MOORE — Local judge Thad Balkman recently graduated from the Oklahoma Bar Association Leadership Academy.
Balkman was among 23 graduates who completed the academy’s training in leadership, motivation and communication. Balkman is district judge for Cleveland County.
“Lawyers are selected to participate in the Leadership Academy based on factors including a demonstrated willingness to serve the legal profession and their communities,” said OBA President Renee DeMoss. “Through participation in the Academy, they improve and enhance their leadership skills, and become even stronger leaders.”
The OBA Leadership Academy included five sessions, beginning September 2013 and ending April 2014. Sessions were led by experienced leaders from various backgrounds including military officers, former OBA presidents, leadership experts and high profile public officials.
Craig Turner, president of BancFirst Moore, announced that Marlene Wood has been promoted to executive vice president.
Wood brings 34 years of banking industry experience to the job and has been a loan officer for the past 27 years of her career. She had spent most of her career at Exchange National Bank of Moore when it was acquired by BancFirst three years ago. For the past two years, she has focused her efforts on commercial lending and continues to increase her management responsibilities for the two BancFirst locations in Moore.
“Marlene is a valuable asset to our bank,” Turner said. “Her expertise, experience and strong work ethic make her a valuable resource for our customers.”
Wood is involved in the community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Moore Chamber of Commerce. In 2006, she completed her studies at the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management of Virginia.