Week of Aug. 16

In This Issue…

2021 Hall of Fame inductees unveiled

The OBA is proud to announce the group of inductees for the Oklahoma Bankers Hall of Fame, with the ceremony set for Dec. 2 in Oklahoma City.

Bruce Benbrook, a longtime Woodward banker who is currently CEO and chairman of The Stock Exchange Bank in Woodward; Steve Burrage, a southeastern Oklahoma stalwart who is chairman of FirstBank in Antlers; the Tulsa-area’s Carlisle Mabrey III, current executive chairman with Mabrey Bank in Bixby; and the late Tracy Kelly, a longtime Bristow banker who was a guiding force for SpiritBank, will comprise the third group to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, as voted on by a panel of their banking industry peers.

The luncheon and induction ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Oklahoma History Center, which is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., in Oklahoma City. Stay tuned to the OBA website and upcoming OBA Updates for registration and more information for the event!

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OBA Bankers’ Night Out programs ready for fall

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 the most recent developments affecting their job. In addition to state and federal legislative updates, the program will include a discussion on the recent developments in your industry.

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. Locations and dates for this year’s events are:

  • Ardmore, Sept. 16.
  • Krebs, Sept. 23.
  • Tulsa, Oct. 12.
  • Oklahoma City, Oct. 26.
  • Woodward, Nov. 2.
  • Lawton, Nov. 4.

Click here for a registration form or visit the OBA events calendar to register online for the program in your area.

Please note: We will monitor the state’s COVID climate and send any necessary updates before each event.

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Results compiled from OBA bank vaccine survey

The OBA sent out last week a short survey about the COVID vaccine and whether our member banks have, or plan to have, a mandate for their employees.

We wanted to share the results of the non-scientific survey with our members. Here are the results:

(answers | percentage of total answers)

Q1: Does your bank have a COVID vaccine mandate for its employees?
A1: Yes, all employees eligible are required to be vaccinated (1 | 2%)
A2: No, we have no vaccine requirements (50 | 89%)
A3: Yes & no — we require eligible employees to be vaccinated OR they must wear a mask (5 | 9%)

Q2: Do you expect to create a COVID vaccine mandate in the future or require non-vaccinated employees wear masks?
A1: Yes (7 | 17%)
A2: No (35 | 83%)

Q3: Has your bank given vaccine encouragement to employees through tangible benefits, such as extra vacation time, monetary bonuses, etc?
A1: Yes (12 | 24%)
A2: No (39 | 76%)

Q4: What is your bank’s general location?
A1: Oklahoma City metro (13 | 24%)
A2: Tulsa metro (5 | 9%)
A3: Northeast Oklahoma (8 | 15%)
A4: Southeast Oklahoma (14 | 25%)
A5: Southwest Oklahoma (6 | 11%)
A6: Northwest Oklahoma (9 |16%)

Q5: What is your bank’s size, in assets?
A1: Less than $250 million (30 | 55%)
A2: $250-$500 million (13 | 24%)
A3: $500-$750 million (6 | 11%)
A4: More than $750 million (6 | 11%)

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OBA Emerging Leaders Academy now accepting applications

Take note the OBA 2021-22 Emerging Leaders Academy is currently accepting applications.

We’re looking for the best and brightest bankers who seek to sharpen their leadership skills. The Academy will help you reach new heights with powerful speakers offering information leaders need for effectively maneuvering in today’s business climate. Each session helps participants become true leaders by understanding those around you through non-traditional methods.

The OBA extends an invitation to any employee of a bank that is a member of the OBA to apply. A panel of bankers will review the applicants and choose those accepted into the Academy (maximum 30 bankers). Participants must attend all sessions to successfully graduate from the program.

There are six sessions to the Academy: Nov. 10, Dec. 9, Jan. 21, Feb. 15, March 25, April 29. Graduation will take place in May 2022 at the OBA Annual Convention.

Click here for full details and the Academy application! Also, for more information, please contact Megan McGuire at (405) 424-5252 or megan@oba.com.

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August Office Depot savings for OBA member banks

Office Depot® and Oklahoma Bankers Association have partnered to provide exclusive benefits and savings on a wide selection of products and services including:

  • Office Essentials.
  • Cleaning and Breakroom Solutions.
  • Print & Copy Services.
  • Furniture.
  • Technology.

Office Depot is your one stop solution. We’ve been doing this for more than 30 years, and we’re committed to helping you take care of business.

View this month’s coupons: $15 off $100$20 off $150 and $30 off $200. Register your bank for free here!

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OBA education corner …

Schools are starting and football is around the corner so it feels summer is nearing an end. Many things are on the horizon! Take note of the following:

NOTE: Effective March 16, 2020, 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.

  • Opening Trust Accounts, Aug. 24, webinar — This webinar will cover standard trust-opening procedures and many “dos and don’ts” that arise as trusts and account holder situations change.
  • 10 Practices To Create and Present Engaging Training, Aug. 31, webinar — Five of our best practices will enhance your technical skills. These techniques can be applied to webinars, e-courses, or classroom training and are easy to implement in both new and existing training programs.
  • Real Estate Lending Compliance Seminar, Sept. 14-15, Oklahoma City — This two-day program provides an overview of the real estate lending requirements from ten regulations, along with comprehensive coverage of selected topics, policy suggestions, employee training tips, audit techniques and steps to eliminate past problems.
  • 2021 Credit Analysis BasicsSept. 23-TulsaSept. 24-Oklahoma City — Attend this proactive seminar and learn how banks make lending decisions based on the five (5) C’s of credit- capacity, capital, collateral, conditions, and character!

Additionally, Deluxe invites bankers to their second annual “Unlocking Potential” (UP 2021) conference. UP 2021 is a free, one-day, live, virtual personal and professional development event on Aug. 26 hosted by Deluxe Women’s Employee Resource Group. Click here for more info, and to register.

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