Advocates to Salute Oklahoma's Energy Industry at Centennial Event

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Energy Advocates are set to honor individuals and companies with annual awards during the third of four Centennial events that celebrate Oklahoma's energy sector. Congresswoman Mary Fallin is slated to be the keynote address at the event. Annual Energy Advocates Membership Meeting to be held same day and location.

Final preparations are being made by the Energy Advocates for their third of the four Centennial events by the Energy Advocates is "A Salute to Oklahoma's Energy Present." The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 13, at the Tulsa Petroleum Club. A reception will be at 5:00pm, followed by dinner at 6:00pm. Former Lt. Governor and current Congresswoman Mary Fallin will be the keynote speaker.

The awards are to be: Centennial Energy Advocates Lifetime Achievement Award: Sherman E. Smith Family; Centennial Energy Advocates Individual Award: Randy Eminger, Center for Energy and Economic Development; Centennial Corporate Energy Advocates Award: Tony Oil Company; Centennial Energy Advocates Heritage Award: Devon Energy Corporation; Centennial Energy Advocates Education Awards: Dr. Charles Mankin and the Oklahoma Geological Survey, National Association of Royalty Owners and the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission; Centennial Energy Advocates Association Award: American Association of Petroleum Geologists; Centennial Energy Advocates Community Leadership Individual Leadership Awards: Jose Freede and Myra Ward; Centennial Community Leadership Corporate: AEP/PSO.

The event will honor companies and organizations that are involved in Oklahoma's energy industry. For more information on these events or to register, please visit the conference website at http://www.energypolicyconference.com. You may also call the Energy Advocates headquarters at (918) 599-7767 or contact by email at info(at)energyadvocates.org.

About The Energy Advocates: Since 1974, The Energy Advocates, a national organization, has provided energy education nationally. The Energy Advocates strongly support all forms of energy. Its primary mission is to inform the general public about our vital energy industry and energy policy issues. To learn more about energy issues, and The Energy Advocates, visit http://www.energyadvocates.org.

About Mary Fallin: Congresswoman Mary Fallin represents the Fifth District of Oklahoma, which includes most of Oklahoma County and all of Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties. Overwhelmingly elected in November 2006, Fallin is the first woman to represent Oklahoma in Congress since 1920. She is a life-long conservative dedicated to representing Oklahoma values in Washington.

Fallin currently serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Small Business. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Small Business Chair on the Republican Policy Committee and Vice Chairman of the Women's Caucus.

History in Public Office
Fallin is no newcomer to public service; she first took office in 1990 as a state legislator. During her two terms as a State Representative she was recognized by the American Legislative Exchange Council as Legislator of the Year and named Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business.

Fallin became Oklahoma's first woman and first Republican Lieutenant Governor in 1995. As lieutenant governor, Fallin served as President of the Senate and on 10 boards and commissions that impact the quality of life and business in Oklahoma, including the Tourism and Recreation Commission, State Board of Equalization, Oklahoma Land Commission and Film Advisory Commission. She pursued an aggressive agenda focusing on economic development, education, health care and government reform during her 12 years in office.

Fallin worked to promote economic growth and increase economic opportunities for Oklahomans throughout her three terms as lieutenant governor. In the Cabinet-level position of small business advocate during the Keating administration, Fallin championed the cause of small business in Oklahoma by fighting the rising cost of health insurance and excessive government regulation. Fallin was also instrumental in initiating several economic development events including the first-ever Oklahoma Aerospace Summit & Expo, Small Business Day at the Capitol and Telecommunications Day at the Capitol. She also hosted the Lieutenant Governor's Invitational Turkey Hunt.

Fallin has also worked hard to keep Oklahoma's children safe and ensure them a bright future. In the wake of the tragic Oklahoma City bombing, she formed a task force to rebuild the childcare center lost in the disaster. Fallin also initiated Project Homesafe, a gun safety program that has distributed more than 80,000 free cable gun locks to Oklahomans.

Many organizations and civic groups have recognized Fallin for her service over the years. She has been honored with numerous awards including Women in Communication's Woman in the News Award, induction into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame, Clarence E. Page Award, induction into the Oklahoma Aviation Hall of Fame, 1998 Woman of the Year in Government and 1993 Legislator of the Year.

Personal Story
Fallin comes from a family with strong ties to public service. Her mother and father both served terms as mayor of Tecumseh, where she was raised. A native of Tecumseh and a current resident of Oklahoma City, Fallin is a long-time resident of the Fifth District. She is a graduate of Tecumseh High School and attended Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. Fallin also holds a degree from Oklahoma State University. She and her two children, Christina and Price, make their home in Oklahoma City, where they are active members of Crossings Community Church.

About IEPC
Founded in 1992, the first IEPC was held at the University of Oklahoma. The conference has been hosted by The Oklahoma Royalty Company, The Energy Advocates, The State Chamber, The U.S. Department of Energy, Sarkeys Energy Center/University of Oklahoma, People to People International, The American Gas Association, and Oklahoma Marginal Well Commission. Mark A. Stansberry is the IEPC founder and President of the IEPC founding company, The Oklahoma Royalty Company.

Availability of reasonably priced energy is critical to economic and business development both in the United States and in other countries around the world. It also greatly impacts many other aspects of human development globally.

Past conference locations have included Washington, D.C., Tulsa, OK, and Denver, CO, and Dallas, TX.

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