We at NBC Oklahoma consider you, our customer, as part of our community and with the launching of this blog, we want to continue to expand it online. Since 1931, the communities we serve and the people in them – in Altus, OKC, Kingfisher and Enid – have been very important to us. We love being involved in them and helping them grow. Welcome today to a different kind of community – our online one via this blog, where we hope to connect with you and inform you just like we do in person at all of our branches. So come here for news about our customers and staff, for tips related to your finances and banking and more. And keep in touch. If you have any suggestions or topics you’d like to see covered, please email Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Communications Director, at email@example.com.
Accreditation achievements add to banking excellence
Nov. 3, 2022
Kerri Woidke and Samantha Hays recently earned accreditations that give them new expertise in their respective areas that will help them serve NBC customers even better.
Congratulations to Kerri Woidke and Samantha Hays for leveling up their expertise in their respective areas by achieving certifications that will help them serve NBC and our customers even better. Woidke can now add accredited ACH professional (AAP) to her title. Hays is now a certified regulatory compliance manager.
Woidke, who is NBC’s customer service supervisor and works at our OKC Penn location, went through EPCOR’s rigorous preparation course, many hours of study and an extensive test to become our go-to expert in the complicated world of Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments.
Woidke said she came out of it with a better understanding of how the money that originates as an ACH payment passes through different institutions to get to the recipients. She also knows more about regulations and the time frames involved in these payments as well as how to help customers who are having problems with their own ACH payments. She is the go-to person for any customers having complicated issues. In her class were people from all over the country, and they were able to share real-world scenarios that they have experienced at their own financial institutions, whether related to fraud, resolution of duplicate charges or something else.
Woidke started as a teller at NBC and worked her way through customer service before taking on the responsibility of leading it. Her degree from Southern Nazarene University is in nonprofit work (urban studies/ministry); she has learned banking from the ground up.
Hays achieved her certification from the American Bankers Association; it is the recognized standard of excellence for bank compliance professionals and requires hours of study, years of compliance experience and passing a rigorous exam.
Hays said the job of the compliance team is to make sure the bank isn’t breaking any laws or regulations that would jeopardize the institution or hurt customers. Between state and federal laws and different agencies that oversee banking operations, those laws are extensive and complicated. She said she has a much better understanding of how to research the right answers to people’s questions about what’s possible at NBC.
Hays started as a teller for NBC 14 years ago, has held each of the customer service jobs including as senior customer service representative and has served as tellers operations officer before moving into compliance at 2019. She currently assists Gina Ellis, who also has the same compliance certifications.
Having expertise in both of these areas is important ones for bank operations and are among the many things that make NBC full of “People You Can Bank On.”
Can you spot a phishing scam?
Oct. 17, 2022
This year's #BanksNeverAskThat campaign from the American Bankers Association will help you learn how.
It’s time to put scammers in their place. Online scams aren’t so scary when you know what to look for. At NBC Oklahoma, we’re committed to helping you spot them as an extra layer of protection for your account. We’ve joined with the American Bankers Association and banks across the country in a nationwide effort to fight phishing — one scam at a time. We want every bank customer to become a pro at spotting a phishing scam — and stop bank impostors in their tracks. It starts with these four words: Banks Never Ask That. Because when you know something sounds suspicious, you’ll be less likely to be fooled. These four phishing scams are full of red flags:
Text message: If you receive a text message from someone claiming to be your bank asking you to sign in, or offer up your personal information, it’s a scam. Banks Never Ask That.
Email: Watch out for emails that ask you to click a suspicious link or provide personal information. The sender may claim to be someone from your bank, but it’s a scam. Banks Never Ask That.
Phone call: Would your bank ever call you to verify your account number. No! Banks Never Ask That. If you’re ever in doubt that the caller is legitimate, just hang up and call the bank directly at a number you trust.
Payment apps: Beware of text messages from someone claiming to be your bank saying your account has been hacked. The scammer may ask you to send money to a new account they’ve created for you, but that’s a scam! Banks Never Ask That.
You’ve probably seen some of these scams before. We've joined with the American Bankers Association previously to use their blog entries, social media posts, videos and other materials in the #BanksNeverAskThat campaign addressing this very subject. But that doesn’t stop a scammer from trying. Their techniques to trick you are getting more sophisticated, so you must get more sophisticated in spotting them in order to protect yourself. For tips, videos and an interactive game to help you keep phishing criminals at bay, visit BanksNeverAskThat.com. Be sure to share the webpage with your friends and family; it's too important an issue to ignore, and we don't want anyone to fall victim to these heinous scams. See new information by following @NBCOklahoma on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn or going to our Customer Education page.
Celebrating Ruthie Swezey's 30 years with NBC Oklahoma
Aug. 4, 2022
Ruthie Swezey can tell some stories about her 30 years at NBC Oklahoma, an anniversary we are celebrating this week. She even remembers having a fender bender in the company car during her first week on the job as a teenager in 1992 (not her fault).
Today you know Swezey as vice president of loan operations, and she oversees a team that books new loans, handles loan check backs, processes loan transactions and handles other loan duties and maintenance. If you have taken out a loan at the bank in recent years, chances are Swezey has helped it along the way.
“NBC is lucky to have her expertise and knowledge,” said Leigh-Anne Taylor, NBC’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Ruthie is always looking for the best, most efficient and right way to do things. Her efforts and detailed research to find the best solutions have benefited the bank and customers through the years.”
Swezey started working for the bank in Altus when she was a teenager and hired on Aug. 7, 1992, to be the courier/bookkeeper, responsible for driving the bank’s work from its two other Altus locations to the main bank downtown. She also sorted all processed checks, produced and stuffed statements daily.
Joining the bank at that time was a welcome change for Swezey after dishing out pizzas for two years at an Altus pizzeria. She learned the basics from two women in bookkeeping and never stopped learning in various roles through the years. She’s been a teller, new accounts representative, teller supervisor, loan note processor, branch manager and operations officer in Oklahoma City and Altus, learning banking from the inside out. She is a graduate of the Oklahoma Banking Association’s Operations School.
When she started in banking, Swezey remembers people lining up in the lobby and in the bank drive-thrus on the first and third of every month to cash their Social Security checks in person. The banks would close at 2 p.m. on Fridays and then reopen from 4 to 6 p.m. for the after-work rush. Since everything was processed by hand, sorting checks and handling checks was a team effort, Swezey said.
Today, of course, most transactions are handled online, and processes are more efficient. But Swezey continues to embody NBC’s motto of being “People You Can Bank On.”
When she interviewed for the bank job one day and started work the next day at 8 a.m., Swezey had no idea she would still be working for the “same great company” 30 years later, she said. She is one of 19 NBC employees who have been at the bank for 20 years or more as of this year; of those, nine have been part of the NBC family for at least 25 years.
“NBC has given me so many opportunities to grow and learn, and I cannot say thank you enough,” Swezey said.
Why we will be closed on Monday, June 20
The new federal holiday Juneteenth, established last year, celebrates the end of slavery in the United States, but that end didn’t happen all at once.
June 16, 2022
The Civil War might have led to the end of slavery, but it took a while for all U.S. slaves to be freed after the War ended in 1865.
President Lincoln took one step when he issued his final Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, that declared all slaves should be free in the Confederate states rebelling against the Union. (His declaration didn’t apply to slave-holding border states.) Ending slavery took another step forward on Jan. 31, 1865, when the U.S. Congress passed the 13th amendment to the Constitution to abolish all U.S. slavery, although that vote didn't free the slaves immediately either. Nearly three months later, Lincoln’s Union Army won the war against the southern Confederate Army when Southern Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865.
Finally, by the end of the year, a three-fourths majority of states had ratified the 13th amendment, ending slavery officially on Dec. 6, 1865.
Our newest federal holiday, Juneteenth, commemorates the anniversary of the date that Union troops arrived in Texas to deliver the news that their slaves were free – on June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation that would have applied to Texas, six months after the 13th Amendment passed and two months after the war ended. Since Texas at the time was so remote and didn’t have many Union troops that knew about the Emancipation Proclamation, they didn’t get the word until then. Texas was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery.
Juneteenth celebrations started in Texas in 1866, at first with church-centered community gatherings, and Texas was the first state to recognize Juneteenth by law – in 1980.
These celebrations spread throughout the country, gathering steam until last year’s move by Congress to declare it an official federal holiday.
So consider this post your notice that our banks will be closed on Monday, June 20, 2022, in observance of Juneteenth. (Juneteenth is officially on June 19 each year, but we will observe it the following day because this year June 19, 2022, falls on a Sunday.) Because it’s the first opportunity banks have had to observe it, we wanted to help all of us understand a little bit about why this new federal holiday is so significant.
NBC's H.K. Hatcher visits with KFOR about the importance of community banks
March 15, 2022
With nearly 40 years in community banking, our president and CEO H.K. Hatcher has seen first-hand all the good that such banks do in and for their communities. It was great to talk recently with KFOR-TV's Heather Holeman about community banks and how a relationship with one can help you. Watch News4's Money Monday segment with H.K.
Cyberattacks might be increasing, but you don’t have to be a victim
NBC Oklahoma remains vigilant about protecting your accounts, but the line of defense starts with you.
March 4, 2022
Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine has unsettled and upset people worldwide and sent markets reeling. We are watching with sadness the real human tragedy unfolding before us, but as a bank, we also want to help you protect yourself and your money from the increase in cyberattacks we are seeing as part of Russia’s invasion.
First, we want to reassure you that your money is safe in American banks like NBC Oklahoma. We are committed to continuing the banking industry’s tradition of safeguarding confidential financial information, and our customers are protected against losses, as the American Bankers Association notes. When a customer reports an unauthorized transaction, the bank will take measures to recover your loss and protect the account. Also, unlike many other businesses that have experienced security breaches, banks already have a regulatory system in place that requires them to address cyber threats and notify their customers when a data breach occurs.
But it’s also important for you to be vigilant as well, especially with the rise of cybercriminal activity in recent years. Scammers are getting more creative in ways they’ll use to separate you from your money, which means we all have to get much smarter in knowing their tricks. As a banking customer, you have a role to play in keeping your money safe, too.
The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued warnings in recent days about destructive malware targeting businesses in Ukraine and beyond as part of Russia’s attack. This malware is designed to destroy computer systems and render them inoperable and could spill over to other countries like the United States, CISA stated. And even though the CISA, FBI and National Security Agency are watching this situation carefully, as are banks, you can help, too.
At NBC, all of our employees have regular security training alerting us to the latest scams the FBI, Federal Trade Commission, banking regulatory associations and other law enforcement agencies are seeing. Just recently, our training gave us the following tips that we want to pass on to you:
Don’t ever click on unexpected links in an email. When you are sent an email, review the link carefully. Make sure it tracks directly back to the company’s URL you are expecting it to. Scammers will often make a fake website that looks like a real one. So instead of clicking on a legitimate site like apple.com, you might be clicking on a bad one that doesn’t actually take you to the company you’re expecting, like apple.thisisfake.com, so study carefully before you click. Clicking on a bad link can install malware or a virus on your computer, lock it up so that thieves can try to get you to pay a ransom to unlock it or allow scammers to track your future keystrokes. Don’t click on a link if you’re unsure of the source.
Use a safe-browsing website to double-check your links. If you are still unsure, open up another browser window and navigate to one of the safe-browsing websites listed below, copy the link without clicking, and paste it into one of these sites to double-check whether it’s valid:
Don’t use free Wi-Fi in public places. When you do that, anyone nearby can tap into your computer and steal data from it. Use a virtual private network (VPN) instead or even your mobile device as a personal hotspot instead. See more detailed tips about this from the Federal Trade Commission.
Don’t announce travel plans on social media. Scammers are getting very good at social engineering, using what they know about you to trick you into giving away information.
Check your account often for suspicious activity, whether through the internet, phone or ATM.
If you suspect fraud or have any concern, contact NBC at (800) 590-2580 immediately or at any location.
Set antivirus and antimalware programs to conduct regular scans.
Enable strong spam filters to prevent phishing emails from reaching end users.
Filter network traffic.
Require multifactor authentication for your sign-ons. Multifactor authentication gives you another layer of protection, such as signing in with your password but then receiving an email or text with a code for one additional step before accessing your account.
We are here to help, answer questions and work with you to protect your money. NBC takes data breaches very seriously and uses a combination of safeguards to protect customer information—such as employee training, employee accountability, strict privacy policies, rigorous security standards, encryption and fraud monitoring and detection software. We’ll keep doing our part, and you can do yours, so you don’t ever become part of the increasing numbers* of fraud victims in the United States.
If you want to read more, here are some helpful resources for both the latest on cybersecurity attacks from Russia and on scams in general:
U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s Shields Up page with latest warnings and news
Finally, if you’re interested in digging deeper into the numbers, we found this data from the FTC interesting, from FTC news releases here and here. If you find yourself a victim, you definitely aren’t alone. In 2021,
5.7 million people filed reports and described losing more than $5.8 billion to fraud, an increase of more than $2.4 billion – a 70% jump – over the prior year. Imposter scams, when someone pretended to be a trusted person or business, led to losses of $2.3 billion.
Top categories of fraud https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2022/02/new-data-shows-ftc-received-28-million-fraud-reports-consumers, in order, included imposter scams, online shopping scams, prizes, sweepstakes, and lotteries; internet services; and business and job opportunities.
People ages 20-29 reported losing money to fraud more often than people ages 80 and over. While younger people lost money 41 percent of the time they experienced fraud, older adults lost money only 17 percent of the time. But when older people did lose money, they lost a median amount of $1,500, or three times the median amount younger people lost.
Customers bank on lender Toni Nance's longtime experience at NBC
Feb. 1, 2022
Many of NBC’s customers will recognize longtime banker Toni Nance, who is a senior vice president, lending officer, and one of the many reasons NBC is made up of “People You Can Bank On.”
Officially, Toni Nance recently celebrated her 25th anniversary as one of NBC’s lenders in Oklahoma City. Over the years NBC customers have come to depend on her hard-working attitude and her ability and willingness to help them, said Glenn Floresca, NBC’s Oklahoma City market president and co-chief lending officer. Her lending portfolio includes small businesses and a variety of customers; some who have been customers of hers for 37 years, having followed her from another bank to NBC.
“Customers like her understanding of their business, their families and her efficiency in getting things done,” Floresca said. “She’s really, really good at what she does.”
Nance said she has always worked at smaller banks and wouldn’t do anything differently.
“I love helping the customers,” Nance said. “I love the community banks because I do feel like we know the customers. NBC is an excellent example of that.”
For Nance, 25 years is the official number of years that she’s been here – since her first “retirement.” She had joined NBC in 1995, when it was known as Capital National Bank and Randy Royse was the president. At that time, the sale of the bank to Ken Fergeson and its transformation to NBC Oklahoma was already under way.
Nance started at May Avenue and Grand Boulevard that year but left the bank in 1996 to stay home with her children. They were in school, however, and she missed her interactions with coworkers and customers and realized how much she wanted to be back at the bank.
“I’ve always enjoyed it,” Nance said. “Thank goodness Randy and H.K. (Hatcher) hired me back.”
Nance has been at NBC ever since and has watched how much banking has changed through the years from a time when everything was done on paper to the instant electronic transactions today.
Nance started in banking in high school working summers in bookkeeping – running proof machine, general ledger, filing checks, etc. She soon was promoted to the teller line. Since then her career has included time in new accounts and then as an administrative assistant at Metro Bank, later becoming a lender there before moving to NBC.
“I am so thankful for the background that I have had,” she said. “It has helped me to understand how bookkeeping works and what the tellers are going through. It has given me so much knowledge to help me grow.”
Outside of work, Nance and her husband Randy enjoy their three children, Chad, Karie and Taylor; and their six grandchildren between the ages of 9 months and 14 years who call them “Mimi” and “Pappy.”
'Swipe left' before you fall for a romance scam
February 14, 2022
Since today is Valentine’s Day, let’s revisit this post about not-so-true love – the fake kind that can leave you financially devastated as well as heartbroken.
Unfortunately, as social media networks and online dating sites have become more popular, so has fraud capitalizing on the human need for connection
While online dating has brought together many legitimate couples, don’t fall for one of the fake profiles set up to lure you in with promises of romance in order to extort money from you.
