LI FE S T Y LE & R E AL E S TAT E OKLAHOMAâ€¢ EDITION 15
CONTENTS Issue No. 15
10 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE
For 20 years, Jan Peery has been working to save victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Her story is one of heartbreak, triumph, inspiration and perseverance.
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The real estate market in Oklahoma is complicated and ever-changing. We’ve assembled six of our state’s best and brightest real estate professionals to share their insights and expert analysis.
PROFILE: JOEY ROOT How one bold entrepreneur took his visionary banking concept from dream to reality – with a short stop in a trailer or two along the way.
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Explore the sights, sounds and beautiful culture of Halong Bay through the eyes of one sweet Oklahoma family as they adventure their way around the world.
TRAVEL: HALONG BAY - VIETNAM
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Randy Sudderth’s uncanny ability to see the future of Oklahoma City real estate has made him a person of interest to the savviest among us. What makes him tick? Passion, perfection and integrity.
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WHAT WE LOVE A Note from the Publisher Synergy. It’s a concept we love, here at Luxiere. We believe in the power of sharing the stories of extraordinary Oklahomans doing remarkable things. Those stories are important to us because they inspire others, and they remind us how crucial it is to cultivate an atmosphere of positive action and kindness. When I founded Luxiere, it was that very idea that excited me. Oklahomans are brilliant, strong, thoughtful, resilient, imaginative, caring people. As each issue was released, our niche became clear. It’s you. Your businesses, your causes, your passions and your spectacular, life-changing stories make Luxiere shine. Each issue, through our collaboration with Crossfirst Bank and Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business, we bring you a Woman of Influence. Our roster has included brilliant women from many walks of life, each of whom exemplifies what is best about Oklahoma. This issue is no exception. Jan Peery is the CEO of Oklahoma City’s YWCA. Her story is one of grace and fierce tenacity. She has spent the last 20 years fighting for women who arguably cannot fight for themselves, and during that time she has experienced the worst loss a parent can endure, and yet she perseveres. Perhaps you will be inspired by
her determination to celebrate even the tiniest victories, as often as she can. Joey Root’s bold vision began when he decided that banking could – and should – be customercentric. As he shares is story on page 31, we feel certain you’ll be as inspired as we were. We’ll also take you far away from Oklahoma, through the eyes of entrepreneur Nicole Bisby Daadaoui and her beautiful family as they explore Vietnam. The images are mystical, haunting and beautiful. Our local features include an interview with prominent REALTORS®, who specialize in distinct niches and whose perspective we found fascinating. Here’s to 2018! May it find you energized and inspired, and determined to celebrate no matter what the fates throw our way. Sincerely,
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WOMAN OF INFLUENCE The phone rings in the lobby of YWCA Oklahoma City. As the receptionist, a cheerful woman with a bright smile, picks up, her expression becomes focused, serious. A woman’s frantic voice can be heard. Her words are indistinguishable but her tone is crystal clear. This is a woman in crisis, screaming for help, as countless women have done before her and as countless more will undoubtedly do unless we change the way we think about domestic and sexual abuse. For twenty years, Jan Peery has worked tirelessly, day in and day out, to correct the public perception of domestic abuse and sexual assault, and to help the victims of both recover and regain their lives. “What I want people to know is that these are not ‘women’s issues.’ These are business issues. Domestic violence in particular has a $15 billon economic impact, due to things like lost productivity. One in four women will be abused. Period. That means that odds are good you know a woman (or man) in an abusive crisis. Unless you know how to spot the signs, you may never know who she is because she’s probably great at hiding it. But there may be recognizable clues. “Does her spouse berate her publicly? Is she separated from her family? Is her spouse cruel to animals? These are signs. Don’t walk away. A great way to offer help is to give her the number to the statewide safety hotline,” Peery says. Not all domestic or sexual abusers are men, and men are frequently victims, too. Most men are not abusers, however most abusers are men. “Domestic violence is about power and control,” Peery says. “It isn’t about anger management, if that were the case, batterers would also beat up the boss, or anyone else who made them angry. It’s mostly a learned behavior.”
