Week of June 1

In This Issue…

OBA partners with State Election Board to aid absentee voters

The Oklahoma Bankers Association, along with the Community Bankers of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Credit Union Association, is partnering with the State Election Board to encourage the state’s financial institutions to aid absentee voters this election season.

The OBA is asking its banks to provide one or more of the following services for free to absentee voters this year:

  • Drive-thru notarization of absentee ballot affidavits.
  • Lobby notarization of absentee ballot affidavits.
  • Drive-thru ID photocopy.
  • Lobby ID photocopy.
    *Note: Valid forms of identification are federal, state or tribal photo ID or voter identification card issued by a county election board.

“The State Election Board approached us to see if we would be willing to aid the state’s absentee voters this election season, and we enthusiastically agreed,” OBA Executive Vice President/Government Relations Adrian Beverage said. “We felt it would be a great opportunity to show how our banks are civic leaders in their communities and the state, and be a wonderful, much-needed public service.”

With the first elections of the season taking place later this month, the program will move quickly. The State Election Board will maintain a website that lists, by county, participating financial institutions and services provided by the institution. It will start with a preliminary list but will update as information is received from institutions willing to participate. The website will launch Friday, with a public announcement by the State Election Board, in conjunction with the OBA, the CBAO and the OCUA.

Financial institutions (including each branch location) that participate should complete a short questionnaire and submit to the State Election Board with location, hours and free absentee services to be provided. The questionnaire can be downloaded by clicking here.

The State Election Board will also provide PDFs of posters and informational flyers for financial institutions to display or distribute, if desired, as well as a one-page information sheet for notaries at the institutions. Additionally, all employees of those financial institutions can simply refer any questions regarding absentee voting to their local county election board or the State Election Board.

If you have any questions about this program, you can contact Adrian Beverage at the OBA (405-424-5252), or Pam Slater, director of support services at the State Election Board (405-521-2391).

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OBA asking for responses to two short surveys

We are launching our annual Salary and Cash Compensation Survey.  Additionally, we are conducting a FREE FLASH SURVEY on the impact of COVID-19 on workforce and compensation practices.  Listed below are the details for participation:


Blanchard Consulting Group would like to invite you to participate in our 2020 Salary and Cash Compensation Survey.  This annual survey gathers salary and cash compensation (salary + annual cash incentive/bonus) data for 25 executive positions and over 150 middle management and staff level positions.  Data cuts will be broken out by asset size and region when we have a large enough sample size.  Below is the pricing for the 2020 Salary and Cash Compensation Survey results (survey findings will be provided via email in PDF format):

  • OBA Member & Participant: $300.
  • OBA Member & Non-Participant: $600.
  • Non-OBA Member & Non-Participant: $800

To complete the survey, please click on the link below.  Download the excel file and email the completed survey to surveys@blanchardc.com by Friday, June 19.

2020 Salary and Cash Compensation Survey Link

If you would like to pre-order your copy of the survey or if you have any survey questions, please contact Laura Roth at surveys@blanchardc.com or 612-886-1225.


Additionally, we invite you to participate in our short 2020 COVID-19 Flash Survey.  This survey will gather information surrounding banks’ responses to workforce and pay practices due to COVID-19.  The survey should take less than five minutes to complete and is due by this Friday, June 5.  Findings will be complimentary and provided via email in PDF format.

To complete the survey, please click on the link below.

2020 COVID-19 Flash Survey

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Check out OBA’s Strategic Members COVID-19 Resource Page

To help our member banks have access to as many resources as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, the OBA is collecting information from our strategic members and other affiliated businesses that are providing important information and help.

Click here to visit the page on the OBA website. And if you’re a strategic member and would like to have your own information listed, send an email to Thi (thi@oba.com) at the OBA!

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OBA education corner …

While live events and seminars are currently on hold, the OBA’s education department has plenty of webinars lined up. You can download a flyer highlighting upcoming webinars by clicking here, or just peruse below for those coming soon!

NOTE: Effective March 16, and until further notice, TTS (our webinar provider) has extended the OnDemand access period for all ‘Live Plus Five (Days)’ registrants to 60 days (versus five business days). Also, they are waiving the $75 per location fee for additional locations.

  • 2020 Basic New Accounts Virtual Seminar, June 10, webinar — This program will provide an overview of state law requirements in the area of new accounts, plus federal requirements for beneficial ownership, disclosures, basic TIN compliance, CIP, anti-money laundering, and deposit insurance. This VIRTUAL seminar will allow you to participate from home or your bank. Program materials and login details will be provided two days prior to the session.
  • Notary Public, June 11, webinar — Help your team know their responsibilities, plus learn basic laws, liability and reviews of various notarial acts.
  • 2020 Spring HR Seminar, June 11, Oklahoma City — We will provide you with the latest issues in the legal and legislative matters impacting our business from both the federal and state level. Understand compliance and regulatory issues, which will affect how you perform your HR duties in 2020.
  • Records Management and Retention, June 16, webinar — Retention and management of records is more complicated than just deciding what to keep and for how long.
  • Addressing Threats of Violence (Prevention, Action & Cautions), June 17, webinar — This is not a program about what to do in an active crisis situation. This session covers important considerations designed to help keep you from getting to such a situation.
  • Remote Banking – What Are The Compliance Requirements?, June 17, webinar — In this webinar we’ll discuss these many requirements and provide you with a comprehensive grasp of the issues involved.
  • Being Strategic with Base Compensation for Non-Executive Positions, June 18, webinar — What questions should your bank ask about compensation below the CEO and top executives?
  • Ag Lending Compliance, June 19, webinar — As mixed-use properties, such as barndominiums, increasingly appear in our communities it is important to understand how to apply compliance regulations to ag properties and to know when an ag exemption is available.

Finally, GSB-Madison has updated its list of upcoming online classes for this summer. you can see what’s on the docket by clicking here!

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