Adrian Beverage assumes president/CEO position at OBA

The Oklahoma Bankers Association will have a new president and CEO for the first time in 33 years – but one with a familiar name – when Adrian Beverage assumes the post officially on Saturday, May 1.

Beverage will be moving from his current position as chief of staff, executive vice president and director of government relations for the OBA, where he tracked active legislation and developed grassroots advocacy processes.

He has been with the Association since 2000.

“I am excited and humbled to be granted the opportunity to lead the Oklahoma Bankers Association,” Adrian Beverage said. “I look forward to working with banks across our state to strengthen an industry that is vital to the success of all Oklahomans.”

Besides the familiarity that comes with working in the Association for the past 21 years, he will also succeed his father, Roger Beverage, who has been president and CEO since joining the OBA in March 1988.

“I have worked alongside Adrian for more than 20 years and I cannot think of anyone more qualified for this position,” Roger Beverage said. “His experience with research and lobbying for our industry is unparalleled and we have worked together for the past few months to ensure a seamless transition for the OBA and its members.”

Adrian Beverage was selected as the Association’s incoming president and CEO in December 2020 after a nationwide executive search headed by a group of prominent Oklahoma bankers in conjunction with the firm of Schnake Turnbo Frank.

“With our partners at Schnake Turnbo Frank, our 10-member succession committee conducted an objective, dynamic process to select the next president and CEO of the OBA,” said Rick Walker, CEO of Liberty National Bank in Lawton, and also 2020-2021 chairman of the OBA Board of Directors. “After a comprehensive search, we selected a leader who has been a longtime advocate for our member banks and has built strong relationships with our members, legislators and regulators.

“He is a results-oriented, strategic leader who we are confident will navigate through the changes our industry will face in the future.”