First Liberty Bank opened for business on Oct. 2, 2006, with six employees housed in the service area of the former Jackie Cooper BMW dealership at 9601 N. May in Oklahoma City. By 2007, the bank had grown to over $100 million in assets. First Liberty Bank’s founders include coaching legend Barry Switzer, country music star Toby Keith, Norman business leader Hunter Miller and the bank’s president and CEO, Joey Root.
In addition to Root, the bank’s original management team included longtime Oklahoma bankers Tammie Garrison, Chief Treasury Management Officer, Tammy Boatman, Chief Credit Officer, and Sandy Bracken, Chief Financial Officer. Experienced banker Scott Hughes was hired in 2015 as Chief Lending Officer. Keegan Grooms, a longtime bank employee, was named CFO when Ms. Bracken retired in 2020.
First Liberty Bank is first and foremost a community bank, focusing on the Greater Oklahoma City Metro and Norman. This focus reflects bank culture based on three tenets; we are kind, genuine, and we bend over backward to serve the relationships we have established.
First Liberty Bank serves local charities with time and money as a community bank. Whether it is bank staff mentoring students at Positive Tomorrows, collecting diapers for Infant Crisis Services, supporting the OK Kids Korral, or providing snacks for Cavett Kids summer camp, dedication to helping and serving local charities is paramount. Staff is encouraged to volunteer and provide leadership to local causes that are important to them.
First Liberty Bank added a mortgage department in 2016, opened a second branch in Norman in 2018, and as of 2021, has $550 million in assets and 70 full-time employees.