By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Financial Services | Issue: April 2009
The staff of American Heritage Bank’s new Glenpool branch display works by artist Brent Burk. (L to R): Kristin McVeigh, Lin Herod, Katrina Reynolds, Jeremy Calrow, Brenda Braden, Debbie Smith, Jennifer Brake, Tami Fleak and Leann Dagenette. Not pictured: Kristen Hauglund.
American Heritage Bank (AHB) began establishing its roots in Oklahoma soil way back in 1905, two years prior to Oklahoma statehood. And now, 104 years later, the bank is still going strong and is a name you can trust. American Heritage Bank’s legacy of stability, professionalism and high-quality service is a testimony to its commitment to providing the financial resources customers need for success.
In 1939, Guy L. Berry Sr. led the bank as president during one of its greatest periods of growth. His son, Guy L. Berry Jr., succeeded him in 1957 and later served as chairman of the board until his passing in 1980. A third generation, William L. Berry and Guy L. Berry, currently serve as chairman and president, respectively.
The bank is recognized as one of the oldest independently owned banks in the Tulsa area. In the early 1900s, the world’s largest oil field was discovered in Glenpool. American Heritage links its beginnings to this discovery. The bank continues to expand on its native soil, branching out to serve more and more neighbors in northeastern Oklahoma.
According to bank spokesperson Tami Fleak, “Our employees live and work in the areas we serve. We’re proud to be a bank that gives back to the communities where we do business.” Still family-owned and operated, American Heritage Bank has the flexibility to tailor services to meet the needs of its neighbors in the community.
Oklahoma native Lin Herod will serve as vice president and branch manager of the new American Heritage Bank Glenpool branch, located at Hwy. 75 & Hwy. 117.
The new American Heritage Bank branch of Glenpool officially opened in mid-February. This is the bank’s thirteenth branch location. Lin Herod serves the operation as vice president and branch manager. Herod has been with American Heritage Bank for 32 years and opened their first satellite operation on Mission Street in Sapulpa in 1984. He also opened the bank’s first full-fledged branch operation in Kellyville in 1986. A native of Oklahoma, Herod grew up in Kiefer, graduated from Kiefer High School, and has many relatives in the Glenpool area.
AHB of Glenpool offers full-service banking with lending, mortgage, checking, savings, and money market services. It also features online banking, cash management, and card services in addition to auto loans, personal and commercial lending, CDs, and IRAs. Not only are the people who operate the bank undeniably top-notch, the new facility is first rate as well.
When you stop in, be sure to check out the beautiful works of art by artist Brent Burk. Each colorful piece tells a bit of the exciting history of the Glenpool-Kiefer area and of the bank. Burk was commissioned by AHB to create the pieces, and he utilized historical photographs and postcards, most of which were from a private collection.
The new Glenpool branch will have a grand opening celebration on Thursday, April 23, and the entire community is invited to come by for a tour of the facility plus lots of snacks, beverages and plain old fun. At the end of the day, one lucky winner will receive a prize giveaway in the drawing that began in March. From now until April 23, visit AHB Glenpool branch to enter your name in the drawing.
If you’re looking for a friendly, helpful personal banker, treat yourself to American Heritage Bank of Glenpool. “We believe we are still the best bank in the west,” said Lin Herod. “We hope all our neighborly friends will stop by for a visit and let us show them their new bank. We’re proud to be a part of the Glenpool community.”
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.