The FBI issued a warning this month and noted that romance scams lead to higher financial losses for victims than other online crimes. In 2020, The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received more than 23,000 complaints classified as confidence and romance scams, with reported losses of more than $600 million, the FBI noted in a release on Feb. 11, 2022. The FTC estimated that people sent $547 million to online romance scammers alone last year, according to this report.
Thanks to the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission, we’ve compiled some tips to keep you – and your heart – from becoming one of these statistics.
At NBC we want all of our customers to be protected from scams and recommend the following these tips from the FBI, FTC and ABA to do so:
Research the person’s photo and profile using online searches to see if the material has been used elsewhere. Start with Google Image Search if you don’t know how to do this.
Go slow when starting a new romance and ask questions. Don’t let a scammer rush you. Talk to someone you trust about this person as well.
Only scammers ask you to pay by cryptocurrency, gift card or wire transfer. Do not send a reload, prepaid or gift card; don't wire money and don't send cryptocurrency to someone you met online. Last year, about one in four people used a gift card to send money to a romance scammer, and the most money reported lost was $139 million through payments made in cryptocurrency.
Beware if the individual seems too perfect or quickly asks you to leave a dating service or social media site to talk offline.
Beware if the individual attempts to isolate you from friends and family.
Beware if the individual promises to meet in person, but then always comes up with an excuse why he or she can’t. They might make plans to visit but then can’t come because of a traumatic event or a business deal gone sour. If you haven’t met the person after a few months, for whatever reason, you have good reason to be suspicious. Scammers often like to say they’re out of the country for business or military services.
Never send money to anyone you don’t know personally. Never wire money, put money on a gift or cash-reload card or send cash to an online love interest. You won’t get it back. Often, they request money to cover travel, medical or other emergencies, hotel bills, hospital bills for a child or another relative, visas or losses from a temporary financial setback.
Contact your bank (NBC’s customer service number is 800-590-2580) right away if you think you’ve sent money to a scammer.
Representing three generations of NBC Oklahoma’s history
The loss of Altus NBC banker Jim Gover, whose family founded NBC in 1931, left a big hole in NBC’s 90th anniversary celebrations this year.
December 17, 2021
NBC Altus banker Jim Gover, second from left, pictured with his family, daughter Morgan Gover; wife Cathy Gover; and daughter Rachel Gover Gonzales and her husband DJ Gonzales.
In celebrating our 90th anniversary this year, we at NBC have missed the banker who was directly connected to our bank’s founder in 1931, W.B. “Walter” Gover.
Jim Gover, W.B. Gover’s grandson, was NBC’s vice president of lending in Altus and its corporate security officer when he died at age 59 from COVID complications a year ago last month. He would have loved being part of the bank’s 90th anniversary this year, said Jeff Greenlee, NBC’s Altus market president.
“Jim was certainly a big part of NBC and the Altus community as well as a great friend and leader to myself and many others for the 18 plus years that he was with NBC. I really enjoyed his dedication to serving his customers as well as community and will miss his strong compassion for helping others,” Greenlee said.
In an interview earlier this year, Jim’s mother, Maria Gover, and his wife, Cathy, remembered Jim Gover and his love for people, his sense of humor and his connection as a third-generation Gover connected to NBC.
John Gover already had succeeded his dad Walter Gover as president of the bank by the time Maria and John got married in 1959; he was the one who sold the bank to Ken Fergeson in 1985 and continued to serve on the bank’s board until 2009.
Serving the community, military part of NBC’s DNA
Maria Gover remembered the bank being instrumental in bringing the Altus Air Force Base in the community after the base, then known as the Altus Army Airfield, closed after World War II in 1945. Walter Gover traveled to Washington, D.C., with a group from Altus that included Dick Moore, Bob Harvison and Harry Wimbledly to meet with decision makers at the time about why the base should stay open. Their visit paid off, the base opened under its current name in 1953, and it is still thriving today.
NBC founder W.B. Gover at his desk
Walter Gover loved banking, and then John Gover did, too, Maria Gover said.
“They were both very dedicated to the community and being of service,” she said.
The third-generation Gover had a different and varied career leading up to banking. Jim Gover had never planned to be a banker and got a degree in agriculture economics from Oklahoma State University in order to go into ranching, Cathy said. But markets were down when he graduated, and that career field choice was iffy at the time, so he pursued his other interest: joining the U.S. military.
Jim Gover served six years active duty in the U.S. Navy, including time on the USS Nevada submarine, and then four more years in the U.S. Navy Reserves, leaving the service in 1990, when he and Cathy lived in Bremerton, WA. They stayed in the area, and eventually he became a deputy sheriff and detective for the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department in Friday Harbor, WA, for about 10 years. Along the way he also did some tree farming and land development in Fort Gamble, WA.
“He was an outdoorsman,” Cathy Gover said.
Cathy and Jim Gover left the Washington area in June 1999 to move back home to southwest Oklahoma to manage the Gover family ranch, JJ Ranch, which included growing wheat and raising cattle and horses.
Jim Gover and his love for people, Altus community
Jim Gover joined NBC in 2001 when he was asked to put to work his degree in agriculture economics, his knowledge of farming and ranching and his deep connections to the people in southwest Oklahoma. At the time his dad was NBC chairman, and the bankers there thought he would be a good fit for NBC, Cathy Gover said.
“He was a real people person, and he loved his customers,” Cathy Gover said. “I don’t think being a banker was ever in the back of his mind until they approached him.”
Greenlee said his and Jim Gover’s paths crossed more than 37 years ago when the two studied agricultural economics at OSU. Although they didn’t know each other at the time, they realized their names were both back to back in the commencement program from the 1984 graduating class, which set off an ongoing and funny argument about whether the name order meant who was smarter or just came first in the alphabet, Greenlee said.
“We enjoyed that same spirit over the years, whether debating current events, the ideal method to smoke brisket and ribs, or him bragging on his daughters and granddaughters,” Greenlee said.
Jim Gover also loved his military service, was active in the Altus Military Affairs Committee like his dad was and was honored when the Air Force’s 97th Air Mobility Wing awarded him with its highest civilian award, naming him as a “Friend of Altus.”
“He would spend hours sitting with the airmen on the base, even though he knew he wasn’t going to make the loan. He would help them get their finances in order. He loved the base here,” Cathy said. “Probably the two things he was proudest of, when it came to community service, were his Rotary service and the military affairs committee.”
She noted that all three Govers served in the Altus Rotary Club and were active in military affairs supporting the Altus Air Force Base. John Gover, Jim Gover’s father, at one point served as president of the Military Affairs Committee, and he and Maria often hosted generals and other dignitaries who came to visit the base.
Jim Gover “never passed up an opportunity to talk about his dad or his grandfather,” Cathy Gover said. Her husband, even though his grandfather died before he was born, would often tell of the two starting the bank in the middle of the Depression and that it flourished. “So obviously, they did something right. They were really helpful to the community, not only by loaning people money, but also in community service. And he was always proud of all that.”
Unlike his father and grandfather, Jim Gover was the comedian in the family and he was a big personality, his mother and wife said. He also loved his family deeply, which included his and Cathy’s daughters, Morgan Gover and Rachel Gonzales; Rachel’s husband, DJ Gonzales; and granddaughters Lilly and Willow.
“He had a good sense of humor. And he loved people and loved to interact with people, and he was very good at it,” his mother said. “He was so good to me. He was precious.”
Greenlee said Gover had a real passion for NBC’s history and made sure the building’s integrity remained intact during a 2014 remodel, down to the design of the sign and the clock hanging on the southwest corner of the bank.
“There is no doubt that he would have really enjoyed working with the bank’s 90th anniversary this year, firing up the bank’s smoker, and of course wearing one of his many retro hats,” Greenlee said.
Proposed tax reporting law will hurt everyday Americans despite its stated intention
By H.K. Hatcher, President and CEO, NBC Oklahoma
NOTE: This opinion piece from H.K. Hatcher appeared in The Oklahoman on Sept. 19, 2021. News Channel 8 in Tulsa (KTUL) also featured him in this story on this important issue.
NBC's H.K. Hatcher visits with Tulsa station KTUL's Jamison Keefover over Zoom about a problematic proposal that would affect most banking consumers. Click on the image to see the story.
Nestled deep into President Biden’s pleasant-sounding “American Families Plan” is a disturbing provision that would invade the financial privacy of most Americans, handing the Internal Revenue Service even more data about people’s individual spending.
It also would result in unnecessary costs to taxpayers and add an extensive amount of extra and unnecessary work for everyone involved – the IRS and our financial institutions.
I understand the desire to invest “in our kids, our families and our economic future,” as the American Families Plan outline from the Biden Administration states. We are all reeling from the ups and downs from fallout over the pandemic, and many families are truly hurting from loss of their incomes, their health and/or their loved ones.
However, as always, we have to look at the details in a lengthy plan such as this one. Specifically, I join the many banks and our related associations who take issue with a specific provision in this proposal.
If passed as is, this proposal would require financial institutions to track and submit to the IRS information on any account you have that has a minimum balance of $600, according to the Oklahoma Bankers Association. The facts that people who work in the financial industry don’t know how such reporting will work and that no one understands how the IRS will process or use this data about you show how ill-advised and problematic this proposal is. Even worse, as cyber criminals get more sophisticated, why would we provide even more data about individual taxpayers to an agency vulnerable to hackers?
Also, deposits and withdrawals are not interest or wage income, both of which are taxed, so there is no reason for the IRS to have extensive data about everyday transactions that are not suspicious. Once banks report this information as the new law would require, the IRS will have to sift through that raw data to draw conclusions.
Setting the “de minimis” reporting threshold at $600, as proposed by this section of the American Families Plan, would affect most Americans and infringe on Americans’ reasonable expectations of privacy related to their financial spending habits. I don’t think it will help the IRS go after tax evaders, which is its stated intention, as it will flood the agency with mountains of meaningless data about ordinary Americans.
As the American Bankers Association notes, existing requirements already capture the taxable events that lower the instances of fraud among high-income taxpayers. This new requirement does not improve on that and instead will require complex, expensive and time-consuming efforts for both the government and our financial institutions.
I support the government’s goal to hold U.S. taxpayers accountable for the money they owe to the Internal Revenue Service and to crack down on tax evaders. But this section of the proposed law does more harm than good, and Congress needs to reject it quickly, before it advances. Ed Mierzinwski, senior director of the federal consumer program at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, sums it up well:
"They are collecting information about everybody, and I don’t know why it is necessary to collect information about everybody,” he told the American Banker.
About NBC Oklahoma
Celebrating its 90th year in banking, NBC Oklahoma is a $750 million state bank with seven locations across Oklahoma. It is an Oklahoma-owned bank. Member FDIC.
Celebrating 90 years of being People You Can Bank On
August 1, 2021
We'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.
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.
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.
A historic photo of the lobby inside NBC Oklahoma in downtown Altus. Photo from NBC's archives.
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.
This scene shows NBC's lobby and customers in the bank's early days. Photo from NBC's archives.
New bankers join NBC Oklahoma in Oklahoma City
PRESS RELEASE March 26, 2021
NBC Oklahoma has welcomed two new bankers – Justin Henry as senior vice president, commercial lending, and Jennifer Stevenson as assistant vice president, lending officer. The two join a new team led by longtime NBC banker Jay Smith working from the bank’s location at 13401 N Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City.
Henry comes to NBC after working for First State Bank for the last eight years, most recently as senior vice president of commercial lending. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cameron University in Lawton.
Henry is known for his responsiveness in taking care of customers, getting back to them with decisions quickly. He said that he enjoys working closely with business owners to support them as they grow their businesses.
Smith, senior vice president, lending officer, noted Henry’s extensive banking and customer service experience as one of the reasons he wanted Henry to join the team.
“He has spent his career developing strong relationships with banking customers, and we look forward to him doing the same at NBC. I know our customers will enjoy getting to know him,” Smith said.
Stevenson comes to NBC after working as a business banker at CrossFirst Bank and as a business banker/assistant vice president at First Citizens Bank. She majored in music theater at the University of Central Oklahoma and has spent her career in banking while maintaining her interest in the arts outside of work as a writer, photographer and self-described “theater nerd.”
As a banker, she said she loves the joy of helping change someone’s life for the better and focuses on the customer’s experience in her dealings.
Smith noted that Jennifer brings enthusiasm and experience to NBC.
“Her trustworthiness and competence as a banker are huge assets to our team, and we are excited to have her on board,” Smith said.
Glenn Floresca, NBC’s Oklahoma City’s market president, said he looked forward to serving customers even better with the new team at the OKC North Penn location.
“We shifted some of our bankers around last year when we opened our new OKC Western flagship location at NW 63rd and Western, but we continued to serve our great customers at OKC Penn as well,” Floresca said. “This new team led by Jay Smith will help us do that even better, and I am ready for customers to get to know all of them. Our customers will come to rely on their expertise and commitment just like they do with all of our bankers in various locations.”
About NBC Oklahoma
Celebrating its 90th year in banking, NBC Oklahoma is a $790 million state bank with seven locations across Oklahoma. It is an Oklahoma-owned bank. Member FDIC. Website: nbc.bank.
CEO H.K. Hatcher celebrates 30 years at NBC Oklahoma
He looks back at his years in banking and looks forward to the future of NBC, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
January 27, 2021
OKLAHOMA CITY -- H.K. Hatcher’s banking career started during a turbulent time for U.S. banks – during the oil bust and just seven days after the failure of Oklahoma City’s Penn Square Bank. The lessons he learned as the country dealt from the Penn Square fallout have served him well in a banking career that has spanned nearly 40 years.
In December, Hatcher, NBC Oklahoma’s CEO, celebrated 30 years with NBC and looked back on his career and his time with the bank. He joined the bank when it was a small, $50 million bank in Oklahoma City known as Capital National Bank; today, NBC Oklahoma is a $750-million state bank.
“I’ve been blessed to have different people give me opportunities, and I have been blessed to watch the bank grow,” Hatcher said. “Our priority has always been taking care of our customers and providing a return for our shareholders and doing it in a consistent way.”
Hatcher is thankful he has served under two owners who have fostered a strong and positive culture at NBC; for the last 25 years, that has been Chairman Ken Fergeson, who bought Capital National in 1995. NBC has always had a culture of prioritizing doing the right thing over making a profit, taking care of customers and making sound financial decisions, he said.
Hatcher started at First National Bank of Holdenville, OK, in 1982, seven days after the failure of Penn Square Bank -- too early for anyone to know the extent of the repercussions from its overextended loans.
“We knew something was happening, but you didn’t know the full effects of it at that time,” he said.
Hatcher spent his early days in banking as a “workout guy” helping banks clean up bad loans, particularly those left in the wake of Penn Square Bank and the oil bust, moving to Hennessey, where he met his wife, Beverly, and then to Bank of Oklahoma. At BOK, he met Randy Royse and eventually followed him to NBC.
Starting in banking during a tumultuous time gave him a perspective that has helped him through the years: “It’s probably worse than you anticipate, and it’s going to cost you more money than you expected and it’s going to take longer to solve the problem than you think it will,” Hatcher said.
That perspective continues to help him as banks and businesses worldwide navigate fallout from the economy. NBC is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year and remains a strong pillar and a strong bank in the communities it serves – Oklahoma City, Altus, Kingfisher and Enid.
Hatcher said it will take some time for the country’s economy to stabilize but NBC will be right there to help.
“I’m very much a believer in the community bank model and how they help the community,” Hatcher said. Community banks “are more one on one with the customer – they’re able to understand their business more. There is a need for a strong community bank network to help your communities thrive.”
2020 NBC Artist Series features painting by OKC artist dg smalling
PRESS RELEASE Dec. 17, 2020
A new painting by Oklahoma City artist dg smalling is the 16th commissioned artwork in NBC Oklahoma’s Artist Series, and it continues the bank’s and Chairman Ken Fergeson’s longtime support of the arts in the state.
Smalling’s “Lady Justice Series” stylized and colorful painting is a 60-inch by 53-inch acrylic on birch panel. The artist also considers it the first in his “Operation Lady Justice” series of works, one of which is being used by the U.S. Department of Interior’s multi-agency law enforcement initiative, The Presidential Task force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, with a special focus on combatting violence against Native women and girls.
Each year, the bank commissions an Oklahoma artist to create an original work of art and then creates limited edition prints, posters and postcards from it as gifts for customers and staff. Read more about the artists in this series at nbcwigwam.art/nbcartists, the website for the bank’s Wigwam Gallery in Altus.
