TOP EXECUTIVE: Dr. Gene Callahan has been the CEO of Tulsa Technology Center since 1988.
The Tulsa Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI) has recognized Dr. Gene Callahan, Superintendent and CEO of Tulsa Technology Center, as this year’s “Executive of the Year.” Roy Peters of the Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence presented the award to Callahan at the organization’s 49th Annual Firm Recognition Night and Executive of the Year Presentation at the City Plex Tower.
Each year, EWI presents the award to an executive who demonstrates a high level of support for the organization.
“We are grateful to Dr. Callahan for recognizing the value of EWI and our impact on business and in the community,” said Linda Safley, president of the Tulsa Chapter. “His commitment to leadership and professional development serves as an example to other Tulsa businesses who strive to succeed.”
Dr. Callahan has served as Superintendent and CEO of Tulsa Technology Center since November 1988. As CEO, he is responsible for the development of programs and services at the Center to develop a world class workforce and prepare people for success in the workplace. After serving four years of active duty in the United States Air Force, Dr. Callahan earned a Bachelor of Science in Distributive Education (now called Marketing Education) and a Master of Education in Vocational Education and School Administration at Virginia Tech. In 1979, he was awarded a Doctor of Education from Auburn University.
He is a graduate of the Inaugural Class of Leadership Oklahoma and Class XV of Leadership Tulsa, and an active member of the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma State Chamber, Junior Achievement of Greater Tulsa, the Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Association, and the Association for Career and Technical Education. Dr. Callahan is also an active member of The Oklahoma Academy, and serves as a board member and Chairman of the Board for Junior Achievement of Eastern Oklahoma.
Tulsa Technology has been an active and involved member firm of the Tulsa Chapter of EWI since 1998. It is the oldest and largest career and technical training center in Oklahoma. Founded in 1965 as a part of Tulsa Public Schools, Tulsa Vo-Tech became an independent school district in 1973. The school is currently represented by Nancy Gordin, Assistant to the Superintendent, and Carolyn Kubiak, Facilities Specialist. EWI is a professional organization that offers professional development, scholarships and community service opportunities for business professionals; the Tulsa chapter has served the community since 1956.
Chartered in 1956, the Tulsa Chapter of EWI currently has 72 member firms represented by 88 key individuals from those firms. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, EWI has 75 Chapters located across the United States, Canada and Europe. EWI was founded in 1938 to provide businesswomen from diverse industries a forum for promoting their firms, enhancing their personal and professional development and engaging in community activities. Today, with more than 3,000 member firms and nearly 3,500 representatives, EWI is the leading connection for business professionals. For more information, call EWI at 801-355-2800 or visit www.executivewomen.org.