She goes on, “We blame the victim. She shouldn’t have been there. She shouldn’t have worn that. She should just leave. But think about the mechanics of domestic abuse. Abusers isolate their victims and restrict their access to resources like cash. Often the victims worry about child custody. Many don’t work or have lost jobs because of absenteeism. The car is in his name. She has no assets.” Further, victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse are often mentally fragile as a result. “Many victims, 74 percent in fact, suffer from PTSD. Combat veterans suffer from PTSD at a rate of 31 percent,” Peery says. “Accountability has got to fall on the perpetrator, not on the victim.” The YWCA has two goals: safety and hope. Women who find their way to its shelter receive 24/7 care, as do their children. Most women who come to the YWCA stay 30-45 days. The shelter is always full, averaging 60 to 90 women and children at any given time. All YWCA staffers go through trauma-focused training, and Peery encourages them to celebrate what they can, as often as possible. “We have to find the things we can celebrate every day, no matter how tiny. I am celebrating the women’s movements happening right now. The more people talk about violence against women, the more victims will tell someone they need help.” One new development Peery finds hopeful is a collaborative effort called Palomar. “Palomar Family Justice Center is a co-location of services. DHS, Legal Aid and about 28 other partners,” Peery says. Its establishment was a massive community effort, and Peery credits Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty and Palomar President and CEO Kim Garrett with bringing such a huge community resource to life. At Palomar, located at NW 11th and Hudson in downtown Oklahoma City, victims can gather the resources they need to become empowered, to escape dangerous situations and to heal. Among other services, Palomar partner agencies will help a
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survivor develop a personal safety plan, file a Victim Protective Order, file a police report, get into emergency housing, relocate if necessary or desired, find legal help, medical services, counseling and even a computer lab for researching jobs and printing crucial documents. “One of the most important things Palomar offers is that there is staff there who will help a victim file a VPO and attend hearings right alongside her. Just having someone standing next to them, having an advocate, can make a huge difference for victims,” she says. That Jan Peery continues her fight, and works every day to find small celebrations seems like a miracle. Her son, Chad Peery, was by any measure a hero. An Oklahoma City Police Officer, Peery was brutally beaten and left paralyzed by three men at a bar. He was there with his dad, and a bartender asked him for help in removing the men, who were causing trouble. They then assaulted him, nearly killing him. He was left paralyzed, but undefeated, and he fought to regain his health. Heartbreakingly, Chad was killed in a car crash just a few years later. What Peery has since realized is that her son’s brutal beating and resultant paralysis were, in fact, partly the result of a statistic she is intimately familiar with. Two of the three men were domestic abusers themselves; one had been incarcerated until only weeks before. “Never did I think that my field would intersect with my family in this way,” she said.
H O W C A N YO U H E L P E N D D O M E S T I C V I O L E N C E A N D S E X UA L A B U S E ? When you see someone you think may need help, offer help: YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline: 405-917-9922 YWCA Sexual Assault Hotline: 405-943-7273 Oklahoma State Safeline: 800-522-7233 Lobby your legislators: Peery is especially interested in passing VESSA in Oklahoma. The Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act offers victims of domestic violence up to two weeks of unpaid leave to use to seek help, move, receive medical care, etc., without fear of losing her job. Oklahoma has had the opportunity to pass it but has not yet.
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HALONG BAY VIETNAM
By Josh Welch
P H OTO S & S TO RY BY:
Nicole Bisby Daadaoui
arved by dragons, Halong Bay’s breathtaking rock formation and green slopes, a UNESCO World Natural
Heritage Site, were more than we could have imagined. Having spent nearly a week in the rich and bustling city of Hanoi, we were craving a slower pace. Something far away from the tsunami of motorbikes and the cacophony of noise of the big city. After what seemed like a day’s worth of travel on bumpy roads and hectic traffic to Vietnam’s northwestern coastal region, we were met by mist and kind faces. There is something to be said for a nation full of nice people, rarely would anyone pass by without smiling at our son or reaching out to grab his little hands. Truth be told, we had no idea what to expect when we arrived. Vietnam was our backup plan, our just-in-case trip if the Balinese volcano erupted - we never really thought it would happen, but there we were stepping into a new adventure.
