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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores' Founder and CEO, Tom Love, was named one of Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs by The Journal Record.
"These leaders have shown the tenacity in tough economic times while possessing values that have earned them respect from their employees as well as the business and civic communities," the Journal Record reported.
Love won in the category for private companies with more than 500 employees. Nearly 500 guests attended the inaugural event, according to the company. During an awards ceremony Feb. 18, the Record honored eight CEOs from around the state.
In a letter supporting Love's nomination, Senior Vice President of JP Morgan Chase Bank Allison E. Taylor said: "My experience with Mr. Love can be defined by an individual of unmatched character and integrity, and yet one who exhibits graciousness and humility as well. His ongoing commitment to share these values with his employees is demonstrated by his priority of being on the road visiting every Love's store in an effort to recognize exceptional performance and identify future leaders."
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits President and CEO, Debby Hampton, also wrote a letter in support of the nomination, in which she stated: "Rarely do I come across a CEO who is so sincere about supporting the local community," she said. "In my contact with Tom Love, I have discovered a person who has extraordinary character, integrity and a genuine concern for his employees and the community."
The seven other CEOs who were honored included:
-- Aubrey McClendon of Chesapeake Energy, and J. Larry Nichols of Devon Energy (public companies with more than $500 million in annual revenue)
-- Harland Stonecipher of PrePaid Legal Services Inc. (public companies with less than $500 million in annual revenue)
-- David K. Hill Sr. of Kimray Inc. (private companies with fewer than 500 employees)
-- George Stephen Mason of Cardinal Engineering Inc. (small businesses with 50 or fewer employees)
-- Tom J. McDaniel of Oklahoma City University (nonprofits with more than $10 million in annual revenue)
-- Lou Kerr, The Kerr Foundation (non profits with less than $10 million in annual revenue)
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