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January 26, 2014

Bank promotes five, adds board member

NOBLE — First State Bank has promoted five employees and named one longtime employee to the bank’s board of directors, CEO and Board Chairman Kim King has announced.

Promotions were announced for Allyson Halsey, Sheila Bryant, Melissa Mallory, Erin M. Harmon and Stacey Steffes. Karen Cochran was named to the bank’s board of directors.

First State Bank, established in Noble in 1902, is Cleveland County’s oldest bank. The Norman branch, 1600 W. Lindsey St., opened in 2002.

“First State Bank is unique in that we hold the distinction of being the only bank founded in Cleveland County to surpass the century mark in continuous, uninterrupted service to our customers and our community,” King said. “We are pleased to state that we are well over 100 years old … and growing.”

Cochran, a First State vice president, joined the FSB staff as a part-time teller in 1987 and has steadily moved up the ranks during her 27-year banking career. Those positions have included drive-thru teller, loan teller, loan services representative, internal control officer/auditor and, in 2007, Bank Secrecy Act officer, auditor and bookkeeping supervisor.

In February, Cochran was promoted to vice president with responsibilities that include BSA officer, Office of Foreign Assets Control officer, internal control officer, customer service supervisor and proof supervisor.

Originally from Las Vegas, Cochran’s family moved to Norman when she was in kindergarten and then to Noble when she was an eighth-grade student. After graduating from Noble High School and while attending the University of Oklahoma, she began her banking career.

She continues her education and certification in the banking industry by attending both required and optional courses.

“Karen Cochran reflects our philosophy of genuinely caring about our staff members and our customers. She relates very well to people in every circumstance. She is not only a highly proficient and professional banker, she is also a friendly and caring individual who thrives on helping others,” King said.

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