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Leo Baxter

Leo J. "Lee" Baxter, a native Minnesotan, lives in Lawton, Okla. In 1999 he retired as a major general after a 31-year Army career. He has subsequently served as vice president of Cameron University, market president for BancFirst,vice president of Communication Technologies Inc. in Chantilly, Va., and president and chief operating officer for JB Management Inc., a service-disabled, veteran-owned defense business in Alexandria, Va. He now devotes his energy to civic and community matters and to Signal Mountain Associates Inc., which he founded in 1999. The Oklahoma company provides consulting services in business development and marketing to a wide variety of defense and training management companies across the United States. 

 

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Robert J. Ross is president, CEO and member of the board of directors of Inasmuch Foundation and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, founded in 1982 by Edith Kinney Gaylord. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He previously worked at Oklahoma City law firm McAfee & Taft.

 

Ross is a member the boards of directors of Colorado College, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City National Memorial, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma Public School Resource Center, Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Watch, John W. Rex Elementary School, OU College of International Studies Board of Visitors, OU Foundation, Roff Oil & Gas, Smart Start Central Oklahoma, Sunbeam Family Services, Tulsa Educare, Teach for America-Oklahoma City and Westminster School. He is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization and has received several awards, including the 2015 United Way of Central Oklahoma’s John Rex Community Builder Award.

 

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Marilyn Harrel

Marilyn Harrel graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in vocational home economics in 1964. After graduation, she started her teaching career with Putnam City Schools, then taught at Leedey Public Schools until 1980. From 1980 to 1985, she was the Leedey High School counselor. In 1986, after 21 years of teaching, Harrel opened her own business called Marilyn's Collection of Accessories.

Harrel has actively served in many capacities on various Leedey community and civic committees as well as municipal and state organizations, including the Oklahoma Medical Research Board, Governor's Ad-Hoc State Quarter Design Committee, Oklahoma Arts Council, Leedey Chamber of Commerce and Leedey Alumni Association. Harrel has received numerous awards, including Leedey Teacher of the Year, induction into the Dewey County Hall of Fame and the Governor's Arts Award.

 

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Randy Gilbert

Randy Gilbert graduated Tecumseh High School and earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Oklahoma State University in 1983 and taught vocational agriculture at Lawton High School from 1983 to 1988. Since 1988, Gilbert has also been the operations manager and vice president of Gilbert & Sons Trucking Co. in Tecumseh. He is a member of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, Tecumseh Growth and Development Authority and the Pottawatomie County Safety Center Trust and a lifetime member of the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Gilbert is also a licensed Oklahoma insurance agent and used motor vehicle salesman.

Gilbert is also a member of the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Limousin Breeders Association and the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association. 

 

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H.C. "Will" Williams

H.C. "Will" Williams retired from the U.S. Army in 1981 after 20 years of active service in a variety of positions throughout the United States, Germany, France and Vietnam. Williams then worked as manager of Human Resources for Oklahoma Natural Gas before retiring.

Williams graduated from Douglass High School in Oklahoma City and earned a bachelor's degree in human resources management from Southern Nazarene University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Tulsa and has served as chairman of numerous boards in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas, including the original Community Housing Resource Board in Oklahoma City, the Tulsa Civil Service Commission, the Tulsa Metropolitan Urban League board and the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association. He was elected to the Owasso City Council in 1999, serving as city councilor and mayor during his term. Williams serves on the National Association for Uniform Services Board.

 

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Philip Kennedy

 

Philip Kennedy owns Comanche Lumber Co. and is a board member of the Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corp. and the Oklahoma Lumbermen's Association. He also serves as a board member of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association and the Great Plains Technology Center Foundation. He previously served as president of Cameron University Foundation. Kennedy earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University. He represents the 4th Congressional District.

 

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Tim Burg

Tim Burg is the executive director for the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation. Burg’s hands-on approach in his career has allowed him to develop a unique perspective into business operations, manufacturing, real estate development, construction, facility management and governance. His experience with the inner workings of community, workforce and economic development come from both a volunteer and professional’s perspective.

 

Burg graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and is a member of the Governor’s Council on Workforce and Economic Development, the Governor’s International Team, the International Economic Development Council Education Committee and the Oklahoma Baptist University College of Business Executive Board. He served six years on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and is an instructor in the University of Central Arkansas Community Development Institute. He is one of only 1,200 certified economic developers in the world.

 

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David Stewart

David Stewart is chief administrative officer and trustee of the Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority in Pryor. The authority is a public trust that owns and operates the MidAmerica Industrial Park. Stewart is the former president and chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses LLC, the wholly owned parent/holding company of the Cherokee Nation. He also was the president and chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Entertainment LLC, the wholly owned tribal company that managed and operated the gaming, retail, hospitality and entertainment enterprises of the Cherokee Nation. In 2004, Stewart was one of the lead negotiators with the state of Oklahoma on the State-Tribal Gaming Compact, which allows electronic gaming machines at three of Oklahoma’s horse racing tracks and expands the definition of class II gaming for Oklahoma’s Indian tribes.

 

He earned his master of science and bachelor of arts business degrees from Oklahoma State University and is a certified public accountant. Stewart has served on the boards of directors of The Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. He serves as a board member of the Oklahoma State Chamber.

 

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