|2006 Alumni Award Recipients:
Ron (McNeil) His Horse is Thunder, Fort Yates, N.D., Excellence in Education Award; Craig Katt, Atlanta, GA., Special Achievement Award; Mary and Ed Furois, Spearfish, Special Service Award; Tim Penton, Miami, Fl., Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Tim Penton, Class of ’80, country manager for Williams International, began working in the oil fields near his hometown of Casper, Wyo. That was the beginning of what would become a long and successful energy career that has included assignments in the western part of the U.S. as well as in several international Locations.
Tim oversee the Venezuela, South America, operations for Williams International, an energy business that produces, gathers, processes and transports natural gas across the U.S. as well as in some international locations.
Tim and his family embarked on a series of assignments which included stays in Kansas, Texas, and eventually Gabon, in West Africa, his first overseas job, and later in Mauritania and Congo. During this time, Penton continued his education through graduate courses in international finance.
Tim has been actively involved in the development and advancement of an English-speaking school in Venezuela, which his children attended. He has helped out in many ways and most recently served as president of the board of education and has chaired many committees. Tim and his wife, Lisa, have two grown children, Molly, who is studying in Madrid, Spain, and Montana, who is currently stationed in Italy with the U.S. Air Force.