Our Clients

June Ross, Broken Arrow Seniors

June Ross, Broken Arrow Seniors June Ross, Broken Arrow Seniors

First National Bank of Broken Arrow has always had a passion for helping those who help others in our community. Our people have been there for generation after generation – ready to lend more than just money to keep our town thriving.

Promoting Healthy Aging.

 

Broken Arrow’s growing senior population is busy, vibrant and diverse – but for a very long time, had no place to gather. That was until Broken Arrow Seniors came along.

Broken Arrow Seniors is the only multi-purpose activity center in Broken Arrow for those aged 55 and over.

“We carry out the unique role of providing healthy aging activities for our very diverse and expanding senior population,” says June Ross, President and CEO. “we’ve got something for everyone here.”

The daytime center hosts all types of activities – from yoga, tap dancing and Tai Chi, to more intellectual pursuits such as novel writing, guitar lessons and computer courses.

“It’s a great place for seniors to remain active and be engaged.” June adds.

First National Bank has been there for Broken Arrow Seniors since 1988 – not only as a banking institution but also as an active contributor to the center’s fundraising activities.

“We love that First National is so active in the community,” June says. “They care about what we do – not simply as a business relationship, but a genuine concern for our mission. Through the years, some of their employees have even served on our board.”

Broken Arrow Seniors is located at 1800 S. Main Street in Broken Arrow. For more information, visit baseniors.org.

Broken Arrow Rotary

Broken Arrow Rotary Broken Arrow Rotary

First National Bank has been a strong supporter of our non-profit community. Not only do we have wonderful relationships with our local organizations from a banking point of view, but many of our employees spend a significant amount of time volunteering for them in their spare time.

Service Above Self in Broken Arrow.

 

Rotary International was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris in Chicago, Illinois so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.

The Broken Arrow Chapter has followed those guiding principles since its founding in 1965. Locally, the organization raises and delivers more than $60,000 for student scholarships and assistance to other area non-profits.

“We are committed to helping members of our own community, but we’re also focused on several societal causes such as eradicating polio and providing clean drinking water and sanitation to people all around the world,” said Michael Skates, BA Rotary’s President.

First National Bank of Broken Arrow has been BA Rotary’s bank since the organization’s inception. Scott Graham, the former President was a Rotarian and provided both significant financial resources and countless hours of volunteer time. Today, Greg Graham and his family along with many FNBBA employees are continuing that tradition.

“Our relationship with First National Bank is very special to us,” Michael continued. “in fact, they have created a very special scholarship that we award each year to a deserving high school senior. It’s truly a great partnership that we treasure.”

Broken Arrow Rotary meets weekly at First United Methodist Church in Broken Arrow. For more information, visit barotary.org.

Glenn Shaw, Shaw Homes

Glenn Shaw, Shaw Homes Glenn Shaw, Shaw Homes

Constructing communities – it’s what First National Bank of Broken Arrow has helped do since 1902. From small to large businesses – and everything in between – we’ve been there to help lay the foundation.

Building Homes of Quality and Distinction.

 

Glenn Shaw is a dyed-in-the-wool homebuilder. From a very young age, he was always around the homebuilding industry, working on construction sites with his father and uncle. In 1995, Glenn went into business for himself – becoming the owner of his family’s homebuilding business, Shaw Homes.

“Shaw homes is unique,” says Glenn. “We tour potential customers through 14 decorated model homes so they can see what they are buying before they build. We also have a large Design Studio where customers can see and select all their materials and finishes in one spot.”

First National Bank’s Mark Poole and Rachel Shirley have worked with Glenn over the past 25 years to help him grow his company into a highly successful enterprise.

“First National Bank has created flexible financing solutions for us,” Glenn recalls. “They’ve been available and capable of meeting all our needs. It’s a great partnership.”

Shaw Homes has been in business since 1995 and specializes in crafting quality homes in conjunction with developers who share their deep commitment to quality. For more information, visit shawhomes.com.

Daniel Kirby, Owasso Fence Company

Daniel Kirby, Owasso Fence Company Daniel Kirby, Owasso Fence Company

At First National Bank of Broken Arrow, we love to help small businesses succeed – even those who are located outside of Broken Arrow. Since 1902, our commitment to customer service along with a tried and true banking philosophy have allowed us to help all types of businesses grow and prosper.

