2004 | President/Chairman of the Board, Linda Bomgren

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After retiring from state and local government positions, Linda Bomgren served as the President/Chairman of the Board in 2004. Linda’s goal was to increase membership in the Chamber and make the Chamber more visible in the community. Linda worked tirelessly to support local businesses, to encourage shopping locally, and to bring more retailers to the area. We appreciate Linda’s dedication …

2003 | President/Chairman of the Board, Dr. Jim McCharen

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How appropriate on the first day back to school for CNP students that Dr. McCharen is our former President spotlight of the week! Dr. Jim McCharen served as the President/Chairman of the Board in 2003, and has chaired the Golf Tournament Committee for the last 13 years. One of Dr. McCharen’s legacies will undoubtedly be the strong (and lasting) partnerships …

2002 | President/Chairman of the Board, Robert Floyd

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2002 proved to be a busy year for both the Chamber and the City of Choctaw. Robert Floyd served as the President/Chairman of the Board for that year. The Chamber celebrated its 25th Anniversary, held its annual auction at Old Germany, hosted a NATO Reception at Old Germany and hosted a Business After Hours at Choctaw’s new police station. The …

2001 | President/Chairman of the Board, Dave Howe

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Dave Howe served as the Chairman of the Board for the Chamber in 2001. Dave’s professional experience as a retired Air Force Colonel and Aerospace Program Manager with Lockheed Martin enabled him to bring leadership and direction to the Chamber. Dave’s service was not limited to just the Chamber of Commerce. He served as Chairman of the Choctaw Veterans Memorial …

2000 | President/Chairman of the Board Galia Tennison

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Galia Tennison was sworn in to serve as the Chamber’s President/Chairman of the Board for 2000. Galia’s involvement with the Choctaw Community started well before 2000 and continues to this day. She owned and operated Galia’s Flowers-Gifts in Choctaw for several years and also served on CEDA until recently. Galia proudly participated in the Comstar Program, Military Affairs and partnering …

1999 President/Chairman of the Board, Gary Torbett

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1999 was a big year for the Choctaw community and for the Chamber. Gary Torbett, with TDS, served as President/Chairman of the Board for the Chamber of Commerce and that same year 126 building permits were issued, 7 new housing additions were built, and two tornadoes touched down causing over $3.2 million dollars in damages. Under Gary’s direction, the Chamber …

1998 | President/Chairman of the Board, Bobbie Freeman

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1998 was the year Bobbie Freeman stepped in to serve as the President/Chairman of the Board for the Chamber. Bobbie’s dedication and commitment to the Chamber and to Eastern Oklahoma County started well before 1998 and continues to this day. We appreciate all the hard work, dedication and time Bobbie has given to the Chamber and our communities.

1997 | President/Chairman of the Board, Ken Brewer

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Ken Brewer, long time Choctaw resident, served as the President/Chairman of the Board for the chamber in 1997. Ken’s service to the Chamber and the community started well before 1997 and continues to this day. Ken was actively involved in Choctaw’s Old Timers Day Parade for multiple years. He’s still very active in our annual auction. We appreciate Ken’s continued …

1996 | President/Chairman of the Board, Butch Freeman

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In 1996 when Butch Freeman became President/Chairman of the Board, he had already been serving as the Oklahoma County Treasurer for 3 years. Freeman is no stranger to public service. He has worked diligently and tirelessly to develop and grow Eastern Oklahoma County. In 1996, Freeman remarked that the area was “on the verge of something great.” Fast forward a …

1995|President/Chairman of the Board, Gary Howard

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Who doesn’t love Gary Howard?! The Chamber is forever grateful and appreciative of Gary’s hard work and dedication to making not only the Chamber thrive, but also the community. The success and growth of our Annual Chamber Auction is a direct reflection of Gary’s perseverance, leadership and unwillingness to take “no” for an answer. If you haven’t seen our video …