Celebrating 90 years of being 'People You Can Bank On'!

NBC Oklahoma was founded as a community bank in August 1931, and we spent the month of August celebrating our 90th birthday in style. We still plan on having fun with our anniversary, so watch this space for the rest of the year to see what's happening.

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Throughout the month of August, we invited visitors to our bank to register for one of our giveaways. The deadline to register was Aug. 31, and we are in the process of randomly picking our winners. To one lucky winner in each of our communities -- Altus, Enid, Kingfisher and Oklahoma City, we gave away a 65-inch Samsung The Frame Series LED 4K Smart TV, which looks like a framed piece of art hanging on your wall (you choose the digital art to display) when it's turned off. We also had one grand prize giveaway, selected from combined entries from all locations -- an original oil-on-canvas painting by Oklahoma artist David Holland, called "Behavior of Air." The painting, 36-by-48 inches will remind you of Oklahoma's landscape. 

Stay tuned for details of the winners who agree for us to share their information.

If you're wondering why both of our giveaways were art-themed, learn about the longtime promotion of arts and artists in Oklahoma by NBC and our Chairman Ken Fergeson. Read more at nbc.bank/art and on our Altus Wigwam Gallery website, nbcwigwam.art

  1. NO PURCHASE OR BANKING RELATIONSHIP NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR BANKING RELATIONSHIP WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING. Open to legal residents of OK, 18 years or older. Void elsewhere and where prohibited. Giveaway entry period will begin at business opening on 8/2/2021 and end at close of business on 8/31/2021. To enter, complete and submit the “NBC Oklahoma Entry Form” inside each NBC Oklahoma location, and receive one (1) entry into the “Location Giveaway” (65” Samsung The Frame Series LED 4K UHD Smart Tizen TV) drawing and one (1) entry into the “Grand Prize Giveaway” (David Holland original oil on canvas, “Behavior of Air”) drawing. Limit one (1) entry per person, per day. Employees, officers and directors of NBC Oklahoma and their immediate families (defined as parents, spouses, children, siblings, grandparents and their respective spouses) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of each such employee, officer and director, are not eligible to enter. Each winner will be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the actual retail value of the prize (“Location Giveaway” estimated retail value, $1,999.99, “Grand Prize Giveaway” estimated retail value, $5,400.00). LIMIT: One (1) prize per person or address (physical or email) in this drawing. A total of four (4) “Location Giveaways” and one (1) “Grand Prize Giveaway” will be awarded. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received for each respective location prize pool. Giveaway recipients are responsible for picking up giveaway from the specified NBC Oklahoma location. If a notified winner does not respond to the notification with requested information within two (2) weeks, he/she will be disqualified and another winner will be randomly chosen and will be notified. NBC Oklahoma is not warranting any of the giveaways offered.
 

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Grand prize giveaway: "Behavior of Air" by David Holland

 

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Location giveaway (one each of our four markets):
65-inch Samsung The Frame Series LED 4K Smart TV

NBC 90 for 90 Music Playlists

Featuring 90-plus songs in honor of NBC's anniversary for you to enjoy and sing to

  • Playlist No. 1: This Is Us

Celebrating 90 years as a community bank with Playlist #1 of 4 -- A love letter to our customers, employees and friends

  • Playlist No. 2: Fun Tunes

Celebrating 90 years as a community bank with Playlist #2 of 4 -- Fun jams, old and new

  • Playlist No. 3: The Test of Time

Celebrating 90 years as a community bank with Playlist #3 of 4 -- Timeless

  • Playlist No. 4: Happy Trails

Celebrating 90 years as a community bank with Playlist #4 of 4 -- From the Heartland

  • All the 90-for-90 songs in one playlist!

Celebrating 90 years as a community bank with 90+ songs we love. We added some extra for our future -- songs to grow on. Enjoy!

Our History

In 1931, W.B. Gover started the National Bank of Commerce in Altus, OK, in the middle of the Great Depression. Ninety years later, the bank now known as NBC Oklahoma has weathered other economic downturns by making sound financial decisions, helping build its communities and meeting its customers’ needs. From one location in Altus, NBC now includes seven locations in four cities -- Oklahoma City, Altus, Enid and Kingfisher. Like we have for 90 years, we hold to the highest standards of business and banking ethics. We also remain committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve and responding to the financial and civic needs of the people we serve. Also, check out our blog for more.

See photos, then and now, in each of our communities

 

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NBC Oklahoma -- which was known as National Bank of Commerce when it started -- has been in downtown Altus since its founding in 1931. Next door, you can see the old Wigwam Movie Theater, which NBC rebuilt and turned into Wigwam Gallery a few years ago. 

 

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NA view of the modern-day exterior of NBC Oklahoma in Altus at 123 W Commerce. Even though this is the main NBC location in Altus, there are two others -- one on the Altus Air Force Base and one at 101 Sequoyah. 

 

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The home that once belonged to OKC developer R.D. Cravens that now is NBC once looked out over vacant fields at N Pennsylvania Avenue south of Memorial as late as the mid-1980s, when it became a bank.

 

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This historic home at Memorial and Penn was built in the 1960s and has been known as NBC Oklahoma since 1995. 

 

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Although NBC Oklahoma entered the Enid community in 1989, NBC Oklahoma built the building where it is currently in 1999.

