling entertainment and sports marketing for American Airlines.While at American her primary responsibilities included overseeing all entertainment properties including American Airlines Center in Dallas, American Airlines Arena in Miami, several sports teams across the major leagues and product integration for TV and major motion pictures.Born and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Turner obtained her bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from The University of Akron in 1996 and her master’s degree in sport administration from Kent State University in 1998.Turner currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband, Kevin, daughter, Siri, and son, Finn.
She got her career start with the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA Tour) where she served as media director and handled media relations and events at tournament sites.
Thunder City is not an ideal venue for a function of this magnitude (800 guests, but advertised as 1000 initially), being difficult to find – the petrol station one block away from the turn-off had no clue where Thunder City is, and there were no signs off Borcherds Quarry Road, other than some posters held by men, only visible in the last minute.
I followed a taxi, there being no further signage to Thunder City.
After stealing away from Seattle in 2008 with rising stars and a bright future, Oklahoma City has been unable to procure a championship, despite many close calls.
Thunder fans will be hoping that George will be able to deliver what Durant couldn't: The Larry O'Brien trophy.