By Jeff Harrison
FNB Community Bank celebrated its 80th anniversary last week along with longtime friends, customers, and employees.
The community bank hosted a large celebration June 22 at their main branch, 2911 S. Air Depot Blvd. in Midwest City. Guests enjoyed 80th anniversary items, hot dogs, snow cones, balloons animals and more.
The Midwest City Chamber of Commerce, Midwest City Mayor Matt Dukes, and State Rep. Robert Manger presented FNB Community and the Croak family with proclamations.
The bank, originally known as American State Bank, opened on June 22, 1943, at 101 E. Atkinson Plaza in Midwest City. The Croak family purchased the American State Bank in April of 1954.
The bank was renamed First National Bank of Midwest City in 1962. The name changed again in 1998 when the “of Midwest City” was dropped to reflect their expanding presence in Eastern Oklahoma County. On December 31, 2012, the bank continued its growth with a conversion back to a state-chartered institution named FNB Community Bank.
Under the Croak family’s leadership, FNB Community Bank has established itself as a traditional community bank with the business philosophy “Oklahomans doing business with Oklahomans.”
“It’s an honor to serve the Mid-Del community as well as the growing communities of eastern Oklahoma County and northern Cleveland County as well as Tinker Air Force Base, which is the reason why we are here,” said William H. Croak, Bank President & CEO. “We’ve had a lot of very loyal, longtime customers as well as longtime employees which help make a community bank, like ours, what it is today.”
William H. Croak said FNB Community Bank continues to adapt to changing technology in the banking industry. He said they provide customers with electronic banking, debit cards, smartphone applications and more.
“We provide our customers with all of the same products and services that the biggest banks in our country have,” he said.
The Croak family is active in the daily management of the bank. Henry Croak served as Board Chairman and CEO and passed away in April of 1995. The bank’s current Board Chairman, Robert H. Croak, his sons, Bank President, William H. “Bill” Croak and Executive Vice President John R. Croak remain active in daily management of FNB. Two of Henry Croak’s great-grandchildren, Kyle W. Croak and Julie (Croak) Waddle are fourth-generation family members to work at FNB.