September 29, 2014 – REI Oklahoma Board of Directors Elect New Member

Jim Odom, a western Oklahoma banking consultant, has been elected to the Board of Directors overseeing REI Oklahoma, a statewide economic development firm.

In his consultant role at First National Bank & Trust Co. – Shawnee, Odom is responsible for the bank’s business development as well as continuing relationships with its longstanding customers and developing new customer relationships. His extensive experience in banking, economic and community development span more than 44 years and include loan origination, managing employees and general banking operations.

After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1967, Odom served in the United States Army National Guard for three years. He is a member of the First National Bank & Trust Co. – Shawnee loan committee, a member of the bank’s advisory board, formerly served on the board of the Christian Family Counseling Center of Lawton and is an Elder at Dayspring Community Church.

“We are very excited about Jim’s willingness to serve on the REI Oklahoma Board because he brings such great experience to the table,” said Martin VanMeter, REI Oklahoma board chair. “His knowledge and background will provide great support as REI Oklahoma continues its economic development mission throughout the state. We are appreciative of his volunteer service as well as that of each other member of our board.”

Residing in Faxon, he and wife Judy are the parents of a son and daughter, and are grandparents of six grandchildren.

Through its offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Durant, REI Oklahoma provides capital to help Oklahomans start and expand their business, trains aspiring entrepreneurs, and helps working families buy a home. Learn more about the opportunities REI Oklahoma creates by calling 800.658.2823. Follow REI Oklahoma on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.