Tulsa’s Premier Ornamental Fence Installer.

 

In 2010, Daniel and Shannon Kirby became small business owners by purchasing A-1 Fence. A few years later, they purchased Owasso Fence Company and merged the two under the Owasso Fence brand.

“My wife and I wanted to build something for our future,” says Daniel. “a business that would give us flexibility in our schedules and lives as we raise our family.”

When it was time to purchase both companies, Daniel looked to First National Bank – the same bank Shannon’s family had worked with decades before.

“The people at First National Bank helped us finance the purchase and still do so much for us,” Daniel says. “they’ve allowed us to function the way a real company should. Our line of credit with them helps us buy in bulk, which costs less. And, they handle our financing, credit card processing and remote check processing that save us time and money.”

Owasso Fence has enjoyed steady growth over the years because of their high quality craftsmanship and how they treat their customers and their own employees.

“We treat people like we want to be treated. That’s what allows us to have such great customers and employees,”, Daniel adds. “Our bank’s staff has always treated us that same way. In fact, we almost consider them as an extension of our company.”

Owasso Fence Company specializes in high quality ornamental fences and gates for customers in and around Tulsa. For more information, visit owassofence.com.

Devin Wanzor, U.S. Sign & Screenprinting

Devin Wanzor, U.S. Sign and Screenprinting Devin Wanzor, U.S. Sign & Screenprinting

Since 1902, First National Bank of Broken Arrow has helped individuals pursue their dreams of owning a small business. Our people have a special passion for entrepreneurship and work diligently to provide financial resources for those who bravely take the leap.

Not Just Another Sign Company.

 

Devin Wanzor wasn’t always a sign guy. In fact, his background was in the banking industry. He knew someday he would fulfill his dream of owning and operating his own small business.

In 2013, after a large out-of-state institution acquired the local bank where he worked, his big opportunity presented itself in the form of a well-timed lunch with one of his bank customers, Wayne Pyle.

Wayne was looking for a partner to help him run U.S. Sign & Screenprinting, a sign company he was in the process of acquiring. And Devin was the perfect fit. About 18 months later, Devin recruited Jonathan Cowan as a third partner. The three partners all shared a passion for growing small companies, building high performance teams and taking great care of customers.

“U.S. Sign has been around Tulsa since 1950,” says Devin. “We are having a great time leading the company through the next phase of its evolution.”

Devin’s relationship with First National Bank’s Donnie Cox and Mark Poole goes way back to when they all worked together at their former bank. After Devin left banking, he stayed in touch with Donnie and Mark thought the years.

“As our banking needs evolved and our company grew, the timing became right to move our banking relationship to First National Bank of Broken Arrow,” Devin recalls. “we wanted to have local bankers, local ownership. I knew Donnie and Mark would take good care of us.”

U.S. Sign produces residential, commercial, exterior and interior signage, as well as traffic, information and safety signs. For more information, visit ussigninc.com.

Family Medicine Associates

Family Medicine Associates Family Medicine Associates

First National Bank of Broken Arrow is focused on the health of our economy. For over 100 years, we’ve helped businesses grow from big ideas to thriving members of our local community. We’ve been honored to help Broken Arrow’s vital signs to be strong and vibrant.

Your Family Medicine and Minor Emergency Care Provider for Over Five Decades.

 

When Dr. Leroy Jeske, D.O. graduated from medical school, he soon was faced with a dilemma – where to begin his medical practice.

“You can’t go wrong moving to Broken Arrow,” a fellow physician told him. “the town is wonderful and needs more medical services.”

Dr. Jeske followed his colleague’s advice and established Family Medicine Associates in 1955. A few years later, he opened one of the first Minor Emergency Services in the Broken Arrow area.

Through the years, the clinic has grown and added additional services to meet the needs of its patients. Services include family medicine, sports medicine, minor emergencies, workman’s comp injuries, on-site x-ray services and a certified in-house laboratory.

First National Bank of Broken Arrow has served as the clinic’s bank since 2005.

“Just like Family Medicine Associates, First National Bank is a community-based business and has proven to be a great asset to Broken Arrow,” says Dr. Leske. “The bank staff is very friendly and it’s nice to be able to reach the Senior VP by phone or email when we need assistance.”

