By The Banner Staff
A Comanche High School graduate, with family in Duncan, may be one of the top female executives in London.
Heather Dixon, a vice president at American Express, was named one of seven category winners during the Women in the City Celebration in October at the Museum of London.
Dixon, who heads International Financial Reporting at American Express, won the Accountancy category, for her success in communicating financial information.
There was a great deal of competition for the highly coveted awards, with executives from all over London in the running.
“The Women of Achievement Awards reinforce the positive contribution that women make in the business world, so I am honored to achieve such a prestigious accolade,” Dixon said. “I hope this award motivates my peers in the accounting world to strive for success as it has done for me.”
Dixon, who is the daughter of Linda Gray Hayden and the late Brian Hayden of Duncan, was in the running for the overall Woman of Achievement Award, which was announced in November.
All seven categories were promoted by a sponsor. The accountancy category was sponsored by Bluefin and endorsed the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).
“Heather impressed and inspired the judging panel with her combination of confidence and self-awareness,” said ICAEW senior talent manager Rhonda Martin, who presented the award. “She was able to confidently articulate her own leadership challenges as real advice for other omen making her a genuine and approachable role model.
“Her ability to combine practical solutions to flexible working with her calm, controlled and measured influencing style set her apart from the other candidates as a real agent for change who understood the need to join the different perspectives of those setting the messages from the top and the real experience of the people on the ground.”
The goal of the Woman of Achievement Award is to highlight and formally recognize those women who, as well as fulfilling a demanding senior level role, are actively promoting and encouraging the progress of women in their organization and sector.
By The Banner Staff
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Church ministry to host $1-per-gallon gas event on Saturday
Hop & Sack Grocery should be hopping on Saturday morning.
The annual gas buydown project, a ministry of Marlow’s First Baptist Church, will begin at 8 a.m. and last until noon on Saturday.
The church will buy down the price of gas so customers will pay only $1 per gallon for up to 20 gallons.
Homegrown Marlow singer returns for free concert
Marlow native Chance Anderson brought his band to Marlow’s downtown stage Thursday evening for the second of three community concerts of the summer.
Free hot dogs and drinks were served to about 150 people who gathered for the music.
Jason McPherson, city administrator, said he was proud of the turnout, especially with the raging heat.
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National Day of the Cowboy kicks off Saturday
The annual National Day of the Cowboy will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.
The theme is centered around Native American culture and will be showcased through a variety of different activites, specifically the ongoing Allan Houser Exhibition.
Temperature hits 101
The temperature hit 101 in Duncan on Thursday and stayed there for about two hours before cooling down to 99 at 6:35 p.m., the National Weather Service reported.
More hot weather is in the forecast.
Nelson discusses Duncan’s water supply during Rotary meeting
Duncan Vice Mayor Mike Nelson doesn’t think Duncan residents need to worry about the city’s water supply.
Despite Stage 3 water rationing, which limits outdoor watering to midnight to 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Nelson said the forethought of Duncan’s forefathers, who were also Duncan Rotary members, have created a backup system for the city.
What’s dug up at cemetery goes down at spray pad project
Dana Stanley knew just where to go to get fill dirt for the Douglass Park spray pad project -- the local cemetery.
The city is building a splash pad on top of what used to be Douglass Pool, but before that happens a fairly large hole has to be filled.
Traffic stop leads to drug arrest for Duncan man
Bail was set at $250,000 Wednesday for a Duncan man who was allegedly found to have two bags of methamphetamine and two bags of marijuana in his home.
Duncan Police Officer Suzannahe Weir said she stopped Steven Fontinott, 62, for a traffic violation on Saturday.
Man drives drunk, rolls truck in the process
A felony warrant was issued for a Marlow man who was allegedly found to have been driving drunkenly following a rollover accident on Nabor Road.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Darin Carman said William Waller, 33, was pinned under the steering wheel of his truck and smelled of alcohol.
Hard year for peaches doesn't dampen summer tradition
A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they've come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.”
Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, might beg to differ. Even so, Porter is known for its peaches, and every year thousands of people flood this town of about 600 residents to taste and celebrate the local crop during the three-day Peach Festival.
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