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FNB Community Bank employee celebrates 50 years

Cheryl Ritterskamp is celebrating 50 years with FNB Community Bank in Midwest City. Photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

Cheryl Ritterskamp didn’t know what she wanted to do after high school.

She briefly attended Rose State College but quickly realized it wasn’t for her.

“I really did not like college, I was more of a social person,” she said.

Her father later helped her get a part-time job at FNB Community Bank in Midwest City. She was hired in the proof department where she checked individual deposit splips. Her first day was Aug. 30, 1972.

Little did she know, it would become much more than part-time work.

Ritterskamp has worked her way through the ranks of FNB Community Bank. This week, she celebrates 50 years with the community bank.

“This bank and the Croak family have been really good to me,” she said. “And I’m not ready to retire. If you like what you’re doing then why stop?”

Ritterskamp currently works as a personal banking officer. She also serves as vice president and assistant branch manager.

John Croak, executive vice president at FNB Community Bank, said Ritterskamp is an outstanding employee and person. He said he admires her dedication to family and the bank, and the ability to balance both.

“For Cheryl, I really think it’s been a beautiful life,” he said. “She’s built lifelong relationships between her and the customers and employees here. And she’s a fun person to be around. She’ll lighten the mood from time to time.”

Building relationships is Ritterskamp’s favorite part of her job. She enjoys helping customers with their lending needs. That sometimes means providing advice to a customer before approving a loan.

“You have to say no sometimes, but I always tell people how to restructure things and what they need to do to get approved,” she said. “If they listen and come back in then we can get them the loan.

Helping people like that makes my heart pitter patter.”

Ritterskamp started at the bank in the proof department in 1972. From there she advanced to a full-time position in the imprinting department through 1973-1974 when FNB printed their own checks.

In 1975 she moved upstairs as a credit clerk and then was promoted to the loan department. She began her tenure as a Loan Secretary then moved on to the position of Administrative Assistant helping customers with their loan needs.

In 1994, she was named a consumer loan officer and promoted to her current position as personal banking officer in March of 1995. She was promoted to vice president in 2007. Currently, she also serves as an assistant branch manager.

During her time with the bank, Ritterskamp has seen big changes in the banking industry and the role of women in the workplace. When she started with the bank, women were required to wear dresses every day. That policy slowly relaxed to pantsuits and pants.

“We couldn’t wear pants and had to wear pantyhose every day,” she said. “They started to relax that in the 1970s and 80s and recognized women more in the business place.”

Ritterskamp also remembered when the bank received its first computer system in the late 1970s. She and other employees received training at the Mid-Del Technology Center.

“I remember going to computer school over there. It was crazy and everything was so different,” she said.

Ritterskamp said she admires the bank’s role in the community. The Croak family and bank leadership encourage their employees to be involved in the community. They also donate to numerous local organizations and charities.

“They’re good to their people and to the community,” Ritterskamp said. “It makes you feel good working for a company like that.”
She was a member of the Junior Service League of Midwest City for several years. She also graduated from the Midwest City Citizens Police Academy, Leadership Midwest City through the Chamber of Commerce.

She and her husband John live in Midwest City and have two children, Nicole and Hunter, and three grandchildren.

Cheryl Ritterskamp is celebrating 50 years with FNB Community Bank in Midwest City. Photo by Jeff Harrison

 

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