Eric Vickers and Kerry Wilhoit, officers at McClain Bank, recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC), a 25-month banking school which provides management and leadership training for community-banking professionals. They were among 176 graduates of the 67th Annual School Session, hosted July 16-28 on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. Eric Vickers currently serves McClain Bank as Senior Vice President/Chief Operations Officer/Cashier and Kerry Wilhoit as Vice President/Loan Officer.
GSBC students are recognized by their bank’s executive team as rising stars in their organizations, and as graduates, often continue to become leaders in their respective organizations. A diploma in banking is widely recognized by the banking industry at large, and is a marker of advanced education which hundreds of bank-industry professionals from around the country accomplish each year.
“Completing the coursework and projects associated with the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado is a great accomplishment for community bankers around the country,” said GSBC President Tim Koch, “Sponsoring organizations and communities should be very proud of the time and effort our graduates expend during their time in the program.”
Graduates receive a diploma upon successfully completing six weeks of classroom training which focuses on the areas of general management and technology, lending, leadership and human-resource management and financial management in banks. Requirements for graduation also include comprehensive examinations, intersession research projects and participation in a bank-management simulation course designed to provide students with experience managing a bank.
Our very own Perry Nemecek, pictured with wife Glenda, was recognized for 50 years in banking at the Oklahoma Bankers Association Convention in Norman on May 24, 2017. Perry started at McClain County National Bank on January 30, 1967, after graduating from East Central State University; and worked full-time for 43 years at the same bank. When Perry began at the Bank, there were only about 12 employees and his first duties in bookkeeping included filing checks and posting loans. As the bank grew, Perry held a number of positions, became a Bank Board of Director and retired as Executive Vice President, Head of Lending in 2010. He has continued to serve on the Audit Committee and the Bank Board of Directors. Perry always led by example… early to arrive, the last to leave, willing to help co-workers and customers, and was very calm, well mannered, respected and trusted by his co-workers and customers. When asked what advice he would give a young professional just entering the banking business, Perry responded, “Find a bank that serves the community, study what they are doing well and talk to the people that do business with that bank.” Great advice, Perry, and congratualtions!
We were notified yesterday that a customer had received a call from someone posing as a bank representative. Our customer did the right thing and did not share any information with the caller. Scammers can easily ‘spoof’ caller ID names and numbers using computer software and will try to impersonate a legitimate business to gain a person’s trust. In this day and age, we all must take precautions when receiving unprompted phone calls.
Please note - at McClain Bank, we would never cold call an individual and tell them that we could refinance their debt or ask for any personal information. Also, we would never call a customer and have them verify their personal information, social security number, etc.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call (405) 527-6503 and speak with one of our Customer Service Representatives.
Donald Neil Sherman (Don) was born in Lexington, OK on July 1, 1935 to May and Neil Sherman. He died on September 24, 2016 at Norman Regional Hospital. Growing up in Purcell, Don graduated from Purcell High School in 1953. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and graduated with a BBA in Finance in1957. At OU he met his wife, Mary. They have been married for fifty-eight years.
Don and Mary lived in Purcell until 1992 when they moved to Norman, their current home. They have a daughter, Elizabeth of Dallas; a son, Donald, and his wife, Carmel, of Purcell and two grandchildren, Katelynne Sherman Yow and husband Mike of Broken Arrow, and Neil Sherman of Tulsa. He is also survived by three nephews, Steve Sherman and his wife, Tracey; James Sherman and his wife, Leslie of South Haven, KS; Scott Angus of St. Louis, MO and a niece, Kristen Best and her husband Steve of Chevy Chase, MD; his brother-in-law Larry Angus and his wife, Gloria of Denver, Co. He was predeceased by his parents, James Neil Sherman and May Mantooth Sherman and his brother, Jim Sherman.
He served on active duty with the United State Army from 1958-60 and again in 1961/62 when his reserve unit was called to active duty due to the construction of the Berlin Wall. A banker for 59 years, Don Sherman was the Chairman of the Board of McClain Bank, a family owned bank, headquartered in Purcell, OK with branches in Norman and Noble. Until his retirement in March of this year, he was CEO.
