Each year, Central Electric Cooeprative honors individuals who have shown great care, loyalty and leadership in their communities.The BOLD Leadership award set a new, higher standard for the community or organizations in which they are involved. BOLD Leaders demonstrate leadership skills, exhibit a genuine concern for the well-being and betterment of fellow citizens and have contributed to their local community.
Former state representative Lee Denney was selected as a BOLD Leadership award recipient. Denney served District 33 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2004-2016. She also served as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House. During her time in office, Denney authored 204 bills. Previously, Denney served as the Mayor and Vice-Mayor of Cushing. She is also the co-owner of Veterinary Medical Associates, Inc.
Steve Gentling was selected as a BOLD Leadership award recipient. Gentling is the Mayor of Guthrie and president/CEO of Gentling Enterprises. He achieved the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Gentling worked as CEO of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oklahoma City for 20 years. He has also worked as an adjunct professor in health administration at the University of Oklahoma. Gentling is very active in the community serving on several non-profit boards and civic organizations.
Dan Meinders was selected as a BOLD Leadership award recipient. Meinders is a real estate developer and owner of High Chaparral Development. His company has developed multiple developments in the Sweetwater area. His company has contributed to the development of more than 400 home sites served by Central Electric Cooperative.
Denise Webber of Stillwater was selected as a BOLD Leadership award recipient. Webber serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Stillwater Medical Center and has been with the hospital for over thirteen years. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a graduate of Leadership Stillwater.
Calvin Anthony, is a businessman, previous mayor and state representative and current member of the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents. Calvin was was recognized for his contributions to the community of Stillwater.
Ed Malzah was honored posthumously for the Bold Leadership award. Ed is the founder of Ditch Witch, an industry innovator, philanthropist and civic leader. His family was recognized for Ed's contributions to the community of Perry
Dr. Mike Simpson
Dr. Mike Simpson is superintendent of the Guthrie Public Schools. Mike was recognized for his contributions to the community of Guthrie.
Sam Spang, is the director of the Sac & Fox Nation food distribution program. San was recognized for his contributions to the Sac & Fox Nation and the community of Stroud.
Ben Walkingstick, a businessman, civic leader and philanthropist. Ben was recognized for his contributions to the community of Chandler.
Harland Wells is an economic developer, businessman and civic leader. Harland was recognized for his contribution to the community of Perkins.