The Big Bank with your Community’s Bank Inside
In a recent interview, CEO David Zalman explained the strategy that has led Prosperity Bank to become one of the largest Texas-based banks.
Mr. Zalman, I understand Prosperity Bank is a large bank, but how is that measured?
Zalman: “With 248 banking centers and $18.91 billion in assets as of March 31, 2014, Prosperity is one of the largest Texas-based banks. This does not include F&M Bancorporation and its subsidiary, The F&M Bank & Trust Company, which we acquired on April 1, 2014. As of March 31, 2014, F&M had $2.41 billion in assets and 13 locations in Oklahoma and Texas. Each one of Prosperity’s banking centers offers our customers full-service banking with personal bankers, Prosperity’s ‘Real Bankers,’ who understand and cater to those customers’ financial needs. We offer traditional ‘hands-on banking,’ the kind of banking based on personal relationships that used to be the standard for community banks. In other words, Prosperity provides all of the products and services offered by a big bank, but delivers them at the banking center the way a community, customer-friendly bank serves its customers.” …Read More
Education Key to Helping People Make Smarter Choices About Their Finances
It wasn’t an intimidating question: “What brings you here?” For the rest of the meeting, we casually talked as much about life as we did finances.
Choice Financial Services in Oklahoma City takes a very different approach to financial planning. “Our company’s mission is to help people make smarter choices about their finances, so education, not revenue, is our top priority,” says company founder Lyndon Taylor, RFC, LUTCF. “After we take time to learn how clients got where they are, their core values and their identifiable risks, then we can counsel them. We provide that next level of financial and personal education they need to help build confidence in their retirement planning.” …Read More
Linking Arms to Equip Others With Success
It’s impossible to talk about Teri Aulph without mentioning her desire to see others succeed. Aulph’s highly decorated career easily speaks for itself, but for Aulph, a business consultant, speaker, executive coach and author, all of her awards are just icing on the cake.
“Equipping other people to be successful is my biggest motivator,” she says. And in corporate America, she has done that time and time again.
Working as a strategic corporate consultant since 2009, Aulph says her years spent as a global vice president for Fortune 500 companies have had the strongest influence on her role as a consultant. “I was successful because leaders invested in my growth as an employee,” she says. As a result, teaching others how to invest in human capital has become foundational to her approach. “Without a doubt, a corporation’s greatest resource is always going to be the people who make up the organization.” …Read More
Spirited Culture Underpins Business Success
In an industry of big machines, towering steel and heavy cement, construction workers often feel like footnotes in a much larger story. But to Seanlai M. Cochrane, CEO and chairwoman of Divirsus Construction, LLC, the workers who bring complex blueprints to life aren’t incidental to a project’s success; they’re instrumental.
That is why Cochrane, since taking the helm in 2009, has worked hard to build a culture that nurtures and inspires happy, confident, dedicated employees. The reward …Read More
Law Firm’s Clients Benefit From
Diverse Knowledge Base
Oklahoma-based Fellers Snider, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, may share many of the attributes of a large metropolitan law firm, but it’s not one itself. It only plays big.
“We have the resources of a large firm with the atmosphere of a smaller firm,” says Brent Johnson, president and shareholder. “We offer the benefits of attorneys that can go toe-to-toe with firms in larger metropolitan areas. But we can do it more efficiently, and at a lower cost.” …Read More
Industry Insiders Give Oklahoma Businesses
the Advantage in Corporate Benefits
In the months leading to the opening of the new health insurance marketplace on January 1, 2014, the business world was holding its
By the time open enrollment began, clients of NFP Maschino, Hudelson & Associates (NFP MHA) were ready to hit the ground running. Even in a still-fluid regulatory environment, they had expert support to help make important decisions. They had access to the top-tier Affordable Care Act-compliance resources and teams to ease DOL, IRS and HHS …Read More
Business Consultants Celebrate
10 Years of Solving Challenges
Ten years ago, it was just an idea: Assemble a group of executives with a vision to use their real-world business experiences to help others. Today, The Persimmon Group is celebrating its 10th anniversary and renewing its commitment to the building block of its success: creating tailored solutions full of practical, proven advice and working with customers to implement those solutions.
“At The Persimmon Group, …Read More
Spurring Development in Oklahoma City
Gardner Tanenbaum Holdings has completed approximately 80 projects totaling $500 million. Recent projects include a newly constructed 530,000-square-foot, three-building campus facility for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Chief Executive Officer Richard Tanenbaum says the project that has drawn the most attention, however, is The Montgomery. Gardner Tanenbaum’s renovation and conversion of a circa 1929 Montgomery Ward building into 70 upscale apartments, specialty shops and office space was the first downtown …Read More
Energy to Power the Future
Fleet of foot and highly adaptable, the chaparral bird, commonly called a roadrunner, thrives in harsh desert environments. What better moniker for a company that maintains aggressive, but steady, growth in the often unpredictable oil industry.
“Like our namesake, we too are extremely adaptable,” says Mark Fischer, CEO and co-founder of Chaparral Energy, an independent, Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas exploration company. “We have multiple growth drivers investing heavily in horizontal drilling in two resource plays and in the decades-old process of …Read More
America Needs to Focus on Supporting Businesses to Create Jobs
Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan stated it most accurately: “The best social program is a job.”
And Bob Funk, leader of the largest privately held staffing company in the nation, bears witness to that fact on a daily basis.
Seeing a person find a job is one of Funk’s greatest joys in life. He serves as CEO and chairman of the board for Express Employment Professionals, a fully franchised staffing company that has 675 locations in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under Funk’s leadership, …Read More