Plaza District Urban Pioneer Awards

In 2017, the Plaza District Association honored Jonathan Fowler with its 13th annual Urban Pioneer Award

The 16th Street Plaza District Association will honor Jonathan Fowler, Vice President of Operations of Fowler Holding Co., as the recipient of the 2017 Urban Pioneer Award at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 1 at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, 800 N Harvey Ave. Presented by Fowler Automotive and Oklahoma Employees Credit Union, the Urban Pioneer Award is given annually to individuals in the Oklahoma City community who exemplify Oklahoma’s pioneering spirit with their leadership and commitment to urban revitalization.

"Jonathan Fowler has a history of cultivating community wherever he goes. Jonathan’s leadership in advocating for music, arts, and culture is unmatched. Through local music series, food truck markets, and festivals his investment and support of the arts has created a positive impact that continues to enhance the quality of life for those who experience it. We are celebrating not only Jonathan’s impact in our Plaza District community but in communities across the state by naming him the 2017 Urban Pioneer.” – Ashley Terry, Plaza District Association Board President and Director of Public Life for Wheeler District.

Born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Jonathan studied Letters at The University of Oklahoma after graduating from Casady High School. After college he worked as a financial analyst for Fowler Holding, eventually attending the National Automobile Dealer Academy. He opened Fowler Volkswagen in 2010, serving as GM of the store and as a member of the Volkswagen Dealer Council before moving back to the Holding Company in 2013 as VP of Operations.  

Jonathan has been passionate about the arts since an early age which later led to a passion for community service after college.  He was a founding member and former chair of the Norman Music Festival, served as president of the Norman Arts Council, and vice chair of the Norman Public Arts Board. Jonathan is also the producer for the VDub Sessions, a partnership with Fowler Volkswagen of Norman, and The SpyFM. Through working closely with organizations like the Plaza District, H&8th, Film Row, Historic Capitol Hill, Kendall Whittier in Tulsa, and the Downtown Norman Arts District Jonathan has developed a love for placemaking.  

This is the thirteenth year for the award.  Tom McDaniel was the first honoree in 2005, followed by Lou Kerr (2006), Meg Salyer (2007), Mike Turpen and Mark Funke (2008), Ann Simank (2009), Steve Mason (2010), Bill and Bob Ross (2011), Wayne Coyne and Michelle Martin (2012), Chip Fudge (2013), Midtown Renaissance (2014), Heather and Keith Paul (2015) and Paula Stover (2016).   The event is the largest fundraiser each year for the Plaza District Association.  Proceeds support ongoing neighborhood revitalization efforts.  There are five sponsorship levels for table seating, ranging from $300 (seating for two) to $5,000 (presenting sponsor, seating for eight).  Email Cayla Lewis at for information. Individual tickets for the luncheon are now available for sale for $50 and can be purchased here.

Susan Hogan Plaza Pioneer Award

Susan Hogan received inaugural Plaza Pioneer Award

For its inaugural year, the “Plaza Pioneer Award” will be given to Susan Soule Hogan. Susan got involved with the Plaza District in 1997. Susan volunteered for a number of years with the association, serving as a board member and then as board chairman, before accepting the position of the association’s part-time director. In all, she worked with the Plaza District Association for 11 years, during which time the association shared their vision for the vibrant community we see today, developed its organizational capacity, gained credibility with the community, gathered kindred spirits to the cause, and recruited new property owners who understood the level of investment the district buildings would need to be successful. 

Sponsorship Levels
The Plaza District Association is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law.

$5,000 Presenting - Logo branding on all printed event marketing materials and online promotions, branding on e-mail invitation, table seating for 8, name recognition announced on stage, branding on website throughout 2017.

$3,000 Platinum - Logo branding on e-mail invitation, branding on printed event materials, table seating for 8, name recognition announced on stage, branding on website throughout 2017.

$1,250 Gold - Branding on printed event materials and website, table seating for 8, name recognition announced on stage.

$750 Silver - Acknowledgement on event program and website, table seating for 4.

$300 Bronze -  Acknowledgement on event program, table seating for 2.









Abbey Road Catering • ADG, PC

American Fidelity Foundation • Collected Thread

DNA Designs, Inc. • John and Susan Hogan • The Kerr Foundation

 Land Run Commercial Real Estate • The Meinders Foundation

Midtown Renaissance • Pivot Project • Price Edwards & Company


Thank you to all of our sponsors!