The 2011 Citizen of the Year has been an active civic leader in our community - serving as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, on numerous chamber committees, and as a past president.


The 2011 Citizen of the Year has been an active civic leader in our community - serving as a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, on numerous chamber committees, and as a past president.

A strong supporter of Seminole High School and Seminole State College athletics, our honoree has served as a sports announcer for high school football and college basketball.  This person is a member of the First United Methodist Church and serves on the church’s Finance Committee.

Tonight’s honoree has been an active member of the Seminole Rotary Club – and worked at the Rotary Christmas Dinner for the past 15 years.

He has served on the Seminole Economic Development Council and the Seminole Tourism Council. He is coordinator of Seminole’s “Food for Kids” and is a passionate advocate for this program which provides backpacks of healthy food for hundreds of children in this community who may otherwise go hungry on weekends.

A transplant to Seminole, he was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended Texas A&M where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences.

He managed the primate lab for MD Anderson research facility and then attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he received his Master of Science in Health Care Administration.

During a 25-year career in the health care industry, he served as CEO of five hospitals: Two in Texas, one in Iowa, one in Pennsylvania and one in Oklahoma. 

He was project manager during the building of the new hospital in Seminole.

He owned Seminole Signs and now owns and operates Strothers Cinema.

He is president of the National Association of Theatre Owners of Oklahoma.

He and his wife of 31 years, Lisa, have two children: Christine – who is a first-grade teacher in McAlester; and Robert – a second-year medical student at OU Medical School.  Robert and his wife Ashton will make our honoree a first-time grandpa this summer.

Our honoree is a respected and hard-working professional, who volunteers his time and energies to help make Seminole a better place to live and work.  It is with great pride that I present the “2011 Citizen of the Year” – Steve Schoaps.