The Edmond Sun


May 29, 2013

Kimray adds new members to board of directors

OKLA. CITY — Kimray, an Oklahoma City-based manufacturer of oil and gas control equipment, recently named several new members to its board of directors, including Kay Hill, Ben Manis, Mike O’Neal, Steve Trice and Jerry Wells. Kimray CEO Tom Hill will continue serving as chairman of the board.

“Kimray is a strong company with a great future and we are excited to diversify our board to reflect our growth,” Tom Hill said. “We are pleased to add board members who bring a variety of expertise, autonomy, strong leadership and character to guide Kimray’s efforts in 2013 and beyond.”

Tom Hill began his career at Kimray in 1971. He has been chairman since 1982 and currently serves as CEO. Tom uses his leadership to emphasize character development, which has led to an environment of integrity and quality that shows in Kimray’s products.

Kay Hill is the daughter of Garman Kimmell, who founded Kimray and served as its president for 57 years. Kay served as her father’s secretary and financial assistant for 35 years. She is also married to Tom Hill and is the assistant secretary of the board.

Ben Manis, president of Reaching Souls International, has been with Reaching Souls almost from its inception, having joined the ministry as a full-time staff member in 1989. RSI has trained and supports more than 1,000 national pastors and evangelists in Central Africa. During the past 20 years, Manis has made more than 80 trips to Africa, India and Cuba acquiring valuable experience and insight in international business.

Mike O’Neal is president emeritus at Oklahoma Christian University. While president, he helped Oklahoma Christian reduce operating expenses, increase academic support, add 20 faculty, increase endowment funds and set multiple enrollment records. The university also completed a $34 million building project and a $60 million fundraising campaign.

Steve Trice is president, CEO and founder of Jasco Products Company. Jasco is one of the industry’s largest and fastest-growing marketers of consumer electronic accessories, computer accessories, home electric products and security/surveillance products. Jasco, an exclusive GE licensee, develops and markets more than 2,000 consumer products worldwide under the GE brand name. He currently serves as vice chairman of the board.

Jerry Wells is senior pastor of Western Hills Baptist Church where he has been on staff since 1984. He felt God calling him to preach at age 17 and attended college at Oklahoma Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Baylor University.

Continuing board member Tom McCormick has spent his career improving oil and gas production. At Kimray, he began in customer service and worked his way up through the company, leading the forecasting department before being promoted to vice president and then senior vice president.

Bob Cole, Kimray’s chief financial officer and executive vice president, also currently serves as treasurer of the board.

The role of the board is to provide strategic oversight for Kimray, allowing the company’s management team to focus on the day-to-day operations. Full biographies of Kimray’s board of directors can be found on the About Us section of

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