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Oklahoma Banker

May 2018

  • May 14, 2018

    Executive News: ‘It might be, it could be‘

    When I was a little kid, Harry Caray was the play-by-play announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals. Harry began announcing for the Cardinals in 1945 on station KMOX. My big brother was (and still is) a baseball nut. He’s a scholar (he’s written four books on baseball), statistician, historian (inducted into the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame last summer) …

  • May 14, 2018

    Oklahoma bankers make voices heard on Capitol Hill visit

    Oklahoma bankers made their way to Washington during the last week in April to meet with members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation and specifically ask them to support quick action on S. 2155. These Oklahomans were among the more than 1,300 bankers attending the Government Relations Summit hosted by the American Bankers Association. “It was a great group of our …

April 2018

  • April 11, 2018

    Executive News: Still waiting

    As this issue of the Oklahoma Banker goes to press, we’re no further along than we were last month on getting regulatory relief for traditional community banks over the goal line. But it’s not without hope. I think. The delay is being caused by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who chairs the House Financial Services Committee. I’m told he has 30 …

  • April 11, 2018

    Answer the CALL at 2018 OBA convention

    The 2018 OBA Annual Convention & Trade Show is coming soon, set for May 21-23 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa. This year’s convention theme is “Answer the C.A.L.L. (community/advocacy/leadership/legacy). Lt. Col. Robert Darling, a retired member of the U.S. Marine Corps., who served in the first Gulf War and supported the president in the President’s Emergency …

  • April 11, 2018

    State associations urge swift passage of S. 2155

    In a letter to the speaker of the House of Representatives and the minority leader in the House, the Oklahoma Bankers Association joined the other state bankers associations urging for swift passage of the community bank regulatory relief bill, S. 2155. “We thought it was important to make certain House leadership on both sides of the aisle be aware of …

March 2018

  • March 11, 2018

    Executive News: SO close – but still long way to go

    As this issue of the Oklahoma Banker goes to press, the U.S. Senate is working through periodic floor statements relating to S. 2155. So far there are some 57 amendments that have been filed, and that does not include the Manager’s Amendment. The way the Senate works, the first hurdle was to get past a filibuster (60 votes required). The …

  • March 11, 2018

    Oklahoma banks set record for earnings in 2017

    Congratulations Oklahoma bankers – collectively you set yet another industry earnings record in 2017! “We’ve been pointing out all year that the industry was on track to set another earnings record (in 2017),” OBA President and CEO Roger Beverage said. “Even though total industry earnings for all banks ($25.5 billion) were off by some $17.7 billion (41 percent) over last …

  • March 11, 2018

    Clear communication

    By Jeremy Cowen Vice President/Communications Editor A quick visit to “” or punching in “Oklahoma Bankers” in the iTunes or Google Play app stores will instantly let you know “what’s new?” with OBA communications. Your Oklahoma Bankers Association communications department has been hard at work keeping the Association at the forefront of communications technology by unveiling a completely redesigned …

February 2018

  • February 16, 2018

    Executive News: Enough with excuses – it’s time to move!

    Sen. Mitch McConnell is the Senate majority leader. He alone controls the agenda for the U.S. Senate. He alone is the “speed bump” between actually moving forward with consideration of S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, or continuing to let it languish until there is no more time left on the Senate calendar for action. …

  • February 15, 2018

    Health care improvement plan in works?

    What do Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon have in common, other that being brilliant, worth billions and highly successful in each of their respective professional roles? As this issue of the Oklahoma Banker goes to press, it has been announced that the companies these three men represent (Berkshire-Hathaway, Amazon and JPMorgan Chase respectively) are joining together to start …