Smalling said he designed his work to capture the vibrancy of Lady Justice featured as a Native American woman; she is holding a shield and cloaked in a blanket representing day and night in his painting for NBC.
“Justice herself, is uplifting. … Justice is a strong woman,” said smalling, who prefers lowercasing his name. “She invokes the ideal of community that teaches an individual that 50 percent responsibility is to your people and 50 percent responsibility is to yourself and that lessons along the way are universal in life, not just afforded to one group of people.”
More of smalling’s paintings in this series are currently on display through Jan. 21 at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, 1400 Classen Drive in Oklahoma City, in a special exhibit featuring smalling and artist Nicole Moan called “The Visage of Modern Matriarchy.”
Smalling, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, was born in Waxahachie, TX, spent his first few years around Idabel and Haworth and by the age of 8 had traveled to Switzerland, Cameroon, and South Africa with his parents, who were missionaries. He had access to art programs in Commonwealth and international schools. He graduated from high school in Johannesburg, South Africa and then attended the University of Oklahoma.
Several exhibitions have featured smalling’s art, including Epcot Disney World, Oklahoma’s Centennial Show, the Grand Palais in Paris, France, and National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, which included his work in its “Choctaw Code Talkers Celebration” in 2012. The artist’s commissioned work includes portraits of U.S. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, U.S. Congressman Tom Cole and T. Boone Pickens.
He currently lives in Oklahoma City where he views his art as his business and enjoys his two favorite hobbies – cooking and curiosity about his surroundings, he said.
About NBC Oklahoma NBC Oklahoma is a $750 million state bank with seven locations across Oklahoma. It is an Oklahoma-owned bank. Member FDIC. Website: nbc.bank.
About Wigwam Art Gallery Several years ago, NBC Oklahoma built the Wigwam Art Gallery in Altus, OK, to resemble the 1920s-era Wigwam Movie Theater that was once located there. A vision of NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson, the art gallery is used to promote Oklahoma artists and art and to host events for some nonprofit institutions. The Wigwam Gallery is located next to NBC Oklahoma in downtown Altus on the corner of Commerce and Hudson. Go online to nbcwigwam.art for information about the gallery, current exhibits or NBC Oklahoma’s art or to take a virtual tour of current and recent previous exhibits. Contact Matthew Davids, NBC’s administrator of art collections, at 580-481-3150 or firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions.
NBC again gives $100 to each employee to pay it forward this holiday season
Dec. 8, 2020
On Giving Tuesday, NBC Oklahoma gave $100 to each employee to do something good and spread joy during the holiday season. This is the second year that NBC has done this as part of the NBC Gives Pay It Forward Initiative, and CEO H.K. Hatcher noted that the bank wanted employees to make a difference where it means something to them.
"If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to take care of each other. I have seen many examples of thoughtfulness and kindness this year, in spite of the hardship related to the pandemic and everything else," Hatcher said in an email to employees announcing the $100 initiative again. "I know NBC employees are already generous and community-minded, and I see it every day."
When NBC leaders first started this tradition in 2019, they said they initially were inspired by the widespread and meaningful impact that a church in Cincinnati had on its community when it gave its members money to do the same thing. There are no strings attached in the $100 gifts nor will NBC hold employees accountable for what they do with it.
"Let’s keep helping each other this holiday season. I hope you will pay this forward. And while we’re at it, let’s pray for a better 2021 for all of us. Wishing you and your family health and peace as we come the end of this unusual year," Hatcher said.
This $100 Pay It Forward initiative gets to the heart of who we are at NBC. Employees are sharing what they're doing with the money. We’ll add to it here as more people share:
Dondra Floresca in OKC is again adopting a family from Putnam City Schools through the Putnam City Schools Foundation's CareShare Christmas program. Her $100 is going to purchase items for a family. Each year the program, which Putnam City counselor Penny Poe founded in 1982, serves the needs of more than 1,200 children in the school district, which has a large population living at or below the poverty level. Floresca has been involved with this program for many years. "A big 'THANK YOU' to NBC for helping making this family's Christmas a little brighter," Floresca said.
[Anonymous] is buying groceries to donate to the food drive at [their] grandchildren's school for the local food pantry.
Scott Bixler in Enid doubled the giving and paid it forward to "Stuff the Truck" through the Caelum Society. The Society had identified families in need, particularly those with foster children, who were struggling to provide essentials like food and clothing. Organizers from Bixler's church obtained a U-Haul truck and parked it at the Enid Walmart. Participants then shopped at the Walmart for these families and brought the items back to the truck. Another group will deliver the items to the families in the program. "I was pleased to be able to participate with this giving, knowing NBC is making a difference where it matters most," Bixler said.
Sherri Hayes in OKC donated hers to a toy drive through her church, and the items went directly to a single mom who needed items for her children.
Manny Lanzner in OKC and his wife are buying a lot of wipes, masks and cleaning supplies for an elementary school in Mustang.
Brandon Bixler in OKC shopped for shoes and toys for a 6-year-old girl in Oklahoma County as part of a holiday partnership between North.Church OKC and OKC Foster Wishes.
Kelsey Foskin in OKC is donating to The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital due to multiple personal connections. When she and her twin sister were born prematurely, they spent more than 100 days in NICU at Mercy Hospital. Later, as an intern for The Children's Center, she connected with a premature infant there and wrote a story about that baby for The Oklahoman. Now she works at our bank and loves that one of our big initiatives was raising money for this hospital. (See nbc.bank/gives for details about that campaign). "That nonprofit holds a special place in my heart," Foskin wrote about using the $100 for The Children's Center.
Dedra Doyle in OKC is using the funds to provide Christmas for a family that doesn't typically get to celebrate Christmas because in that household are a mom and three adult siblings, two of whom are mentally disabled. The third sibling is overwhelmed financially bearing the burden of caring for all of them . The family's patriarch died a few years ago. Dedra's brother has been helping this family with some of their needs, and NBC's gift will help provide for things the family needs and some extra gifts as well.
Lillie-Beth Brinkman in OKC used a portion of it for her Sunday School class project to help several families in the Putnam City Schools' CareShare Christmas program. She also is adding to the donation and contributing to the City Rescue Mission to meet the needs of the homeless at Christmas and beyond.
Gina Ellis in OKC gave $100 to Fresh StART, an art program through the Homeless Alliance. This program gives people experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma a supportive environment for creating art. Fresh stART hosts studio time three times per week at the Homeless Alliance Westtown campus' Day Shelter. It also hosts shows periodically throughout the year on campus and at art galleries and community events.
[Anonymous] sent the $100 to help a family who just lost its infant child.
Paul Ruckel in OKC donated to a Chandler church's Warmth for Winter program, giving food, clothing and toys for families in need.
[Anonymous] gave to provide food for the homeless and those in need through the Quail Springs United Methodist Church's Homeless Ministry. The program even recently was able to provide a car for one of the families as they moved into stable housing so they would have access to work.
Jody Biggers in OKC gave to two families to help meet some of their needs.
Ken Fergeson and his wife, Mary Ann Fergeson, gave to an Altus seamstress who had been struggling because people weren't getting their clothes altered as much in the pandemic. They received a note from her saying that the funds were "just what I needed" because she her faithful companion, her dog, had just died.
Jay Smith used the money for a family whose home burned down the day after Christmas.
For information about other community #NBCGives efforts at NBC Oklahoma, go to NBC.bank/gives.
NBC banker will be remembered for his dedication to the community, the bank and his family and for his sense of humor
PRESS RELEASE Nov. 23, 2020
ALTUS – NBC is sad to report that NBC’s James “Jim” Gover has passed away due to complications from COVID. He had been with the bank since 2002 as vice president of lending in Altus and NBC’s corporate security officer, but his ties to NBC run much deeper than that.
His grandfather, Walter T. Gover started the bank as National Bank of Commerce in 1931 and his father, John P. Gover was NBC chairman until 1985 but served on the board until 2009. Jim joined NBC himself in 2002, three years after moving back to Altus.
“Jim was a man of high integrity following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He was not only the pillar of our bank here in Altus but also of the community of Altus,” NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson said. “We will miss his sense of humor and tell Jim Gover stories forever.”
Gover had been active in the Altus/Southwest Economic Corporation, serving as president, treasurer and director; the Altus Chamber of Commerce, with positions as chairman, treasurer and director; the Altus Rotary Club and the Altus Military Affairs Committee, including serving as an honorary commander to the base’s Command Chief. In 2019 the U.S. Air Force’s 97th Air Mobility Wing honored Jim with its highest civilian award when it recognized him as one of the “Friends of Altus” for his support of the base.
Before joining the bank, Jim had served as a law enforcement officer, including as a detective in the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office in Friday Harbor, WA. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a sonar technician for a submarine.
Gover is survived by his wife, Cathy Gover; their daughters, Morgan Gover and Rachel Gonzales; Rachel’s husband, D.J. Gonzales, and Jim and Cathy’s granddaughters, Lilly and Willow. Jim was a devoted family man and doted on his granddaughters.
A rosary service for Jim will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, in the Kincannon Memorial Chapel in Altus, with a private burial for family members to follow at the Altus City Cemetery. To watch the live stream of the service, go to kincannonfuneralhome.com beginning 30 minutes before the service.
About NBC Oklahoma
NBC Oklahoma is a $750 million state bank with seven locations across Oklahoma. It is an Oklahoma-owned bank. Member FDIC. Website: nbc.bank.
Can you spot a phishing scam?
Oct. 1, 2020
New #BanksNeverAskThat campaign from the American Bankers Association will help you learn.
Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank. And in this time of expanded use of online banking, the problem is only growing worse. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission’s report on fraud estimates that American consumers lost a staggering $1.9 billion to these phishing schemes and other fraud in 2019 — and the ongoing pandemic has only increased the threat. Imagine where we are in 2020.
It’s time to put scammers in their place. Online scams aren’t so scary when you know what to look for. And at NBC Oklahoma, we’re committed to helping you spot them as an extra layer of protection for your account. We’ve joined with the American Bankers Association and banks across the country in a nationwide effort to fight phishing—one scam at a time.
We want every bank customer to become a pro at spotting a phishing scam—and stop bank impostors in their tracks. It starts with these four words: Banks Never Ask That. Because when you know what sounds suspicious, you’ll be less likely to be fooled. These top 3 phishing scams are full of red flags:
Text message: If you receive a text message from someone claiming to be your bank asking you to sign in, or offer up your personal information, it’s a scam. Banks never ask that.
Email: Watch out for emails that ask you to click a suspicious link or provide personal information. The sender may claim to be someone from you bank, but it’s a scam. Banks never ask that.
Phone call: Would your bank ever call you to verify your account number? No! Banks never ask that. If you’re ever in doubt that the caller is legitimate, just hang up and call the bank directly at a number you trust.
You’ve probably seen some of these scams before. But that doesn’t stop a scammer from trying. For more tips on how to keep phishing criminals at bay, including videos, an interactive quiz and more, visit BanksNeverAskThat.com. And be sure to share the webpage with your friends and family.
What’s Your Scam Score? Take five minutes to become a scamspotter pro by taking the #BanksNeverAskThat quiz at BanksNeverAskThat.com. Share your score on Twitter to encourage your friends and family to test their scam savviness, too. The more scamspotters out there, the harder it is for phishing criminals to catch their next victim!
Know when #BanksNeverAskThat to keep you and your money safe
Oct. 1, 2020
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and beginning today throughout the month you’re going to be seeing a lot from us in partnership with the American Bankers Association about how to keep your money and your identity safe. We all have to be aware of the ways that scammers are trying to gain access to us in order to commit fraud. At NBC, we are committed to working with you to protect yourself.
So this month, during the ABA's #BanksNeverAskThat campaign, pay close attention as you learn in a series of social media and blog posts what suspicious texts, emails and phone calls look like. We'll be posting them on our pages, as well as sharing with you some other resources we find helpful. You’ll learn how to tell the difference between legitimate communication from NBC and a scammer trying to steal your information.
Win big all month long! There’s no better time than now to boost your scamspotting knowledge as part of the campaign with the ABA. Take the five-minute quiz at BanksNeverAskThat.com, and share your scam score on Twitter for a chance to win weekly prizes from the ABA. You can also enter by sharing on Twitter why it’s important to you to keep yourself safe online and using the hashtag #BNATsweeps. Each Friday in October the ABA will draw 15 winners. One lucky grand-prize winner will receive $1,000—will it be you?
NBC Oklahoma names new vice chairman
Sept. 24, 2020
Leadership transition to ensure NBC’s future as a family-owned and community bank
PRESS RELEASE – NBC Oklahoma has named a new vice chairman, Gabe Gilliam. Gilliam has served on the Holding Company Board for NBC Oklahoma for three years where he provided his leadership in strengthening communities through service and investment. He is moving to Oklahoma from San Diego, CA, where he served as community impact manager for Cisco. In that role, he helped drive employee engagement and worked closely with the Cisco Foundation on philanthropic investment and community partnerships. He also has been a teaching pastor for the Saratoga Federated Church in Saratoga, CA, and Fellowship Bible Church in Dallas, and served in other ministerial roles through the years.
He is looking forward to applying his leadership and community engagement experience full time for NBC.
“My entire family is excited about our move to Oklahoma,” says Gilliam. “I didn’t accept this position only thinking about my role at the bank. I considered how I can help the bank make an impact on the entire state. I’m looking forward to getting to know the customers and communities we serve across Oklahoma.”
Gilliam is the son-in-law of NBC Oklahoma Chairman Ken Fergeson, and this move emphasizes Fergeson’s desire to keep NBC in the family and continue its tradition as a family-owned, community-focused bank. Gilliam will learn about all aspects of NBC and its customers and ultimately transition to the role of chairman.
“It has been important to my wife and me that the bank continue to be family-owned, so we are looking forward to starting this new chapter with our son-in-law,” says Fergeson. “Community banks serve as hubs for creating possibilities through relationship-based investment: They help turn ideas into businesses, houses into homes and dreams into realities. Our family cares intensely about the people and our communities in Oklahoma, and intrinsically, the bank does also.”
Gilliam and his wife Casey Gilliam, the daughter of Ken and Mary Ann Fergeson, and their three children between the ages of 5 and 9 will live in Oklahoma City.
Gilliam has a doctorate in ministry from the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA; a master’s degree in divinity from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA; and a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.
About NBC Oklahoma
NBC Oklahoma is a $725 million state bank with seven locations in Oklahoma City, Altus, Kingfisher and Enid. It is an Oklahoma-owned bank, started in 1931. Member FDIC.
Jarrod Fergeson named NBC Oklahoma’s director of art collection
Sept. 24, 2020
Fergeson brings decade of experience in contemporary art curation, exhibition and art collection
Jarrod Fergeson has joined NBC Oklahoma as the new director of the bank’s art collection.
Fergeson brings to the bank more than a decade of experience in contemporary art curation, exhibition and promotion. Recently relocating from Los Angeles, he is an Oklahoma native with a lifelong commitment to creative expression. As director, Jarrod will define the NBC art collection’s mandate and plan for a dynamic future.
Fergeson believes art is for everyone and strengthens every community. For 10 years he owned and operated the j fergeson gallery, the first commercial gallery in a small Virginia college town. He curated a rigorous exhibition schedule of regional and national artists, formed partnerships with community arts organizations, actively participated in civic groups and fostered relationships with the university that supported students and faculty. The gallery maintained a national presence by participating in Art Basel Miami’s Aqua Art Fair while also actively assisting regional mural and street art festivals.
Jarrod Fergeson will bring that experience, focus on community collaboration and passion to NBC, which has taken an active interest in promoting the arts statewide and Oklahoma artists through the years. The bank owns the Wigwam Gallery in Altus, has commissioned public artworks statewide and has sponsored an original work almost every year since 2003 as part the NBC Artist Series. Read more about NBC’s specific art initiatives at nbcwigwam.art.
As a business owner, Jarrod understands the cultural and economic benefits of the arts. While running the gallery he served on museum boards, chaired museum fundraising efforts, served on the board of the chamber of commerce and helped the town apply successfully for the Main Street America program.
Prior to operating the gallery, Jarrod was a political appointee to the International Trade Administration working in the undersecretary’s office.
“I am really excited that Jarrod will be joining the bank as the director of NBC’s art collection,” NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson said about his son. “Jarrod will be a great asset to the arts community in Oklahoma.”
