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IEEW CEO Dr. Terry Neese Named in Most Admired CEOs in Oklahoma List

Institute For Economic Empowerment of Women’s CEO Recognized at The Journal Record’s Fourth Annual Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs Event Feb. 12

Oklahoma City, OK, February 23, 2013 --( The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) (, a nonprofit organization that encourages the empowerment of women through education and mentorship, has announced that founder and CEO Dr. Terry Neese was named one of the Most Admired CEOs in Oklahoma in The Journal Record’s fourth annual event, held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on Feb. 12. Each year, The Journal Record’s special recognition program honors the talented business and nonprofit leaders throughout the state of Oklahoma. These leaders work diligently to serve their companies and communities with integrity, values, vision, commitment to excellence, financial performance and commitment to diversity. After nominations, finalists are then chosen by a panel of Oklahoma business leaders. This year’s other nominees and winners were:

Top Honors
- Harold Hamm, Continental Resources Inc.
- Cliff Hudson, Sonic Corp.
- Robert “Bob” Funk, Express Employment Professionals.
- Rodeny Bivens, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
- Stephen Prescott, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Private Company Category Nominees
- Gary Allison, Tri-State Industrial Group.
- Wendy Buxton, LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions Inc.
- Brian Ferrell, factor 110|Destination Oklahoma.
- Pam Fountain-Wilks, Principal Technologies Inc.
- William “Bill” Fournet, The Persimmon Group.
- William “Bill” Frankfurt, Frankfurt Short Bruza.
- David F. Griffin, Griffin Communications LLC.
- H.K. Hatcher, NBC Oklahoma.
- Behfar Jahanshahi, InterWorks Inc.
- Sean Kouplen, Regent Bank.
- J.W. Mashburn, J.W. Mashburn Development Inc.
- Matt Peterson, Jetta Corp.

Nonprofit Category Nominees
- Susan Agel, Positive Tomorrows.
- Miki Farris, Infant Crisis Services Inc.
- Mike Fuhr, The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma.
- Mike Grady, YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.
- Donald Malone, Grand Lake Area Robotics Education.
- Stacey Ninness, Neighborhood Services Organization.
- Lisa Synar, OKC Beautiful

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“Oklahoma is a proud state when it comes to our business and nonprofit leaders,” said Neese. “I am honored to have been nominated among the strongest leaders in the state, and I want to further my congratulations to my fellow nominees and to the winners of these prestigious and well deserved awards.”

- IEEW is supported by these National Presidential Level sponsors: The T. Boone Pickens Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, Office Depot, the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Northwood University, and The Hill newspaper.

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Established in 2006, the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women, based in Oklahoma City, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that encourages the empowerment of women economically, politically and socially by focusing on their education and mentorship. The IEEW strives to help women in the United States and abroad who want to gain entrepreneurial skills that will help them start and grow a business, which will in turn help them to become more active and effective public policy advocates. Working on the forefront of these efforts, the IEEW believes in the power of women as a driving force in the development and stability of businesses in emerging economies. Through its dedication, hard work and PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS program, the IEEW helps provide women with a voice in their fight to establish peace and free market economies. For more information, visit

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