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The morning came fast and we were met by a charming woman with a golf cart ready to whisk us away to the port. If you can envision the boat on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” coupled with the wagon from “Vegas Vacation” you’re right on target. But this baby was sound and sturdy as a rock. We set off with a push and were almost immediately overtaken by the surreal archipelago. Halong literally means “descending dragon” originating from the ancient legend of dragons. As it goes, the Mother Dragon and her children descended to earth to aid the Vietnamese people in war. After a successful victory the dragons left behind a wall of emeralds to protect the people, late, as legend has it, they turned into islands of all different shapes and sizes. Your vision is overwhelmed at first trying to take it all in. The green slopes and little islands spout out from nowhere, some sharp and pointed, others flat and rocky, some covered in moss and plants. Our favorite island excursion was on a very shaky rowboat. We arrived on our chariot of the sea to a floating dock filled with tourists. Our guide, skilled in the art of lines, prompted us to run to the lifejackets to ensure we were first out in the rowboat. Have I mention we had our 15-monthold with us, he loved the rush and breeze of fresh sea air. We trudged through the pile of wet life jackets and pulled out a few that would work, Malik’s was quite a hilarious fit on his baby body, and we hastily crawled into the rowboat. Our guide knew what she was doing, no more than four minutes passed and we were inside Luon Cave, cliffs shooting up to the sky out of the pure and serene steel water at every corner. Once inside you feel transported to a new world, overtaken by beauty and calm. Then, you meet the monkeys. This part was almost too much to handle for our son, who, once he saw them, nearly tipped the boat over from pure excitement. After tossing bananas and parting ways with our new friends we were back in the center of the lake, all to ourselves, soaking it all in. There is no wonder why Halong Bay has been named a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site and also one of the world’s greatest natural wonders!
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What an adventure we had, and what wonderful memories were made.
- Nicole Bisby Daadaoui
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Wyatt Poindexter, The Wyatt Poindexter Group. A 21-year veteran of the real estate industry whose name is synonymous with luxury, Poindexter got his start helping his father, also a REALTOR. “My father had me make 100 phone calls a day directly from the phone book. I did this for two years and hated it... My father told me to try and go after luxury homes. He had never dealt with luxury homes and told me how difficult it would be,” Poindexter says.
He soon found out about a luxury home that might be coming on the market. “I called the seller for days and even left letters on his front door. I finally harassed him long enough to get him to interview me. I then told him I would do it for free if he signed with me right then. He laughed and then agreed. I maxed out my $2,500 limit on my credit card to market his house. I sold it in under a month to my own buyer.” At closing, Poindexter’s client was so happy he paid him the full commission. From that one initial listing, Poindexter generated more than 60 future listings, and a career was launched. As his career has grown exponentially, so has his expertise. “Marketing and selling Oklahoma luxury homes
goes beyond being just expensive or big. It represents someone’s personal tastes, preferences and lifestyle. I have sold homes with indoor pools, rock climbing walls, bowling alleys, indoor archery ranges, indoor slides, and so on. I love the creativity of luxury homeowners. They are masterful at integrating their hobbies within their personal homes.” As his clientele continues to grow, he has noticed distinct trends emerging. “I see the Millennials buying more homes, and not just starter homes. They will also be the driving force behind the new design trends for homes. I am not an interior designer, but buyers are leaning toward lighter-colored, wide-plank wood floors, open floor plans, bright color schemes, and wallpapers. The Old World look is completely dead.” His take on the market for 2018? He forecasts a strong market. “The low cost of real estate and living has always been great for Oklahoma. The inventory is expected to increase and the price appreciation expected to slow down. I feel 2018 will be a great year for real estate in Oklahoma.”
