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Governor Fallin names new commerce secretary

Secretary of State Larry V. Parman will leave that post to lead the Commerce Department.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: October 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm •  Published: October 11, 2013

Gov. Mary Fallin has named Secretary of State Larry V. Parman to lead the state Commerce Department and become her secretary of commerce.

Both positions require Senate confirmation.

“Larry is a skilled manager and an experienced businessman,” Fallin said in a statement. “He knows how to manage an agency, deliver better services, and ensure that every dollar of taxpayer money is being put to good use.

“He also understands the business world, and will be able to work with our partners in the private sector to improve on our business climate and help bring more and better jobs to Oklahoma. I know he will be an excellent leader at the Department of Commerce and continue to be a great asset for the state of Oklahoma.”

Parman will step down as secretary of state on Nov. 1 after holding the position since March.

Before becoming secretary of state, Parman served as CEO of Parman & Easterday, an Oklahoma City estate planning, elder law and business planning law firm.

He also served as president of The Hawthorn Group, an Alexandria, Va.-based public affairs firm, as well as president and CEO of the Oklahoma-based financial holding firm Trencor Inc. Parman has also been a partner in Notch It UP Strategies, a firm that offers marketing and executive development programs to business owners and executives.

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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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