Family Medicine Associates is located at 3100 S. Elm Place, Suite A, in Broken Arrow. For more information visit fmaba.com.

Neri and Henry Tran

Neri and Henry Tran Neri and Henry Tran

Ever since opening its doors in 1902, First National Bank of Broken Arrow has played a part in making the American Dream possible for thousands of people. Today, our mission remains the same – to serve our clients with the same passion and attention that we had over a century ago.

Building up. Giving Back.

 

Henry and Neri Tran have quite a story to tell.

The Tran’s story begins during the turbulent Vietnam War years. Henry was a U.S.-trained helicopter pilot who served in the final years of the war. Immediately following the end of the war, Vietnam became a dangerous place for a former South Vietnam soldier, so in 1979 he and his wife Neri, along with their infant daughter traveled to the United States in search of a better life. They had nothing more than a single suitcase of belongings, the clothes on their backs and $5.

In the beginning, the Trans each worked multiple jobs to make ends meet. They lived in a small apartment on Main Street in Broken Arrow and began saving their money with hopes of becoming business owners.

In 1981, they walked a few doors down the street to First National Bank of Broken Arrow to discuss their desire to purchase a convenience store in Verdigris, Oklahoma – where Neri had been working.

“The people at First National made us feel welcome,” reflects Neri. “They were so ready to help us pursue our goals of being business owners.”

It wasn’t long before their business took off, spurring the Trans to purchase an additional convenience store in Broken Arrow. As they continued to grow both of these bustling businesses, they felt a deep gratitude for their new-found success and decided to start giving back.

“We’ve been so successful,” Neri said. “It was time for us to return the favor, so we began to invest in the downtown we love.”

The Trans sold their two convenience stores and used the proceeds to purchase several buildings on Main Street. They lovingly restored the aging structures and began leasing them to area businesses. This achieved two goals – providing a substantial income for the Trans, as well as helping to kick start the redevelopment in downtown Broken Arrow.

As the Trans began to earn revenue from their commercial real estate business, they embarked on another dream – helping orphaned children in Cambodia near the village where Neri once lived. In 2009, they founded Home of Grace, a Christian orphanage that serves over 60 children.

“Our relationship with First National goes beyond banking,” Neri says. “We consider them family.”

Ralph Sandmeyer, Southern Homes

Ralph Sandmeyer, Southern Homes Ralph Sandmeyer, Southern Homes

Building a business from the ground up is a rewarding and sometimes challenging part of living the American Dream. Along with a strong desire to achieve success comes the need for a stable, long-term financial institution like First National Bank of Broken Arrow. Founded in 1902, First National has helped countless small business move from dream to reality and continues that tradition today.

Distinctively Designed. Expertly Built.

 

Southern Homes specializes in custom, semi-custom and spec homes in the Tulsa, Broken Arrow and surrounding areas. Each home is designed with great attention to detail and built with an unrelenting focus on craftsmanship. Prices range from $400,000 to $1 million.

“Our homes offer features that you don’t usually see at our price point.”, says owner Ralph Sandmeyer. “My wife is a certified interior designer and we work together on each and every customer’s project.”

First National Bank of Broken Arrow was there to help Ralph launch his business in 2009.

“First National Bank was recommended to me by another builder in the Broken Arrow area – and after our first meeting I knew we were a good match.” Ralph reflects. “They were willing to work with me on my first spec home in the early stages. They’ve helped me grow from building a handful of homes per year to around 30 homes annually today.”

First National not only helped Ralph get started, but also has helped many of his customers finance the homes he builds.

“Donnie Cox and his team have been instrumental in helping several of my customers get construction funding,” he says. “That kind of support means a lot.”

For more information on Southern Homes, LLC, visit their website at southernhomesok.com.

Kim Goddard, Broken Arrow Neighbors

Kim Goddard, Broken Arrow Neighbors Kim Goddard, Broken Arrow Neighbors

One of the most important things a community bank must do is to be a good neighbor. Since 1902, First National Bank of Broken Arrow has helped all types of organizations – from businesses to non-profits – achieve their goals and objectives. It’s a legacy that spans the generations and will continue into the future.

Assisting Those in Need with Dignity.

 

Broken Arrow Neighbors is a 501(c)(3) basic needs agency that provides services to residents in the Broken Arrow area who find themselves in a crisis situation that is beyond their control. The organization features a food pantry, medical clinic, legal aid clinic and limited financial aid program for individuals in the community.