WYATT POINDEXTER THE WYATT POINDEXTER GROUP
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Brad Reeser, Broker/Associate, Keller Williams of Central Oklahoma. Reeser’s career, specializing in Edmond real estate, began on Oct. 1, 1982, and like the man himself, the start of his career was straightforward and direct. “My parents were in the real estate business. My mom said she thought it was a good fit for me, and moms are rarely wrong,” he says, with a chuckle.
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This is a man who has seen the Oklahoma real estate market do it all, and this longevity enables him to take a somewhat philosophical view of his industry. “Right now, there is an excellent opportunity for people to move up within the luxury home market. As the oil business goes, so goes the real estate market. Our business suffered from the downturn in oil prices in the last couple of years, but we are beginning to see the market pick up,” he says.
When Reeser begins to talk about the market he has focused on for the entirety of his career, Edmond, it is clear that this man knows his market in depth. He is equal parts economist, philosopher and cheerleader. “People move to Edmond for so many reasons,” he says. “The school system is top-ranked. Since 1957, Edmond has never voted down a schools bond issue. Education is valued here. Of our citizens over the age of 25, more than 50 percent hold at least a bachelor’s degree. This is also a safe city. The FBI ranked Edmond as one of the safest communities in the United States.” Add to that the shopping, restaurants, more than a dozen public parks, two public golf courses, a public tennis center, a new, $23 million YMCA and the easy proximity to Oklahoma City, and as Reeser says, “Edmond is a no-brainer.”
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Kayla Baker, co-founder, Northline Development. Baker began her career with one property in the robust South of St. Anthony (SoSA) district in Midtown Oklahoma City. “I began selling real estate 10 years ago. I found myself always oohing and aahing over modern architecture when I traveled. Then, I realized that we didn’t have but a handful of modern homes in Oklahoma City, so I tried to get builders and developers to build modern homes downtown but everyone said I was crazy,” she explains. She purchased her first home (which was dilapidated) in SoSA six years ago for $12,000. That lot is now worth $300,000. “Long story short, after not being able to get the finished product that I wanted, my partner and I started a company called Northline Development. After finishing what is currently
under construction, we’ll have built 22 homes.” Baker attributes the sustained enthusiasm for modern, streamlined design to its beauty and utility. “It’s inspiring. It makes living simpler. Everything has a place and purpose. The west coast has had this style for many years, now it’s our time to embrace it! Oklahoma City is a booming city with many new restaurants and developments which helps the overall market.” She feels that modern design and a shift in lifestyle have converged to create a unique circumstance. “People are wanting to simplify their lives by downsizing and moving inward. It gives them a better quality of life and freedom to travel more frequently. I don’t foresee it slowing down anytime soon. The low cost of living, our economy, and all the developments that are in the works are all making more and more people want to live in Downtown OKC.”
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Joy Baresel, Luxury REALTOR, Joy Home Team at Verbode has become a leader in historic luxury living. She has been a REALTOR for three years, and explains how she got her start, “I began working in the industry prior to that, rehabbing homes. I purchased my first property in 2012 and it was pure obsession from there on out. I adored the whole process, restoring a dwelling, finding the buyer, negotiating the deal. Then, as I would sell the houses, with multiple offers, buyers would be asking me for more.”
coveted for their soulful beauty. They were built with great skill and care: imported materials, hand-carved balustrades, plaster-casted moldings, coffered ceilings, windows with waved glass. History is inside of them and history has a feeling,” she says. “Many of these homes have been updated with contemporary amenities as well, and those that have are more desired. One property that I sold last month was geothermal, that is difficult to find in even a “modern” home.”
Baresel, a natural, responded to them with, “sure, I can find you another.” Eventually she had to push pause. “My husband Paul stopped me and said, “I know you are loving this, but you need to stop a moment and get licensed to help these people.” I sadly referred my new listing “clients” and took the licensing exam.” And the rest is history, or should we say, her-story.
