First Oklahoma Bank
True ‘community’ bank completing distinctive headquarters building
Members of the First Oklahoma Bank board of directors are pictured in the foreground of the bank’s soon-to-be-completed headquarters building in Jenks. Pictured, left to right, are: Dr. Jim Whiteneck, Jeff Hilst, Burt Holmes, Tom Bennett, III, Leeland Alexander, Gen. John Corder (Ret.), Dr. Susan Whiteneck, Tom Bennett, Jr., Don Lockhart, E. P. Reddy, David Sherwood, Dr. Rollie Rhodes, and Garry Groom. Not pictured are Paul Samuels and Dr. Jim Wise.
After 41 years of experience in the business of managing and building banks, Tom Bennett believes in the model his team has employed to create the company’s latest successful banking enterprise, First Oklahoma Bank.
“We like a community bank that is owned and managed by local families,” he says, “and our institution has a total of 238 investors with over 200 of those shareholders living in Tulsa.”
The chairman and co-CEO points to First Oklahoma Bank’s growth—achieved in less than five years—to prove the formula is a winner. “We have grown from a startup in 2009 to total assets of over $300 million this year, making FOB the fastest-growing new bank in Oklahoma history.”
Bennett notes several factors for the bank’s growth and success, offering customers:
• consistent market-topping interest rates on CDs and other interest-bearing transaction accounts.
• free courier service for business accounts, and free ATM service anywhere in the world.
• electronic access to depository services through its web site, including access by cell phone.
• the services of loan officers who are local people who are eager to understand their business and fulfill their borrowing needs.
First Oklahoma Bank will soon open its new bank headquarters building in Jenks. The iconic, six-story structure at 100 S. Riverfront Drive is easily recognized with its copper-colored cupola crowned with the American flag atop a 40-foot pole. The bank will occupy most of the space in the new building.
“The new bank building has a very distinctive look and height and can be recognized from the Creek Turnpike, Tulsa Hills, South Tulsa and other vantage points” says Bennett, “which symbolizes our desire that First Oklahoma Bank be a welcoming bank that seeks to attract and serve customers living and working all over Tulsa and its suburbs.”
The chairman says the bank’s employment will continue to grow once the new building is opened. Currently, First Oklahoma has 83 total employees at their various locations in the CityPlex Main Tower at 2448 E. 81st Street; Midtown location at 4110 S. Rockford Avenue; and their bank facility in Glencoe.
First Oklahoma Bank
2448 E. 81st St. • 4110 S. Rockford Ave.