By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Financial Services | Issue: September 2007
Tami Fleak, branch operations manager, and Tom Harms, branch manager, lead the executive management team at the new American Heritage Bank location at 71st and Union in Tulsa.
American Heritage Bank opened its first Tulsa-based branch in August. Located at 7042 S. Union, the new location is the bank’s 14th branch. Tom Harms, branch manager, and Tami Fleak, operations manager, will direct the new branch as it serves businesses and individuals in surrounding areas. American Heritage Bank also has facilities in Beggs, Mounds, Berryhill, Kellyville, Cleveland, Kiefer, Mannford, Sand Springs, Sapulpa and Yale. The locations collectively have more than 200 employees.
American Heritage Bank was first chartered as a national bank in 1905, which was two years before Oklahoma was made a state. The bank later received its Oklahoma banking charter. As one of the oldest independently-owned banks in the Tulsa metropolitan area, its origins are linked to Oklahoma’s rich history.
In 1939, Guy L. Berry took the reins of American Heritage Bank as president and led the institution during one of its greatest periods of growth. Berry’s son, Guy L. Berry Jr., succeeded in 1957 and later served as chairman of the board until his death in 1980. The Berry family has owned and operated American Heritage Bank for the past 68 years. Third generation family members, William L. Berry and Guy L. Berry currently serve the bank as CEO and president.
American Heritage is proud of its distinguished history of serving the banking needs of northeastern Oklahoma. The bank has endured hard times with long unemployment lines, barren farms, business ruins, bank robbers, as well as the Great Depression. Due to its survival, American Heritage Bank is prepared for whatever future challenges and opportunities Oklahomans and our country face.
Stacy, Roberta and Andra, American Heritage Bank tellers, served goodies to customers and visitors at the new branch’s grand opening event last month.
Harms says, “Our bank is built on a long history of stability and professionalism. Its success has and always will be measured by our ability to provide quality products and services to our customers and how we treat them.”
The bank’s owners and management support ongoing relationships between employees and the communities the bank serves. They feel strongly about participation in local activities, including chambers of commerce, Main Street organizations, little leagues, churches and more. Employees, officers and directors of the bank are encouraged to give back to their communities, both financially and with time and individual talents.
“I am so excited about our new branch location in Tulsa,” Fleak says. “I can’t imagine any other place I’d rather work.” When asked how long she had been in the banking business, she was quick to respond. “I’m not in the banking business, I’m in the people business,” she says.
Take the time to visit this new American Heritage Bank branch. It is a beautiful facility with wonderful employees who treat customers just as they like to be treated. For more information, call (918) 447-0007 or visit www.ahb-ok.com.
American Heritage Bank opened its first Tulsa-based branch at 71st and Union.
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.