The non-profit’s executive director, Kim Goddard, has a special heart for helping people.

“I have always been passionate about providing opportunities for underserved populations,” says Kim. “The more positive impact I can have on the lives of others, the better!”

Over the years, First National Bank has built a long standing reputation of serving Broken Arrow Neighbors as a steadfast partner since 1985.

“I am always made to feel like I am their most important customer each time we have a banking question,” Kim reflects. “throughout the years, First National Bank has taken a vested interest in our organization both personally and professionally. Not only are they a vital financial supporter, but several of their employees serve on our board.”

For more information on Broken Arrow Neighbors, visit baneighbors.org.

Paul Wheeler, Accent Realtors

Paul Wheeler, Accent Realtors Paul Wheeler, Accent Realtors

It takes a solid, stable and reliable foundation to establish and grow a successful small business. Since 1902, First National Bank of Broken Arrow has worked alongside countless entrepreneurs, dreamers and achievers – helping them to pursue their business goals.

Guaranteed Home Sales.

 

Paul Wheeler arrived in Tulsa with $200 to his name. He had 3 jobs within a week and had enrolled in college. While still in college, majoring in business, Paul bought a few properties. Through that experience he found that the buying process and later the selling process was less than desirable and had many flaws.

“There has to be a better way,” he reflects. “and I’m going to find it.”

One year later, Accent Realtors was born. Paul assembled a team of talented, passionate people and set out to change the real estate business for the better.

Accent Realtors has grown into one of Tulsa’s top residential real estate firms and has been ranked #1 by the Tulsa Business Journal since 2004.

“Our mission is to educate and communicate so our clients can make great decisions in their real estate transactions,” says Paul.

First National Bank of Broken Arrow finances many of their real estate investments and has helped fuel their recent growth.

Paul says, “Donnie Cox and Mark Poole are why I choose to work with First National Bank of Broken Arrow. They are always fair, honest, helpful and willing to go the extra mile.”

For more information, visit accentrealtors.com.

Scott Robertson, Family Auto Repair

Scott Robertson, Family Auto RepairScott Robertson, Family Auto Repair

Long-term business success is no easy task. It takes people with big ideas, an insatiable drive for success – and a strong financial foundation to get started and fuel growth. First National Bank of Broken Arrow is proud to have helped businesses thrive since 1902 and continues that tradition today.

Founded on a Passion for Cars.

 

What drove James and Floyd Henry to start Family Auto Repair back in 1978?

“It was pure passion for cars,” reflects Scott Roberts, nephew of the founders and current owner. “Before they started the business in 1978, they pumped gas and watched their father repair cars at his service station. They were fascinated by how cars and trucks worked and learned how the right care and knowledge could keep them running smoothly.”

Scott began working at Family Auto Repair in the early 1980’s and ten years later he became the manager and then owner. His mother, Brenda Roberts has been the office manager since 1995 and always greets customers with her warm smile.

First National Bank of Broken Arrow was instrumental in the founding of Family Auto Repair and continues to support the company’s financial needs after nearly 40 years.

“Our family has always banked with First National Bank. And they’ve gone above and beyond in every way.” says Scott. “In fact, we work on many of the bank’s vehicles and as well as those of their employees.”

Scott’s business has lasted through both good and challenging economic times. And First National Bank of Broken Arrow has always been a steady and stable financial partner.

“They always go above our expectations and are great to deal with.” he says.

Family Auto Repair offers complete automotive repair and preventative maintenance for all makes and models of cars. To learn more, visit their website at familyautorepairba.com.

Darryl Baskin, EXP Realty

Darryl Baskin, EXP RealtyDarryl Baskin, EXP Realty

Achieving success takes innovation, drive and a network of people you can count on. Most businesses start with an idea and, with the right nurturing, grow into a thriving and profitable venture that can last decades or even generations. First National Bank of Broken Arrow has been a source of financial nourishment since 1902 and continues to take today’s businesses from small beginnings to towering successes.

Real Estate Success Starts with Real Relationships.

