Southwest Bancorp leaders ring closing bell at Nasdaq

Oklahoma bankers ring the closing bell during a ceremony in Times Square.
by Brianna Bailey Published: March 12, 2013
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Southwest Bancorp Inc. CEO Mark Funke and several members of the Oklahoma-based banking company's leadership team rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite on Monday in New York.

Nasdaq invited Southwest to ring the closing bell in honor of the company's 20th anniversary as a public company on the Nasdaq exchange.

Funke and Southwest Chairman Russell Teubner joined five members of the firm's executive team for the ceremony Monday afternoon.

Southwest Bancorp, which can trace its history back to 1894, went public on March 11, 1993. Southwest is the holding company for Stillwater National Bank and Bank of Kansas.

During the ceremony, Funke thanked the company's customers, board of directors and more than 500 employees for their support.

Funke and other representatives from the bank rang the electronic bell to signal the market's closing, which was broadcast live on a large screen overlooking Times Square and by cable television networks.

“It was really an honor for Southwest Bancorp to be able to do this, and it was great to have our senior management team here as well,” Funke said.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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