Cecil O’Brate, moved from Enid, Oklahoma to western Kansas in his teens and began farming. He returned to Oklahoma to study engineering at Oklahoma State University. Cecil came back to western Kansas and has farmed land and managed businesses in the area since. He is currently and has been for over 40 years the Chairman and CEO of Palmer Mfg & Tank, Inc., a Garden City manufacturer of steel and fiberglass storage tanks that are sold nationwide. He has been an owner, director and officer of a number of companies, including over 30 years with Garden City Farm Equipment, Inc., a Case implement dealership, and over ten years with Great Bend Farm Equipment, Inc., a John Deere dealership. He owned, operated and subsequently sold various businesses, including banks in Dodge City, Ingalls, Greensburg and Mullinville. He is the founder, Chairman and CEO of several oil and gas companies, including over 20 years with American Warrior, Inc. and Mid-Continent Resources, Inc. Cecil and his wife, Frances, reside in Garden City.