About NBC Oklahoma
NBC Oklahoma is a $725 million state bank with seven locations in Oklahoma City, Altus, Kingfisher and Enid. It is an Oklahoma-owned bank, started in 1931. Member FDIC.
Ken Fergeson reflects on his 35 years with NBC Oklahoma
Sept. 11, 2020
Serving the community is the bank's past, present and now future as Fergeson's son and son-in-law join NBC
Thirty-five years ago last month, Chairman Ken Fergeson took his passion for and belief in community banking to a new level when he acquired majority ownership in NBC Oklahoma in Altus.
Since then, he has advocated for community banks at the state, national and federal level and contributed extensively to community organizations statewide, with a focus on the arts and Oklahoma artists.
For as long as Fergeson has been in banking he has thought of it as a ministry to help others – to help individuals, families, businesses and communities. That attitude hasn’t changed for Fergeson, and it permeates NBC.
“Helping others – that’s exactly what we do. We help people get an education. We help them buy a home. We help them buy a car,” 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 and it’s not going to grow.”
With business and economic degrees from Texas Tech, Fergeson began his banking career in Oklahoma City before purchasing the majority of NBC Bank in Altus in 1985 and settling his family in southwest Oklahoma.
Fergeson has played key roles in the banking industry, including serving as chairman of the American Bankers Association, the Oklahoma Bankers Association and the Oklahoma State Chamber. He has served on a wide variety of national, state and local boards as well.
Now his family is joining Fergeson at NBC, which will ensure the bank remains family-owned and community-focused into the next generation. His son-in-law Gabe Gilliam, who is married to Ken and Mary Ann Fergeson’s daughter Casey, has joined the bank as vice chairman with plans for him to move into position to chairman over time. The Fergesons’ son, Jarrod Fergeson, has joined NBC as director of NBC’s art collection.
Fergeson said he likes to tell people that the bank is small enough and knows its customers and communities so well that if they ever get past due, someone from NBC will call their mothers.
“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 35 years and will continue … to me that’s important. People don’t want to be left hanging,” he said.
On the flip side, though, NBC has stayed competitive with the larger banks by adopting the latest in banking technology and sophisticated security measures, allowing people to bank easily by computer, mobile device, phone or in person, Fergeson noted.
He said there are plenty of unknowns in the world’s financial situation with this year’s pandemic, but through the years, his banks have weathered crises like the oil bust of the 1980s and the market crash of 2008. NBC has always been prepared and strong and will continue to offer banking services and the personal touch to keep customers happy in the years to come.
He listed all the ways NBC bankers have directly helped customers during the pandemic and beyond – including by working overtime on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.
“We’re strong enough that we’ll be here when it’s over,” Fergeson said. “We chose our motto ‘People You Can Bank On’ for a reason – that’s what I envisioned NBC as being when I bought the bank 35 years ago and that’s what we are today. People can count on NBC to help them in both good and tough times.”
You matter. Be counted.
Aug. 20, 2020
Fill out the U.S. Census by Sept. 30 so your area can receive proper funding for schools, roads and highways, fire departments, health clinics, etc. The Census makes it easy for you to be counted, and your information is confidential.
The Census can shape many different aspects of your community, but if you aren’t counted your community loses – about $16,000 lost over 10 years for every person who doesn’t fill out a form ($1,675 per person per year). At the moment, for example, Altus in Jackson County stands to lose $137 million in federal funding for schools, roads, etc., because only 55 percent of its population has responded. Right now Oklahoma’s response rate is less than the national average, which means the entire state potentially could lose federal funding.
Fill out the form today – The Census makes it easy. Fill it out online, by phone or by mail, even if you have lost the card that your house received by mail earlier this year.
By phone: Call (844) 330-2020 for English or check the website for phone numbers for additional languages.
By mail: Use the paper questionnaire sent to your home.
If you have an address that isn’t rural or a P.O. Box, you can even fill it out by texting the words Respond Now to 313131 to receive a link. You can check a box that states you don’t have your code and type in your household address.
The 2020 Census determines our congressional representation, informs federal funding and voting districts and provides data that will impact your community for the next decade. Don’t miss this opportunity.
We’re happy to help if we can, but please fill it out before Sept. 30 so your community can receive proper funding for the community services residents rely on.
Read about NBC Western's history as a school building and see historic photos
A view of the front of the existing building from 1929, pictured with the original University Heights School in the back (to the south). Photo from the Oklahoma Publishing Co.’s collection at the Oklahoma Historical Society
The NBC Western building was once part of the University Heights School, which opened in 1909 with 86 students in the primary and intermediate grades on the outskirts of a growing Oklahoma City at NW 63 and Western Avenue. The original building no longer stands; it was demolished after 1929.
The two-story NBC Western building at that intersection today was built as an addition to the school and completed around 1929, although more renovations to that followed, including a southwest addition finished in 1941. Even though University Heights closed in 1969, some of our customers may remember going there to school or attending Boy Scouts meetings as children.
Layton, Hicks and Forsythe, the prominent local architect firm led by Solomon Layton designed it, and Musgrave Construction Co. built it. Its style is Late Gothic Revival, and the building has distinctive bright red bricks and Tudor-style turrets.
Layton designed several Oklahoma City high schools, including Central, which is on National Register of Historic Places. He also designed prominent Oklahoma City landmarks such as the Oklahoma State Capitol, The Skirvin Hilton, the Oklahoma County Courthouse, the building that now houses Oklahoma City University’s School of Law and others.
Enrollment at University Heights remained low through the years, and the school closed for good in 1969. The Oklahoma City School District put the building up for sale in 1975.
After that University Heights was home to the City of Nichols Hills and Junior Achievement of Oklahoma City, and the building sold again in 1975 to H.K. “Tony” Calvert, who renamed it “Possum Creek Place” after his nickname as the “Big Possum.” With extensive renovations, “Possum Creek” became home to oil and gas companies, including the Calvert Drilling Co, Jay Petroleum Co. and Green Panther Drilling Co. The Kerr Foundation’s headquarters also were located there.
Chesapeake Energy Corp. acquired the building in 2010 and renovated it again.
NBC Oklahoma bought the building in 2018 and has since renamed it NBC Western.
Mrs. Jerry Hubbard works with students in her first year of teaching at University Heights School in 1964. Photo from Oklahoma Historical Society collections.
Students play on a new jungle gym at University Heights School – bought by the Parent-Teacher Organization in 1955. Photo by George Tapscott originally ran in the Oklahoma City Times and now is part of the Oklahoma Historical Society collections.
An aerial view of the 1929-era building now known as NBC Western. The original University Heights School building was demolished sometime in the 1920s or 1930s.
This photo shows the original University Heights School, built in 1909, with the building now known as NBC Western directly behind it, to the north. Photo from the Oklahoma Publishing Photo collection at the Oklahoma Historical Society.
NBC customer Prairie Wolf Spirits shifts focus to making, donating and selling hand sanitizer
April 27, 2020
From left, Jeff Cole, Jonathon Stranger and Erik Tekell with Prairie Wolf Spirits
The product being manufactured at Prairie Wolf Spirits in Guthrie these days involves a different kind of alcohol – the kind that is helping protect first responders and the public from the coronavirus.
A few weeks ago, as concern over COVID-19 ramped up and finding hand sanitizers became nearly impossible, the distillery focused its attention on producing the alcohol-based disinfectant. On any given day workers are mixing the right ratio of alcohol, glycerin and hydrogen peroxide, lining up empty plastic containers and sending them through the process to be filled and sealed for distribution.
Owner Jonathon Stranger said the idea started when Erik Tekell, Prairie Wolf’s co-owner and head distiller, suggested making some small bottles to hand out to customers with their orders for the distillery’s gin, rum, vodka and coffee liqueur. So Stranger, Tekell and Prairie Wolf Manager Jeff Cole got to work.
The first run was 5,000 small bottles and demand quickly grew. Since then, Prairie Wolf has had to ramp up manufacturing capabilities to meet demand. Stranger and team have had to research global supply chains in trying to acquire the plastic containers and lids to hold it. The company already had in place the license to buy and transfer ethanol alcohol and already had a chemical-proof and fireproof facility as required by law.
The distillery has gone from making two to three palettes a month of alcoholic spirits before the pandemic to producing 10 to 20 palettes a day of hand sanitizer in addition to filling its regular spirits orders.
“This is something new to us,” Stranger said. “People’s willingness to show gratitude has been really, really cool.”
Prairie Wolf has donated thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer to the Emergency Responders Assistance Program and OKC Respond, the nonprofit’s Doug White said. The organization then distributes them to emergency and public responders statewide – police and fire departments, ambulance drivers, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, state Department of Corrections, 911 agencies and hospitals and teams that are serving them, he said.
“It is a most remarkable partnership,” White said. “The tentacles of Prairie Wolf have touched so many people, and they have done it in a way that’s compassionate.”
Prairie Wolf, along with Stranger’s other businesses, the restaurants Osteria and Bar Cicchetti and its wellness center i2U Culinary Solutions are customers of NBC Oklahoma. Stranger said he has been glad to have a relationship with NBC and his banker, Luke Pitman, during this time. Working with a local bank has made this time a lot less stressful for his businesses, as the two have been able to find solutions quickly as they arise, he said.
Stranger noted that Prairie Wolf Spirits was able to put to work the restaurant staff because of the increased manufacturing for hand sanitizer, which, a few weeks ago, he didn’t know much about.
“You just put your head down and go sometimes,” Stranger said. “I am really humbled and really grateful that we made the decision to do it.”
Prairie Spirit bottles are ready to be filled with hand sanitizer on the production line.
The hand sanitizer ingredients are mixed in a big vat and then pumped through these pipes to fill up the bottles.
NBC Oklahoma’s Wigwam Gallery has new website
April 13, 2020
ALTUS – Learn more about art – and NBC Oklahoma’s art initiatives – with the new website for NBC's Wigwam Gallery: nbcwigwam.art.
Our bank lobbies are closed for now due to the coronavirus, as is our Altus gallery.
However you can take a virtual tour of the gallery’s latest exhibition, “Half a Lifetime,” featuring the art of Native American artist Woodrow Wilson Crumbo.
The show’s title comes from a quote by Crumbo: “Half of my life passed in striving to complete the pictorial record of Indian history, religion, rituals, customs, way of life, and philosophies … a graphic record that a million words could not begin to tell." NBC’s administrator of art collections, Matthew D. Davids, curated the show and created the virtual tour.
NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson has a lifetime love for art, and he has wanted to share it with as many people as possible. In doing so, he has supported Oklahoma’s arts and artists and made art accessible to people statewide.
“The arts in Oklahoma remain vibrant, even in this time of social distancing,” Fergeson said. “It is more important than ever to support the arts as they enrich the quality of our lives. Many artists are working hard to contribute their talents virtually while people are stuck at home. Through the Wigwam Gallery’s new website, we want to showcase their talent and offer a glimpse of why the arts are essential to our everyday lives.”
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COVID-19: Your money is safe in our bank
March 19, 2020
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is warning of Coronavirus-related scams using its name, and we and the FDIC wanted to reassure you that your money is safe in a bank.
Despite temporary lobby closures mainly in March and April 2020, (see nbc.bank/COVID19 for the latest updates) to comply with the Centers for Disease Control guidance on social distancing, your deposits remain safe in our bank, as does your access to your funds. We take pride in being People You Can Bank On, and our status as an FDIC-insured bank gives you extra protection. You can still bank with us through our ATMs, mobile applications, online banking services and our drive-thru service at each location.
Since 1933, no depositor has ever lost a penny of FDIC-insured funds. Today, the FDIC insures up to $250,000 per depositor per FDIC-insured bank, and these banks remained the safest place for customers to keep their money.
As the nation weathers this public health crisis together, there are some tools at the federal and state level that will help you protect your money and help your business get back on your feet in times of disaster. We’ll update this page as things develop, but please read on for a list of these tools, scams to watch for and other resources to help you.
The Small Business Administration is providing low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Apply online. Read more about the SBA’s efforts specific to the Coronavirus.
The State of Oklahoma has a portal that you can use to report economic injury to your small business due to COVID-19. Find it at damage.ok.gov.
COVID-19: Be wary of scams related to the Coronavirus
As you protect your health from exposure to Coronavirus, protect yourself from scams that try to take advantage of your fears about getting sick with COVID-19.
To trick you out of personal information and your money, scammers may:
Try to sell you fake products offering a cure.
Appeal to your sense of charity and ask you to donate to fake causes.
Compel you to click on fake websites or email attachments requesting secure login information.
Pretend to send emails or texts from a medical or health organization with attachments containing malware.
Impersonate medical supply companies with the supplies you need to prevent or protect infection.
Offer you bogus investment opportunities.
Don’t fall for any of these scams. Be as aware of these as you are of washing your hands, and make sure you are dealing with legitimate companies, organizations, websites and people.
We at NBC will never call you and ask for your username, account number, passwords and other security information over the phone. If you are unsure about any calls from us, please verify such requests by calling us back at your bank location or through customer service (800) 590-2580. You can also call us if you have a question about a possible scam.
Here is a list of things you can do to keep yourself safe from scams, especially as more of us begin working from home and relying on electronic communication.
Don’t open unsolicited emails or click on links from people you don’t know.
Don’t open attachments in any email unless you are sure of the source.
Keep the anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer up to date.
Do not reveal any personal or financial information, especially passwords, to anyone via email.
Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or experts saying that have information about the virus. For information about the Coronavirus, visit the CDC's Coronavirus website and the WHO's website.
Ignore online offers for vaccinations and ads proclaiming to prevent, treat or cure this infection. Ask yourself whether you would hear about it for the first time through an ad or sales pitch.
Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation, and don’t give to people asking for donations in cash, by gift card or by wiring money. Research the sites asking you for one.
Be wary about online promotions that claim the stock of a publicly-traded company is going to jump because they have developed a way to prevent, detect or cure COVID-19.
If you’re working from home, secure your network and computer, follow your employer’s security practices, use strong passwords and dispose of sensitive information securely, such as by shredding.
NBC has been serving its communities for nearly 90 years, and we will continue to do so. We are in uncharted waters, but the safety of our staff and customers is at the top of our priorities.
As we closely monitor reports from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the Oklahoma Department of Health, here are some steps that we are taking at the bank to keep operating while limiting the spread of the virus:
Our lobbies will close Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, March 27, to outside visitors. After such time a reevaluation will determine next steps. If you would like to make an appointment please call the direct line for your location listed on our website, nbc.bank. Our drive-thrus will remain open during regular business hours to conduct all teller transactions.
Telephone banking (24/7): Feel free to call our automated line at 800-590-2580 to get information on balances, lost cards and specific location assistance.
Online Banking: Go to nbc.bank and access your account through online banking. You’ll have access to account balances, transfers, bill payment, account statements and more.
Mobile banking: Download our app for consumer or business to be able to reach all the applications available such as account balances, transfers, bill payment, mobile deposit and Zelle® (consumer only).
Important information will be updated through social media and our website.
We want to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible as we weather this storm nationwide.
Thank you for working with us as we take these steps needed to ensure the safety and health of our employees and customers. Despite our lobby closures, we are still open for business and ready to help you with your banking needs.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and evaluate other ways we can support you during this time. Please remember to check our website for updates.
New exhibit at Wigwam Art Gallery in Altus
March 3, 2020
“Half of my life passed in striving to complete the pictorial record of Indian history, religion, rituals, customs, way of life, and philosophies . . . a graphic record that a million words could not begin to tell."— artist Woodrow “Woody” Crumbo
ALTUS – Half a Lifetime: The Art of Woodrow Wilson Crumbo” is the latest exhibit at the Wigwam Art Gallery in Altus. See it between now and May 8 by appointment.
Curated by Matthew D. Davids, NBC’s administrator of art collections, the 39 pieces in this exhibit Crumbo’s art as he tells the visual story of his Native American people.
He was a member of what is now known as the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and his art explores the traditions and ceremonies of his own tribe and those of the Creek, Sioux and Kiowa nations.
The exhibit from NBC Oklahoma's collection includes Crumbo’s etchings, serigraphs and a painting.
To see it, contact: Matthew D. Davids, NBC Oklahoma’s administrator of art collections and Wigwam Gallery curator, email@example.com or (580) 477-1100.
