Bill Barnes Award Recipients
The Bill Barnes Award was established in 1988. This award is given each year to individual(s) dedicated to the enrichment of the telephone industry's provessional knowledge for the Advancement of customers' welfare, participation in honest telecommunications enterprises, commitment of service before profit, to public welfare above all other considerations, and for the divine guidance in professional competency, initiative, leadership, mature sound judgment, and in all endeavors.
1988 Frank Morrison, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company
1989 Cecil Elliott, Panhandle Telephone Cooperative Inc.
1990 Allowe Hand, Beggs Telephone Company
1991 Roye E. Gauntt, Chickasaw Telephone Company
1992 V. David Miller, Cross Telephone Company
1993 Jewel B. Callaham, Pine Telephone Company
1994 William H. "Billy" Stanley Jr., KanOkla Telephone Company
1995 Johnnie Ruhl, Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Inc.
1996 Don Strube, Oklahoma Communications Systems Inc.
1997 W.O. "Bill" Young, Cherokee Telephone Company
1998 Gary Kennedy, Panhandle Telephone Cooperative Inc.
1999 Leroy "Dutch" Guest, Central Oklahoma Telephone Company
2001 Jesse R. Gailey, Totah Telephone Company
2002 J.R. Carter, Chouteau Telephone Company
2003 Jim Williams, Alltel, Inc.
2004 Bob Stafford, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company
2005 E.D. "Bud" Raus, Atlas Telephone Company
2006 Margaret and Zeine Goatcher, Cimarron Telephone Company
2007 Donald Heitschmidt, Panhandle Telephone Cooperative Inc
2008 J.B. "Sonny" Bright, Chickasaw Telephone Company
2009 Gary M. Jay, Salina-Spavinaw Telephone Company
2010 Jack Hester, Chickasaw Telephone Company
2011 Carolyn O'Hair, Sartain Fischbein & Co.
2012 Charles O. Smith, Canadian Valley Telephone Company
2013 Monte R. Lee, Monte R. Lee & Company
2014 Ron Strecker, Panhandle Telephone Cooperative Inc.
2015 Ron Comingdeer, Ron Comingdeer & Associates
2016 Pauline Van Horn, Oklahoma Western Telephone Company
2017 Greg Aldridge, KanOkla Networks