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Cooperative welcomes new general manager


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ORTHEAST Oklahoma Electric Cooperative welcomed a new general manager in 2012. Anthony Due officially began his duties on January 30. Due is no stranger to northeast Oklahoma. He was born in Vinita, raised near


Strang in Mayes County and attended school in the Adair-Strang school district. He is a 1968 graduate of Strang High School. Due advanced his education at Rogers State University and Draughon’s School of


Business in Tulsa. He groomed his technical knowledge of electrical systems at Northeast Technology Center near Pryor.


Extensive professional studies have allowed Due to keep pace with changes and trends in the utility industry. He has completed numerous reliability and system operations certifications through the North American Electric Reliabil- ity Corporation (NERC), and is certified as a reliability coordinator with NERC.


In addition to being active in both the Southwest Anthony Due


Power Pool and American Public Power Association over the past two decades, Due brings 18 years of electrical utility management experience to the cooperative, including 16 years with the Grand River Dam Authority. He retired from GRDA in 2009 with 35 years of service. His last seven years with the organization were spent as assistant general manager of operations.


Due continued his career in the industry with Joplin-


based Empire District Electric Company, where he has served as manager of transmission operations for the past two years. An investor-owned and regulated utility company, Empire provides electricity, natural gas and water service to 215,000 customers in com- munities in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Empire employs 750. Due and wife Jan relocated from Pryor to Joplin when he joined Empire. Theirs was one of 7,000 homes leveled by the historic EF5 tornado of May 22, 2011, that also, tragically, claimed 160 lives.


The Dues were at home with one of their sons, his wife and two children when the twister struck. The family took cover as best it could inside the home and waited for the twister to pass. Due said there was no time for fear during the event. “You know, I think it was more scary after it was over because at the time you can’t really comprehend what is going on. We hadn’t experienced anything like that before.” He added: “There was zero warning. We had just moved in and had no television or radio. Matter of fact, we were still working and moving things around,” he said. “The house was totally destroyed and we came out with no injuries at all. We tell everyone that we are tornado victors, not victims. We all came out of there safely and that was the main thing. It was just unbelievable.”


As both a homeowner and an Empire employee, Due was closely involved in the town’s rebuilding process.


“Being an Empire employee, I saw a lot of it being rebuilt,” he said. “The town is still rebuilding and Empire is still rebuilding. It will take Empire a while to fully recover from this, but they will. It is a good strong company and a good place to work.” The Dues have been married 25 years and have three sons—one is a resident of Houston, another is in Las Vegas and another in Pryor—and four grandchildren. Due’s hobbies include golf and volunteering. He and Jan also enjoy attending their


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Officers and Trustees of NEOEC, Inc. President Dandy Allan Risman


Vice President John L. Myers


Secretary-Treasurer Benny L. Seabourn


Harold W. Robertson Member


Sharron Gay


Member James A. Wade


Member Bill R. Kimbrell


Member Jack Caudill Member


Asst. Secretary-Treasurer Everett L. Johnston


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Vinita headquarters: Four and a half miles east of Vinita on Highway 60/69 at 27039 South 4440 Road.


Grove office: 212 South Main.


Business hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Offices are closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays.


A representative is available 24 hours at: 1-800-256-6405


If you experience an outage, please check your switch or circuit breaker in the house and on the meter pole to be sure the trouble is not on your side of the service. If you contact us to report service issues or discuss your account, please use the name as it appears on your bill, and have both your pole number and account number ready.


NEOEC Management Team Anthony Due General Manager


Rick Shurtz


Manager of Operations Susanne Frost


Manager of Office Services Cindy Hefner


Manager of Public Relations February 2012


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