Born in 1912, near Lexington, Oklahoma, Woodrow “Woody” Wilson Crumbo was a Potawatomi Indian known primarily as a printmaker and painter. He was also a ceremonial dancer, flutist, sculptor, jewelry maker, teacher and entrepreneur, having owned a print shop and etching and ore-mining businesses. He died in 1989.
Crumbo’s parents died when he was young, and he didn’t resume his education until he was 17 and enrolled in the Chilocco Indian School to study history, art and anthropology.
His art teacher encouraged his traditional art style, and he started making and playing the wood flute of the Kiowas, his school friends.
Later he attended the American Indian Institute in Wichita, Kan., Wichita University and the University of Oklahoma, studying different art techniques, including painting and drawing with OU’s Oscar Brousse Jacobson.
Afterwards, Crumbo served as the director of the Bacone Art School for several years, . bringing with him the “Kiowa Style” of painting taught at the University of Oklahoma.
Thomas Gilcrease, namesake of the Tulsa museum and institute, hired Crumbo to work for the institute in the 1940s to assemble an American Indian art collection. The two became friends, and Gilcrease gave Crumbo the nickname “Woody.” Crumbo’s painting “Peyote Bird” inspired an earlier version of the Gilcrease Museum’s logo.
Crumbo’s works are in museums, galleries and private collections, including at:
The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa
University of Oklahoma, Norman
The Smithsonian Institution, Washington
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
U.S. Department of the Interior
Museum of Modern Art in New York
England’s Queen Elizabeth
NBC Oklahoma hires two new vice presidents in the compliance and regulatory areas
MEDIA RELEASE February 10, 2020
OKLAHOMA CITY– NBC Oklahoma has hired Gina Ellis as its new vice president, compliance officer, and Marilyn Johnson as vice president, Bank Secrecy Act officer.
Ellis previously was vice president of ABS Consulting Services, LLC, and she has been in banking and financial services since 1975. In her compliance role, she’ll be responsible for developing compliance programs, reviewing bank policies and advising management on possible risks.
She has her Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager certification from the American Bankers Association.
Johnson worked for NBC from 1998 to 2016 and has more than 30 years of banking experience. She has her certified Anti-Money Laundering and Fraud Professional Certificate (CAFP) from the American Bankers Association. As BSA officer, she oversees anti-money laundering regulations, monitors high-risk transactions and related regulatory filings and watches out for fraud.
“NBC has always made it a priority to have strong compliance and regulatory programs in place to protect our bank and our customers, and we welcome the addition of these two experienced bankers to lead these departments,” NBC CEO H.K. Hatcher said. “We look forward to Gina’s and Marilyn’s contributions to our ongoing efforts in these areas.”
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NBC gives $100 to each employee to pay it forward this holiday season
Dec. 2, 2019
NBC Oklahoma has distributed $100 to each employee to do something good and spread joy during the holiday season. NBC leaders were inspired by the widespread and meaningful impact that a recent church in Cincinnati had on its community when it gave its members money to do the same thing.
“We want you to make a difference. There are no strings attached, nor will we be holding you accountable for what you do with the money,” NBC CEO H.K. Hatcher told employees in an email announcing the NBC Gives initiative. “NBC employees are already generous and community-minded, and we all have so much for which to be thankful. The bank wanted to foster that spirit even more for the holidays.”
Ideas he listed include donating to a nonprofit, helping a family in need, adding to it for an even bigger contribution, using it to create gift bags to hand out and more. Hatcher also mentioned that it might be your own family in need this holiday season.
“Your choice,” Hatcher said.
Giving back is important to NBC as a bank and for its employees individually, and NBC wanted to show that we can make a difference in someone’s life with $100. And being able to give makes a difference in our own. This $100 Pay It Forward initiative gets to the heart of who we are at NBC.
Right away, employees began sharing what they were doing with the money. We’ll add to it here as more people share:
Sarah Buffalo in Enid donated to Panda Paws Rescue, a rescue rehabilitation and hospice organization for homeless, abused and neglected animals.
Jim Gover in Altus donated to the Rotary Foundation, supporting its efforts to eradicate polio, provide clean water and sanitation in disadvantaged regions of the planet and economic development to combat poverty.
Dondra Floresca and her brother-in-law Glenn Floresca in OKC are donating to benefit a classroom project at Putnam City School District’s Hilldale Elementary by teacher Rayven Boone (a former employee of NBC). The donation will help stuff stockings with games, snacks, etc., to give to her third-grade students during the Christmas party. Ninety-three percent of the students at the school are on free or reduced lunches, and many of the children there are in need
(Anonymous) in OKC is helping pay tuition for a couple to finish their continued education for lay pastor program; they are struggling with finances because of a lost job.
Kristi Roberts in Altus is buying gifts for two little girls in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in memory of her own daughter, who died as a newborn and who would have been 6 on Dec. 6.
Donna Gannon in Enid used her donation for a group called Families of Autistic Children (FACT) in Tidewater, Va. Her cousin and husband, who serves in the U.S. Navy, have an autistic son who has benefited from the group’s fellowship and activities.
Brandon Bixler in OKC shopped for warm clothes and toys for a 4-year-old girl in Jackson County as part of a holiday partnership between North.Church OKC and OK Foster Wishes. He used his donation to buy Disney Princess dolls, a cooking playset, winter jacket, beanie and a pair of warm shoes from her wish list.
(Anonymous) and family members have volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities ever since a relative and her family needed the nonprofit for a place to stay during their prematurely born child’s surgeries and for meals that volunteers cooked for them. The donation to Ronald McDonald House will help allow families to stay close to loved ones during medical emergencies and support them with meals and other items.
Sam Lane in Altus called the local animal shelter and asked what they needed. They were out of puppy food, for starters, and with the $100 they got puppy food, cat food and litter, flea treatments and a few leashes.
Jay Smith in OKC donated to the K Club, a group working to improve the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Dennis Themer in Kingfisher is giving $100 to Santa’s Toyland, a program in Kingfisher County through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for underprivileged children.
Scott Bixler in Enid doubled the donation and gave to a group called Africa Cause – From Calling to Continent after hearing an African missionary speak in church about the organization’s work. “He provided some personal testimony which presented tearful moments and he shared with us life-changing scenarios which people encountered,” Bixler wrote. “He spoke of how positive people-changing measures led to other lives being uplifted in a kind and meaningful way. It was like people were paying forward their good works and deeds. Suddenly, it struck me this is an awesome opportunity for NBC to plant seeds in Africa.”
Lillie-Beth Brinkman in OKC added to it and went shopping for a 6-year-old boy on the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program's list. She ended up with a warm coat and gloves, a hat, pants and a shirt and some fun items on his list -- like a remote control car.
Jody Biggers in OKC is donating to the Infant Crisis Center, which allows parents in need to obtain formula, diapers, clothing and essentials as they care for their infants.
Sheila Heim in OKC matched the donation and paid off the entire layaway at Walmart for two families who had set aside items for their young children, including baby clothes and infant toys for one and dolls and monster trucks for another.
Randy Murrow in OKC is adding to the donation and using it to help the family of one of his friends who suddenly passed away. She was a single mom of two school-aged girls.
Katrina Hertensen in OKC is using it to help pay off students' lunch debt at Kingfisher public schools.
Kerri Woidke in OKC is using her donation to help put together Family Fun Night Baskets for foster families with Angels Foster Family Network in Norman. These baskets are filled with candy, snacks, a board game and a movie to be given to families at their annual Christmas dinner.
Aaron Abbott in Enid and his wife Hayley are doubling the gift and giving the money to Hope Outreach, which serves the community with its parenting ministry, homeless ministry, transitional housing for men being released from prison and community care. The group also provides yearly abstinence events for seventh graders in Garfield County. The organization’s mission statement is ‘ministering the love of Jesus and empowering people through responsible living.”
Amie Chance in Enid matched the $100 and paid off overdue lunches at Chisholm High School, telling the principal to use any extra to buy coats for children who need it.
Price Foerster in OKC bought clothes and toys for two children through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.
Halsey Clifford in OKC is donating $100 to Luggage With Love in Norman. This organization provides suitcases filled with items for children in foster care so they don’t have to pack in trash bags to carry their belongings to a new place. She and her family chose this nonprofit together because her family has fostered more than 35 children and adopted her younger brother – “the light of my life,” – out of foster care, she said. “My family and I are super excited to give some children a sense of belonging this Christmas,” Clifford wrote. “Thank you, NBC, for the opportunity to show some love and compassion to some kiddos who really need it this holiday season.”
(Anonymous) donated to the Someday Soon Foundation, which feeds the homeless in Oklahoma City, resolves school lunch bills and provides other necessities, including transportation, for those in need.
Jody Gooden in Kingfisher gave the first $100 from NBC to the Youth and Family Services in El Reno to help a young man who has aged out of foster care and who is working with the organization to become self-sufficient. She went shopping and bought for him $100 worth of Christmas presents, mixing his needs with some fun things to do. Her husband serves on the organization’s board. Gooden’s heart also is with two organizations that are helping care for her mother, so she and her husband, inspired by NBC’s Pay It Forward gift, decided to give $100 each to the Countrywood Assisted Living Center in Kingfisher and the Russell Murray Hospice in El Reno.
“NBC’s donation of $100.00 has already grown to $300.00,” Gooden wrote. “Thanks, NBC, for remembering and encouraging the true spirit of Christmas in all of us!
Jan Payne in Kingfisher donated to Okarche's Center of Family Love, which provides a home, friendship and purpose for disabled adults from throughout the state.
Sally Ramey in Enid and her husband had already “adopted” a fifth-grade boy through Enid’s Youth and Family Services in order to buy Christmas presents for him. She added NBC’s $100 to what they were already doing and as a result was able to get some nice boots, clothing and other items on his wish list “to make this Christmas extra special for this young man,” she said.
Inspired by prayer, Raynie Harrison in OKC gave to a group of women known as the Sippin Sistas, who are close friends and who support the community by paying off students’ lunch debt in school districts throughout the metro area.
(Anonymous) gave $100 to her brother, who has been off work since May and has had two surgeries. He paid the gift forward by helping his neighbor: He supplied the materials for a railing for an elderly neighbor and rallied friends to help build it.
Jeff Greenlee in Altus and his wife Lisa matched the donation and gave it to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which has an existing matching gift program for the holidays, so the initial $100 from NBC quadrupled. The food bank provides food to Operation CARE, a nonprofit organization in Altus that provides food assistance to people in southwest Oklahoma.
Caitlin Wilmot in Enid gave her $100 to Cimarron public schools, from which she graduated, to pay off school lunches.
(Anonymous) gave her $100 to her brother, who has been off work since May and has had two surgeries. He paid the gift forward by helping his neighbor: He supplied the materials for a railing for an elderly neighbor and rallied friends to help build it
Christy Sanford in OKC and her eighth-grade son Blake decided to donate $100 to Oakdale Cares, which is a program at his school to help students in need. Through this program, kids receive a backpack full of nonperishable and nutritious food each Friday to sustain them over the weekends and school holidays.
Karen Snowden in Kingfisher donated to Hope Pregnancy Center, which offers pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting classes and a baby boutique for little ones. Another donor matched the donation. “Love working for company that cares for others and encourages employees to help others during a rough time,” Snowden wrote. “Love my part-time job here at NBC.”
Ken Fergeson in Altus and his wife Mary Ann were delivering food to a new nonprofit in Altus called Amethyst House. About 20 women with addiction problems live there in a protected and safe place and agree to stay sober. When they arrived, the Fergesons decided to give their $100 from NBC to the organization. The director was unloading bicycles for children associated with the program and told them the group was two bicycles short and they cost $49 each, so the $100 found a perfect match at the right time.
Tanya Cameron and Lynn Wendt in Kingfisher each donated their $100 together to one of their local elementary schools to use for an angel fund. The fund gives students extra financial assistance to help pay for school field trips, Christmas gifts and school-related things.
Esther Perez, after a lot of prayer, gave her $100 to her brother so he could buy the tools he needed to work and care for his family, which includes his wife and three children, including a newborn. He used it for a tool bag and his own Milwaukee drill set, which is giving him a good start in his work.
For information about other community #NBCGives efforts at NBC Oklahoma, go to NBC.bank/gives.
NBC Artist Series features painting by Arnett artist Jeff Dodd
Nov. 18, 2019
ALTUS – A new painting by Jeff Dodd is the latest in NBC Oklahoma’s Artist Series. His realistic work, “Frontier Rodeo Company Yearlings,” depicts a herd of horses under an open sky with cumulus clouds. The oil-on-panel painting measures 60 inches by 53 inches.
Dodd’s work is the 15th painting in NBC’s Artist Series, for which NBC commissions an original work of art from an artist with Oklahoma ties and then offers prints, posters and postcards to customers. This year’s prints measure 26.5 inches by 24 inches. The Artist Series is part of NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson’s longtime focus on boosting arts and culture in the communities the banks serve and around the state (more details below).
The public can see the original painting as it travels to NBC’s various locations between now and Christmas. Stop by our banks in these communities on these dates to see the paintings. Dodd will also be available during specific receptions in Altus, Kingfisher and Enid to greet guests and sign posters.
ALTUS, 123 W Commerce, on display from Nov. 18-22, with an artist reception from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19.
KINGFISHER, 801 S Main, on display from Dec. 2-6, with a Christmas open house from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4.
ENID, 3202 W Owen K. Garriott, on display from Dec. 9-13, with a Christmas open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 10.
OKLAHOMA CITY, 13401 N Pennsylvania, on display from Dec. 16 through the end of the year.
Dodd said inspiring his work are all the times he has visited the Frontier Rodeo Co. in Freedom, where he has photographed the horses and gotten to know the ranch hands who work there.
“I always get excited over animals that are bred for a certain trait and happen to be great athletes,” Dodd said. “I love the animals … such as bucking broncs and bulls for the pro-rodeo circuits.”
Born in Kingfisher, Dodd grew up near where he lives now with his wife Helen just outside of Arnett in Ellis County. He has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and attended The Art Students League of New York Academy before returning to the heartland. He also began a master’s degree program at Wichita State University but received a commission for a mural project and focused his efforts on that.
Two murals that are 22 feet wide and 11 feet tall are permanently on display in the east and west porticos at the State Capitol – above the Senate and House chambers. The State Arts Council of Oklahoma commissioned Dodd for the paintings in 1990 to commemorate the oil and gas and agriculture industries of Oklahoma; these works are called “Oklahoma Black Gold” and “We Belong to the Land.” Others who have commissioned Dodd’s work include the Philbrook Musuem of Art in Tulsa and the Norman Regional Hospital HealthPlex.
ABOUT NBC OKLAHOMA’S ART EFFORTS
NBC has a collection of private art on display at each of its banks. The bank also has art gallery in Altus used to display them and promote Oklahoma artists and art and to host events for some nonprofit institutions. NBC built the Wigwam Art Gallery adjacent to its downtown bank on the corner of Commerce and Hudson in Altus to resemble the 1920s-era Wigwam Movie Theater that once was located there.
NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson has a lifelong interest in art and a personal mission to support artists and help as many people as possible enjoy the beauty of it. NBC’s Artist Series has included many prominent pieces by artists with Oklahoma ties, as well as a calendar and a book. Previous artists include Mike Larsen, Harold T. Holden, Jean Richardson, Kenny McKenna, Otta Duecker III, Mitsuno Ishii Reedy, Benjamin Harjo Jr., Mikel Donahue, Brent Learned, Tom Palmore, Carol Beesley, Bert D. Seabourn, Sonya Terpening and Poteet Victory.
NBC also has commissioned and/or financed public works throughout the state for all to enjoy. These have included two life-sized monuments in Altus, both by Western artist and Oklahoma native Harold T. Holden – “Vision Seeker,” located in the southwest corner of the Altus City Park, and “Crossing the Red” on Jackson County Courthouse grounds. (A second casting of “Vision Seeker” is located at Enid High School.)
Other public or large-scale art projects that NBC Oklahoma has commissioned and/or provided financing for include:
Holden’s sculptures “Boomer” in downtown Enid
“The Ranger” at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva and Enid;
“Broncho” at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond
“The Bison Spirit” at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee;
Cub Scout sculpture in front of NBC’s Nichols Hills location at 2800 NW Grand Blvd;
A sculpture series of powder-coated steel called “Strengthening the Voids” by Oklahoma City artist Joe Slack in front of NBC’s north Altus location at 101 Sequoyah; and
“Balance,” a fused glass sculpture located in the lobby of NBC’s north Oklahoma City location at 13401 N Pennsylvania. For information about the gallery, current exhibits or NBC Oklahoma’s art, contact Matthew D. Davids, NBC’s administrator of art collections, at 580-481-3150 or email@example.com.
