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Business and People Notes March 2018



Mabrey Bank announces that Bill Thomas has been elected to the board of directors of Mabrey Bancorporation, the holding company for Mabrey Bank. Thomas joins Andy Johnson and Terry Carter.

“I am honored to serve on the board of a bank that is thriving and provides high-quality financial services to its clients, all while supporting the community in meaningful ways,” says Thomas. “I have enjoyed watching Mabrey soar to new levels over the last few years and am honored to be a part of this great team.”

Bill and his brother Bob co-founded Gemini Properties, a real estate operating and investment company, in 1976. The company’s focus evolved toward senior housing in 1989 with the founding of Senior Star. Today, Senior Star provides independent living, assisted living and memory support across six Midwestern states with over 2,000 residents.

Bill currently serves on boards of trustees for the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), the National Alzheimer’s Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Sooner Chapter, Philbrook Museum of Art, and the University of Tulsa.  Bill earlier served as board chair for ASHA, Philbrook Museum of Art, as well as Tulsa Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the nation during his tenure. Bill co-chaired the Tulsa Area United way campaign and served as co-chair of its board. He also co-chaired two LIFE Senior Services capital campaigns, providing capital to build three state-of-the-art adult day centers.

Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors selected immediate past president of the association Axay Parekh the 2017 Realtor of the Year. Parekh is the operating partner at RE/MAX Life in South Tulsa and is an industry leader and breakout speaker who has spoken about real estate issues at industry meetings throughout Oklahoma and the U.S.

Parekh served as the 2017 president of the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors and led the 4,000-member organization as it increased its membership in 2017 and helped oversee the implementation of new electronic keybox systems designed to increase safety for the consumer and the real estate professionals in the market. Parekh also served on the Oklahoma Association of Realtors Executive team in 2017 and served as the chairman of the Emerging Business Issues and blockchains.

Parekh is a member of the prestigious Council of Residential Specialists and carries the designation of Accredited Buyer Representative, Certified Owner Representative, EPro, and Internet Marketing Specialist along with completion of the At Home with Diversity. Parekh speaks regularly to both local, and national audiences on marketing, social media, technology and real estate industry issues.

Parekh currently serves on the board of directors at the National Association of Realtors, Oklahoma Association of Realtors, Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors and MLS Technology.

Andrew Marshall has joined the First National Bank of Broken Arrow as vice president-commercial lender.

A graduate of Oral Roberts University, Marshall began his financial services industry career in 2006 at American Heritage Bank. From there, he moved to Arvest Bank where he served as a credit analyst II and in 2009 as a loaned executive to the Tulsa Area United Way, helping that organization surpass its $24 million goal.  In 2011, he joined Regent Bank, initially serving as assistant vice president, senior credit analyst and most recently as vice president, commercial lender.

Marshall says he was drawn to First National Bank of Broken Arrow “because of the reputation of the institution in general and its chairman (Greg Graham) and president (Mark Poole) in particular.

“I have been given a chance to help this bank grow and make a significant difference in the community. I am looking forward to making the most of this opportunity,” he says.

Gregory Graham, chairman and chief executive officer, says he is especially pleased that Marshall accepted the invitation to join the bank’s leadership team.

“Andrew has an outstanding record of accomplishments within the financial services industry and brings to our bank considerable experience in the commercial lending area along with a solid commitment to provide the highest level of service to our customer base,” he says.

First National opened its doors in 1902 in what is now downtown Broken Arrow. In more than 115 years of providing trusted banking services to the community, only four chairmen have headed the institution.

Brainerd Chemical Chairman and Owner Mathew Brainerd was recently appointed to the Surface Transportation Board Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC). He will serve a three-year term.

RSTAC advises Congress, the secretary of transportation and the Surface Transportation Board on regulatory and legislative matters affecting small shippers and railroads. The council focuses on rail-car supply, rates, competition and procedures for addressing claims.

“When industry and government work together, it increases safety and efficiency for everyone,” Brainerd says. “Serving on RSTAC affords me the opportunity to represent small businesses and their rail transportation interests.”

Brainerd has worked for nearly 40 years to expand his company’s product line into new markets. His leadership helped transform Brainerd Chemical from a local chemical supplier to a major regional supplier and distributor.

He is a past chairman of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) Board of Directors, where he worked within legislative and regulatory processes in the chemical industry to promote safety and environmental protection.

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin and the NACD recommended Brainerd for the position.

Elyse Mullins has been promoted to the position of bank officer by the First National Bank & Trust Co. of Broken Arrow.

Mullins joined First National of Broken Arrow as commercial client services coordinator in January 2015 after helping initiate and grow a similar position at Tulsa’s F&M Bank. In her new position, she will retain her present duties while becoming more involved in the bank’s internal reporting system.

Mullins points with pride that she is a 100 percent hometown girl and a product of Broken Arrow Public Schools. She went to elementary school at Wolf Creek, was in the first 8th grade class at the newly opened Oliver Middle School, attended South Intermediate and graduated from Broken Arrow High School.

“Today, I’m working with many of the kids I attended classes with by helping introduce them to the array of new commercial products and services we continue to roll out,” she says.

Bank Chairman and CEO Gregory Graham said that is a job Mullins is doing exceptionally well.

“In the short time she has been with us, Elyse has proven herself to be a real asset to this organization and our customers. We are delighted to recognize her accomplishments and give her an opportunity to expand the horizons of her career,” he says.

Updated 03-19-2018

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