She sees the confluence of several trends as the driver behind the luxury historic home market. “Community is important, wanting to be a part of a place and a people, not just to walk into your house and forget your neighbors. Equally important is walkability, being in close proximity to the things you love. Third is high design. Beautifully-designed, thoughtful spaces with pure, real materials. The whole “bigger is better” thing is over. There are properties downtown that are very small selling for 300+ a square foot.”
Historic luxury speaks to her. Baresel is a third-generation Oklahoman. Her great-grandparents were homesteaders. “The luxury homes in historic neighborhoods near downtown are
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Kathy & Steve Griffith, Broker and Owners of Prime Realty Luxury Homes a division of Prime Realty, Inc. Like many in the business, Kathy comes from a real estate family. Her parents had been in real estate for a generation before she took the plunge. Licensed in 1998, and Broker since 2006.
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Her father Norman Bewley retired from the United States Navy in 1974, and he and his wife Rose Ann moved the family back to Moore, where they began a 40-year real estate career. After years of prodding, Kathy, finally relented and joined the firm in 1998 and as she puts it, “instantly fell in love with the wonderfully interesting, rewarding and thought-provoking world of real estate.” After Norm’s passing in 2013 and a health scare later that year, Kathy’s husband Steve semi-retired from the car business to join Kathy fill time in real estate. Together they partner with 10 other dedicated Realtors who make up Prime Realty, Inc. The south side of Oklahoma City boasts a booming luxury home market, and Griffith is a key marketer of such homes. It’s quite simple. “The main draw for South OKC is our award-winning school system. Moore schools have been highly sought after for several generations with three high schools, five junior high schools and 24 elementary schools. Plus two Moore/Norman VoTech campuses, Mid America
Jennifer Kragh, REALTOR, Dwell Urban Real Estate. With an emphasis in Oklahoma City’s Urban Core and Downtown, Kragh has been in real estate for two years. “I grew up in a small Oklahoma town. Trips to Lawton were going to a big town. My mom used to take me to a couple of special places there, and both happened to be in 1930s Tudor-style homes converted into businesses: “Annie’s” for lunch and a doll store. To this day, I can still be right there sitting in Annie’s for lunch with my potato soup or walking room to room in the doll store… I loved stories and history from a really young age, so I found the Tudors to be magical. They were the root of my love for historical homes. ” Fast forward a few years and when she was 12 or 13, Kragh recalls watching Robin Leach profile a real estate mogul who’d started investing in real estate with one little house. “I was intrigued and honestly would fantasize about someday fixing up my little hometown,” she says. College and grad school took her into a profession that focused heavily on communication and helping people, much like real estate: speech-language pathology (SLP). After a 20-year career as a speech-language pathologist, during which time she satisfied her real estate passion by living in old houses and historic neighborhoods, one of
Christian University, Oklahoma City Community College, Platt College, and a very close proximity to the University of Oklahoma,” she says. Those are the tangible benefits, but in real estate the intangibles can be just as important, and Griffith is quick to explain those as well. “First and foremost is the friendliness of the residents of South Oklahoma City. Due to the natural disasters that this community has experienced, residents have a close connection to each other. Neighbors have often been each other’s ‘first responders.’ That shared experience has strengthened their bonds. Second is the space. South Oklahoma City may have seen a fairly recent surge in growth, but we still enjoy many open spaces, elbow room between neighbors, and spacious lots. Third is the ease of commute to downtown, Norman, TriCity area or rural SE Oklahoma City is just minutes away. Amenities like Greenbriar YMCA, and services such as high quality hair salons, fitness centers, boutique shops, coffee shops and restaurants all help to foster a sense of community and belonging.” W W W. P R I M E R E A LT Y L U X U R Y H O M E S . C O M
which just so happened to be a 1930s Tudor, Kragh knew it was time to revisit her passion. “I launched my real estate career in February, 2017, with Dwell Urban Real Estate which is a boutique agency in Midtown. I get to office in a 1905 farm house at the edge of Heritage Hills and spend my most of my days in the Urban Core and Downtown OKC. Whether it be first homes, investment properties, or a second home in the city, I get to help people meet their goals and make them happy. And I get to support local business by shopping or eating in their old renovated spaces. I’ve even found potato soup I love in Midtown. So it feels like full circle and really what my history and passions have led me to do.” Kragh is a fierce marketer of Urban Core homes and Downtown condos because it’s a lifestyle she believes in and knows well, as a resident of Heritage Hills. “When I moved to Oklahoma City 15 years ago, my uncle Joe told me he could never live in the “rat race” of a city. My experience with Urban Living is just the opposite of that perception. In fact, it’s much like the experience I had growing up in a small town. The Urban Core is full of local businesses. I have relationships with the people who own and work at the places I go. I know that my patronage directly supports their families, and in turn, our city.” She adds, “It really is powerful sitting at a closing table having helped somebody achieve their dream, and I was fortunate to have pulled up a chair at a great many closing tables in my first 12 months.”