Western Heritage Museum brings art to Enid bank
Oct. 1, 2019
ENID – NBC Oklahoma in Enid recently hosted a traveling exhibit from the collections of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The exhibit and accompanying reception at the bank marked the second time the museum has taken items from its collections on the road in this way, and NBC has hosted both of them, in Altus last spring and in Enid in September.
NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson, an avid art collector, welcomed the guests, and museum curators Eric Singleton, curator of ethnology, and Nathan Jones, associate curator of cowboy culture, discussed the artifacts. These included Ronald Reagan's Tony Lama cowboy boots from 1980; southwest textiles, beaded moccasins, and North American Kachina dolls from the museum's education collection; a Model 1851 Navy Revolver from 1863; and 19th century boot jacks.
Artworks displayed in Enid from the museum collection also included the work “untitled [Rabbits in Progress]” work by Gerald Balciar from the 1990s, the painting “Buffalo” by William R. Leigh and several images of rodeo competitors – including Jackson Sundown, Myrtis Dightman, and Bonnie McCarroll – from the Dickinson Research Center.
Guests at the NBC reception also saw renderings from its $15 million new indoor/outdoor expansion, expected to open next spring. Called Liichokoshkomo' (pronounced Lee-choa-KOASH-ko-mo), the name of this playground literally means “Let’s play” in the Chickasaw language.
This traveling exhibit is part of the museum’s outreach efforts to showcase the museum’s collections beyond Oklahoma City and to foster conversation and engagement around visitors’ own stories of the American West.
NBC’s location in Enid also had on display an original work from the bank’s own collection – artist Sonya Terpening’s “Prairie Oasis” painting. NBC commissioned the painting in 2017 as the 13th painting in the bank’s Artist Series.
Second annual giveaway for teachers
Come see us in any of our locations between now and Friday, Aug. 23, to enter your favorite teacher into our drawing for the chance to win some cash for the classroom!
Bank more easily with new login location
July 19, 2019
We have moved the button you will use to log into your online banking to the top of our website to make it easier to find without scrolling on your computer and on mobile devices. You also can find it on every page of our website, to make banking more easy for you.
Details about an NBC toast for Melba on July 23
July 18, 2019
In memory of an NBC treasure: Melba McCaughey
July 16, 2019
For the last 28 years, Melba McCaughey’s smiling face has been the one who greeted you when you walked into our bank’s North Penn OKC location or her cheerful voice has helped you on the phone. We are sad to report that she passed away this week at age 93.
In many ways Melba was the face of NBC and embodied the personal connections we share with our customers. Many of you knew her well and asked about her often. She had a remarkable life that took her from Oklahoma to New York and then to Virginia, South Carolina, Maryland and California before she returned to Oklahoma.
We loved hearing her stories about her three children, her many jobs through the years, her adventures with her many, many friends and more, all told with vivacious energy, her unique sense of humor and charm.
We will miss her dearly as a treasured member of our NBC family.
OKLAHOMA CITY– NBC Oklahoma has appointed three new members to its board of directors and said good-bye to long-time board member Phil Carson of Altus. New board members are Oklahoma City attorneys Michael Crooks and Mike Bickford and Bond Payne, chairman of Heritage Trust Co. and vice chairman of Argent Financial Group.
Crooks, co-founder of Crooks Stanford & Shoop law firm, is an experienced transactional attorney and entrepreneur who also is a founder in four successful start-up businesses. He has handled asset and stock acquisitions and sales across the United States representing almost $2 billion in revenue. He has been involved in major real estate purchases and sales and negotiated long-term financing leases. A graduate of Southern Nazarene University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Crooks is involved with the state, county and national Bar Associations, Henderson Hills Baptist Church, Leadership Oklahoma and other nonprofit organizations.
Bickford is a partner with Fuller Tubb & Bickford law firm and represents business interests in his primary practice areas of commercial law, bankruptcy, business litigation and estate planning. He also has been appointed by state and federal courts as a receiver, an examiner in bankruptcy proceedings and a court-appointed counsel to creditor’s committees and trustees in commercial cases. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and served on the Oklahoma Law Review. He also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. He is involved with state, county and national Bar Associations, the American Institute and Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Bankruptcy Institute, and he is a current volunteer attorney with Oklahoma Lawyers for Children. He also serves on other nonprofit organizations and community boards.
Payne, who co-founded Heritage Trust Co. in 1997, started working in compliance and asset management before being named board chairman in 2004. In 2016, the company combined with Argent Financial Group, and Payne is market leader for Oklahoma in addition to serving on Argent’s board. Payne has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Vanderbilt University. He is past chairman of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation board of trustees, past president of the Association of Trust Organizations and involved in the Oklahoma City chapter of Young Professionals Organization (YPO), including as past chapter chairman; he also participates actively in economic development activities across Oklahoma and in other nonprofit organizations.
Crooks, Bickford and Payne join other NBC board members Ken Fergeson, chairman; H.K. Hatcher, Marsh Pitman, Pat Garrett, Carl Edwards, Terryl Zerby, Robert Wegener, Leslie Batchelor and James Talkington. Pat Garrett is advisory director.
For media inquiries, contact Communications Director Lillie-Beth Brinkman at 405-748-9182 (office), (405) 203-1449 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be wary of scammers this tax season
Tips from the IRS can help you protect yourself
March 25, 2019
Now that tax season is here, it is easy to find examples of scammers pretending to be the IRS to take your money or your identity. Don’t fall victim to any of their tricks.
The IRS will initially contact you by mail and NOT by phone or email. But even then, if you are suspicious, contact the IRS directly by calling (800) 829-1040 or go to irs.gov.
Criminals will try to get your secure information any way they can think of, and it’s important to be wary.
Below are some of the most common scams seen by the IRS, according to this post on the IRS online newsroom:
Telephone scams. Criminals posing as IRS employees call to demand immediate payment of an alleged tax debt using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. If you get such a call, hang up the phone. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
Scammers sometimes threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS cannot revoke your driver’s license, business license or immigration status, so if you get a call with such threats, hang up the phone.
Phishing emails. Criminals send you an email appearing to be from the IRS, complete with the IRS logo, and they’ll ask you to provide sensitive information or open an attachment. Do not offer this information or click on links in these emails. A common scam is sending taxpayers an email with an attachment that the email says is a “tax transcript” – a tax return summary. In the tax transcript email scam, the attachment sent contains malware that will infect your computer, so please don’t open it. The IRS wants you to know it would not send unsolicited emails or email a sensitive document. If you receive a suspicious email, forward it to email@example.com and then delete the original email.
Fake charity donation requests. Criminals set up fake charities and ask for donations, especially during natural disasters. Look for legitimate charities using the IRS Tax-Exempt Organization Search.
Know your rights as a taxpayer. The IRS will not call to demand immediate payment nor will it demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. Also, if an IRS representative visits you, he or she will always offer you two forms of official credentials – a pocket commission with the IRS seal on it and an HSPD-12 card, according to this online IRS newsroom post. The FTC also tracks scams and has resources to help you protect yourself.
Tips for getting your holiday credit card debt under control
Jan. 30, 2019
If you’re coming into 2019 with credit card debt, don’t get overwhelmed by what it will take to recover from holiday spending. Take things step by step to get your financial affairs in order. Here are some tips to get you started.
Create a budget. The first step toward taking control of your financial life is to find out how much money you take in and how much you spend. The Federal Trade Commission has a handy worksheet that will help you get started; it is interactive.
Pay as much as you can quickly, always by the due date.
Avoid late fees and additional finance charges by paying on time.
If you pay your bill online, add a reminder to your calendar a week or so before the bill is due. Or schedule automatic payments online through the credit card website or through NBC Oklahoma’s online banking automatic bill pay.
Keep track of your balance by checking it online or by phone.
If you have extra money, pay that on the credit card with the highest interest rate to get that card paid off first.
Call your credit card company if you are going to pay late; they may offer alternatives.
Consider the following things when shopping around for the best card for your needs.
Many cards offer a range of interest rates, rewards programs and terms. Be sure and read the terms and conditions so that you know the interest rate and all the fees associated with the card.
NBC offers a credit card through TCM Bank, N.A. that has no annual fee and a 0 percent interest rate for the first year on all balance transfers for personal credit cards and for the first six months on all business credit cards with several options to choose from. These cards can help you manage some of your high-interest cards if you pay them off during the introductory rate. There are several options to choose from and each card offers outstanding rewards and benefits. Go online to read more about personal cards or business cards, or apply directly online. As an added bonus, you get fraud alerts, zero fraud liability, travel benefits and more.
Protect yourself: New law makes it easier to freeze your credit
Oct. 5, 2018
A new federal law makes it easier for you to freeze and unfreeze your credit scores, a move that gives you greater control in protecting yourself from identity theft and fraud.
As of September, you can order a credit freeze on your account at no charge as well as remove the credit freeze more easily than before. To do so, you have to contact each of the nationwide credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. If you request a freeze online or by phone, the agency must place the freeze within one business day, the Federal Trade Commission reports. If you request that the credit freeze be removed, the agency must lift it within one hour. Mail requests take longer.
The act that led to these new rules, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, developed in response to the Equifax hack last year, which affected more than 145 million Americans, but it also stems from similar breaches of financial data in recent years.
The act also increased the length of fraud alert watches on your credit from 90 days to one year, and it allows parents to request credit freezes for children younger than 16. A fraud alert lets a business know it must confirm with you before opening a new account or getting a new loan.
Credit freezes are now covered by Federal law, if something goes wrong, for example, if credit accounts are fraudulently accessed in anyway, consumers will be protected from any financial liability. A credit lock on the other hand is a contractual agreement between you and the credit reporting agency which is not as strong as having protections under the law. To freeze your credit, request fraud alerts and opt-out of pre-screened credit offers, you have to contact each credit bureau separately. Contact information for each, provided by the FTC, is:
Historic oil paintings return home to NBC Oklahoma
The portraits of prominent Oklahoma City real estate entrepreneur R.D. Cravens and his wife, Mollie, were a recent gift to the bank from the Cravens’ grandsons, who remember living here in the 1960s when the bank at Memorial and Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City was still a home.
Sept. 21, 2018
OKLAHOMA CITY – Before NBC Oklahoma’s North Penn location was a bank, it was home to a prominent early-day Oklahoma City real estate entrepreneur and his family. The family ultimately sold the home after a tragedy – a kidnapping and a murder – but for years, family members enjoyed the grand home near the corner of Memorial and Pennsylvania, surrounded by thick trees, gravel roads, fish ponds, hen houses, cattle and barns.
Today, portraits of the original owners, R.D. and Ida Mae “Mollie” Cravens have returned to their original home, thanks to a gift from two of their grandsons, Robert and Craig Margo, both of Oklahoma City. Painted by Italian artist Eraldo Carugati, who came to Oklahoma after imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, the oil paintings hang in what is now NBC’s downstairs conference room. The Margos remember this conference room fondly as a sitting room.
The Margo grandsons remember riding horses through the property, which stretched at the time from NW 122nd to Memorial on the north and south and Pennsylvania and May Avenue to the east and west. Some of the offices on the south end used to be the three-car garage, which explains the unusual tiny windows. The large bay window in front of the teller station once looked out from on top of a hill at the woods; that cozy room was a club room with a fireplace, cordoned off by a wooden folding panel. The master bedroom suite was located in what is now CEO H.K. Hatcher’s office, along with R.D. Craven’s office; the dining room and kitchen were turned into the teller station and customer service offices.
Unlike today, there were no Walmart, Aldi’s, Hibdon’s Tires or any other nearby businesses, nor was there a Kilpatrick Turnpike bringing traffic to shop or eat at the busy Memorial and Penn intersection. The home was beyond the edge of the boundaries of Oklahoma City and entirely undeveloped.
Tragically, R.D. Cravens lost his life suddenly in 1962 in a ransom scheme that involved his daughter, Bobbie J. Margo. A gunman forced his way into the home she shared with her husband, Dr. Marvin K. Margo, and their two boys and demanded a $5,000 ransom. She called her dad, who withdrew money from the bank and went to their north Oklahoma City house. R.D. Cravens was shot and killed when he went to pay it. The gunman also shot Cravens’ brother-in-law, J.W. Quillian Jr., before killing himself; Quillian survived.
Robert and Craig Margo remember living at the Cravens home for about 18 months after the kidnapping and murder. The grandchildren stayed in upstairs bedrooms that are now NBC’s single large conference room. Craig Margo even remembers law enforcement agents hiding in the trees and a police officer moving into a house on the property.
Originally, the Cravens planned to move their children and families to the property so they could all live near each other. But after the murder, the Cravens family sold the home and surrounding property, and the land around it was developed. Capital National Bank bought the property and building and opened there in 1982; in 1995, that bank became what is today known as NBC Oklahoma.
Now, thanks to a gift from the Margos, a piece of NBC’s past is touching our present with the paintings of the Cravens having returned to their original home.
ABOUT THE ARTIST NOTE: This biography was primarily researched by Aaron Moses, curator of NBC’s Wigwam Gallery in Altus.
Eraldo Carugati was born in 1921 in Milan, Italy. In 1943, after the fall of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, the Nazis captured Carugati and placed him in the Dortmund Concentration Camp, where he survived by painting portraits of German soldiers and creating and trading forged Nazi rations stamps.
He escaped in 1945 and joined the U.S. Army as an interpreter (he spoke Italian, English, French and German).
Several years later, he accepted the longstanding invitation of an Army officer from Oklahoma, Capt. Jack Hart, to move to Paul’s Valley with his wife and child. Jack Hart had been injured shortly before Carugati arrived, so the artist stayed with Hart’s brother, Dean, on a six-month visa and began painting formal portraits.
The work led to commissions that included U.S. Sen. Robert S. Kerr, from Ada, who brought him to Oklahoma City, commissioned him to paint the senator’s entire family and then lobbied for the artist and his family to receive asylum in the United States.
Ultimately, Carugati moved to Evanston, Ill., and worked for the firm Stephens, Biondi, DeCicco, Inc., which worked in graphic design, photography and commercial art. Carugati became an illustrator who designed covers for publications like “The Rotarian,” “Time Magazine,” “National Lampoon” and others.
He created the cover art for the four 1978 KISS solo albums by Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss as well as the cover for Rush’s 1975 album “Fly By Night.” The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution owns five of Carugati’s portraits, including those by Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, and Alexander Haig, who worked as Secretary of State under President Reagan and chief of staff under Presidents Nixon and Ford.
Other paintings reflect the artist’s interest in surrealism and left-leaning politics, such as a 1980 parody of George Washington after his image on the dollar bill.
Carugati died in 1997 at the age of 76.
Sculptors bring 'Balance' to NBC Oklahoma's lobby
Oklahoma City artists Rick and Tracey Bewley created a unique and colorful sculpture for under the skylight at the north Penn location.
May 30, 2018
A large glass sculpture in hues of blues and greens has transformed our bank lobby at NBC’s North Penn location, but the story of the artists behind it is as colorful as the sculpture itself.
As part of NBC’s remodel, Rick and Tracey Bewley, who have ArtFusion Studio at 12th and N Western Avenue, created a fused glass and metal sculpture that stands nine feet tall and fits on a 9-foot-by-9-foot square platform, just below the skylight. It’s a striking addition to the bank; they are calling the sculpture “Balance,” a sly reference to bank balances and numbers but also to what they were trying to accomplish with the effect.
The colors in the glass show up both in their home above their studio and in all their work – from large projects to small pieces. Sometimes they even show up in the designs Tracey creates for MTM Recognition, where they both work and where they met years ago. She’s the head of the Del City company’s design department with a degree in fine art and he’s the head of research and development and manages its offshore manufacturing. He’s also a craftsman artist, having worked previously as a trim carpenter and a fabricator and with different materials like plastic and metal.
Married for 17 years, the Bewleys have worked together on fused glass projects for 15 of those years, honing their art as they go. They even produced this year’s glass bowls given to step-up donors to the Allied Arts Campaign.
“Making something out of glass is kind of magical,” Tracey said.
