Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

50 Making a Difference: Celine B. Ferguson, Coppermark Bank

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

50 Making a Difference: Celine B. Ferguson, Coppermark Bank

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Giving 110 percent in everything you do is something Celine Ferguson learned at a very young age from her father. "It is through the application of this personal philosophy in my life that I have been able to take on many leadership roles not only in my profession, but in my professional affiliations," said Ferguson, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Coppermark Bank.

During high school, Ferguson worked in banking as part of a Cooperative Office Education Program.

"It really became so much more than just a job to me that I made it my lifelong career," she said.

Ferguson graduated at the top of her class at Oklahoma City University and later graduated from Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University and the Graduate School of Bank Investments. She joined Coppermark Bank, formerly Guaranty Bank, in 1975. In addition to serving as its senior vice president and CFO, she is also cashier and assistant treasurer of the bank's holding company.

She is a member of Financial Women International, Financial Managers Association and the Association for Management Information Financial Services. She was also selected as one of 12 representatives across the United States to serve on the board of the Jack Henry Silverlake Users Group, a leading financial software company. In addition, Ferguson is the past president of Financial Technologies National Users Group representing three of its major product lines. She also serves on the advisory board of the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University and the Putnam City Public Schools Foundation Board.

Ferguson's civic involvement includes serving on the board of directors of Suited for Success, a nonprofit organization that provides professional clothing to low income women.

"I put together a successful annual community reinvestment fundraising program for Suited involving several local community banks. …

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