Oklahoma City, Okla. (April 8, 2019) – Governor Kevin Stitt announced today five appointments to the Oklahoma Transportation Commission.
“We are proud to welcome five new members to the Oklahoma Transportation Commission,” said Gov. Stitt. “All of the commissioners are qualified leaders who have dedicated their careers to growing and investing in Oklahoma. I look forward to working with them to ensure we have a safe and efficient transportation network.”
The appointments are as follows:
District 5: David Dyson, of Elk City, currently serves as the Dealer at Barber-Dyson Ford Lincoln. Dyson bought the dealership in 1994 and has run a successful business since. For a quarter century Barber-Dyson Ford Lincoln has been the number one selling car dealer between Oklahoma City and Amarillo, Texas. They have won the President’s Award three times, which is the highest award possible with Ford Motor Company. Dyson holds an Associate of Arts in Ag Business from Oklahoma State University.
District 6: Bobby J. Alexander, of Woodward, was appointed to the Oklahoma Transportation Commission by Gov. Mary Fallin in April 2011. He represents District Six, a nine-county area in northwestern Oklahoma and the panhandle. He graduated from Seminole High School in 1973 and from Kilgore College in Texas in 1977 with a degree in oil and gas technology. Alexander is currently the founder and CEO of Power Rig LLC, a position he has held since 2008. He has been very active in Woodward, serving on the Woodward Hospital board, Woodward Airport Authority board, Woodward Convention Center board and the Bank 7 board. He is also a past president of the Independent Association of Drilling Contractors and a member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.
District 7: Stephen J. LaForge, of Chickasha, currently serves as the President and Owner of LaForge Properties, LLC, Ace Investments, Inc. and other real estate owning entities. Prior to this, he served as the President and Owner of Labco Construction, Inc., during which he completed over $20,000,000 worth of construction projects as a general contractor in five states. LaForge served on the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority from 1995 to 2003 where he held the position of Secretary/Treasurer. An active member of the Chickasha community, LaForge is a member of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce, a board member on the Chickasha Economic Development Council, a member of both the Oklahoma and National Society of Professional Engineers, and a board member on the Chickasha Industrial Authority. LaForge holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas.
District 8: Bob A. Peterson, of Tulsa, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melton Truck Lines, a long-haul flatbed trucking company headquartered in Tulsa, OK. Melton currently operates 1,300 late model over-the-road trucks, over 2,000 open-deck flatbed trailers and employs over 1,600 people. Melton also operates four other facilities including a substantial facility in Laredo, TX. Mr. Peterson began his career in trucking by obtaining a Commercial Drivers License, which he maintains currently. From 1985 to 1989, he worked at Contract Freighters, Inc., of Joplin, MO, lastly as Executive Vice President of Operations. He served as President of GlasTran, Inc., a start-up trucking company he founded in 1989 before merging it with Melton in 1991. Prior to that his professional experience included executive management positions in venture capital, bank management, and public accounting. Mr. Peterson holds a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He has practiced as a Certified Public Accountant.
At-Large: V. Gene McKown, of Norman, is a longtime builder, developer, rancher, business owner, and philanthropist. After completing his degree in agriculture and business from Oklahoma State University, he became a Realtor, went into the homebuilding business and has been a builder in Norman, Okla., since 1969, building over 10,000 homes in the Oklahoma City area. Over the course of his career, McKown has developed and managed over 30 real estate developments, but he is best known as co-owner and president of development for Ideal Homes. Founded in 1990 by McKown, and his son Vernon, Ideal Homes builds 400 new homes annually, with more than $75 million in sales each year. Long known as a pioneer for energy efficiency, the company was the first Builder in America to build affordable Energy Star homes and constructed the first affordable zero energy home in America. Other recognitions include consecutive National Housing Quality Awards, America’s Best Builder and National Builder of the Year. In 2010 Ideal Homes built a home for a local family in need for an episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Most recently, McKown partnered with local non-profit Food and Shelter where he served as a fundraiser and major contributor to construct 32 fully furnished cottages. As a result of his lifetime of giving back, McKown received the Sam Matthews Social Justice Award from the Xenia Institute for Social Justice in 2017. He served as commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for 12 years, chairman of the State Industrial Development Department and president of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Board of Directors for Security National Bank & Trust Company, the Norman Legacy Foundation and the McKown Family Foundation.