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2006 - Lifetime Achievement Winner - Gaylon Pinc, Tulsa

Look at this view of Tulsa.  See the glistening river, the variety of park land, the downtown skyline?  Everything in this shot, and far more that isn’t shown, has been touched as result of a lifetime of work by one man, Gaylon Pinc.

He has served the northeast part of the state for more than three decades as a protector of Oklahoma’s air and water resources.  His work as Manager of Environmental and Engineering Services for the Indian Nations Council of Governments – better known as IN-COG – led to his involvement, but it has been his passion that has led to success.

Using his engineering degrees from Oklahoma State., Gaylon began his career performing hydrology and water studies for IN-COG.  Within four years, he was promoted to department manager and since that day, 27 years ago, his list of accomplishments has grown to epic proportions.  With leadership and characteristic hard work, he developed and administered the award-winning Ozone Alert air quality program, created and managed the highly-recognized Tulsa Clean Cities and alternative fuels programs, and led the region in developing strategies and conducting studies for water supply, wastewater treatment and stormwater management.


He has served as project manager for a vital and important study of water system infrastructure and cooperation among communities and rural water districts.  After coordinating the first two phases of conceptual and detailed planning for the 42-mile reach of the Arkansas River through Tulsa County, he now is serving as program manager for phase three of the master plan for the river’s corridor.

Gaylon’s leadership has branched out to other causes.  He has been the president of every professional engineering society in Oklahoma -- and there are quite a few – and he chaired the National Convention of Professional Engineers when it met in Tulsa several years ago.  He also has served as president, and received honors from, the Downtown Tulsa Lions Club and he remains active in their many community service projects.

Look once again at this gorgeous view of Tulsa.  Now, look at the man who has contributed so tirelessly to the clean air and water in this view.  You’re looking at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s 2006 Lifetime Achievement award winner, Mr. Gaylon Pinc.