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2017 BOLD Leaders selected

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2017 BOLD Leaders selected

Building Community the Cooperative Way was the theme of Central Electric Cooperative’s 78th Annual Meeting held May 25th. Central honored four community leaders for their ability to raise the standard and be opportunistic in their communities. The meeting was attended by 960 Central members accompanied by family and guests.

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.

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.

“Central is committed to the success of the communities in our service area,” said David Swank, CEO of Central Electric Cooperative. “That success is dependent on strong leaders who help move our communities forward. These BOLD Leadership awards are a token of our appreciation to these individuals who demonstrate true servant leadership.”

The BOLD Leadership awards are awarded to individuals who have shown great care, loyalty and leadership in their communities. BOLD Leaders 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.

Headquartered in Stillwater, Central Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit electric cooperative that serves approximately 20,000 members in seven central Oklahoma counties. For more information about Central, visit

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