Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

2003 Woman of the Year Nominee, Rhonda A. Clemmer, Eagle Systems and Services Inc

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

2003 Woman of the Year Nominee, Rhonda A. Clemmer, Eagle Systems and Services Inc

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"Doing things right while doing the right things."

That is the philosophy Rhonda A. Clemmer lives by in not only her personal life, but professionally as well.

"I truly believe each individual has been given an opportunity to succeed," according to the small business owner. "Life is what you make of it. I intend to make the most of every single day, and I encourage those around me to do the same."

And succeed she has.

Clemmer took a small business with two employees and nearly zero profitability and helped grow it into an expanding business with more than 250 employees and revenues exceeding $12 million. Today, Lawton-based Eagle Systems and Services has locations in seven states and provides information technology, paper-based and computer- based training, logistic, and program support services to a diverse set of clients. The majority of the company's work is under government contract.

From early on, Clemmer knew she wanted to be involved with business either as a small business owner, consultant or executive. She obtained a bachelor's degree in marketing from Cameron University in 1989. A year later, she received her master's degree from Oklahoma State University focusing on corporate training and adult education.

After graduating, Clemmer worked a couple of years for Red River Federal Savings as director of training before joining Eagle Systems as training manager. Two years later she bought 51 percent of the company from Donna Reddout and became CEO and president. "I was in the right place at the right time. I purchased a company that was struggling but that had potential. I then grew it from the ground up with my partner of 11 years (another woman by the way)," she said.

Clemmer said marketing and training development allowed her to be creative and see an end product.

Clemmer also supports her husband's small business, West End Drug, by providing financial management and strategic support for this business.

In addition, she is a member of the Lawton Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce, Women Impacting Public Policy, National Association of Female Executives, Society of Human Resource Management, Oklahoma State Alumni Association and the Southwest Technology Association. …

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