Thursday, December 8, 2022

Oklahoma Banker

Association Leader

(Editor’s note: The following story ran in its orginal form in the May 2015 issue of Oklahoma Banker.) By Jeremy Cowen Senior Vice President/Communications Editor Like the mythical phoenix, Roger Beverage’s undying love and respect for community banks and bankers rose from ashes … the figurative ashes many years ago of a bank he himself was forced to close. They …

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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 …

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Executive News: PPP- new nightmare on main street

Enough about the 2020 Presidential election and its aftermath. But it’s worth noting there’s a reason people are concerned about the “elections have consequences” part. I mentioned in this column or in another opinion piece a few weeks back that the dynamics of the Paycheck Protection Program would be much different going forward. They are, unfortunately, and they are leaving …

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Diversity, equity, inclusion buzz around FDIC

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has released the agency’s latest strategic plan to incorporate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in every aspect of its mission and operations. Internally, the FDIC’s plan continues to integrate the core principles of DEI into the agencies hiring, training and career development programs. Externally, the plan will improve these principles in the agency’s …

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Executive News: Well, it’s Groundhog Day … again

Have you ever been to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania? Yeah, me either. But I know what the town is all about: Groundhog Day! It’s a cultural superstition brought to this country by early Dutch settlers long ago. Nasty little critters, groundhogs are, I’m told by my Pennsylvania friends. The idea is the desi gnated groundhog for the day is roused from his …

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Vaccine PSAs available for banks

The Oklahoma Bankers Association has created COVID-19 vaccine-related public service announcements for its member banks, both in advertising form as well as in story form, ready for display at the bank or for insertions into local newspapers. These free ads and stories, themed as “Nothing’s Safer Than Money In The Bank … Except For The COVID-19 Vaccine”, echo the Association’s …

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Oklahoma banks post big numbers in latest PPP round

Since the Paycheck Protection Program reopened last month for the third round, Oklahoma banks have made the majority of more than 27,000 loans worth more than $1.3 billion in the state thus far. These numbers represent the 8th and 18th most, respectively, among all the states.Nationally, 891,044 loans have been made to date in round three, totaling nearly $73 billion, …

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Executive News: Well … now what?

The result of the presidential election a couple of months ago has now been certified by the U.S. Senate, Vice President Mike Pence presiding. Joe Biden is now, officially, the president-elect. But it didn’t come easy. As every banker and probably e very bank customer knows by now, our nation withstood an assault on the sacred grounds of the U.S. …

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Adrian Beverage named successor to OBA president/CEO

The Oklahoma Bankers Association announced Thursday that, after a nationwide executive search, Adrian Beverage has been chosen as its next president and CEO, effective May 1, 2021. “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, chairman of the OBA …

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COVID relief package passes; latest PPP round underway

In late December, shortly before the holiday season began, Congress cast final votes to pass the $900 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief package. Shortly afterward, the bill was signed by President Trump and put into action. The bill did include more funds for a new round of the Paycheck Protection Program, and that round is currently underway as this issue of …

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