 

“I started in real estate as an understudy of my father in the late 80’s,” Darryl remembers. “After his untimely death, I made the decision to carry on in his footsteps.” He continues. “It seemed like Tulsa’s real estate climate could use a younger, more enthusiastic contender. I was barely 18 when I purchased my first property; 19 when I got my license.”
 
Like many businesses, Darryl started small.
 
“I had a really difficult time finding a good financial partner to finance my first land purchase,” he says. “Then I found First National Bank of Broken Arrow. Their commercial loan program was better than anything else I could find out there.”
 
Upon paying off that initial loan, Darryl leveraged it to purchase a rental property. Then two more after that.
 
“The process of financing with First National has enabled me to increase our real estate portfolio through a long-term relationship during the good and bad cycles of the economy,” Darryl reflects. “They have been a consistent partner for me since the beginning.”
 
Darryl’s business has stood the test of time and he has become one of the best-known real estate professionals in the Tulsa Area. He now has a full staff at his EXP office in Bixby.
 
“I’ve stayed with First National because they’ve done so much for me. While other banks were looking for excuses to call loans due to build cash reserves, the people of First National were asking how they could help me grow my business and what I needed to be successful. And working with them is so easy. They always respect my time and are very proactive and efficient,” he continues. “They have been a crucial part of my business plan since 1998. And I don’t see that changing!”
 
EXP Realty sets itself apart from other real estate companies by striving to make the buying and selling experience better for their clients. They achieve this advantage by implementing technologically advanced methods such as video tours, video meetings, paperless transactions and proven internet marketing tools. For more information, visit www.darrylbaskin.com

Griffin Excavating and Dozer Service

Griffin Excavating and Dozer ServiceGriffin Excavating and Dozer Service

On the surface, Oklahoma’s small towns look like glistening jewels dotting the landscape. But when you dig a little deeper, you’ll soon discover that it’s the people, families and close-knit relationships in these places that make them the treasures that they truly are. At First National Bank of Broken Arrow, we remember our local roots, yet provide all the professional services that the big-city banks do. It’s the perfect place to lay the foundation for any business – large or small.

A Firm Relationship for Four Generations.

“Although Griffin Excavating and Dozer Service was founded over 44 years ago with the help of First National Bank, our family’s business relationship goes even farther back,” recalls Vicki Griffin.

In the 1920s, Vicki’s father-in-law, L.D. Baker, secured his first business loan with First National Bank to open Oak Grove Store. In the years following, they continued to finance the purchase of additional farms and equipment as their family grew.
 
“L.D. introduced me to First National Bank back in the 60s. They’ve been such a big part of our family,” Vicki says. “We purchased our first farm back in 1975 and financed it through First National. Since then, we’ve started several other companies – all with their help.”
 
First National Bank’s people not only helped financially, but they also stood by the Griffins through some very difficult times.
 
“I was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and my oldest son fell 14 feet on a construction site and hit his head on the concrete in 2008,” she remembers. “In both situations, First National helped any way they could and stood by us as we endured all of this. I would call them a big family bank with a big heart!”
 
Griffin Excavating and Dozer Service specializes in a wide variety of services – from creating roads and ponds, to clearing timber, to building pads. It’s a family business that treats their customers like family. For more information, call 918-757-2348.

Dr. Todd Gentling

Dr. Todd GentlingDr. Todd Gentling

When it comes to business, it’s always good to look your very best. But it’s even better to demonstrate the quality of your business by providing outstanding customer service – right from the beginning. Since 1902, the people of First National Bank of Broken Arrow have started each relationship with a sincere smile and a warm handshake. And the tradition continues today.

The Building Blocks of a Beautiful Practice.

It was over ten years ago that Dr. Todd Gentling took a look around Broken Arrow and said to himself, “this is the perfect spot for my practice.” The community was thriving and many new families were moving into the scores of neighborhood developments popping up all around town. He knew there was room for another dentist.

Dr. Gentling’s reputation for outstanding customer care resulted in his practice outgrowing its office space. It was time to build a bigger building.

“In the beginning, I had gotten an initial startup loan from a mega-bank and never was happy with their service, so I began looking for an alternative here in Broken Arrow,” Dr. Gentling recalls. “First National had much better rates on business loans, so I switched. And I’m so glad I did.”
 
With the help of First National’s business lending team, Dr. Gentling was able to design and build the perfect building to house his bustling, successful practice.
 