JENNIFER KRAGH DWELL URBAN REAL ESTATE
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In addition to that history, all the founders of First Liberty Bank love this country and the freedoms we enjoy here. We are acutely aware that without those privileges, we could never have started the bank in the first place; so “Liberty” was a perfect name for that reason as well. What’s planned for the bank in 2018? We intend to continue our rapid growth plan, mainly by focusing on our core business of providing financial services to Oklahoma businesses and individuals. I’m pleased to announce the pending opening our second full-service branch in Norman, OK. Located in the Shops at Tecumseh Crossing at 24th Avenue NW and Tecumseh Road. We have a lot of ties in Norman, particularly with our founders, and are looking forward to serving this market in a more directly. Staying true to our tradition, we are opening in a trailer! We intend to break ground on our permanent facility very soon. What are the highlights and challenges of running a community bank? The most rewarding part of being a community banker is getting to know your clients. There are some amazing people in OKC and hearing their individual and business stories is a lot of fun. Community banks play a critical role in supporting the people that make up their communities. Entrepreneurial businesses are often unique and are difficult for large banks to serve as a result. Community bankers take the time to get to know their clients and become an integral part of their success. For this reason, community banks are a critical part of the financial system in the United 32 LUXIERE
States because so many people are employed by small businesses. The most significant challenge for community banks is the regulatory burdens that have been placed on the financial industry. A lot of the regulation is a “one size fits all” model. Thus, smaller banks don’t have the economies of scale to deal with the resulting costs, which become a much higher percentage of their income. What changes will the banking industry see over the next 5 years? The biggest change we are currently facing is in the method of determining capital adequacy. It is an attempt to bolster the strength of the banking system as a result of the financial crisis of 2008. I also believe we will see continued consolidation as banks merge and smaller banks are acquired. On a positive note, the current administration appears intent on eliminating some of the burdensome regulations and in particular, is looking to find ways to make regulations that are geared towards bank size and complexity. How do you maintain work/life balance? When I started First Liberty Bank, there was not much of a balance. As with all startups, the hours were grueling, and I feel a little guilty about the limited family time because my kids were young (10, 8, and 1). In the last couple of years, I have been able to balance a little more, spend more time with my family, and enjoy my time away from the bank.
Who had an impact on you as a leader? I have been very fortunate to work with and to get to know some truly exceptional people during my life and career. Three that I will mention are Rick Green, Barry Switzer, and Bob Funk.
in OKC, and so we were moving back to her hometown when we relocated here in 1992. Polly owned and operated a furniture store for 12 years until she closed it to become a stay home mom. After 12 years at home, Polly got her real estate license and has become a very successful realtor with Keller Williams.
Rick was my boss at Stillwater National Bank and took a chance on me as a new resident of OKC when I moved here in 1992. Rick was the kind of leader that could articulate a vision and make you want to be a part of it. Barry Switzer, co-founder of the bank, long-time client, and good friend, has tremendous charisma and completely lights up any room he enters. Bob Funk has built one of the largest personnel agencies in the world headquartered here in OKC, is an advisor and confidante, and has also been kind enough to take his time to serve as a First Liberty Bank board member for the past 8 years.
