Thursday, May 23, 2024

OBA Convention set for May in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Bankers Association 2021 Convention is set for May 24-26 in Oklahoma City, with the brand-new Omni Hotel as the host locale.

This year’s convention will be slightly different than previous years as, after the cancellation of the 2020 Convention, several events will be packed into the schedule and there will be no keynote speaker to begin and end the convention.

Instead, going hand-in-hand with the convention theme of “Where everybody knows your name”, this year’s convention will focus on the bankers and members of the Association – the ones whose names everyone knows!

Things will start in typical fashion on Monday, May 24, with the Convention Golf Tournament in the early afternoon. This year’s tournament will be held at Twin Hills Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City. Later that evening, there will be an Emerging Leaders reception at Catbird Seat in the Omni Hotel, and the Past President’s Dinner will be held at the Mahogany restaurant located downtown.

The convention truly gets going the next morning, however, as there will be the usual recognition of the OBA Board of Directors. Afterward, though, the spotlight will shine squarely on our best and brightest: Outgoing OBA Chairman Rick Walker will give his remarks on the past year, and there will be a tribute to retiring OBA President and CEO Roger Beverage, followed by the graduation of bankers from the OBA Emerging Leaders Academy from the 2020-21 class as well as the 2019-20 class.

Breakout sessions will fill the rest of Tuesday morning, featuring speakers from Alias Forensics and Hunt Andrews Kurth.

The Annual Business Luncheon will start at noon and feature an update from the American Bankers Association by ABA Chairman Jim Edwards. More breakout sessions will follow that afternoon with speakers from McAfee & Taft, The Baker Group, Crowe & Dunlevy and Wolf and Co., out of Boston.
The day will end with a reception in the exhibit hall featuring several prize drawings.

The final day of convention gets into swing on Wednesday morning with a regulatory panel, featuring several prominent industry movers and shakers. Afterward, the PULSE session will be held, allowing three bankers a short opportunity to give a presentation on the topic of their choice.

The convention will wrap up with the annual Awards Brunch, where new 50-Year Club Members will be recognized, and incoming chairman Kyle Hughbanks will give his remarks.

Visit the front page of for more information and to register for the event, or contact the OBA education department at 405-424-5252.

Remember that current local COVID-19 guidelines will be followed during the convention.