“I wanted my new office to match the level of friendliness, comfort and classiness of our service and staff,” he explains. “And we knew it was important for everyone in the family to have a great experience and enjoy themselves as much as possible when they are here.”
 
The new building, which opened in 2011, features a more home-like design with warm, inviting colors, comfortable family waiting areas and a level of class not found in typical dental clinics.
 
“We nailed it, thanks to Greg and everyone else over at First National. They are all top notch professionals and I’m glad they are a part of my team.”
 
Dr. Gentling’s practice specializes in family-centered general dentistry, with an emphasis on compassionate, friendly service. Learn more at www.ba-dentist.com.

Dayna Matheny, Star Jewelers

Dayna Matheny, Star JewelersDayna Matheny, Star Jewelers

What is more valuable than the most precious jewel? Great relationships. At First National Bank of Broken Arrow, each customer is regarded as priceless. Every transaction is completed with precision. And service always comes with a sparkling smile. It’s been that way since 1902 and continues to this day.

Three Generations. One Bank.

Dayna Matheny vividly remembers the days of walking with her family to the bank across the street from Star Jewelers as a young girl in the 80’s. She recalls seeing the warm interactions between bank staff and her grandfather, Dale Brake, who started their successful Broken Arrow jewelry store back in 1973. As time went on, her mother took over the daily task of making the bank deposits. Then, in 2006, it was her turn to lead Star Jewelers into the future.

“First National Bank of Broken Arrow has always been our bank. I practically grew up with all those bank tellers”, she reflects. “We have such a close relationship with everyone there that we’ve never thought of doing our banking anywhere else. In fact, my grandfather walked across the street to First National Bank with me to open my very first chacking and savings accounts when I turned sixteen. It was such a magical experience that I cherish to this day.”

Star Jewelers is an illustration of stability and success and has occupied the same space on Main Street in Broken Arrow since 1973. It is one of only a few local jewelry stores to have an in-house jeweler – who also happens to be Dayna’s father, Hank. For over 38 years, customers have felt safe leaving their jewelry in his skilled, trustworthy hands for repairs.
“Being community-oriented is so important to us, and First National is a great example,” she continues. “We watch out for them and they do the same for us. In fact, we once had two thieves run out the door after stealing some of our jewelry. Immediately, a group of First National folks ran outside, chased and helped catch them. I’ll never forget it!”
 
Star Jewelers features fine jewelry from some of the world’s top jewelry designers as well as their own customer designs. Visit their single location at 120 S. Main in Broken Arrow or learn more at www.starjewelers.com.

Rob Irwin, Farmers Insurance

Rob Irwin, Farmers InsuranceRob Irwin, Farmers Insurance

The word, “relationship” seems to be thrown around the banking industry quite often. But at First National Bank of Broken Arrow, it is demonstrated day after day. Since 1902, we have established and maintained strong ties with the great people in our community who have taken risks and started their own businesses – thus driving the local economy forward through both prosperous and challenging times.

Insuring and Inspiring the Community.

There’s no denying that Rob Irwin is a people person. Upon first meeting him, it’s hard to miss his firm handshake, genuine smile and hearty laugh. It was this passion that landed him a great opportunity with Farmers Insurance over 25 years ago. And today he is now the District Manager of Farmers Insurance in Tulsa and the owner of his own thriving insurance firm.

“I always wanted to be in business for myself,” he reflects. “Farmers has a great reputation and I really love the opportunities I get to meet people and form lasting relationships.”

In 2010, Rob decided to purchase a larger building and began the search for a banking partner to finance his purchase.

“First National Bank of Broken Arrow’s great commercial loan rates were the first thing to grab my attention.” he recalls. “But then when I started working with Greg Graham, I truly began to realize how lucky I am to be partnered with such a stable, locally-owned bank. I can’t say enough good things about Greg and his team over there. They are fabulous!”

Farmers Insurance was founded in 1928 with the simple goal of insuring the vehicles of rural farmers. Today, Rob’s agency is part of a successful national company that covers over 10 million households, vehicles, homes and small businesses. For more information, call 918-492-8282.

Dr. Randy Fagan, DDS

Dr. Randy Fagan, DDSDr. Randy Fagan, DDS

At First National Bank of Broken Arrow, you can say that banking runs in the family.  In fact, the Graham family has maintained controlling interest in the bank since 1941 and its current Chairman, Gregory S. Graham, cherishes something his father told him – “Banking is a good living, but its real value is that it leverages your ability to achieve a greater good for the community.”

