James D. Pendergrass has retired after 10 years as the general manager of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative.
Pendergrass came to WFEC in 1987 from the Platte River Power Authority in Fort Collins, Colo., where he was general manager for two years.
During his tenure with WFEC he was instrumental in lowering the wholesale power rate, negotiating incremental coal and rail rates and maximizing opportunities for off system sales. Pendergrass also obtained a new rail contract and assisted WFEC with plans to build its own 14 mile railroad line in southeastern Oklahoma. Marketing Bridget Dolan Little has been named account executive for Hays & Associates Inc., a public relations, marketing and graphic design firm. She has over 12 years of experience in the field, including owning and operating her own public relations/management firm and serving the Jim Halsey Co. as publicist/press agent to major record label recording artists and special events. Jordan Associates Advertising/Communications has added two associates. Tammy Umholtz joins the firm as junior copy writer. Her previous experience includes working as a graphic designer for Gil's Clothing/Urban Classics. Sylvia Roberts has been named senior media planner/buyer. She previously worked as media director for Mason & Moon Advertising. Shelly Pedevilla has joined KOCB TV-34 as national sales manager. Prior to joining KOCH, Pedevilla worked as an account executive for Seltel Inc. in Dallas where she was responsible for generating revenue for 125 television stations. She is a member of American Women in Radio and Television. Steve Laswell has been named account executive for Oklahoma City radio stations KQCV/KNTL. Laswell previously worked in customer relations for The Pillsbury Co. Communications VoiceStream Wireless has made several staff changes. * Dana Michelle Clifton has been named retail store supervisor. She previously worked as a high value customer representative for AT&T Wireless. * Emilie Rider and Andrew John Hoehner have joined VoiceStream as retail store managers. Rider has a degree in business management from Oklahoma State University. Hoehner previously worked as store manager for Blockbuster Music. * Scott MacLeon Whiteker has been named sales manager. Prior to joining the firm he worked for VoiceStream's parent company, Western Wireless Corp.-CellularONE as major account manager. Whiteker has several years experience in public relations, marketing, sales and management in professional baseball and athletics. * Vicki J. Clingenpeel has been named marketing manager. She has over 12 years experience in domestic and international market research, strategic business and market planning and implementation. …