News Updates

A New Solution for Payments Processing

BBOK knows, and you confirmed, that great customer service drives relationships. We prioritize customer care among our staff, and expect the same from our vendor partners. BBOK is excited to announce our partnership with FiTech, a merchant services provider focused solely on community banks. FiTech delivers best-in-class payment technology serviced by a team dedicated to ...

The Hidden Value of Long-Term, Fixed-Rate Loans

With a flat and low yield curve, borrowers’ demand for long-term, fixed-rate loans is high. Borrowers are asking banks to extend loan portfolio duration at an inopportune time in the interest rate cycle – when the possibility for rising interest rates is much higher than the possibility for decreasing rates. Bankers’ Bank of Kansas and ...

Credit Quality During a Pandemic

As the pandemic lingers, banks are increasingly challenged with balancing how to meet borrower needs while protecting the bank from increased credit risk. The pandemic’s impact on credit quality may not be fully felt until well into next year, but prudent practices now may help lessen potential credit issues then. Also, regulators are advising banks ...

Remembering Cheryl Warashina

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Cheryl Warashina on November 16, 2020. For 27 years Cheryl was a familiar face to BBOK’s investors and board members. Cheryl was one of BBOK’s first employees and served as the unofficial historian for the bank, her quiet presence keeping BBOK Bancshares in meticulously ...

A Letter from BBOK President/CEO Calvin Coady

It has been another busy quarter in this pandemic. As I write this update, I am amazed and encouraged by the ways your bankers’ bank has adjusted to this environment while longing for a return to our “old” normal. Like the entire banking community, we’ve experienced many challenges along the way, but I am constantly ...

As Flex Work Increases, So Does IT Security

Bank’s IT departments have been busier than ever in 2020 as the coronavirus lockdown forced banks to very quickly transition a majority of staff to work from home. Successfully implementing the BBOK business continuity plan, BBOK’s IT team completed a secure transition to a remote laptop and desktop environment for its employees. “Having a VPN ...

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On-Demand Lending Support

This spring the Paycheck Protection Program taxed resources in banks throughout the country and in Kansas. With limited funds available, banks acted swiftly to assist their customers – researching program specifics, educating customers on eligibility, reallocating staff, working additional hours, and utilizing their trusted partner relationships to process as many loans as possible in a ...