One Family Business Helping Another.

Randy Fagan probably could have made a successful career as an IT professional but abandoned that livelihood to pursue his dream of becoming a dentist.

Fagan graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 1997 with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery and started his second career as the Dental Director for the Tulsa City and County for two years.  He opened his private practice in Broken Arrow in 1999 with his wife, Janice, by his side as the Business Manager.

“When I went from IT to eye teeth in my professional career, it was a leap of faith for Janice and me and our family.  Knowing that the First National family was along with us on the journey gave us great comfort,” relates Dr. Fagan about the start and growth of his dental practice.  “Our dental practice grew and in 2009 our relationship with First National allowed us to build a fabulous, stand alone facility to serve our patients.”

The Fagan website, www.randyfagandds.com, not only details the state-of-the-art facility at 4710 W. Urbana Ave, in Broken Arrow, but also shares stories about other family members and employees that are invested in making the practice patient and family friendly to the community.

Custom Heat & Air

Custom Heat and AirCustom Heat & Air

More than twenty years ago, the big banks invented the title of Personal Banker to make customers feel like they had a personal connection with someone at their bank.  At First National Bank of Broken Arrow, your personal banker is more than likely your neighbor, the parent of one of your child’s friends, or the referee on the soccer field.

A Relationship That Has Lasted Three Decades.

If you live in Northeastern Oklahoma, you’ve definitely heard of Custom Heat & Air or Custom Services.  You may be comfortable in your office or home because of the quality technicians that Bob and Dana Townsend trained to be the best.

“Dana and I had only been married about one year when the HVAC company I worked for went bankrupt,” remembers Bob Townsend, owner of Custom Services with his wife.  “I had an opportunity to do a good size manufacturing job but didn’t have the money to buy the equipment.  I went to Scott Graham at First National and asked for a loan.  Two days later he called me to his office to turn me down but gave me some sound advice on running a business and shook my hand.”

Bob and Dana then went to another financial institution and paid over 20% on a one year note to get the job done .

“Once we started the business and started paying on that loan, we decided to pay cash for everything we did to build our credit,” recalls Dana Townsend about the first three years.  “Every Friday we checked our cash on hand and that is a business practice we maintain to this day thanks in part to fiscal advice from Mr. Graham at First National.”

In 1982, Bob and Dana decided to build their first facility and went back to First National, got the loan and have been loyal customers for more than 30 years!

Custom Services runs their business based upon building a strong relationship and trust among employees.  The result has allowed Custom Services to provide quality heating and air conditioning services at a fair price and lets employees earn ownership of the company.  To learn more about Custom Services, go to www.customservices-inc.com.

Kenny Smith Homes

Kenny Smith HomesKenny Smith Homes

As a community bank, First National Bank of Broken Arrow has always been an integral financial partner with homebuilders and home buyers in Northeastern Oklahoma.  Since the bank opened its doors in 1902, the housing market has cycled through numerous ups and downs but, the relationship between the builder, the buyer, and the bank always comes first at First National.

We Nailed Down Building Relationships.

While trying to survive the telecommunications rollercoaster at WorldCom and Williams Communications in 1985, Kenny Smith started a homebuilding business on the side as a second career.

“I realized early on that the only way to be successful as a homebuilder was to establish a close relationship with a bank,” recalls Kenny Smith.  “As luck would have it, one of the first bankers I sat down with was Greg Graham from First National.  Eighteen years later, I’m still building houses, working with Greg and he is now Chairman of the bank!”

Kenny Smith Homes prides itself on building affordable, quality homes in the $150-200,000 range.  His philosophy mirrors what First National has tried to do for more than 110 years – treat customers with fairness, respect and honesty.

“When I have someone interested in building a custom home, I schedule an appointment with Greg at First National for myself and the customer to sit down and go over their financial options,” relates Smith about his homebuilding process.  “When I introduce the customer to the Chairman of the Board of the bank, they feel pretty comfortable.”