Don was a Past Member of the Purcell School Board, and a Board Member of the Purcell Hospital, and Past President of the Purcell Chamber of Commerce. He was currently a Trustee of the Norman Regional Hospital Authority and Chaired the Quality and Safety Committee. He was a member of the Sooner Rotary Club, was a past president of the Purcell Rotary Club, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Don is a past president of the Norman Arts Council, Cleveland County YMCA, the Jacobson House Native American Art Center, the OU Alumni Club of Cleveland County, Cleveland County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, Mary Abbott House, Brookhaven Square 3&4 Homeowners Association and Junior Achievement of Oklahoma City He has also served on the Boards of the Neighbor Service Organization of Oklahoma City Board, the Oklahoma Bankers Association and Price College of Business Board of Visitors at the University of Oklahoma, the national Educational Foundation of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He was the Co-Chair of the Lambda Chi Alpha Capital Campaign for Gamma Rho Zeta Chapter at OU and a member of the Sigma Phi Building Corporation. Three different times he was been named the outstanding volunteer at the Cleveland County YMCA, received the OU Regent’s Alumni Award, and received the Order of Merit from Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity which is the highest honor given nationally. Don was a gifted artist whose paintings were vibrant and colorful. He was a lifelong Methodist with memberships in Trinity UMC of Purcell, Bridge View UMC in Norman, and currently a member of McFarlin United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to the OU Foundation, 100 W. Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019 for the Lambda Chi Alpha Don Sherman Brotherhood Scholarship.
Our Online Banking platform has been updated. This new and improved platform employs many new optional widgets as well as a My NetTeller home screen that can be completely personalized. While functionality is the same, we hope you'll enjoy the new look and feel of the site. We are confident you will appreciate the easier navigation. If you'd like more information, please click here for the updated NetTeller Online Banking User Guide. And if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please let us know at (405) 527-6503.
Charlie Sherman, McClain Bank CEO, is pleased to announce that Eric Vickers has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Charlie stated, “Eric has been a key member of the McClain Bank family since he joined us. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience, acquired by working at all locations of the bank. Eric has become the go-to person for operations.”
Eric began working at McClain Bank in June 2002 after graduating from Cushing High School. He excelled in Operations and was promoted to Noble Branch Operations Manager in March 2007. In November 2010, he was moved to the Main Bank in Purcell as Financial/Special Projects Officer. Since 2014, he has served as Vice President/Financial Officer/Cashier.
Eric graduated from OU with an Accounting Degree in 2006. In June 2010, he earned his MBA from the Linkoping University in Sweden.
In his role as COO, Eric will be responsible for managing the Bank’s day-to-day operations as well as initiatives to improve the Bank’s efficiency and enhance customer services, technology and operations.
Charlie Sherman, CEO, is pleased to announce that Kelly Nemecek has been named Branch Manager of the McClain Bank Norman Branch. Charlie stated, “Kelly is an important part of the McClain Bank team. We look for continued growth in the Norman market under his leadership.”
Born in Pauls Valley and raised in Wayne and Purcell, Kelly graduated from Purcell High School in 1984. He is a 1989 graduate of OSU with a Degree in Business, and he completed his MBA from OCU in 2001. His first job was at McClain Bank in the early 1990’s, where he worked for over a year before leaving to work at SMU for 4½ years. Kelly returned to Oklahoma in 1996 and began working as a Loan Officer at McClain Bank. He quickly became an Assistant Vice President, and then a Vice President of the Bank. He now serves as a Senior Vice President and is a member of the Board of Directors. Kelly lives in Norman with his wife, Shandy, and their two children, Ryder and Rowan.
When asked why he selected a career in banking, Kelly answered, “There has been a Nemecek working at McClain Bank since 1966, when my father Perry came to work here. Having a first-hand view of what could be accomplished in banking, within our area, was a big motivating factor for me to work here also.”
Kelly is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma (Class XXIII), Leadership Mid-America, and the Oklahoma Banker’s Association’s Leadership & Management Development Program (Class I). Currently, he is serving as an Advisory Board Member for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, and is a member of the OBA’s Agricultural Committee. Kelly is also a member of the Norman Sooner Rotary Club.
When asked what he considered the best part of banking, he said, “For me it is establishing relationships with our customers and trying to help them realize their dreams, whether that’s someone owning their own business, buying some land, or buying a new vehicle. Banking is a great career field.”
