OKLAHOMA CITY – After almost four decades in the banking industry, Yukon’s Fran Smith is hanging up her calculator.
Smith retired as an executive vice president with Bank 2 on Friday. Hundreds of customers turned out to say thank you during her retirement party.
Smith was instrumental, along with bank President Ross Hill, with starting the bank at 909 S. Meridian in Oklahoma City.
“Fran took a big risk coming to a bank that did not have regulatory authority to open,” said Hill, who also is CEO of the bank. “We were thrilled she wanted to join us and we hate to think where we would be without her. We affectionately call her mom, because she looks after everyone and cares so much for everyone.”
That fact was obvious as customers came up for hugs and to wish her well on her new adventures.
“I was 30 years old when I started,” Smith said.
She said plans to take some time to decompress.
“I am probably going to have to relax for several weeks,” she said.
Smith said she wants to spend time with her family.
“I want to have some time while I am still young enough and physically able to do some stuff with my husband and my kids before I get too old,” she said.
Smith has been working in the banking industry since 1979. She’s worked in Missouri, California and Oklahoma.
She started in new accounts at a St. Louis savings and loan. She and her husband, Dave, moved to California for a job opportunity, but returned to St. Louis pretty quickly.
The couple moved to the Oklahoma City area for another job opportunity, eventually settling in Yukon.
Fate set Fran Smith up with Ross Hill, who was at Canadian State Bank. Her first job at the bank was as a teller. She worked her way through the ranks, eventually becoming a vice president.
In 2001, Smith joined Hill in the Bank 2 venture. She retired Friday as executive vice president, head of operations.
Smith said she loved her job and the people she worked with.
“There are no people anywhere as good as in Oklahoma. … Wonderful, good-hearted people,” Smith said.