Affordability and quality are the standards at Kenny Smith Homes.  To check out some his featured homes, go to www.kennysmithhomes.com

Gene Larew Lures

Gene Larew LuresGene Larew Lures

What do donuts and bank loans have in common?  It could be that the relationships built over a glazed donut may be more important than a slick business plan.  Since 1902, banking at First National Bank of Broken Arrow has been a relationship, not a transaction.

From Natural Gas to Luring Bass.

Chris Lindenberg could have been content with running his successful natural gas business, Hawkins Filtration, but when an opportunity to buy Western Filter opened up in Houston in 1984, he needed the financial help of his Daylight Donut cohort.

“Nobody was loaning money to anyone in the energy industry in 1984, but Scott Graham (my donut buddy) at First National saw the long term potential,” reflected Lindenberg about the start of his relationship with the bank.  “When we got the money from First National to buy Western Filter, I made a promise that day to the folks at the bank – you will have my business for life!”

Over the last thirty years, First National of Broken Arrow has provided banking services and lines of credit for all of Lindenberg’s six businesses.  

Fast forward to 2006 and a Lindenberg phone call to the current First National Chairman of the Board, Gregory S. Graham, casts the first line in the water for the purchase of Gene Larew Lures.

“When I saw the business opportunity for Larew Lures, the deal had to be done almost immediately,” Lindenberg remembers, “so I make a personal call to the Chairman of the Board of my bank to get the deal done.  How many customers have the cell phone number for the Chairman of the Board of their bank!”

Liberty Laundry

Liberty LaundryLiberty Laundry

As defined online, “a community bank is an institution that is typically locally owned and operated.  Lending decisions are made by people who understand the local needs of families, businesses and the community at large.”   

Since 1902, First National Bank of Broken Arrow has understood the needs of the families and businesses who want to thrive in our community.  At First National, making lending decisions normally balances character and family history over credit scores.

Developing A Business With A Spotless Reputation.

Throughout his professional career, John Henderson had always dreamed of coming up with that one in a million business idea that he could share and grow with his sons.  After hundreds of hours of research, phone calls, online surfing, devouring business books and, some personal insight from one of his sons, John came up with a strategy for a unique, one of a kind laundry business in 2005.

“I guess you could say we did our due diligence but, we were still going to have to find a bank that could share our passion for starting Liberty Laundry,” related owner John Henderson.  “First National recommended an SBA loan and with their expertise, they worked hand-in-hand with us to go through that process.  I’m not sure another bank would have labored through that to get us started with our first store in Broken Arrow.”

The second location opened just North of 71st and Sheridan in Tulsa and First National has already funded the construction of Liberty Laundry’s newest and third location near Jenks.

The coin operated laundry of yesterday is a glimmer of what Liberty Laundry has built in just eight years.  Go to www.libertylaundryok.com to learn how first class service combined with hometown values and friendliness has made Liberty Laundry into the success story that it is today.

Tulsa Dermatology Clinic, Inc.

Tulsa Dermatology Clinic, IncTulsa Dermatology Clinic, Inc.

Historically, it was said that young boys arrived at the Oklahoma Military Academy (OMA) to live to learn and to learn to live; and they left as young men.  Back in the 1950s, two of these young men graduated from the West Point of the Southwest and later formed a professional relationship that would last more than 35 years.

Our Relationship Is More Than Skin Deep.

They say timing is everything.  Dr. Charles Doran was one of the founding doctors of Tulsa Dermatology Clinic when he reconnected with OMA classmate, Scott Graham, of First National Bank of Broken Arrow.  The bank worked with Doran and the other founding doctors to build their practice on 21st St. in midtown Tulsa.

“For more than 35 years, our relationship with First National has been more like a partnership,” relates Benita Duncan, who manages the business end of this icon of dermatology in Tulsa.  “Every time we have needed to expand or renovate the clinic or, when we expanded to our second location in Claremore, it began with a simple phone call to First National.”

Even though Tulsa Dermatology is located in midtown Tulsa and surrounded by dozens of banks, this long term relationship is summed up very simply by the person who has handled the operations of the clinic from day one.

“Our business is focused on the wellness of our patients,” said Benita “and our banking relationship with First National very simply takes care of the fiscal end of the clinics.”

At Tulsa Dermatology Clinic, you will always be evaluated and treated by a board-certified dermatologist, not a physician assistant or nurse practitioner.  To find out more about the Clinic, go to www.tulsadermatology.com.