Kimball assumed the chairman post at the Sept. 18 meeting of the GRDA Board of Directors in Vinita. He succeeds outgoing Chairman Joe Vandevier.

VINITA – Tom Kimball, a founding member of the Owasso Economic Development Authority and 56 year veteran of the retail industry, will lead the Grand River Dam Authority as chairman during the next 12 months.

Kimball assumed the chairman post at the Sept. 18 meeting of the GRDA Board of Directors in Vinita. He succeeds outgoing Chairman Joe Vandevier. Jim Richie will serve as the board’s chair-elect for the next year.

Kimball was first appointed to the GRDA Board by then-Oklahoma Senate President Pro-Tempore Brian Bingman in November 2012. In 2017, he was re-appointed by then-Present Pro Tempore Mike Schulz. Along with his economic development and retail experience, he has also been an active member of the board of Spirit Bank since 2005. He is also active in the Grand Lake community and spends a significant amount of time at his lake home each week. Kimball previously served as GRDA Chairman in 2014-15.

Richie is co-founder and chief auctioneer for Kruse Energy & Equipment LLC. He was first appointed to the board in January 2014 by then-Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon. Like Kimball, he is also an active member of the Grand Lake community and part-time Grand Lake resident.

“I am pleased that Chairman Kimball accepted the nomination for another term as our board chairman,” said GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “Tom Kimball is devoted to our employees, our customers and the resources that we manage. His proven leadership and voice on our board is a valuable asset to GRDA.”

GRDA is governed by a seven-member board of directors, comprised of representatives from each GRDA customer class (municipals, electric cooperatives and industrials) as well as the GRDA lakes area. Two at-large representatives also sit on the board. Appointments are made by the Oklahoma Governor, Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. Two other board positions are ex-officio, filled by the general manager of the OAEC and the executive director of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) or by their designees.