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First Bank & Trust Co. Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Lisa Wheeler to Assistant Vice President Banking Center Manager/Loan Officer.

Lisa graduated from Waurika High School in 2000 and promptly moved into the banking sector. She has been in the financial industry for twenty-two years, where she has excelled in roles ranging from Teller, Financial Service Representative, Appraisal Administrator, and Assistant Banking Center Manager.


First Bank & Trust Co. Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Pickens to their staff as Vice President and Loan Officer. Chris joins us with twenty-one years of experience in the financial industry and offices at the Ardmore Main St. banking center.

Having been raised in the Ardmore area, Chris graduated from Dickson High School before attending the University of Oklahoma. After starting a family while in the metro area, Chris and his wife, Melanie, moved back to their hometown community of Ardmore to raise their two children, Eyan and Ella.


The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Brandon Naifeh to Vice President Banking Center Manager.

Originally from Ada, OK., Brandon is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Southwest Graduate School of Banking. He has been in the financial industry for fourteen years, cultivating his talents and becoming an expert in his field.

The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Jared Smith to Vice President Banking Center Manager.

After graduating from Duncan High School, Jared attended Oklahoma State University until he was called to serve his country. Jared was a proud member of the Military Intelligence Corps in the US Army and a member of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team for the Oklahoma National Guard.


The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Nichole Hammond to Duncan Market President.

Originally from Ekalaka, MT., Nichole attended East Central University in Ada, OK where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in Marketing & Management.

 

The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Levi Tepsic to Assistant Vice President Treasury Management Officer.

Levi and his wife of four years, Emily, currently live in Oklahoma City. As a forever resident of the metro area, Levi attended the University of Central Oklahoma, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Dusti Hoover to Vice President Compliance & CRA Officer.

Dusti is a long-time resident of Comanche, OK, where she lives with her husband, Matt, and their eleven-year-old dachshund, Lola. Dusti graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Jonathan Shackelford to Vice President Corporate Training Officer.

With dreams of instilling his knowledge in others, Jonathan attended the University of Central Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Education and a Minor in History.

The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Robyn Smith to Loan Officer.

Robyn has been in the financial industry for over twelve years. Robyn is originally from Moore, Oklahoma and now resides in Comanche, Oklahoma with her husband of seventeen years, Keith. Here, they have made a home with their children Kaiser, Klayton and their dog named Louie.

The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Philishia Huggins to Assistant Vice President and Loan Officer.

Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Philishia came into the financial industry in 2005 as a teller. Philishia moved to Oklahoma and joined our team as a Financial Service Representative in 2019.

 

First Bank & Trust Co. has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For for the fourth consecutive year!

The Best Banks to Work For program, which was initiated in 2013 by American Banker and Best Companies Group, identifies, recognizes and honors U.S. banks for outstanding employee satisfaction. Full results of this year’s program are available at www.americanbanker.com.
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The Board of Directors of First Bank & Trust Co. are pleased to announce the addition of Dana Evans to their staff as Vice President and Loan Officer.

Dana has over twenty-seven years of experience in the financial industry and is located at the Wellston Banking Center.

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The Board of Directors of First Bank & Trust Co. are pleased to announce the addition of Shane Blankenship to their staff as Vice President and Banking Center Manager.

Shane joins us with twenty-eight years of experience in the financial industry and is located at the Wellston Banking Center in Wellston, OK.

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The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Patsy Evans to Vice President.

Patsy has been in the financial industry for over forty-seven years, all of which have been with First Bank & Trust Co. Through the years, Patsy has fine-tuned her natural aptitude for finance and has worked her way through the organization, where she now holds the position of Loan Administration Officer and Assistant Cashier.

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The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Danell Bray to Vice President.

Danell has been with First Bank & Trust Co. for twenty-four of her twenty-six years in the financial industry. After earning her Bachelor’s degree, Danell went on to get her Master’s degree at Southern Oklahoma State University, while working full-time as a Financial Service Officer at First Bank & Trust Co.

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The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Becky Sullivent to Vice President.

Becky has been in the financial industry, and with First Bank & Trust Co., for nineteen years. She started with the bank as a Teller, and six months later, employing her previous eleven years of call center experience, moved to our Call Center department.

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The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Summer Byrd to Assistant Vice President.

Summer has been a proud representative of First Bank & Trust Co. for nine years, her entire financial industry career. Holding a few positions and gaining experience, Summer has made herself an asset to the company as the current Credit Administrator Assistant.

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The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Dusti Hoover to CRA & Compliance Officer.

Dusti is a long-time resident of Comanche, OK, where she lives with her husband, Matt, and their ten-year-old dachshund, Lola. Dusti graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She’s since put that degree to use during a thirteen-year career at First Bank & Trust Co., where she has worked as a teller, a Human Resources Associate, and a Fraud & Risk Prevention Specialist.

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First Bank & Trust Co. has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For for the third consecutive year!

The Best Banks to Work For program, which was initiated in 2013 by American Banker and Best Companies Group, identifies, recognizes and honors U.S. banks for outstanding employee satisfaction. Full results of this year’s program are available at www.americanbanker.com.

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The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Lisa Wheeler to Assistant Banking Center Manager/Officer.

Though originally from Seminole, OK, Lisa Wheeler graduated from Waurika High School in the year 2000. She has been a member of the Waurika/Addington community for 24 years. Here, she and her husband of twenty-three years, Aaron, raised their son Gavyn. During this time, not only has she gained twenty years of experience in the financial industry, she’s built countless relationships with her customers.
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The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of Curtis Arnold to Network Administrator and Information Technology Officer.

Though currently living in Cookietown with his wife Julie, Curtis has been a member of the Duncan community for twenty-eight years. Curtis graduated from the Oklahoma City chapter of Oklahoma State University with an Associate Degree in Computer Information Science. He’s since put that degree to use with a twenty year long career in the financial industry, fifteen of those years here at First Bank & Trust Co. 
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The Board of Directors at First Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce the promotion of April Welch to Vice President and Branch Manager.

April and her husband Patrick have been members of the Ardmore community for twenty-four years. She has been in the financial industry for 30 years and has held various positions within First Bank & Trust Co, starting as a Financial Service Representative, then moving to Fixed Rate Mortgage, Appraisals, Lending, and now a Branch Manager.
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2021 Best Banks to Work For

First Bank & Trust Co. has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For for the second year in a row.
The Best Banks to Work For program, which was initiated in 2013 by American Banker and Best Companies Group, identifies, recognizes and honors U.S. banks for outstanding employee satisfaction. Full results of this year’s program are available at American Banker and in the November issue of American Banker Magazine.
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FIRST BANK & TRUST CO.
PLANS MERGER WITH STROUD NATIONAL BANK

First Bank & Trust Co., headquartered in Duncan, Oklahoma, and Stroud National Bank, headquartered in Stroud, Oklahoma, announced their merger agreement and submission of the related regulatory applications. The announcement was made jointly by Robert Petersen, Chairman, President & CEO of First Bank & Trust Co. and Arthur Thompson, President & CEO of Stroud National Bank.
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