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OEC People 


Charles Barton, 35 years of innovation


by Tory Tedder


career at OEC in 1976 at the age of 19. Outside of the family farm, Barton held only one job, at the Oklahoma City stockyards, before joining the  High School, he received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1982 followed by a Masters in Management from   Among many milestones, Barton established


 creating an internal billing procedure and streamlining the work process. "Before, billing was weeks behind the members' actual usage.  to-date," remembers Barton. "Today we are going even further toward a real time system with prepaid metering and hourly meter readings." Barton states his goal is service. "The more


current the data, the more problems can be eliminated. Instantaneous connections have been made possible by remote metering. We can read a  improvements result in faster response times to work  usage and associated bill when they have easy access to current and historical data.” Barton credits the support and innovative


thinking of his fellow employees at OEC as he describes one of his greatest achievements, the  pioneering system has since been adopted by co-ops  Barton is frequently invited to speak to other co-ops and utilities across the country about our successful program. 


Above, Charles Barton today and circa 1985.


improve our service to the members. Employee moral goes up as our ability to improve work quality goes up." Barton says, "It all comes back to providing the best quality of service we can and always striving to do more." Charles and Jo, his wife of 35 years, run a small


cow/calf operation on the family farm. He is also a licensed minister and serves as assistant pastor of his local church.


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