Grand River Dam Authority

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Dan Sullivan, a former state representative for Oklahoma House District 71, assumed the duties of GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director in Dec.

Sullivan was born in Tulsa and graduated from Wagoner High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern State University in 1985 and his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Tulsa College of Law in 1988. He had been a member of the state legislature since his 2004 election. On two separate occasions, 2006 and 2011, he also served as majority floor leader in the Oklahoma House. Since 2005, he has served as Of Counsel to Pierce, Couch, Hendrickson, Baysinger & Green LLP (Tulsa).

At GRDA, he leads an organization of nearly 500 employees charged with broad responsibilities ranging from electric generation and transmission to lake management. His tenure began at a time when GRDA, like all other electric utilities, is operating in an environment of rapidly changing regulations that can affect many areas of the organization.

“While we all recognize that the regulatory environment is changing the operations of GRDA, I feel confident that GRDA’s team can work together to find the best solutions,” said Sullivan. “The ability to provide our customers and partners with low cost electricity, while striving to be good stewards of the natural resources under our control, are the primary missions we will continue to achieve.”

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is a non-appropriated state agency, funded by revenues from the sale of electricity and water. GRDA generates, transmits and sells electricity to Oklahoma municipalities, electric cooperatives and industrial customers, as well as off-system customers across a four-state region. GRDA also manages nearly 70,000 surface acres of lake waters in Oklahoma (Grand Lake, Lake Hudson, W.R. Holway Reservoir).

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Larry Parman is Founder and President of Parman & Easterday, a law firm that specializes in estate planning, elder law and exit planning for business owners.  He is also the Founder and President of Notch It Up Strategies, a firm providing leadership and executive development programs for CEOs and business owners.

Larry is the author of Above the Fray: Leading Yourself, Your Business and Others During Turbulent Times, and co-author of two books on estate planning and one on financial planning.

He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City and has served on many boards, including terms as chairman of Oklahoma City Junior Achievement and CompSource Oklahoma.

From 2011 through 2014, Larry served as the Oklahoma Secretary of State and Secretary of Commerce and helped establish the Workers’ Compensation Commission .

Larry currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and as our Club 29 Program Committee Co-Chair with his son Scott Parman.

Larry received his undergraduate B.S. degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia.    He then served in the U.S. Army and later received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City school of law.

Larry and his wife, Darlene, have two children – Aly, the mother of their two grandchildren in Portland, OR, and Scott from here in Oklahoma City.

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