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KATHY TOPPINS | THE EDMOND SUN Peggy Geib, chief industry officer for Francis Tuttle Technology Center, accepts the Coppermark Bank Woman of the Year Award at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet on Friday at the UCO Nigh University Center.

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce presented Peggy Geib, chief industry officer for Francis Tuttle Technology Center, with the Coppermark Bank Woman of the Year Award at the chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet.

Angie Johnson and Karan Ediger, representing the chamber’s Women’s Network Council, presented the award Friday at the UCO Nigh University Center Ballroom.

“Dr. Peggy Geib has actively been involved in workforce and economic development issues for more than 20 years,” said Ediger, who is advertising director at The Edmond Sun. Prior to joining Francis Tuttle, she served as the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (CareerTech) economic development liaison to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

“I’ve been so fortunate to be able to live my passion,” Geib said. She said she also feels fortunate to live in a community where she can make a difference through the career tech system. Geib introduced Tom Friedemann, superintendent and CEO at Francis Tuttle, and Bruce Campbell, chief of staff.

In accepting the award, Geib said she appreciated the opportunity provided by Coppermark Bank and the chamber to recognize women in Edmond. “This community is so rich in leaders, whether they’re males or females, but I think that there still is a glass ceiling,” Geib said. “It’s much high than it ever has been before.”

Over the years, Geib said, she has admired and been impressed by the work of three Edmond women — Saundra Naifeh, Mitzi Hancuff and Dana Shadid — who have unknowingly served as her mentors.

As Ediger provided information on Geib’s many roles within economic development and public education organizations, chamber members and guests expressed amazement at its length. Geib has been active with the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma City Area Chamber of Commerce, Central Chapter of the American Society of Training & Development, Oklahoma Quality Award Foundation and more.

Geib earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in community and adult education from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University with her dissertation, “Workforce Development: A Future of Possibilities.”

She and her husband Dick moved to Edmond in 1984. “My husband said it would be a minimum of six months and a maximum of two years,” Geib said. “But, you can tell we fell in love with the community.”

ktoppins@edmondsun.com | 341-2121, ext. 112

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