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Alumni Spotlight: Louis Sims

Panhandle State Communications on 12/18/2020 Louis Sims Louis Sims

Louis Sims is a Hobart, Oklahoma native with a life full of success in several different industries. He attended Panhandle State on an athletic scholarship and graduated with a degree in Business in 1956.

After graduating from Panhandle State, Sims was enlisted for three years in Army Intelligence, which started a decorated career of service. Louis finished with the Army and became a Special Agent for the U.S. Secret Service. He served and protected 6 U.S. Presidents starting with John Fitzgerald Kennedy and finished under Ronald Reagan.

He retired from the Secret Service, continuing into a career in the oil industry with Pennzoil. He eventually earned his second retirement as Vice President of Pennzoil. Louis wasn’t quite ready to leave the workforce after the second retirement and became a Vice President for Career Enserch Exploration in the energy industry.

Sims returned to Hobart after his third retirement and has since been a chair or member of several boards to serve and improve the community, schools, and economy. He stays involved with the community by attending Hobart athletics, often speaking at the schools, especially during Veterans Day.

Sims also serves as the Director of Association of Former Agents of U.S. Secret Service for Oklahoma. His career was written at the request of the U.S. Secret Service for the USSS National Training Center Library. The Secret Service has used his career to teach current and new agents how the USSS has developed since the JFK assassination.

He has always credited Panhandle State for an excellent education. When asked about his favorite thing, he said, “Professors were helpful always, everyone was part of Panhandle State family, friendships were great, played varsity baseball and basketball, and Coaches IBA and Williams were great.” Sims keeps busy with the community and enjoys 2 of 5 children living in Hobart and playing golf.