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Mary Beth is back!

We're pleased to announce, starting this week, Mary Beth Guard and her firm – Bankers Online – will be available to OBA-member banks to answer legal and compliance questions at no charge. Guard served as the Association's general counsel from 1989-1997, and before that was general counsel for the State Banking Department.

Additionally, former OBA Assistant General Counsel Pauli Loeffler is now a part of the Bankers Online team.

“We're absolutely thrilled to be able to offer member banks this outstanding service,” said OBA Chairman Jan Miller. “In the wake of passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, we think the number of compliance issues is going to escalate exponentially, and this new arrangement more than doubles our existing capacity at relatively the same cost. More importantly, it gives us access to the best and the brightest compliance minds in the business.”

OBA President Roger Beverage was also enthusiastic about the addition of Guard and Bankers Online to the list of services provided to member banks.

“Mary Beth has an impeccable reputation, not just in Oklahoma but across the country,” Beverage said. “Her firm is among the nation's most highly respected compliance firms, among both bankers and federal banking regulators. We're always looking for meaningful solutions to problems that face our member banks, and there's no question Dodd-Frank will present a number of challenges. We think this is the right solution at the right time for our member banks.”

Beverage noted that legal and compliance services are included as a part of the bank's OBA dues each year, and this enhanced legal and compliance service will come without any additional costs to OBA members, as has been the case in the past. Bankers can access this enhanced legal and compliance service by calling the OBA directly – (405) 424-5252 – or by sending an e-mail to compliance@oba.com.

With Guard's return, one of her initial duties will be to lead the upcoming compliance roundup seminars. The Operations Compliance Roundup and the Lending Compliance Roundup for Oklahoma City are set for Jan. 26 at the Crowne Plaze. The two roundups are scheduled for Feb. 2 in Tulsa, as well. These annual seminars provide a comprehensive review of new bank compliance laws, amendments to existing laws and regulations, important court cases and common compliance mistakes. Guard literally rounds it all up, provides a fast-paced review, and gives you the links and citations to gather more information, should you need to do so.

For more information on these roundups, click here!

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