Thursday, April 18, 2024

Week of March 4

In This Issue…

Sandy’s salutations
OBA Board approves Nominating Committee for first vice chairman
Registration open for 2019 Community Bankers Leadership and Senior Management Conference
OBA Bankers’ Night Out programs ready for spring
OBA education corner …

Sandy’s salutations

By Sandy Werner
OBA Chairperson

You may not believe it now, but spring is coming. The OBA events calendar is full of opportunities to learn and network this spring, but I especially want to highlight three upcoming events.

If you have not already signed up for this year’s Community Bankers Leadership & Senior Management Conference, set for April 7-9, I encourage you to do so. This is one of my favorite conferences because it offers great speakers and numerous networking opportunities. Plus, if you are a golfer (which my game would be for comic relief only) you have time to enjoy the game with fellow bankers.

As you know, the OBA Bankers’ Night Out program dates for the spring rotation have recently been finalized. No pressure folks, but our fall numbers were huge and it would bring me great joy to have the same kind of showing this spring. Topics we expect to hit on include hemp, marijuana (part II) and other current issues challenging Oklahoma bankers, in addition to great food and fellowship.

Lastly, I would like to highlight the Women in Banking Lunch and Learn on March 28 at the OBA’s Harris Event Center. The featured speaker this year is Natalie Bartholomew and her topic is “Navigating through Being a Woman in Banking in 2019.” It should be a great event.

Hope to see each and every one of you at one of OBA’s events this spring!

Together we are the OBA,

———– Sandy

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OBA Board approves Nominating Committee for first vice chairman

In accordance with Section 6.3 of the By-Laws of the Oklahoma Bankers Association, notice is hereby given of the names of the members of the Nominating Committee that will select a candidate for first vice chairman to replace Rick Walker, vice chairman and CEO of Liberty National Bank in Lawton. The nomination will be put before the membership for its consideration and decision during the business meeting of the Association on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center located at Covell and Sooner Road in Edmond. The meeting begins at approximately noon.

Under the By-Laws the Nominating Committee is chaired by OBA Immediate Past Chairman Guy Sims, president, CEO and chairman, Shamrock National Bank, in Coalgate. The current chairman (Sandy Werner, CEO, First National Bank & Trust, Elk City) must submit four names of current OBA Board members to the Board for consideration and approval to make up the balance of the Committee.

The names of the members of the Nominating Committee have been approved by the full Board. They are:

Stuart Sander
President and CEO
Security State Bank, Cheyenne
(580) 497-3354

Terri Thompson
President and CEO
American Exchange Bank, Henryetta
(918) 652-3321

Bryan Cain
Security State Bank of Oklahoma, Wewoka
(405) 257-5411

Priscilla Cude
President and CEO
First Bethany Bank & Trust, Bethany
(405) 789-1110

Guy Sims (commitee chairman)
Shamrock Bank, Coalgate
(580) 927-2311

Any active officer of a member bank or bank holding company is eligible to be considered as a candidate for the office of first vice chairman. Any such officer should call or email any member of the Committee and let that person know of his or her interest. As soon as the nominee is selected by the Committee, notice will be given to the membership.

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Registration open for 2019 Community Bankers Leadership and Senior Management Conference

The Oklahoma Bankers Association 2019 Community Bankers Leadership & Senior Management Conference is scheduled for April 7-9 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona.

One of the key benefits of the conference will be talking to your peers. Attendees at the OBA 2019 Community Bankers Leadership & Senior Management Conference will be surrounded by those with similar titles, similar workloads, similar problems and likely solutions to issues that can be just as similar.

If you have any questions or want to get signed up, contact the OBA’s education department at 405-424-5252, or download a brochure and registration form by clicking here!

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OBA Bankers’ Night Out programs ready for spring

The dates for the OBA Bankers’ Night Out programs have been finalized. Mark your calendar for the date of the program that’s in your area of the state and plan to attend. Bring your coworkers with you so that everyone can be up to speed on topics affecting their job. In addition to state and federal legislative updates, the program will include a discussion on the recent developments regarding hemp.

As in the past, the schedule for each of these meetings is:

5:30 p.m. – Drinks
6:15 p.m. – Program
7 p.m. – Dinner

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The cost is $50 per person. Click here for a registration form.

Locations and dates for this year’s events are:

  • Lawton, March 26.
  • Tulsa, March 27.
  • Oklahoma City, April 17.
  • Krebs, April 18.
  • Enid, April 23.
  • Guymon, April 25.

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OBA education corner …

February is behind us, which means we’re one month closer to warm weather. Until it actually gets here, though, you can stay warm with fellow bankers in our educational seminars, webinars and conference! Take note of the following:

  • Very Basic Underwriting, March 12, webinar — This class will give an excellent overview of the components of risk an underwriter considers in reviewing a loan.
  • E-Sign for Lending, March 13, webinar — This informative session will be helpful to ensure compliance with e-banking and is targeted for compliance officers, Lending staff and loan operations, operations managers and others responsible for managing online banking, E-SIGN compliance, e-statements and e-disclosures.
  • RESPA, March 13, webinar — This program reviews the RESPA/Regulation X rules that prohibit unearned fees and kickbacks and many of the recent consent decrees brokered by the CFPB.
  • Deposit Reg Training, March 14, webinar  — During the webinar, each regulation will spotlight the frontline issues and how to handle them. This webinar will help your staff determine if we are in regulation and if so to determine the course of action.
  • FFIEC Info Sec Handbook, March 14, webinar — The Handbook focuses on the governance, culture and responsibilities to make information security programs successful.
  • Handling Deceased Accounts, March 18, webinar — This webinar is designed for customer service representatives, branch administration, branch managers, tellers, training and development staff, compliance personnel and anyone who handles customer accounts.
  • Right of Setoff, March 19, webinar — Successfully using the right of setoff can protect your financial institution from significant financial losses.
  • Legal Liabilities When Check Fraud Occurs, March 21, webinar — If you’re confused about what your financial institution’s legal responsibility might be in various check fraud situations, this seminar is for you.
  • Residential Construction Lending, March 25, webinar — This program provides an overview of the major issues involved in consumer or residential construction lending, primarily to individuals having a home built or remodeled.
  • Opening Accounts for Nonresident Aliens, March 25, webinar — Since the USA PATRIOT Act, Customer Identification Program (CIP) law passed, opening these accounts and covering the required documentation and identification bases makes dealing with these accounts more challenging than ever.
  • 2019 Technology Conference, March 27, Oklahoma City — This conference will help bankers keep in touch and understand the latest offerings in the IT world.
  • Best-Ever Compliance Checklists for Commercial Loans, March 27, webinar — This colorful checklist, patterned after the popular Best-Ever Consumer Checklists, will guide bankers through traps and ensure compliance.
  • 2019 BSA/AML Seminar, April 3-Tulsa; April 4-Oklahoma City — This seminar highlights the increased federal expections for BSA.
  • 2019 Advanced Commercial Lending C&I Lending Seminar, May 8-10, Oklahoma City — This three-part series (which can be registered for one, two or all three days) is a must for commercial lenders, credit analysts, relationship managers and credit administrators.

Also, the Bank Trainers Conference and Expo, hosted by, is set for May in Atlanta. It is an annual educational event that brings together hundreds of training professionals, representing financial institutions from across the country and beyond. A wide variety of workshops cover everything from eLearning to presentation skills and managing change. Click here for more information.

Finally, NOW is the time to get involved in your Association, and one good way to accomplish this is to join one of our committees! We are now taking names for those interested in our committees for the 2019-2020 year. Click here to download an interest form!


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