Their fused glass work started when they met a consultant on a glass project through their work at MTM. Since they were interested in learning how to work with glass, they took a three-day intensive course from him in Minnesota and an MTM project to see if he would do it. When he didn’t want to do a mass project for MTM, the Bewleys decided to take it on themselves.
So they bought a kiln and the supplies and tools to produce the glass and they got to work. But after doing the math, and with a priority to finish projects on time as promised, they realized they didn’t have enough time with just one kiln to finish each of the 160 pieces. So they bought a second, larger kiln and got to work, driving to the studio at 4 a.m. to switch out the glass pieces.
These days, after work hours and on weekends, the Bewleys work in their art studio creating fused glass sculptures and other works.
“If we didn’t have such cool day jobs, we would probably do this full time,” Rick Bewley said.
For the NBC sculpture, they loved playing with the big design space and figuring out how to emphasize the glass panels and not the metal holding it. Each panel is a separate hand-cut piece of glass with at least two fused glass panels. Some of them are cut out, and each piece has its own texture.
“We made a specific effort to make sure that all of the pieces had some sort of fused glass element to it, so that it would be uniquely from us,” Tracey said.
When it came time to install it, NBC’s Ken Fergeson had to help as they worked to fit each piece together for the first time.
“We never saw it assembled with the glass until we assembled it on site,” Rick said.
Customers and employees agree that the Bewleys work has been a welcome part of NBC’s facelift in Oklahoma City on North Penn.
“We enjoyed working with the Bewleys on this project for our bank, which has truly become a conversation piece among those who see it when they walk into our lobby,” said H.K. Hatcher, president and CEO of NBC Oklahoma. “The glass sculpture is such an interesting and compelling piece, and it’s a wonderful addition to NBC’s art collection.”
UPCOMING SHOWS AND OTHER ART ON VIEW
Oklahoma City University’s School of Visual Arts will feature Tracey and Rick Bewley’s work during a new exhibit opening with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 1. See “Reflection: An Exhibition of Glass and Light” the Hulsey Gallery of OCU’s Norick Art Center.
You can also see their work in Oklahoma City metro area in the following spaces, among others listed on the studio’s website, artfusionstudio.com:
“Balance,” NBC Oklahoma, 13401 N Penn, OKC, a nine-foot cubed fused glass and steel sculpture.
“Leipzig,” Southern Nazarene University’s Science Building, a 10-foot-cubed sculpture of neon-colored acrylic and chromed steel that hangs in the entryway. The sculpture, named after a German scientist, echoes the microscopic images of blood pathogens and cells.
“Learn, Grow, Reflect,” a sculpture of fused dichroic glass and textured aluminum outside Wilson Elementary School.
Two large fused glass and steel-layered pieces hang on the walls of the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.
A fused glass and metal sculpture comprises a wall in the Allied Arts headquarters. The Bewleys also created all the glass bowls that were given to step-up donors in the recent Allied Arts campaign.
A nine-foot tall steel cut-out sculpture, created in collaboration with Dan Garrett, stands in Deer Creek High School and depicts a deer with antlers; antlers are the school’s mascot.
WHAT IS FUSED GLASS?
Fused glass features layers of glass fused together in a kiln. Different temperatures produce different effects, and molds will affect the shapes. The Bewleys will often put the color on underneath and a transparent sheet of glass on top, but sometimes they use more layers – and multiple colors.
ABOUT NBC OKLAHOMA NBC Oklahoma is a $650 million state bank with eight locations across Oklahoma. It is an Oklahoma-owned bank. Member FDIC. Website: nbc.bank.
ABOUT MTM RECOGNITION
Based in Del City but with a national reach, MTM designs and manufactures trophies and other recognition symbols – everything from cheerleading trophies for summer camps to major college bowl game trophies and top tier auto and motorcycle racing events. Website: mtmrecognition.com
Read more about NBC Oklahoma's art projects on this blog.
Mobile app updates include fingerprint login
May 1, 2018
Good news! Be sure to check out the latest features in our mobile applications, both on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for your Android phone or tablet. First, the feature we’ve all been ready for – Touch ID login using your fingerprints – is here! Once you update the app After a brief setup, explained below, you have the option of logging in on your mobile device using your Touch ID. The app update also included enhanced bill payment features. You can now:
Add a new bill payee from the mobile app.
Pay a paper bill by taking a photo of your bill and adding it to your bill pay contacts. This bill pay camera capture feature works on compatible bills automatically, and you can manually add contacts for others.
Browse your history of paid bills.
To set up the Touch ID login, follow the easy instructions on your device.
Select log in and set up
Type in your password one more time
Go to the “more” tab, select “Touch ID settings,” and toggle the “Touch ID” tab on.
We will continue to look for ways to improve the services we offer you, and our mobile apps are included in that effort. Download them using links on our Mobile Banking web page or by searching “NBC Oklahoma Banking” on both the Google Play and Apple App stores. As always, if you have any questions, please call us at 800-590-2580.
Birds flock together in new art exhibit
Dec. 21, 2017
ALTUS – Artists take a look at birds in a new art exhibit at NBC Oklahoma’s Wigwam Gallery in Altus.
“Birds of a Feather” opened this month and will be on display through Feb. 8 at the gallery, located next to the bank downtown. It is available for viewing by appointment by calling Aaron Moses, Wigwam Gallery curator, at (580) 481-3150.
The exhibit’s spotlight artist is D.J. Lafon, an Ogden, Utah, native, who spent most of his career in Oklahoma – as an instructor in Ada and later as a Norman studio owner and arts director of Oklahoma Arts Institute. He worked in a variety of media, and his paintings often featured black birds.
Other featured artists include Marvin Begaye, Bill Cale, Cecil dink, Mikel Donahue, Veryl Goodnight, Harold Holden, Paul Moore, Tom Palmore, Bert Seabourn, Eric Tippeconnic, Ed Trask and Rikk Traweek.
The exhibit includes sculptures, paintings and other media and contemporary works by both Native American and non-native artists celebrating the relationships between birds and people.
The value of 'treating people well and being kind'
A letter from H.K. Hatcher, NBC Oklahoma President and CEO sent to all NBC employees
As we’ve seen in the news lately, some industries treat these values as meaningless words, as concepts that apply to other people but not them.
Here at NBC, we genuinely strive to live them. These values show up in the ways we serve our customers and treat each other as employees. We can see these values in how the bank and our individual employees generously give to organizations in our communities and volunteer for them, too. We see it in the camaraderie that we find at bank events. We see it in how we put our customers’ needs and interests first because it’s the right thing to do. We see it daily in concern for people’s welfare.
Yes, values like these are good for business. But that’s not why they’re important.
The success of our relationships and our business depends upon respecting others, acting with integrity and living honestly. Our values build trust and credibility. They make NBC a place where good people want to come to work and where good customers want to bank.
Doing what is right is not always easy but it’s always right. We’ve heard versions of this sentiment through the years, and it rings true in all circumstances. But at NBC we expect all of our employees to be part of creating an atmosphere where it’s easy to do the right thing, whatever your role in the company is.
Take this letter as encouragement to live out these values every day and to speak up if you see something that’s wrong. When weighing your actions, ask yourself if they are kind, respectful, honest, trustworthy. If you experience any form of harassment or witness unethical behavior, say something to your supervisor or the bank leadership; harassment and dishonesty do not represent who we are as a bank, nor will we tolerate them.
Recent events have shown us that the outside world holds a lot of sadness for many people. Recent high-profile claims of sexual harassment make this practice seem widespread. My expectation that those claims remain outside of the NBC workplace and culture.
There is no harm in treating people well and being kind. We know we have great people working at NBC Oklahoma. Let’s continue to make our workplace a safe haven for employees and a beacon of integrity for everyone, whether they’re coming to work or bank here, so that we remain “The People You Can Bank On.”
NBC Oklahoma unveils 13th painting in its Artist Series
See original work by Sonya Terpening on display at each of the bank’s locations in the coming weeks. While there, pick up a poster or a postcard of the work.
PRESS RELEASE Nov. 14, 2017
A new painting by Sonya Terpening, an artist with deep Oklahoma ties, is the latest in NBC Oklahoma’s Artist Series. Her work, “Prairie Oasis,” is the 13th painting commissioned by NBC Oklahoma for this series. It also includes high-quality prints and posters of the work, which the bank offers to customers.
The public can see the original painting as it travels to NBC’s various locations between now and Christmas:
ALTUS, 123 W Commerce, through Friday, Nov. 17, with a meet-the-artist reception from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Nov. 17;
TULSA, 8120 S Yale Ave., from Nov. 27-Dec. 1;
KINGFISHER, 801 S Main, from Dec. 4-8, with a Christmas Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6;
ENID, 3202 W Owen K. Garriott, from Dec. 11-15, with a Christmas Open House from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12;
OKLAHOMA CITY, 13401 N Pennsylvania, from Dec. 18-22.
The painting, “Prairie Oasis,” depicts a prairie scene of a mother and her children wading in a river with a covered wagon and two steer in the background being led to the water to drink. The original measures 30-by-36 inches and is an oil-on-linen painting. Terpening said the scene captures a moment in their lives as pioneers, whether the family settles there or moves on.
“I personally feel like the American West was explored by the frontiersmen and the cowboys but it was not really settled until the women and children came along. It was for the families that homes were established and farms and ranches were carved out of the wild prairies,” Terpening wrote about the painting. “These pioneers came with a love for the land, a great sense of adventure and a willingness to adapt to the conditions of Oklahoma. This is what I call the ‘softer side of the west.’ In “Prairie Oasis” I am telling the story of my own ancestors who settled in Oklahoma but it is a common story in the history of our great country.”
Terpening graduated from Sequoyah High School in Claremore and from Oklahoma State University and currently lives in Grapevine, Texas.
She has been painting professionally for more than 30 years, in both oil and watercolor media. For 23 years she has been an invited artist to the Prix de West Invitational at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and for 12 years to the Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles.
At the Masters show in 2008 she won the gold medal in watercolor. She also was a featured artist at the 2006 Rendezvous at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and participated in the museum’s Rendezvous Retrospective in 2014. She also received the Women in the Arts Recognition Award in 2014 from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 2010 she was first Smelser-Vallion Visiting Artist for Oklahoma State University’s Doel Reed Center for the Arts and received its Visiting Artist Award again in 2013.
NBC Oklahoma Chairman Ken Fergeson has a lifelong interest in art and a personal mission to support artists and help as many people as possible enjoy the beauty of it. NBC’s Artist Series has included many prominent pieces by artists with Oklahoma ties, as well as a calendar and a book.Previous artists include Mike Larsen, Harold T. Holden, Jean Richardson, Kenny McKenna, Otta Duecker III, Mitsuno Ishii Reedy, Benjamin Harjo Jr., Mikel Donahue, Brent Learned, Tom Palmore, Carol Beesley and Bert D. Seabourn.
“NBC Oklahoma is thrilled to have an artist of Sonya’s caliber added to the bank’s Artist Series,” NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson said. “This series offers a glimpse of the diverse artistic talent that Oklahoma has produced, and I think everyone will enjoy seeing a ‘softer side of the West’ with ‘Prairie Oasis.’”
See more of her work at sonyaterpening.com. Stop by any of the bank’s locations during the week her painting is on display and pick up your own copy of the poster.
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Public art installed at NBC Oklahoma's north Altus branch
Sculptures by Oklahoma City artist Joe Slack were permanently installed outdoors this week.
PRESS RELEASE Nov. 9, 2017
ALTUS – NBC Oklahoma added a new public art piece to the Altus community this week, when an Oklahoma City artist installed a new outdoor sculpture series outside the bank’s north Altus location at 101 Sequoyah.
The sculpture series, called “Strengthening the Voids” by artist Joe Slack, consists of five separate pieces made of powder-coated steel and painted in green hues for the bank.
NBC commissioned the work as part of Chairman Ken Fergeson’s ongoing commitment to supporting public art and Oklahoma artists.
“I’ve always loved public art, which is free for anyone to enjoy and serves as a landmark for a community,” Fergeson said. “Such art gives a place an identity and residents a sense of pride.”
Previously, NBC has commissioned and financed two life-sized monuments in Altus, both by Western artist and Oklahoma native Harold T. Holden – “Vision Seeker,” located in the southwest corner of the Altus City Park, and “Crossing the Red” on Jackson County Courthouse grounds. (A second casting of “Vision Seeker” is located at Enid High School.) Other public art projects that NBC Oklahoma has commissioned and/or provided financing for include Holden’s sculptures “Boomer” in downtown Enid, “The Ranger” at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva and Enid, “Broncho” at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and “The Bison Spirit” at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee; and a Cub Scout sculpture in front of NBC’s Nichols Hills location at 2800 NW Grand Blvd.
Slack, the creator for the new Altus sculptures, said that his work is a continuation of a series that started with works like “The Voids and Finding Who” at Infant Crisis Services Center in Oklahoma City.
To explain the name “Strengthening the Voids,” Slack said the newest sculptures feature holes which he calls “voids” that represent the challenges and situations of life, and they are joined by rods – the supports people receive in life that help fill the voids, connect them and make them stronger.
“It’s a mix of my old work and a mix of my new work,” Slack said.
While checking out this new outdoor artwork, don’t miss the current art exhibit at the bank’s Wigwam Art Gallery, 121 W Commerce, next to the NBC Oklahoma’s downtown Altus location. “Rikk Traweek’s Stolen Art Exhibition: A Retrospective” will be on display through Nov. 15.
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Read more about the Traweek exhibit below.
Artist Joe Slack, left, and NBC Oklahoma Chairman Ken Fergeson
About NBC Oklahoma NBC Oklahoma is a $650 million state bank with eight locations across Oklahoma. It is an Oklahoma-owned bank. Member FDIC. Website: nbc.bank.
About Wigwam Art Gallery About five years ago, NBC Oklahoma built the Wigwam Art Gallery to resemble the 1920s-era Wigwam Movie Theater that was once located there. A vision of NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson, the art gallery is used to promote Oklahoma artists and art and to host events for some nonprofit institutions. The Wigwam Gallery is located next to NBC Oklahoma downtown on the corner of Commerce and Hudson. For information about the gallery, current exhibits or NBC Oklahoma’s art, contact Elizabeth Marcha at 580-481-3136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Joe Slack
Joe Slack is an Oklahoma City visual artist who primarily works in sculpture using materials such as metal and wood. His public works include, in Oklahoma City, a commission of nine sculptures installed at the Southern Oaks Library; a 10-piece commission at the Infant Crisis Services Center; “Intestinal Fortitude” installed at “Earlywine Park” and “Who in Motion” in Classen Circle at Northwest Expressway and Classen; and in Edmond, “Voids and Foliage No. 2” at 3rd and Broadway, “Voids and Foliage” and “Cloned Cube” in the median on Boulevard and “Substance” along the Kelly median; He earned a bachelor’s degree in studio fine arts from Oklahoma City University in 2001. For information about his art, go to http://www.joeslack.com
Texas artist show at Wigwam Gallery in Altus through Nov. 17
Check out Rikk Traweek's "Stolen Art Exhibit: A Retrospective" at Wigwam Gallery. The art was "stolen" by the artist's wife so he wouldn't sell it and so she could keep it.
Oct. 23, 2017
ALTUS – Between now and Nov. 17, don’t miss the exhibit (viewed by appointment) at NBC Oklahoma’s Wigwam Gallery in downtown Altus – Rikk Traweek’s Stolen Art Exhibition: A Retrospective.
The art features the art by Texas artist Rikk Traweek, a studio painter and printmaker who has displayed his work in regional and national shows and galleries over his 25-year art career. His work is known for its vibrant colors, direct narratives and witty humor.
Traweek refers to the art in this collection on display for the Wigwam Gallery as “stolen art” because he sells almost all the art he produces. His wife has hidden pieces from him to keep for their collection.
“The purpose behind this exhibition is to expose an art thief. One who made it possible for me to own enough work to have a show with a range of images,” Traweek wrote in a description for the exhibit. “My wife, Dianne, is that thief. I’m the guy who sells everything.”
Hanging by another painting, the colorful “Dianne & Gladiolas,” Traweek’s reflection about it illustrates that point: “We always tried to keep fresh gladiolas in the studio. I told Dianne I was working on a series of gladiola canvases and, that when she chose one, it would be her acceptance of my marriage proposal. I sold the first four before completion. She said yes anyway, and I did this piece for her.”
