By: Cassie Woods | Category: Financial Services | Issue: September 2013
With 14 years of banking experience, Christi Shires is excited to serve as the new branch manager of Grand Bank in Claremore.
Since opening its doors to the Claremore community in 1996, Grand Bank has seen many technological changes and advancements in order to better serve its customers. The most recent change is the addition of Christi Shires as AVP/Branch Manager.
“We are pleased to have Christi on our team here at Grand Bank,” said Travis Wilson, Grand Bank President. “We are very excited about the new opportunities she will bring to our organization and the services we will be able to provide our customers under her leadership as branch manager.”
Shires, who joined the Grand Bank team in early August, has been in banking for over 14 years. In addition to serving as branch manager for Grand Bank’s Claremore branch, she will also take on the role as its new Sales and Service Coordinator. Shires got her start in the industry in 1999 working as a teller at Bank of Oklahoma. From there, she worked her way up the ladder at BOK and UMB before joining the then 1st Bank team in Claremore. She served two years on 1st Bank Oklahoma’s Employee Relations Committee as assistant vice president and president. After 1st Bank changed ownership, she served as branch manager for BancFirst’s Blue Starr location, where she received recognition for being the top branch manager every quarter they offered the award, as well as top branch manager for 2012. Now that she makes her professional home at Grand Bank, she hopes the experience she brings from her previous positions will help her better serve the bank’s customers.
“I want to see Grand Bank grow and expand its products and services,” said Shires. “It is exciting being a part of a bank that recognizes the need for new technology and we are pleased to be able to offer that technology to our customers.”
Grand Bank currently offers treasury management and online banking and will soon offer mobile deposit. Currently a primarily commercial bank, Shires is excited to help grow the retail side of Grand Bank. She enjoys working with clients and helping them find banking solutions for their families and businesses. “I love that Grand Bank is a smaller, family-owned bank, but can still compete with the bigger banks,” said Shires. “I’m proud to be here and looking forward to leading a dedicated team to help grow an already very successful bank into something even better. The people here are great and I believe that with team work and dedication, we will prevail.”
During her time in Claremore, Shires has been afforded the opportunity to become involved in the Rogers County community. She has volunteered her time to work on the Total Resource Campaign for the Claremore Chamber for three years, Big Brothers & Sisters’ “Bowl for Kids Sake” for five years, Leadership Rogers County’s Annual Golf Tournament and Auction for three years, as well as volunteering for various jobs during the Bluegrass & Chili Festival. “The opportunities to get involved have all been wonderful,” said Shires. “One that really stands out to me was the Relay for Life. The people I met through that experience really touched me on a personal level. I plan to continue my civic involvement in Claremore and represent Grand Bank at community events.”
Shires returned to school the summer of 2010 to obtain a bachelor’s degree in business management, which she is expected to complete this December. She and her husband, Justin, live in Claremore with their three children. Shires has successfully balanced her banking career, being a full-time student, and her family life in order to better her opportunities.
With branch locations in Claremore, Tulsa and Bixby, Grand Bank is proud to serve the Tulsa metropolitan area and provide a high level of responsiveness to its customers needs.