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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

First United Bank Celebrates its 115th Year Anniversary

The community bank reflects on its history, growth and commitment to inspiring and empowering others to Spend Life Wisely®

November 17, 2015

Durant, Okla. - First United Bank and Trust is celebrating a historical milestone in 2015 as it marks its 115th year of business in Durant. The community bank has a rich history that dates back to Oct. 2, 1900 when it first opened its doors in Blue County, Choctaw Nation Territory. Today, First United is one of the nation's premier financial institutions offering a full range of personal banking, commercial, wealth management, insurance and mortgage products and services.

First United began expanding in 1915, when it acquired eight banks in Oklahoma, and it continues to expand today with a growing number of 35 locations in Oklahoma and Texas. Its historic building at 2nd and Main in Durant was built in 1916, and under the leadership of John Massey, the facility was donated to Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The building donation is one example of the community centered values that drive First United.

An Oklahoma native, Mr. Massey joined Durant Bank & Trust in 1966 as a director. He was appointed chairman of the board in 1986, and at that time, he also became the majority shareholder and CEO. The bank soon grew from 24th to 4th in the state under his leadership.

“When I began working at Durant Bank and Trust, my goal was to always do what was right for our customers, employees, shareholders, partners, and the community. Through all these years, this desire remains the same. We have amazing employees who strive each day to live our purpose and values and who take pride in serving others,” said Mr. Massey.

Greg Massey, joined the bank in 1990, and succeeded his father as CEO in 2003.

As a family business and a community bank, First United operates differently from many of its counterparts in banking. First United’s desire is to inspire and empower others to Spend Life Wisely and to them that means a supporting others on their personal journey of financial well-being, wellness, personal development, and faith. First United adheres to a set of values that were created by their employees. These values are faith, family, integrity, high-performance teams, relationships, and most certainly, community. 

See the bank’s historical timeline and learn more about First United at firstunitedbank.com and spendlifewisely.com

ABOUT FIRST UNITED:
Established in 1900, First United Bank has more than 35 community banks throughout North Texas and Oklahoma. It is one of the largest, well-capitalized banking organizations in the Southwest with assets of more than $3 billion, and it is among the largest privately held community banking organizations in the U.S. First United Bank provides a full range of financial services including banking, mortgage, insurance, and wealth management products and services, and is dedicated to helping customers Spend Life Wisely®. Learn more at firstunitedbank.com

CONTACT: Justin Sanderson
jsanderson@firstunitedbank.com
(972) 569-2321

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