Traweek earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University and graduate degrees from East Texas State and Florida State. His career also includes significant time in his Tampa, Florida, studio, although now he and his wife Dianne live in Foard County, Texas, at Traweek Place Ranch.
To see "Stolen Art Exhibition - A Retrospective" in Altus through Nov. 17, call 580-481-3136 for an appointment and tour, or stop by the bank at 123 W Commerce in downtown Altus and ask for a tour. The gallery is next door.
About Wigwam Art Gallery
About five years ago, NBC Oklahoma built the Wigwam Art Gallery to resemble the 1920s-era Wigwam Movie Theater that was once located there. A vision of NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson, the art gallery is used to promote artists and art, many from Oklahoma, and to host events for some nonprofit institutions. The Wigwam Gallery is located next to NBC Oklahoma downtown on the corner of Commerce and Hudson. For information about the gallery, current exhibits or NBC Oklahoma’s art, contact Elizabeth Marcha at 580-481-3136 or email@example.com.
Has anything changed since Equifax first reported its data breach?
Here are more tools for you to take charge of your credit in light of news that hackers accessed the personal information millions of Americans in a data breach at Equifax.
Oct. 13, 2017
As you know by now, that if you have a credit report, chances are high that your personal information was included in the Equifax data breach affecting more than 145 million Americans. You can read more about the initial breach on our blog, but we wanted to touch on this subject again with ways you can protect yourself and your identity.
You can still go to the special website set up by Equifax to find out: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. While there, enroll in its free, one-year credit monitoring program, TrustedID Premier. The American Bankers Association (ABA), of which NBC Oklahoma is a member, recommends doing both.
And while Equifax is a credit bureau and NOT a bank, banks like NBC Oklahoma are often on the frontlines protecting you from fraud, especially when customers and banks work together: Banks use a combination of safeguards to protect your information, such as rigorous security standards, encryption systems, employee training and strict privacy policies, the ABA has noted.
In addition to using the tools and services Equifax has provided, here are some other things the ABA recommends that you do:
Monitor your credit reports. You can get a copy of your credit report – one free report from each of the credit bureaus once each year – at annualcreditreport.com.
Monitor your bank accounts for fraudulent transactions. Online and mobile banking tools are your friends. So is your banker. Alert us immediately if you see a problem or have a question. NBC’s customer service representatives can be reached at 1-800-590-2580, or you can visit or call any of our locations, found at nbc.bank.
Watch out for scams related to the breach. Be wary of emails that appear to come from Equifax regarding the breach. As Equifax has noted, it will never ask for confidential email such as a User ID and password in an email. If you get one like this, delete it immediately without responding or clicking on any links in it, Equifax noted.
Consider whether to take additional steps, either to freeze your credit or place a fraud alert on your credit reports. You’d have to do this at each of the three credit bureaus, Equifax, Transunion and Experian, separately (links below). This depends on your personal situation. As the ABA notes, if you’re applying for credit soon or think you might need quick credit in case of an emergency, a fraud alert is better. This puts a red flag on your credit report, which requires businesses to take additional steps like calling you to verify you’re applying for credit. A credit freeze is more severe and locks down your credit so that creditors can’t see it or issue you any credit; it also prevents an identity thief from seeing it. Sometimes there’s a cost to lifting it if you need credit.
To place a credit freeze or alert, you have to contact each of the credit bureaus separately:
Are you one of the 143 million Americans whose information was exposed in the Equifax breach?
September 8, 2017
You may have heard the news this week that a hack of Equifax, one of the three consumer credit reporting bureaus, exposed sensitive data of 143 million Americans. To find out if you are one of them, check this special website that Equifax has established in light of this news. The data included names, Social Security Numbers, birth dates and addresses, some driver’s licenses, credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and credit dispute documents with additional information on 182,000 consumers. The breach happened between mid-May and the end of July. Although Equifax has found “no evidence of unauthorized activity” on its core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases, the amount of data exposed from other files managed by Equifax is alarming. “On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of risk to customers, this is a 10,” said Aivivah Litan, a fraud analyst at Gartner, in this story in the New York Times. Although banks weren’t the target of this hack, the American Bankers Association is helping spread the word about what consumers should do and what Equifax is doing. Equifax is offering U.S. customers complimentary credit file monitoring and identity theft protection through its service called TrustedID Premier for one year. Equifax plans to send direct mail notices to those whose credit cards or dispute documents with identifying information were in the breach. You can also set up a fraud alert, security freeze or lock your credit files, although you would have to contact each credit reporting agency separately to freeze or lock your files. More information is available on the Equifax's FAQ page. And if you’d like more information about protecting yourself from fraud and identity theft, check out NBC Oklahoma’s Customer Education page, where we’ve linked to many of the resources and reporting tools offered by the Federal Trade Commission and the FDIC.
Wigwam features 'Native State of Mind'
July 27, 2017
About five years ago, NBC Oklahoma in Altus built the Wigwam Art Gallery and designed it to resemble the 1920s-era Wigwam Movie Theater that was once located there. The original theater had burned in 1993.
Today, NBC’s Wigwam Art Gallery showcases permanent and traveling art exhibitions as well as a community gathering space for certain events. Currently, the gallery is welcoming visitors by appointment through August to see its “Native State of Mind” exhibit. The show features artwork by Native American artists with Oklahoma ties who are active or were active during the 1960s through the 1990s. It also highlights current Native American artist Mike Larsen, who was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for his exceptional works representing Native American culture.
The gallery began out of bank Chairman Ken Fergeson’s desire to merge the arts and business and is part of his longtime efforts to support public art and use it to strengthen communities around the state. His vision for Wigwam includes using the gallery to host nonprofit events, promote artists and encourage creativity in the Altus community.
Fergeson, an avid art collector, began collecting art when he and his wife were newly married and they lived next door to an art dealer.
“We would purchase pieces of art from him and pay it off throughout the year,” Fergeson said. “That’s how our art collection started. We didn’t have many decorations throughout the house at the time, so we used the artwork to decorate our home.”
Fergeson felt it was important for people in the community to know a little bit more about Oklahoma’s diverse cultural history.
“Oklahoma is such a rich, young state with so many influences, and we want to share that with the community,” Fergeson said. The gallery is located in what was once known as the Wigwam Movie Theater, which opened in the 1920s.
Stacey Durham, curator and collection manager of the Wigwam collections for NBC, wants to help make the Wigwam a place where people can go relax, be entertained and learn about Oklahoma roots. Durham also encourages visitors to look for similarities in the art that align with your everyday life.
“When people walk into the Wigwam Gallery, I want them to decide for themselves what this work means to them,” Durham said. “How can you take your own knowledge that you already possess and use that knowledge to think about what is going on in this picture?”
To learn more about the Wigwam Art gallery or schedule a tour, contact Stacey Durham at 580-481-3150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protect yourself from online fraud
If you pay attention to the news, you understand how important it is to protect your money and your ID from fraud. Scammers are consistently using more sophisticated online techniques to try to get access to your personal data and steal your money. While banks like NBC Oklahoma have security measures in place to protect you and your money, you can also protect yourself. To make it easy, we have pulled together three current resources to help you:
1) Read the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s Summer Consumer News Alerts, starting with the story that lists 10 specific scams that target bank customers. Specifically, don’t give out your personal information to someone who has called you; financial institutions don’t call you first and then ask for that information over the phone. Unless you know the person calling you, always call back NBC Oklahoma if you have concerns, whether to customer service or your local NBC branch.
2) Attend one of the Senior Fraud Conferences that the Oklahoma Insurance Department is hosting around the state. The next one is in Tulsa on June 28. Topics include discussions on fraud related to Medicare, insurance, investment and banking. Click on the link to read more; to register, call 800.763.2828.
3) Read more – and find additional links about avoiding fraud or reporting it – online at NBC Oklahoma’s Customer Education page.
KFOR, NBC Oklahoma help children find 'Place to Call Home'
More than 50 children have been adopted from Oklahoma DHS custody since KFOR has been featuring the weekly segment sponsored by NBC Oklahoma as part of the bank's mission to help the community.
May 25, 2017
Every Tuesday on KFOR, you’ll see Lacey Lett on camera with a child or two, enjoying time with them riding a roller coaster, feeding flamingos at the zoo, baking doughnuts in a restaurant or taking part in other activities that reflect their interests.
These children are all in foster care or live in group homes under the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, and the segment Lett films with them is “A Place to Call Home.” Sponsored by NBC Oklahoma, “A Place to Call Home” has led to the adoption of more than 50 children who have been featured on the show, Lett said. She has heard from DHS that the segments have led to adoptions and inquiries of children not featured on television.
Katelyn Burns, DHS communications manager, has told KFOR that the agency believes KFOR’s video segments have been key to the jump in adoptions from the agency. More than 2,200 children left DHS foster care for adoption in 2016, the program’s first year, making that the most children adopted in a year since 1998, Burns told KFOR.
As a community bank, NBC Oklahoma focuses many of its philanthropic efforts on children in the communities it serves, and the sponsorship with KFOR News Channel 4 fits with the bank’s mission.
“We are proud to sponsor ‘A Place to Call Home’ to help bring awareness to the needs of these children in foster care,” said H.K. Hatcher, NBC Oklahoma’s president and CEO. “We are honored to partner with KFOR to give these children in DHS custody a chance to be heard.”
Lacey said that she loves giving these children a day of play – on camera – and listening to their stories. The segment, which runs during the 6 p.m. news broadcast, features children who have been in DHS care the longest, often teenagers.
“This is by far the most rewarding thing that I’ve done,” she said. “People want to see these kids. The videos enable them to do so. The segment is far more reaching than people think it is.”
To make it easy to remember without the links, you can find the app on either the Google Play or Apple App stores by searching the words "NBC Oklahoma Banking App" and choosing the app for the device (tablet or phone) you have.
Once you've downloaded them, you have to enable mobile banking for your devices. Here's how:
Log into your account on your phone.
Select the tab "Account Services" in the green button located on the top right of your screen.
You'll see a new menu, in gray, on the left side of your screen. Select "Requests."
On that screen, choose Mobile Banking Enrollment and follow the prompts to connect your online account to your phone.
If you have any trouble, please call us at 405-748-9188 or 800-590-2580 and we'll be happy to walk you through the process.
Also, here is what you'll see once you've selected "Account Services" (top right) and then "Requests" (in the gray menu on the left), ready to select "Mobile Banking Enrollment" and begin the process of connecting your mobile device to your online account.
Important changes to NBC Oklahoma's website -- May 9 2017
May 9, 2017
NBC Oklahoma is updating our online banking platform as part of our recent ongoing efforts to upgrade our system and serve our customers better moving forward. On this page are some things that you need to know -- and do -- before them as a customer.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Tuesday, May 9: Internet and mobile banking will be offline all day. Banking business must be conducted in one of NBC Oklahoma's branches. New NBC Oklahoma website, nbc.bank, goes live.
Wednesday, May 10: Internet back online at new website, nbc.bank.
Thursday, May 11: Mobile banking back online, and mobile applications will be available on the Google Play and Apple App stores. Check back here for links to download them. We'll post those as soon as they are ready.
A [dot]BANK (.bank) domain extension indicates you have reached the website of a verified member of the global banking community. This new extension for banks offers a layer of security for our NBC Oklahoma customers and the reassurance that they have landed on the correct website to conduct their banking. Check out our Customer Education page for more information about the [dot]Bank domain name and the security features included with it.
Thank you for your patience during these changes as we strive to provide you with the latest online banking features and deliver them securely. If you have any questions, please call our Customer Service Department at 405-748-9188 or 800-590-2580. Watch our website and social media sites (facebook.com/nbcok and twitter.com/nbcoklahoma) for updates and information.
Get the most out of your new debit card
Feb. 1, 2017
All NBC Oklahoma customers with a debit card recently received a new one with a new security feature called a chip. Moving forward, as an added bonus, with your new debit card, NBC Oklahoma is offering a handy mobile application for Android and Apple devices to help you define when, where and how your card is used. It's called CardValet® (by Fiserv®) and available for download to your Android or Apple mobile devices.
Congratulations to Tiffany and Brett Tatum on the opening of their new business in Norman, PureBarre (purebarre.com/ok-norman), which had its ribbon cutting on Tuesday! We're thrilled they looked to NBC Oklahoma for support when they wanted to open the studio, which offers classes that combine the best of ballet, pilates and yoga.
“Without NBC, we wouldn’t have been able to open up. It means a lot to me that the bank took a chance on two 20-somethings who wanted to start a business," Brett Tatum told us at the ribbon cutting on Tuesday.
If your New Year's resolution is to get it shape, go visit PureBarre, located at 1680 24th Ave NW. And if you are interested in starting your own business, consider working with NBC. We'd love to get to know you. Member FDIC. #BuildingaCommunity https://www.facebook.com/PureBarreNorman/
From left, Norman Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Glenn Boone helps Tiffany and Brad Tatum cut the ribbon at their new business Pure Barre in Norman
Tiffany Tatum, Pure Barre Norman instructor and owner, and her father-in-law Doug Tatum, at the ribbon cutting
NBC Oklahoma's Jay Smith and Brett Tatum, owner of Pure Barre Norman
Archived Post (pre-2016): New Look, Same Values
NBC Oklahoma’s revitalized identity at our eight bank locations is part of an overall rebranding project. The biggest change customers will notice is the more vibrant color palette that better represents our up-to-date approach and attitude. The bank didn’t make the decision lightly – it’s Oklahoma owned by the same people, serves the same communities, with the same friendly faces and the same commitment to customers' banking needs plus a little more. NBC Oklahoma wanted an image that represented how it was unique and what customers see as the differences.
“Banking is a dynamic industry,” says H.K. Hatcher, president. “Just like our customers look different than they did 20 years ago, so does NBC Oklahoma.”
Updating our visual identity allows us to provide consistency to those we serve in all of our locations across the state. That’s important to our customers – they can easily recognize the NBC name in any of the towns they visit across the state.
Archived Post (pre-2016): NBC Oklahoma Helps Bring Hope Lodge to Oklahoma
NBC Oklahoma employees and customers have raised $50,000 to support Hope Lodge, a residential facility that houses, at no cost, cancer patients and their families.
The lodge will be used by all hospitals and will be located next to the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center near downtown Oklahoma City. It will be a home-like setting with 45 rooms for patients and their caregivers who travel 50 miles or more from home to seek their treatment. Amenities include shared resources like kitchen, laundry and recreation areas as well as a sanctuary for spiritual needs.
NBC Oklahoma pledged $50,000 and employees and customers donated generously to the effort. Our employees have been touched by cancer and recognized how the Hope Lodge will provide comfort and support for cancer patients and their families during a very stressful time.
This will be the first Hope Lodge in Oklahoma and the 32nd Hope Lodge built and managed in the U.S. by the American Cancer Society.
Archived Post (pre-2016): New Tulsa Location
NBC Oklahoma has relocated to a new location in Tulsa that is more convenient and closer to its customers. Our new location at 8120 S Yale Avenue is a full service bank near high growth areas of Tulsa.
The new location features a commercial drive-thru, two drive-thru lanes, a drive-thru ATM lane, night deposit drop, safe deposit boxes and coin counter. Lobby hours for the new location are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drive-thru hours are Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.
“Tulsa is growing and NBC Oklahoma has customers who are part of that momentum,” says H.K. Hatcher, president. “We identified areas of high growth and found a location that made sense for our bank.”
We invite you to stop by, see the new location and meet our staff.
Archived Post (pre-2016): Oklahoma Main Street Recognizes NBC Oklahoma for Altus Contributions
NBC Oklahoma's Altus location was recognized by the Oklahoma Main Street Center at the 26th annual Main Street Awards Banquet at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
The Altus Wigwam was awarded the Best Public Improvement Project. The Wigwam is an art gallery and public event space built from the ground up and opened in 2014 on the original site of the historic Wigwam theatre. The building façade replicates the historic 1920 structure.
Ken Fergeson, NBC Oklahoma chairman, was awarded the Main Street Hero Award for his work with the Main Street program and his vision for the NBC Oklahoma renovations in Altus.
"These award entries showcase the creativity that abounds in each Main Street community toward increasing the revenue and promoting a positive image of each historic business district in the program," said Linda Barnett, Oklahoma Main Street Center director. "Every year we say that is gets more competitive. This year is no exception. We are always excited to highlight these outstanding events, promotions, businesses and designs to the rest of the state."
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