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2009 - Towering Spirit - Joe Cox, H.I.S. Paint Mfg. - Oklahoma City

When Joe Cox, the president of H.I.S. Paint Manufacturing in Oklahoma City, approached Keep Oklahoma Beautiful several years ago with a desire to involve his company in some useful way, nobody knew it was going to lead to what has grown into one of the most popular programs in KOB’s “community toolbox.”

In just five years, Fresh Paint Days in Oklahoma has resulted not only in new appearances, but also sparked new life and energy in dozens of transformed towns and their volunteers.  Along the way, Joe Cox and his paint company have donated some 25-hundred gallons of latex exterior paint – worth more than 50-thousand dollars -- to make a difference in Oklahoma communities.

H.I.S. not only donates the paint for Fresh Paint Days, it provides free expert advice to the participants and helps KOB organize the paint deliveries.

Joe Cox’s corporate partner in the project is Public Service Company of Oklahoma, represented by Bud Ground, PSO’s manager of environmental affairs and a longtime KOB board member.  “Joe has impressed me from the outset,” Bud says, “because he clearly leads with his heart and loves giving back.”

For transforming Oklahoma communities one gallon of paint at a time with amazing generosity, our 2009 Towering Spirit Award winner is a true brush with greatness …. Joe Cox and his H.I.S. Paint Manufacturing Company!