Until a year ago, banker David Page had the same business phone number for 30 years — though the corporate name on his front door has changed four times over the same period.
Chase Bank last July named Page its Oklahoma market president — prompting his move to Oklahoma City from Tulsa, where he's served as market president since 2005; market manager since 2001.
Previously, the Tulsa and Oklahoma City markets separately reported to a regional head, Page said. “But it makes sense for both to report to a state president.
“This way, we make sure our decisions in the market — from loan approvals to philanthropy opportunities — remain local.”
Chase employs 550 statewide.
“I want all of them to have the authority and responsibility to feel good about what they're doing, and to work in environments where they can be their best,” he said.
From his fourth-floor offices in the Chase Tower in downtown Oklahoma City, Page, 60, recently sat down with The Oklahoman to talk about his personal and professional life. This is an edited transcript:
Q: Tell us about your roots.
A: My parents met at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. He was from Fort Worth and she was a Spokane girl. I was born in Spokane, but lived from age 3 to 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia; for two years in Bermuda; and then in a suburb west of Chicago, where I attended high school. My dad was one of the pioneers for Young Life and helped spread the Christian ministry across the borders. I have a brother 18 months older who lives in Des Moines and sister, five years younger, of Omaha.
My parents divorced when I was a freshman in college, and my dad remarried and had another family. I have a half-brother and half-sister in Tennessee. My mother, who'd stayed home with us growing up, went back to school at Penn and earned a master's in sociology.
Q: What was it like living in Canada and Bermuda?
A: Though it rained 300 days of the year, I loved Vancouver. I was in middle school when we were in Bermuda, and literally could ride my bike from one end of the 20-square-mile island to the other. Bermuda has the largest variation of fish; I traded ice hockey (in the northwest) for snorkeling. But I was claustrophobic there and remember having dreams that I was on a Greyhound bus going down an endless highway, obviously longing for the open road.
Q: And high school? Were you a good student?
A: Chicago was terrific. I wasn't a great student. Until college, I was more focused on athletics than academics. I played football, back in the days when you could play both sides. I was a middle linebacker and offensive guard.