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OBA kicks off inaugural banking Leadership Program

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Bankers from across the state gathered as part of Class I of the Oklahoma Bankers Association's inaugural banking Leadership and Management Development Program on Thursday, March 29 at the OBA's Harris Event Center in Oklahoma City.


The 32 bankers in Class I were nominated by their bank to participate in the six-session program, which will run through Aug. 30. This first-ever program in Oklahoma is designed to develop the future leaders of the banking industry and enhance their leadership, organizational and performance skills. In the process of advancing their strategic development, they will become better bankers and leaders for their banks and the community.


“We're absolutely thrilled by both the quality and the interest of this group,” said Roger Beverage, President and CEO of the Oklahoma Bankers Association. “We hope that other bankers will be anxious to follow in their footsteps.”


It should be a valuable training tool for mid-to-upper level bankers who want to further their careers and grow professionally. To help them with this goal, an outstanding line-up of instructors has been assembled. In the first session, Elaine Dodd, VP of the fraud division at the OBA, spoke to the group about why leadership is important and what traits, qualities and properties are associated with being a leader. In the following sessions, other instructors will include Marty Kavanaugh, Karen Hill, Kerry Robertson, Ann Hoover and Jay Hannah.


Class I of 32 Oklahoma bankers includes; Kevin Alvord, Peoples State Bank in Tulsa; Cheryl Barnes, First National Bank & Trust in Lawton; Ellen Bebout, First American Bank in Norman; Ginger Boren, Central National Bank of Alva in Woodward; Jenni Borror, Citizens Bank in Edmond; Jason Burns, Bank of Eufaula; Michelle Connel, The Bankers Bank in Oklahoma City; Kimberly Coons, Citizens Security Bank & Trust in Bixby; Lisa Dean, Community Bank in Bristow; Nick Elmore, First National Bank & Trust in Chickasha; Blake Ferguson, Tulsa National Bank in Tulsa; Derek Gill, First United Bank & Trust in Oklahoma City; Dee Glidewell, The Bankers Bank in Oklahoma City; James Griffith, Quail Creek Bank in Oklahoma City; Scott Grunewald, Stock Exchange Bank in Woodward; Lynne Hewitt, Citizens Security Bank & Trust in Muskogee; Brian Hofen, Central National Bank of Alva in Alva; Angela McVay, Bank of Kremlin in Kremlin; Kimberly Meeks, Citizens State Bank in Okemah; Kelly Nemecek, McClain Bank in Purcell; Krista Nichols, SpiritBank in Tulsa; Roger Nobis, Central National Bank of Alva in Alva; Andy Rapoport, Coppermark Bank in Oklahoma City; Kristy Rolens, Central National Bank of Alva in Woodward; Brian Stedman, Kirkpatrick Bank in Edmond; Jacob Stewart, Oklahoma Bank & Trust in Clinton; Doug Swift, Bank2 in Oklahoma City; Kenny Tudor, First National Bank & Trust of Ardmore; Brandon Twyford, Citizens Bank & Trust in Ardmore; Roger Wagner, Central National Bank of Alva in Woodward; Michele Webster, State Exchange Bank in Lamont; and Pete Wilson, SpiritBank in Tulsa.


The Oklahoma Bankers Association was founded in 1897 and represents approximately 264 of the state's 268 commercial banks across the state. The Association supports the industry and its members with a broad array of services including government relations, education, legal services, fraud training and communications.


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