Mark Londagin, First National Bank Executive Vice-President and Business Development was one of six board of directors elected to serve a three-year board term.

Grove — A Grand Lake banker was recently named to the Oklahoma Bankers Association board of directors.

Mark Londagin, First National Bank Executive Vice-President and Business Development was one of six board of directors elected to serve a three-year board term.

“I am excited to serve on the board and represent community bankers across the state,” Londagin said.

Londagin said his goal as director is to assist in convincing lawmakers that community banks are the backbone of the American economic landscape and the importance to modify the Dodd-Frank Act.

Rick Walker, Liberty National Bank, Lawton; Amada Alvidrez, City Bank and Trust Co., Guymon; Jim Hamby, Vision Bank, Ada; George Drew, Kirkpatrick Bank, Edmond and Paula Barrington, BOK Financial, Tulsa round out the newly elected board of directors.

First National Bank is a community bank that has served Grove since 1996 and is under the umbrella of the First National Bank and Trust Company of Vinita.

Its mission statement "Serving You Since 1892" also is a tribute to First National Bank and Trust Company of Vinita and its distinguished honor of being the second oldest bank in the state of Oklahoma under the same banking charter.

Londagin cites the bank’s commitment to community banking and borderless banking as First National Bank top assets. First National Bank is a $413 million community bank and has customers around the world.

“With mobile and internet banking we are a borderless bank,” Londagin said. “We like to think we are a local bank with global outreach – but we never forget where our roots are.”

“I value commitment, loyalty, faith-based values in my personal life and I see those same qualities in First National Bank,” Londagin said. “I want to use those traits as a board member.”

Londagin is a graduate of Northeastern State University. His banking career started at Arkansas State Bank in Siloam Springs and then later at Grove where he began working as a teller at Grand Savings Bank in 1984.

Five short years later Londagin assumed the bank’s top post where he stayed until 2015.

“When you love your job, you never have to go to work,” Londagin said.

The Oklahoma Banking Association represents approximately 220 banks across the state and serves as the primary advocate for the banking industry. It is also heavily involved in fraud training and prevention as well as legal and compliance services and communications for its member banks.