Thanks to leaders like Mel Barnes, we never stop improving.

Take it from us, you don’t get to 110 years without constantly improving. While we pride ourselves on our old-school, customer-first way of doing business, we’re just as proud to offer customers state-of-the-art financial products and services. This commitment to constantly advancing begins at the top and extends to every member of our team. Leaders like Mel Barnes are the reason why.

“My favorite part of my job is watching progress,” says Mel, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for our bank. “That might be progress internally or progress made by a team member. Sometimes it’s the progress of our organization as a whole, as we grow and become more efficient in providing outstanding service to our customers.” Mel doesn’t just enjoy watching progress; she delivers it every day in her position as COO. We’re not surprised at all. Progress has been a part of Mel’s career from the start.

She joined our team in 2014 and brought with her more than two decades of experience in banking in central Oklahoma. In addition to developing and implementing operational processes, she also specializes in business development, training and electronic payment systems. With her extensive knowledge in not only operations, but new technology as well, Mel is a real Jill-of-all-trades. But as important as she is to our bank, like any great leader she recognizes great work takes a team.

“The OSB team is what sets us apart,” says Mel. “It is the people who care about this organization, our customers and our communities. Every team member is committed to making OSB the best bank possible.” 

The secret to Mel’s success is simple: She doesn’t just believe in progress because it’s her job. She loves and practices it in every facet of her life. “I am inspired by progress and positive change,” says Mel. “I love to see progress at work, at home, and in life in general. Every day we’re working to get better and better.”


Founded in 1909, Oklahoma State Bank prides itself on helping customers reach their financial goals. Our customer-focused mindset begins with our leadership and extends to every member of our team. With personal and business banking experience and knowledge, we provide services to exceed our customers’ expectations. Whatever your financial goals, we invite you to experience how we are The Best Bank For You.

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