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April 21, 2013

People in Business

NORMAN — First Fidelity announces

Lee R. Symcox, president and CEO of First Fidelity Bank, a locally owned full-service community bank, has announced the addition of Veronica Smith as senior vice president, director of loan operations.

Smith brings more than 25 years in banking experience to her new role. Smith will manage all loan processing functions, including application processing, payment processing and other loan client services. She will also be responsible for loan operations policies, procedures, budget and personnel.

Prior to her new position, Smith worked in a number of operations management roles, most recently at Coppermark Bank.

Smith is a graduate of the American Bankers Association’s national commercial lending school, the Oklahoma Bankers Association’s compliance school, and the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

Statewide Mortgate Bankers Association officers

Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association Chair, Debra Still, installed four newly elected statewide officers at the 80th Annual Conference held April 8th- 9th.

The new slate of statewide officers are President, Kent Carter of Citywide Mortgage; 1st Vice President, Julie Griffith of Bank of Oklahoma; 2nd Vice President, Rich Tucker of First Mortgage; and Secretary- Treasurer, Linda Dickerson of Exchange Bank. 

The officers were installed at the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Conference at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City.

More than 300 mortgage professionals attended the conference themed “It is a great time to be in the mortgage business in Oklahoma - Can You See It?”

Conference attendees were welcomed by Mayor Mick Cornett and State Senator Dan Newberry, the Chairman of the Senate Business and Industry Committee.

The conference offered a variety of classes related to the mortgage industry and leadership lectures from four national speakers. 

Top Governor’s Cup business plans recognized

Two University of Oklahoma teams claimed top three places in the 2013 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup.

The Governor’s Cup requires student teams to identify a concept, research the market, write a business plan and present it before a panel of judges. Winning teams emerged from two days of oral competition last weekend at the PHF Conference Center in Oklahoma City.

As a top two finisher, FieldFocus advances to compete in the Tri-State competition next month in Las Vegas. High Growth Undergraduate Division are First place, $20,000: Code Sooq, University of Tulsa; Second place, $10,000: FieldFocus, University of Oklahoma’ and Third place, $5,000: Animal Analytics, University of Oklahoma.

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