In his new role as Branch Manager, Kelly will be responsible for developing and enhancing new and existing banking relationships for business and personal customers in the Norman area. Additionally, he is responsible for coaching, educating and mentoring employees and serving as the senior lender in the branch. Kelly will continue to provide service to his existing customers and can be reached at (405) 527-1579.
Charles Sherman, President of McClain Bank, proudly announces the promotion of four individuals – Kathy Wollenberg to Vice President, Kerry Wilhoit to Vice President, Stephanie Gentry to Assistant Cashier and Eric Selby to Marketing Officer.
Kathy Wollenberg began working as the Bank’s Mortgage Loan Department receptionist in October 1992. She later worked in post-closing, loan processing, loan underwriting and in 2008 was promoted to Assistant Vice President. Kathy continued to work in the mortgage department until January 2016 when she was relocated to Purcell to work in Loan Administration within the Loan Department.
Kathy is a graduate of Purcell High School and is a member of Kiwanis and the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women. Kathy and her husband Paul, who is a Teacher and Coach at Purcell Schools, live in Purcell, along with their two daughters, Macey and Cady.
Kerry Wilhoit began his career with McClain Bank in 2008 and has most recently worked in the Lending Department as a Loan Officer. In his role as such, Wilhoit is responsible for serving the financial needs of new and existing customers by collecting and analyzing customer financial information and providing recommendations as to which loan products best fits the customer’s needs. He will also be responsible for continued business development.
Wilhoit graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the Oklahoma Bankers Association’s Consumer Lending School, Leadership Academy and Intermediate Banking School. Kerry completed Leadership Norman and was a member of Tomorrow’s Leaders sponsored by Norman Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved in several civic and community organizations including past President of The Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce and past board member of Mary Abbot Children’s House. Wilhoit is currently the President of the Purcell Public School Foundation and a board member of the Purcell Rotary Club. He lives in Purcell with his wife, Sharie and their two children, Klaire and Karter.
Stephanie Gentry began working at McClain Bank in May 2006, as a teller. In 2008, she was moved to the Bookkeeping department. Her duties involve an array of bookkeeping services and administrative reporting for the Bank, as well as ACH and other customer service responsibilities. Stephanie is chair of the Bank’s Wellness Committee, a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Mid America, and also chaired the Heart of Oklahoma Relay For Life for two consecutive years.
Stephanie is a graduate of Lexington High School. She lives in Purcell with her husband Gary, who works in Sales and Finance at Floyd’s RVs in Goldsby, and their fur baby Cash.
Eric Selby began working at McClain County National Bank in August of 1995 while still in High School and continued after graduation. Eric has worked in many areas of the bank, including Teller, New Accounts/Customer Service, Bookkeeping, Proof, Loan Processing/Filing, and ATM maintenance. In 2010, his duties began to focus more on advertising and promotional items. He also oversaw the McClain Bank website revision and launch in 2015. In his role as Marketing Officer, Eric will concentrate on the Bank’s image and branding, customer needs and community involvement.
The ATMs at United in Purcell and both the Norman & Noble branches have been upgraded to be EMV Chip Card compatible. You'll notice the transaction process has changed somewhat. Most notably, once inserted in the card reader, the ATM will now hold your card for the duration of your transaction(s). Don't forget to answer "NO" when asked if you would like to complete another transaction so that your card will be returned. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 405.527.6503.
After months of work and planning, we are proud to finally release our new website. We’re so glad you’ve decided to stop in and check it out. Our goal was for this website to be an extension of our brick and mortar locations – being homegrown, hometown and home proud. We hope you agree.
From the beginning, our plan was not only to address much needed updates, but also make our website easier to navigate and much more useful to our customers! One aspect we're especially proud of is that it adapts to whatever device you use to access it, be that a desktop, tablet or smartphone. You'll also find numerous responsive links for phone numbers and email addresses. In addition, we've added some new features that we hope you will both enjoy and find beneficial, such as:
So browse around and see what you think. We have lots of further enhancements we're also working on; like an archives section with more Bank history and stories; a Kids page with games, contests, and learning activities; and much more, so check back often. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please feel free to let us know. You can call us at 405.527.6503 or email the website administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you!