Kicking off 75 years in banking
published on 01/10/2011
RCB Bank Celebrates 75 years in banking
Claremore-based financial institution kicks off year by celebrating employees
Claremore, OK – RCB Bank (then known as Rogers County Bank) opened for business at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 1936. The ad that ran in the local newspaper extended an invitation to all to visit the bank and promised to “furnish the public with banking facilities – friendly in service and progressive in spirit”.
In the 75 years since, that statement has been the sole mission of our employees. And while no longer in our original Claremore location, we now offer 30 full-service branches stretching across the state of Oklahoma and into Kansas, as well as online and mobile banking, iPhone apps, ATMs, remote deposit machines, drive thru banking centers and even a retail branch inside a Wal-Mart, all poised and ready to serve our customers.
“This is truly a remarkable accomplishment,” said Roger Mosier, President and CEO of RCB Bank. “There aren’t many banks that lasted through the depression and there are fewer banks that are surviving the economic crisis of the last few years. To make it to 75 years, we are blessed.”
RCB Bank kicked off its 75th Anniversary year by celebrating with its employees. Each location had a small gathering before the start of business on Tuesday, and the main branch in Claremore on Patti Page Blvd., had a short ceremony and ribbon cutting to mark the milestone. Throughout the year, there will be activities, events and promotions to benefit our customers and celebrate our employees.
“The bank started in the middle of the Great Depression in the 30s because there was a need to serve the people of Claremore and Rogers County,” said Frank C. Robson, Director of RCB Bank.
“Customer service is a big reason why RCB Bank is successful and has made it for 75 years. We strive to take care of our customers with a local, community spirit,” said Mosier.
RCB Bank was established in Claremore as an entrepreneurship with L.S. Robson, George Davis and help from oilman Bartley Milam, who were watching banks fail on a daily basis during the 1930s. From day one in the lean times of the Great Depression, the bank worked to become a strong and reliable financial institution within the community and those efforts quickly resulted in growth of the bank and our customer base.
Our now familiar motto, “That’s my bank!” was officially adopted as the bank’s slogan in the 1970s. In October 1990, the bank changed its name to RCB Bank due to expansion outside of Rogers County and into surrounding communities. A few of the bank’s many milestones include being the first in the state to offer online banking services, remote deposit capture and full-service automated banking. These along with many others throughout the years have resulted in great success for RCB Bank.
RCB Bank operates with a conservative banking and business style with an eye towards progressive technology advancements. It was this strong foundation that allowed the bank to purchase Home National Bank in 2010, expanding RCB Bank’s footprint further into Oklahoma and Kansas.
“I can tell you the future is bright for RCB Bank,” said Mosier. “We are always mindful of the business decisions and practices that got us to where we are today, and we are excited and ready for what the next 75 years have to offer.”
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RCB Bank is an Oklahoma-owned and operated community bank with assets totaling more than $1.9 Billion, over 550 employees and 30 locations across Oklahoma and Kansas. Founded in 1936, RCB is committed to serving its communities with conservative banking practices and progressive banking products. For additional information, visit www.RCBBank.com.
In photo, Frank Robson, director RCB Bank; Roger Mosier, CEO RCB Bank; senior officers and members of the Claremore Chamber of Commerce.