NORMAN — The oldest bank in Cleveland County recently celebrated 110 years with a community gathering and ice cream social. First State Bank in Noble opened in 1902. It holds the unique distinction of being the only bank founded in the county to surpass the century mark in continuous, uninterrupted service to customers and community.
Forst State Bank is one of the few banks in Oklahoma with a woman at the helm. CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors Kim King is a Noble High School graduate who earned a B.A. in Economics at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College followed by her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1989.
King has been in the banking business from an early age. Her father, the late Kenneth L. King, and mother, Dr. Betty King, put school-age Kim to work cleaning, mowing and filing around the family-owned bank long before she landed a position as Internal Review Specialist for Houston office of Resolution Trust Corporation, reporting to the Director.
In this position, King was responsible for developing audit procedures and operational processes for the $10 billion asset new government agency office. Throughout the 1990’s, she was a consultant directing audits and managing due diligence review for securitizations issued by Wall Street firms, traveling extensively around the country.
Inspired by her father and his devotion to helping people better their lives, and by her mother and her passion for education, King returned to First State Bank in 1999. She has served as CEO since 2006.