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ENB honored with Beacon Award
11/7/2013 10:01:50 AM
Last Updated:
7/28/2016 9:05:38 AM

Eastman National Bank received a Beacon Award from the Journal Record newspaper in Oklahoma City for the banks philanthropic efforts. Pictured L-R: Mark Detten (President/CEO), Barry Bickle (Director), Luke Garrison (AVP/Branch Manager), Mary Austin (VP/Branch Manager), Erin Liberton (SVP-Retail Banking), Shanon Tharp (AVP/Branch Manager), and Melissa and Daren Wilson (Director) are pictured with the Charitable Influence Beacon Award that ENB received during the ninth annual Beacon Awards at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. (photo provided)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Eastman National Bank of Newkirk and Ponca City received a prestigious Beacon Award from the Journal Record newspaper in an awards banquet July 14th in Oklahoma City.

The bank was honored in the Medium Business Finalists Category.  Other medium business subcategory finalists included BKD CPA’s & Advisors, Johnson Controls, Mabrey Bank, and Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.

According to a press release from the Journal Record newspaper, this year’s group of Beacon Award winners includes companies that have donated their time and resources to help such causes as feeding sheltered animals, providing free dental treatment and donating television advertising spots to nonprofits.

“With the economic downturn and belt-tightening throughout the state, nonprofits have also taken a hard hit to their revenues,” said Joni Brooks, president and publisher of The Journal Record. “That made the Beacon awards even more special this year. Our honorees continued to give and encouraged their employees to give of their time, serving as shining examples to all businesses about the positive impacts they make to the nonprofits they choose to work with. Together with our partners, First Fidelity Bank and the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, we congratulate and thank our Beacon Award honorees for all they’ve done and continue to do.”

“Every year we are honored to recognize the businesses dedicated to giving back and contributing long-term solutions to our community,” said Lee R. Symcox, president of presenting sponsor First Fidelity Bank.

“Oklahoma’s socially responsible corporate citizens are a big part of what makes this a great place to live and do business.”

Each of the honorees is featured in the Beacon Awards magazine inserted in the July 15 issue of The Journal Record.

Organizations were recognized in large, medium and small divisions for their contributions to the nonprofit community in the categories of philanthropic impact and charitable influence. The large business subcategory represents entities with more than 500 employees. The medium subcategory consists of businesses with 51 to 499 employees, while the small businesses have 50 or less employees.

A vibrant culture of service and volunteerism has propelled Eastman National Bank in Ponca City and Newkirk to new heights as schools, community projects and events benefit from that generosity.

Eastman employees spend countless hours volunteering, serving in leadership roles and contributing to nonprofits, area board of directors and community activities, such as the Main Street program, Leadership Ponca City, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, Friends of Education and Marland Childrens’ Home.

The bank, with its 61 employees, encourages everyone to participate in volunteerism, especially with Eastman National Bank’s commitment to financial literacy. Bank employees participate annually in Teach Children to Save Day and complete multiple class trainings for area elementary schools. Eastman National Bank is a Partner in Education with Woodlands Elementary in Ponca City and sends employees to the school weekly to read to students.

The number of volunteer hours by bank employees exceeds 5,500.

The bank is a contributor to the annual Stuff the Bus effort to help equip area schools with supplies teachers and students might otherwise go without. Eastman also sponsors a monthly program that recognizes an “Exceptional Citizen” who is praised for their community involvement. The honoree is presented with an award and a monetary contribution is made by the bank to the organization the award recipient chooses.

“The effects of their volunteerism efforts produce happier, more productive employees who genuinely have a desire to see their customers and community prosper,” said Senior Vice President Erin Liberton.

Recently, bank employees learned of a school field trip that was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to funding cuts and transportation costs. Within 24 hours, bank employees pooled together their money and made a cash donation that allowed the students to take the field trip.

“This is just one example of the influence the bank has made in children’s lives,” Liberton said.
A longtime slogan of Eastman National Bank is “where exceptional service isn’t just a policy…it’s personal.”

“As times have changed and banking has become more difficult,” Liberton said, “the level of commitment to the community has not changed.”

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