I have 3 red-headed boys, Maxwell (22), Mason (20) and Mitchell (12). Max is my movie guy – we love to go to movies together. He is a senior at OU, has worked as an intern at American Fidelity for the last year, and was offered a fulltime job there when he graduates. YES! Mason is my football guy and Longhorn fan. Even though he is a sophomore at OU, he comes home every weekend and we watch the Longhorn games religiously. Mason is a sports buff and can tell you the scores and critical plays of practically every Longhorn game since Photo:he James Harbor became interested. Mitchell keeps me young – he is in 6th grade at Deer Creek and is a talented athlete, particularly in baseball, a sport I loved as a child. He is my remaining hope for golf as the other two boys never warmed to it. Neither has Mitch for that matter, but he is only 12, so there is still hope!
One common trait that all these men have is seemingly unending generosity. They are kind to their friends, their staff, and to strangers. They have all taught me that the best way to lead is to put the needs of others ahead of your own. Describe the culture of First Liberty Though the term is overused, I believe we have a family atmosphere at First Liberty Bank. We care about each other and try hard to be understanding of people and the lives that they have outside of work. What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader? My leadership style is a work in progress and something I spend a lot of time thinking about and trying to improve. I am a bit of a self-help junkie and try to read as much as possible on leadership and business management. Probably the most positive thing I have done in the past several years Is hiring a business coach – Sherry Dale with the Mettise Group. Sherry is someone I have known for many years and for whom I have great respect. She has owned and operated many successful businesses in her own right and she has helped me refine my leadership style. My goal is to become a leader who is understanding and fair while holding people accountable for their performance and results so that the organization is unified and working towards a set of common goals. I will seek to improve until my last day in the office and am grateful for Sherry’s help in that regard. When you aren’t working, what are you likely to be doing? I have a lot of outside interests that keep me pretty busy away from the office. I never miss a sporting event that my 12-year-old son Mitchell is participating in. I love to read and always have at least two books going, generally a novel and a business book of some kind. I play the piano and usually play at least a little every day which I find to be a great stress reliever. My favorite past time is golf. I live on the golf course and have my own golf cart. If I get home before dark, I like to practice a little or play a few holes.
What do you love about your work? I love to make sales calls and try to help people grow and improve their companies. As a banker, I get to hear inspiring stories about people’s businesses. Other than their family, there is typically nothing more important to an owner than their business. I usually just say something like “Wow, you’ve built an amazing business here – can you tell me about it?” After that, I just shut up and take notes for a couple of hours. As someone who started his own business, I can often relate to the problems facing small business owners. Along with the capital and financial services that First Liberty can provide, hopefully this has been beneficial to many of the bank’s clients. What are you reading now? As I stated above, I am always reading at least two books. Right now, I have 3 going. One is called Radical Candor by Kim Scott, recommended to me by my business coach, Sherry Dale. The other is The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni. Both are really about organizational health, a topic that I have been thinking about a great deal the past couple of years. I have loved reading fiction since I was a very young and believe it has paid dividends for me throughout my life. I am reading “Artemis” right now by Andy Weir. It’s a science fiction novel set on the moon and is the guy behind “The Martian” that was made into the popular movie of the same name starring Matt Damon. The Mettise Group (mettise.com) is a management consulting firm dedicated to helping highgrowth entrepreneurial companies gain clarity and capacity around planning, execution, building high performance teams and financial resource management.
Tell us about your family When I was at the University of Texas, my sister Suzy told me she had met the perfect girl for me. I said that she did not know what kind of girls I liked and to leave me alone. My sister then helped me get an interview at a bank in Dallas. I got the job and moved to Dallas. Suzy didn’t give up and set me up with "the perfect girl", my wife Polly, on Halloween night in 1987. Well, Suzy knew more about me than I gave her credit for as Polly and I were married in 1990. Polly grew up
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