There's a big hole and several piles of red dirt south of Quail Creek Bank on the southwest corner of NW 122 and May Avenue. The construction site marks the expansion of the 38-year-old bank's original site. An aerial crosswalk eventually will connect its existing two-story, 21,000-square-foot building to a new two-story, 12,000-square-foot structure, which will host a state-of-the-art drive-thru, among other things.
President Doug Fuller is glad to be a part of it. His bank, which employs 75, has been rated in the top 1 percent of community banks in the United States for the past six years, Fuller said. It has just under $468 million in assets and $413 million in corporate deposits.
Because the bank has only one location, it's focused on technology, including banking and bill pay from mobile phones, Fuller said.
“We want to capture Generation Y, or the kids and grandkids of our customers, who over the years have embraced our customer appreciation efforts, from free cookies on Fridays to complimentary dog biscuits for the pets of our drive-thru customers,” he said.
Fuller, 54, recently sat down with The Oklahoman to talk about his professional and personal life. This is an edited transcript:
Q: Can you tell us about your roots?
A: I grew up in Ponca City where my dad, who died in February, practiced dentistry until he was 87. A homemaker, my mom — who's 89 and still lives in Ponca City — had us six kids, all future college graduates, active in everything: the Presbyterian church and its youth group, sports (football and track for me), band (I played the baritone horn), choir and scouts. We were about two years apart; four girls and two boys. I was No. 4.
When we were smaller, our vacations were spent exploring quadrants of the state, including Beaver's Bend and Tahlequah. Later, we'd all pile into a station wagon and drive to Colorado or Wyoming, where we'd camp for two weeks in a tent and later a trailer.
I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I knew I wanted to be just like my dad. He gave me faith, family, future and fun. These are the tenets of my being, and they're based on what Dad passed on to me.
Q: And college?
A: I went to OU and pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, where I served as rush chairman and president, and made lifelong friends. Many of still us gather every year the second weekend of June, in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, at Grand Lake, Dallas or someplace else. The fraternity is really how I met my wife, Susie, who every day walked past our basketball court — where I often was playing — from the Chi Omega house to campus. She was a pompom girl for OU and I couldn't help but notice her beautiful legs.