December 2020
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Special Holiday Hours

Make note of our special hours this holiday season! We will be closing at 12:00 pm on Christmas Eve so that our employees can enjoy time with their families. All online transactions* must be performed by 11:00 am in order to be processed on December 24th.  Any transactions submitted after 11:00 am will be processed on the next business day, Monday, December 28th.

*This includes Mobile Deposits, Remote Deposit Capture, ACH, Payroll, Positive Pay and Wires.


Congratulations, April Vail!
Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager Supervisor and Executive Assistant to the CEO

Please help us congratulate April Vail! She has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager Supervisor and will continue her role as the Executive Assistant to our CEO, Joey Root. April joined our team as a Senior Credit Analyst in 2017 and within a year she became a Loan Portfolio Manager. We’re very thankful to have her on our team. Congratulations, April!

Congratulations, Bill Nelson!
Senior Vice President, Commercial Credit Officer

Please help us congratulate Bill Nelson's recent promotion to Senior Vice President and Commercial Credit Officer! Bill joined our team in 2018 as a Commercial Loan Officer. With over 40 years of commercial lending and bank management experience, his new position will focus on special assets and internal loan review. Congratulations, Bill!

Congratulations, Christian McQueen!
Assistant Vice President, Client Services Representative

Please help us congratulate Christian McQueen's recent promotion to Assistant Vice President, Client Services Representative at our Oklahoma City location! Christian joined our team in February 2019 and was recently a recipient of our Internal Customer Service Award. Congratulations, Christian!

Congratulations, Kaela Robinson!
Assistant Vice President, Teller Manager/Training Coordinator of Operations

Please help us congratulate Kaela Robinson on her recent promotion to Assistant Vice President, Teller Manager/Training Coordinator of Operations! She joined our team as a Universal Banker in February 2018 and moved to our Operations department shortly after. We're thankful to have her on our Operations team. Congratulations, Kaela!

Congratulations, Crystal Adcock!
Norman Assistant Branch Manager

Please help us congratulate Crystal Adcock on her recent promotion to Assistant Branch Manager at our Norman location! Crystal joined our team in March 2019 as a Universal Banker and has worked very hard to lead our Norman team. We're very grateful for her and look forward to the years to come. Congratulations, Crystal!

Congratulations, Jamie Vafadar!
Vice President, Loan Portfolio Manager

Please help us congratulate Jamie Vafadar on her recent promotion! She was promoted to Vice President and Loan Portfolio Manager with Executive Assistant's responsibilities to the Chief Lending Officer. She began her career with us in 2016 as a Credit Analyst and joined the Norman branch as a Loan Portfolio Manager in June 2020. We are so thankful to have her on our Norman team. Congratulations, Jamie!

Bedlam for Babies 2020
Benefiting Infant Crisis Services

Our Bedlam for Babies drive was a huge success! Our amazing employees raised a total of $2,028.71 during the drive. $500 went straight to the Infant Crisis Services and the remaining funds were used to purchase 60 coats and extra boxes of diapers.


Beautiful Poinsettias
Benefiting Meals on Wheels of Norman

This year we purchased poinsettias from Meals on Wheels of Norman, Inc. and they are gorgeous! This will be the start of an annual tradition! In order to spread extra Christmas cheer, we had a drawing and six lucky employees were able to pick one to take home.


2020 Sock Drive
Benefiting Socks for Seniors

Thank you very much to everyone who made donations during our Sock Drive benefiting Socks for Seniors! This wonderful organization provides personal items to veterans and local nursing homes during the holiday season. For those who were unable to donate and would like to do so, please visit their website for more information on how to make your donation.



Get to Know us
Q & A Ao Nguyen

At First Liberty, we are always looking for ways to serve our community, including getting to know you better. We want to be the type of bank who knows your name. We also want you to get to know us better. Each month, we will be featuring one of our employees for all of us to learn more about each other. This month, we would like you to meet Mortgage Loan Funder, Ao Nguyen.


Check Overpayment Scams
By Carlos Morales, VP Information Security Officer

Fraud involving fake checks has mushroomed in recent months. Because of the pandemic and now the holiday season, many people are looking for jobs or additional work. And the victims are often young adults.


5 Lesser-Known Holiday Movies to Watch This Year
Don’t miss out on these underrated holiday gems

Almost everyone is familiar with films like “A Christmas Story” and “Elf.” They’re shown practically nonstop from Dec. 1 to Christmas Day. But there are plenty of other movies full of heartwarming tales focused on the holiday season.


Unique Gadgets to Upgrade Your Kitchen
Make cooking more enjoyable with these convenient tools

Spend less time in the kitchen and maximize the fun of whipping up new recipes.


3 Delicious Recipes You Can Make with Leftovers
How to easily turn your holiday leftovers into new meals

Instead of microwaving those leftovers to consume the same meal ad nauseam, you can transform already-cooked food into ingredients for new meals.


Christmas Reindeer Brownies

Oh deer! Don't these look delicious? What better way to spread Christmas joy with your family than making these cute Christmas Reindeer Brownies courtesy of the Food Network. They are easy enough to make with your kids and add a fun, festive addition to your table!


Getting Ahead
What Happens When You Default on Your Student Loans?
Understanding the consequences of defaulting

Defaulting on a loan can have serious consequences for your credit score and financial health. Here’s what you need to know about this difficult financial situation.


Learn About Cryptocurrency
Decrypting the basics of digital currency

In recent years, cryptocurrency has been a booming topic among investors. However, these digital currencies have many key differences when it comes to storage, transactions and volatility. Before you invest, consider these factors.


Business Banking
The Pros and Cons of Multiple Savings Accounts
How to wisely manage your money

When you want to securely store your money, you can choose to open one or more savings accounts at a financial institution.


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