Week of April 15

In This Issue…

From Adrian’s desk …

By Adrian Beverage
OBA President & CEO

Just some random tidbits that might be of interest to our bankers this week!

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Last week’s Senior Management Forum in Las Vegas was a success, and now we turn our eyes to the upcoming OBA Convention. This year’s get-together is slated for May 13-15 at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma. You can find out more, and how to get registered, in the story in the Update below.

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I hope everyone got their taxes filed in a timely manner and, barring that, I hope you got it all done by yesterday so Uncle Sam doesn’t come calling!

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The Cornhuskers’ baseball team had ups and down last week: mainly downs, to be honest. A 1-3 week led to them falling out of the top 25. I’m sure the Nebraska Nine will be back in the national spotlight in short order, however! At least, I can hope!

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Oklahoma City banker elected as OBA Emerging Leaders chair

Adam Howell, with Quail Creek Bank, in Oklahoma City, was elected by a vote of his peers to be the incoming OBA Emerging Leaders chair.

Howell will serve a two-year term and will work closely with OBA staff to continue to build and direct the OBA Emerging Leaders program. The chair will also serve as a voting member on the OBA Board of Directors.

Howell has been in the banking industry for more than 24 years and will be an upcoming 2024 graduate of the OBA Emerging Leaders Academy. He currently serves as assistant vice president for Quail Creek Bank, where he has been for the past two years.

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Better Together: OBA convention open for registration!

The Oklahoma Bankers Association and its member banks are better together … it’s become a mantra of sorts during Bryan Cain’s year as OBA chair, and it’s the focus of our annual convention this year! Nearly 200 banks and 20,000 bank employees ARE better together, and we’d sure like to a see a large representative portion of those at our annual convention on May 13-15!

This year’s convention has the theme “Better Together” and will be held at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City. We hope as many banks and bankers prove our convention theme correct and join us this year!

Click here for more information and a registration form for the convention, as well as more information on the convention golf tournament. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the OBA for any additional information! We look forward to seeing all of you … TOGETHER!

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2024 OBA Directory of Banks available for purchase

The 2024 OBA Directory of Banks is now ready to buy!

This essential reference includes financial data, important information about all Oklahoma banks, savings and loans, savings banks and holding companies, key personnel by function and title, answers to rules and regulations, legislators, state and national agencies, courthouses, fast-find index and much more!

Each Directory is $40 per copy for OBA-member bankers, and $60 for non-members. Price breaks are available for larger bulk buys of more than nine copies: contact Thi Pham for more information.

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Free webinar upcoming on AI for community banks

Artificial intelligence isn’t just a passing trend; it’s a fundamental strategy for financial institutions seeking a sustainable business model.

Join PRI partner, Mikelle Brady, as she talks with Kendra Ramirez, an AI specialist, about leveraging AI to enhance profitability and operational efficiency in financial institutions in a webinar on May 2. This webinar, offered free of charge by OBA endorsed vendor PRI, will offer practical tips and strategies for implementing AI solutions in a way that fits the culture of a community-based financial institution. You’ll learn how to overcome common challenges and get started with AI in a way that aligns with your FI’s goals and resources. And you won’t want to miss the panel discussion including examples of direct application and actionable insights.

This complimentary webinar has been designed exclusively for bankers at community-based financial institutions.

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OBA education corner …

GDid you get those taxes filed on Monday to keep the taxman off your back? As The Beatles said, “there’s one for you, 19 for me.” While pondering the lyrical genius of George Harrison, take a little time to check out our upcoming continuing education opportunities!

  • Cash Flow Analysis, April 22, webinar — In this webinar, you’ll learn the fundamentals of constructing and analyzing direct and indirect cash flow statements in order to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the entire credit decision process.
  • 2024 Frontline Excellence (formerly known as “Essential Teller Issues”), April 22-Oklahoma City, April 23-Tulsa, April 24-Enid — This program serves as an important reminder about the significance of their role, serving as the CEOs of the customer experience and reinforcing the importance of their actions and reactions as a reputation builder for your brand.
  • Controlling the Risks of Power of Attorney Documents, April 24, webinar — Are you ready to tackle the complexities of power of attorney documents with confidence? This session will equip you with the knowledge and insights to navigate even the most challenging situations with ease.
  • Navigating the FedNow Rules and Regulatory Compliance Environment, April 25, webinar — The new world of instant payments is changing what your institution needs to do to stay in compliance. Led by the Payments Professor, this session is your compass for navigating the complex world of FedNow instant payments.
  • Onboarding Your New Hire – Experience or Afterthought?, April 26, webinar — Join us to learn how to raise the bar with new hire onboarding, and how to wow new hires with a genuine interest in their success with your institution.
  • Loan Assistant and Loan Processors Workshop, April 30-Tulsa, May 1-Oklahoma City —  This workshop is designed to provide lending knowledge and administrative effectiveness of one of the most important positions in a community bank’s lending staff: the loan assistant/loan processor.
  • Demystifying Trusts: Establishing Deposit Accounts and Loans, May 2, webinar — This webinar will provide attendees with information on doing business with trusts, including best practices in establishing deposit account and loan relationships.
  • Call Report For Beginners – 5-Part Series, May 3, 10, 17, 23, 30, webinar — This webinar series will primarily follow the structure of the Call Report, progressing through the schedules in order.

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