Central's BOLD Leadership honorees
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. 

2018 Honorees

Jody Harris

Harris is the business and energy programs loan officer for USDA Rural Development. She has helped Central secure numerous grants from USDA Rural Development. Harris is also an advocate for Central’s service area and membership.

Russ Teubner

Teubner is an entrepreneur and software product inventor who also serves as CEO of HostBridge Technology, a company he co-founded in 2000. He also serves as director of Simmons First National Corporation, the parent company of Simmons Bank, Bank SNB and Southwest Bank. Teubner is committed to the restoration of historical buildings in downtown Stillwater and serves as an advocate of the Stillwater community. He also serves as chair of the Stillwater Innovation Pointe Cooperative Board.

Sec. Michael Teague

Secretary Teague has worked with Central on numerous projects, including the Capacity Integration Model to facilitate oil and gas load. He serves as an adviser on energy policy and as an advocate of the Innovation Pointe Campus.

2017 Honorees

Lee Denney

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

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

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

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. 


2016 Honorees

Calvin Anthony

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 Malzahn

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

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

Ben Walkingstick, a businessman, civic leader and philanthropist. Ben was recognized for his contributions to the community of Chandler.

Harland Wells

Harland Wells is an economic developer, businessman and civic leader. Harland was recognized for his contribution to the community of Perkins.