Oklahoma Executive Rooted in Environmental Science

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Deanna Atkinson says working at a bank while she was a student at Enid High School helped her make an important decision about her future professional career.

"I decided that office work was not what I wanted," said Atkinson, who grew up in a rural area.

So Atkinson enrolled at Phillips University and received a degree in environmental science.

"Science was always one of my favorite subjects in school and growing up in the country, I've always loved the outdoors," she said. "Environmental science was a perfect blending of both interests."

It proved to be a successful career choice.

Atkinson is president of Oklahoma Environmental Inc., which has its home office at 717 S. Hoover in Enid and offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, and a licensed environmental consultant, well driller and storage tank remover.

She is also the new chairwoman of the Oklahoma Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, which has more than 300 members who own or supply fuel stations and convenience stores. The 3,000-plus retail outlets in the state represented by the association have more than 12,000 employees.

"At OPMCA, we educate our members on Oklahoma state laws and regulation to see that they comply," Atkinson said.

Atkinson is also president of the Oklahoma Ground Water Association and chairwoman of the professional development committee for the National Ground Water Association. She serves on the Vance Air Force Base Restoration Advisory Board and the legislative committee for the Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council.

She is co-author of a patent for the remediation of contaminated soils and is completing her second term as the gubernatorial appointee for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Storage Tank Advisory Council.

Atkinson has been with Oklahoma Environmental Inc. for 10 years and president since 2004.

"I started my career as a project manager, became the operations manager and eventually the company president," she said. …