Successful Women at Advantage Bank
The Board of Directors of Advantage Bank has announced a change in management structure as of the first of the year. Randy Smith, who has served as Advantage Bank’s President for over 23 years, will remain Chairman of the Board as well as Chief Executive Officer of the 101 year old financial institution, while Danita Hayes will take over day-to-day operations in her new role as President of Advantage Bank as well as Chief Financial Officer and Cashier.
With his wife Donna, whose grandfather E.S. Poole was a bank founder, Randy Smith represents the third generation of family ownership of Advantage Bank since its founding in 1914. He began his banking career in 1974 at Advantage Bank (previously known as Spencer State Bank). He is a graduate of Del City High School and the University of Central Oklahoma, graduating with a BBA in finance in 1977. He served as President of the bank from 1991 through 2014. Randy serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma, is a member and Past President of the Board of Directors of Red Rock Behavioral Health Services, is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Rose State College Foundation, is a member and Past President of the Midwest City Rotary Club and has been very active in the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce, having recently serving for 2 years as the President of the Chamber.
Danita Hayes, who has served on the Board of Directors and as Executive Vice President for the past several years, has been named as the new President of Advantage Bank as well as Chief Financial Officer and Cashier. Hayes began her banking career in 1983. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, a Master’s Degree in Management, and is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City class XVII. In 1997, Danita became the President of Strategic Advantage, where she traveled throughout the state as a bank consultant specializing in Management Training, Strategic Planning and Human Resources Compliance. In that capacity, she also served as a consultant for Advantage Bank from 1998 until joining the staff of Advantage Bank in 2004. She is a graduate of Leadership Midwest City and the Tinker AFB COMMSTAR program, is active with the Del City and Oklahoma City Chambers of Commerce and serves on the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She also serves as an adjunct professor with Southern Nazarene University. She currently resides with her husband in Midwest City.
Jordan Strong Becomes Loan Officer
Hard work and dedication to excellence has paid off for Midwest City’s Jordan Strong as she steps into her newest position at Advantage Bank. Becoming a loan officer brings with it countless hours of preparatory training and practice, carefully checking that multitudes of banking regulations are being followed, as well as the personal desire to offer customers a pleasant and enjoyable banking experience. Undaunted by the steep learning curve, Strong has a history of developing whatever skills have been needed to meet each challenge.
Jordan Strong began her banking career in 2006 when she joined the staff of Advantage Bank as a teller. She was soon promoted to Teller Supervisor and Trainer. In 2009 she was promoted to Executive Bank Associate managing the Teller Department. She moved to the Lending Department in 2011 as an Administrative Assistant to the Loan Officers. She began training in lending and collections in 2013. Strong attended the Oklahoma Bankers Association’s 2014 Consumer Lending School, after which she was promoted to the position of Loan Officer. She will primarily be handling Advantage Bank’s consumer loans at the Spencer location, 8001 NE 23rd Street.
Advantage Bank is celebrating one hundred years of service to Eastern Oklahoma County in 2014. They have banking locations at NE 23rd and Midwest Boulevard and just east of Post Road on SE 15th Street in Midwest City.
Congratulations to Ashley Jernigan, who has been promoted from Bank Associate Supervisor to Executive Bank Associate Manager, operating out of the Spencer branch. Ashley began her banking career with Advantage Bank in 2009 as a teller, and has also worked and trained in the Accounting, New Accounts and Loan Departments to become a Personal Banker, before moving into her more recent management roles.
Bringing a wealth of experience in local banking circles with her, Tammy Jo Snyder has joined the staff at Advantage Bank as Vice President and Compliance Officer. Snyder spent 18 years working at Tinker Air Force Base supporting military organizations and families, and distinguished herself at several other financial institutions before making the move to Advantage Bank.
With deep roots in Eastern Oklahoma County, graduating from Carl Albert High School and Rose State College, Snyder began her banking career at Midwest National Bank, where she was a proof operator. Later at First National Bank of Midwest City she worked her way up from the teller window to Branch Manager for TAFB Operations. During this period she was involved with the Air Force Association, Air Force Sergeants’ Association, Midwest City and Del City Chambers of Commerce, and served on a number of committees in support of military banquets, functions and organizations on base. She also helped her financial institution to win six national awards for service to the military. She later served as Operations Officer at First National Bank of Oklahoma and then as a branch manager for First Fidelity Bank.
Snyder says her heart has always been with the people at Tinker, and she was thrilled to be named honorary Base Commander once, but the best thing she ever got to do was to join a group of civic leaders on a mid-air fueling mission. “It was amazing to watch these guys, lying on their bellies working a joystick to line up with the other plane! One of my customers was part of the crew, and he let me look out eye to eye with the guys on the other plane, they were that close! I loved my time at Tinker and I miss it to this day.”
Joining Advantage Bank as it begins celebrating its 100th year brings Tammy Jo Snyder back to her favorite part of the metro area during an exciting time. The family atmosphere at this locally owned bank is very comfortable, and she looks forward to adding her own warmth and passion for service to the long history of community support at Advantage Bank.
Cindy Dilley Earns Promotion
The oldest family-held community bank in Eastern Oklahoma County has announced the promotion of Cindy Dilley to the position of Personal Banker. Dilley works at the Spencer bank location.
Cindy Dilley joined Advantage Bank’s staff in October of 2011 as a teller. She was promoted to Lending Assistant in 2012 and has been cross-training in other departments. As a Personal Banker, Dilley has the knowledge and skills to assist the Spencer bank’s customers with most of their banking needs. She currently resides with her husband in Choctaw.
Advantage Bank celebrated one hundred years of service to Eastern Oklahoma County in 2014. They have banking locations at NE 23rd and Midwest Boulevard in Spencer and just east of Post Road on SE 15th Street in Midwest City