 

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NBC Oklahoma in Enid is located at 3202 W Owen K Garriott. 

 

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NBC Oklahoma became part of the Kingfisher community at 801 S Main in 1992.

 

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NBC moved into its flagship location at NW 63rd and Western Avenue in Oklahoma City in 2020. The historic building, completed in the late 1920s, used to be University Heights School.

Read more, see photos, from our 90 years of being 'People You Can Bank On'

August 1, 2021

NBCWestern modern building_verticalWe're celebrating our 90th birthday throughout August 2021. For a list of all the events, go to nbc.bank/90years

In 1931, W.B. Gover started the National Bank of Commerce in Altus, OK, in the middle of the Great Depression. Ninety years later, the bank now known as NBC Oklahoma has weathered other economic downturns by making sound financial decisions, helping build its communities and meeting its customers’ needs.

Boxes of photos depicting decades of happy employees and bank remodeling projects through the years only tell part of NBC’s story, but they do reflect the bank’s 90 years of community involvement and taking care of customers. The handwritten bank ledgers and typewritten letters from the bank’s early days have given way to modern banking using the latest technology, but NBC has never wavered in its commitment to its motto of being “People You Can Bank On,” said Chairman Ken Fergeson.

“Helping others – that’s exactly what we do. We help them start a business. We help them buy a home. We help them plant a crop,” Fergeson said. “It’s like the heartbeat of the town. If you don’t have a bank in your town that is local that is willing to pitch in, then your town is not going to prosper.”

NBC is a nearly $800-million bank that has offices in Oklahoma City, Enid, Kingfisher and Altus. It is a member of FDIC. Fergeson acquired the bank in Altus in 1985 and continued to expand it while keeping its focus on developing personal relationships with its customers.

“We are a community bank that knows our customers, that knows their needs and wants and are willing to work with them to give them a fast answer and we have done that for years and will continue. To me that’s important. People don’t want to be left hanging,” he said.

As the bank has grown, so has its ongoing support of its communities. In 2019 the bank matched employees fundraising efforts to donate more than $104,000 to The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany. In 2019 and 2020, NBC gave each employee $100 to give away to help someone else during the holidays. Employees give their time as individuals to nonprofits and often play key roles as volunteers for community events, such as Main Street Altus’ Rock-N-Rumble Car Show; the Cork and Canvas auction in Oklahoma City for Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children; an Enid Chili Cook-Off benefiting the United Way; or Kingfisher’s Winter Nights light display. The bank also provides ongoing support for the Center of Family Love in Okarche, among others.

The bank also has an art gallery, the Wigwam Gallery in Altus, which demonstrates the bank’s and Fergeson’s longtime support of the arts in Oklahoma and improving people’s quality of life through art. The bank each year commissions an artist to do an original work as part of its NBC Artist Series, handing out prints, posters and postcards of it. NBC also has commissioned large-scale public works of art.

“I’ve always loved public art, which is free for anyone to enjoy and serves as a landmark for a community,” Fergeson has said. “Such art gives a place an identity and residents a sense of pride.”

The longevity of NBC employees reflect a strong workplace culture that serves its customers well. In addition to Fergeson’s tenure, CEO H.K. Hatcher and Chief Operating Officer Leigh-Anne Taylor have been with the bank, then known as Capital National Bank in Oklahoma City, since 1990, and Jerry Krittenbrink, chief financial officer, since 1988. Many others have been with the bank 10, 15, 20 years or longer.

Hatcher said the bank has always fostered a strong and positive culture that prioritizes doing the right thing over making a profit, taking care of customers and making sound financial decisions.

“At NBC we genuinely strive to live our values in the way we treat our employees and customers and put others’ needs ahead of our own. We have been a strong bank in good times and bad, and we will continue to be here for our people long into the future,” Hatcher said.

KEY DATES

  • August 1931: W.B. Gover started the National Bank of Commerce in Altus. The bank's name later became NBC Oklahoma.
  • Sept. 1, 1985: Chairman Ken Fergeson purchased NBC Oklahoma in Altus from the Gover family, which had started the bank in 1931.
  • Jan. 31, 1989: NBC Oklahoma acquired a bank in Enid.
  • March 26, 1992: NBC Oklahoma acquired a bank in Kingfisher.
  • Jan. 4, 1995: NBC purchased Capital National Bank in Oklahoma City, expanding the bank's presence into the metropolitan area. The bank was located in the home that once belonged to R.D. and Ida Mae “Mollie” Cravens near Memorial Road and North Pennsylvania Avenue. 
  • May 2020: NBC celebrated the opening of its flagship location at NW 63rd and Western Avenue in a historic building once known as University Heights School. Although NBC had a second location in Oklahoma City for many years, this new location is much more visible and accessible to many of our customers. 
 

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This photo from 1973 shows NBC Oklahoma in downtown Altus; the bank is still there, with the Wigwam Gallery next to it. Photo from NBC's archives. 

 

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A historic photo of the lobby inside NBC Oklahoma in downtown Altus. Photo from NBC's archives.

 

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NBC looked like this in the 1980s, when Chairman Ken Fergeson purchased the Altus bank. He said the gold screens that stretched from the second floor to the top floor of the building obscured giant air-conditioning units. Photo from the NBC archives.

 

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This scene shows NBC's lobby and customers in the bank's early days. Photo from NBC's archives.

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