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Past photos from Caddo Electric Cooperative in Binger, Okla., show General Manager Bob Thomasson over the course of his 50 years of employment at the co-op. Left: Thomasson still enjoys working for the co-op, saying they are an “outstanding team.” Photo by James Pratt


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Thomasson said he hopes his employees think he is friendly, approachable and easy to get along with.


“The everyday work environment at Caddo is outstanding. Everyone gets along and works together. We are an outstanding team,” Thomasson said.


Beverly Harvey, member services repre- sentative, has been with Caddo for 17 years, and described her boss as “big-hearted.”


“You have to be dedicated to stay in a place for 50 years,” Harvey said.


She echoed Thomasson’s sentiment on the closeness of the Caddo employees.


“I always feel like I have 60 brothers and 10 sisters who help me do what I need to do,” Harvey said.


Though dedicated to the initial purposes of the co-op, Thomasson shows commit- ment to community outreach ventures as well. Caddo Electric was integral in assisting the El Reno area after this year’s May 31 tornadoes. Like other electric cooperatives in the state, Caddo Electric gives scholar- ships, sponsors youth tours to Washington, D.C., and sends eighth-graders to an energy camp. Additionally, the cooperative has an Operation Round Up program in which members have the option to ‘round up’ their bills for the purposes of collecting funds that can be used by both individuals and organizations for food, shelter, cloth- ing, health needs and education.


Although he gives many hours to his job, the Caddo general manager is also a family man. Thomasson and his wife Karen married the same year he began working at the co-op, so this year marks the 50th an- niversary for both career and marriage. They have two sons, Clay and Matthew, and four grandchildren, Kyle, 21, Emily, 19, Tatum, 16, and 12-year-old Hayden.


It isn’t all work time for Thomasson—he plays a little too.


“Work interferes with my golf game,” he joked.


After retirement—though he is close- lipped about when retirement might hap- pen—Thomasson plans to improve that golf game, do more work at the farm, continue to shoot trap, and fi sh, and see family more often.


Thomasson was determined to get his


fi rst job so he could get married and begin a new part of his life. He was determined to fi nish his business degree despite the years it took, plucking away with a class or two at a time. He was determined to follow in the footsteps of his mentor and set high stan- dards for his co-op as general manager.


Was he determined to celebrate 50 years with Caddo Electric? It’s doubtful he was thinking about that in 1963 when he stopped in for a moment to inquire about a job and ended up on his life-long career path. But without determination, few mile- stones would ever be accomplished.


Happy 50th, Bob! Thomasson’s Determination Timeline


1963: Caddo Electric hires Bob Thomasson to build meter loops in the warehouse


1964: Promoted to warehouseman


1969: Moved into Caddo’s engineering group 1972: Became maintenance supervisor


1982: Promoted to director of operations


1996: Moved into his current position of general manager


Thomasson poses with co-op mascot Willie Wiredhand. Photo by James Pratt


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