Bank elects new board member
First Fidelity Bank has added David L. Thompson to the bank's board of directors. Thompson serves as president and CEO of InvesTrust N.A., a nationally chartered trust, and Asset Services Co., a Registered Investment Advisory consulting firm. Thompson previously served as president of OPUBCO Communications Group, a multimedia division of The Oklahoma Publishing Co., and as publisher of The Oklahoman. He is chairman of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and past chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. Thompson also serves as a board member for the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Integris Health, Last Frontier Council of Boy Scouts of America, Allied Arts, State Fair of Oklahoma, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Peppers Ranch. First Fidelity Bank holds assets of more than $1.1 billion, and has 28 offices serving markets in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Ariz.
Coca-Cola VP joins State Chamber
Jim Marvel, vice president of Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co., has joined the State Chamber of Oklahoma as a member of the organization's board of directors, a group of more than 150 state business leaders. The State Chamber's board works to build coalitions and partnerships that influence the lawmaking process, the chamber said. Marvel said he was honored to join the board. “I look forward to being a part of the team and forming the partnerships needed to represent our company's interests at the Capitol,” he said in a statement issued by the chamber. Marvel was recently elected president of the Oklahoma Beverage Association. Oklahoma City-based Great Plains Coca-Cola is a division of Coca-Cola Refreshments, the largest Coca-Cola bottling company in North America.
Ag department offers grants
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is accepting applications for grants to help existing farmers markets. The grants, between $1,500 and $2,000, are for registered farmers markets in the Oklahoma Grown program. Grant funds can be used for signage, marketing, advertising and other promotional activities. For 2013, a total of $55,000 is available under the Oklahoma Grown Farmers Market Specialty Crop Grant program. For additional grant information and application forms, contact Oklahoma Grown Program Coordinator Nathan Kirby at 522-6194. Applications should be postmarked by Feb. 28.
From staff reports