By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Financial Services | Issue: April 2008
Jim Boze, newly appointed president and CEO of Arkansas Valley State Bank, is thrilled to be heading the family-owned community bank.
Arkansas Valley State Bank is happy to announce the hiring of its new President and CEO Jim Boze, who brings more than 30 years of banking experience to the position. Half of Boze’s career has been spent in Tulsa, most recently as market president manager and chief lending officer of a local bank. He is now eager to lead AVSB and uphold its tradition of community banking. A fourth-generation, family-owned bank, AVSB opened its doors in 1905, two years before Oklahoma even became a state. “I am very excited to be joining AVSB. The family-focused environment, top quality staff, and relationship-focused approach to banking found here is refreshing,” says Boze.
A native of Arkansas, Boze graduated from Southwestern College and the Colorado Graduate School of Banking. Currently a resident of Broken Arrow, Boze spends his free time riding his Harley and cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks, two interests that are unique to him at AVSB. “I think they’ll forgive the Harley but I’m not too sure about getting any help ‘calling the Hogs’!” he laughs.
Boze fits in perfectly with AVSB and its community-focused philosophy. “AVSB is unique in that it is certainly a 21st century bank offering the products and technology that today’s consumer looks for; however, they have made sure not to lose focus on true community banking.” Community banks are important because they focus on the needs of local families, businesses and farmers, and their chief concern is investing in neighborhoods, communities and schools in their areas. In fact, AVSB was honored by the Small Business Administration in October of last year for its commitment to helping small, regional businesses prosper by increasing SBA lending. According to Boze, “Carefully managing growth while not forgetting your roots is quite a feat in today’s banking world, but AVSB continues to succeed in both areas.”
Chairman of the Board Kelley Rash is delighted with the addition of Boze to the bank’s family. According to Rash, “Jim has the solid background and experience to guide AVSB as we continue to expand throughout our regional market area. We are looking forward to a productive 2008 with Jim here.”
The ASVB staff can handle all your financial needs: personal, business and online banking, as well as investing. A few of the products and services AVSB provides include: home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), free financial education seminars, health savings accounts, and IRAs.
Online banking with bill payment and cash management is available, in addition to installment loans with automatic draft from your checking account.
The loan department can arrange small business loans, mortgages and construction to permanent financing.
Also, more than 104,000 ATM locations are available in the United States and in 43 countries worldwide, so AVSB customers have access to their money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week no matter where they are.
AVSB has three locations in Broken Arrow – at 302 S. Main St., 6401 S. Elm Pl., and 2201 N. Elm Pl. in Stone Wood Hills – and one location in Tulsa at 9800 E. 51st St. Lobby hours for all locations are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The drive-through is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.
The AVSB staff encourages you to stop by with any banking questions or needs and have a cup of coffee on them. Or, visit their website at www.avsb.com for more information.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.