A Message From Our President
Welcome to WEOKIE Federal Credit Union. I am Jeff Carpenter, President and Chief Executive Officer.
As we look to the future, and our next stage of growth, it is important to remember what first inspired WEOKIE. Consumers who were “left behind” by traditional for-profit financial institutions created credit unions by pooling their resources with the goal of providing each other with credit for economical purposes and a safe place to save for the future. Credit unions thrived in the 1930’s as the country rebounded from the Great Depression and the credit union movement was fueled when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act in 1934.
Over the years, credit unions grew around places of employment or organizations such as military bases and churches and membership was limited to those groups of people. In 1969, the employees of the Western Electric Plant in Oklahoma City pooled their resources to form their own not-for-profit cooperative and named it WEOKIE (WE = Western Electric, OKIE = Oklahoma). WEOKIE later began to serve the financial needs of many additional companies and their employees.
In 2001, our credit union expanded to serve anyone in the greater Oklahoma City and surrounding counties that was interested in cooperatively pooling their financial resources to help their fellow Oklahomans through a strong financial cooperative. Today, WEOKIE has grown to become one of the largest financial institutions in Oklahoma with over $1.2 billion in assets. WEOKIE provides a full range of financial products and services to help all members plan and build a secure financial future. WEOKIE offers lower loan rates, higher savings rates, and fewer service fees. We are always eager to assist you in your personal financial journey and our leadership in the industry is directly attributable to our dedication to helping you build a better financial future for you and your family.
With growth and expansion, member ownership is the one key ingredient to the credit union business model that has remained the same. Thanks for being a member of WEOKIE Federal Credit Union. Also, because every member is an owner, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if I can ever assist you. If you are not a member yet, I invite you take the next step and join today. We look forward to serving you and we will remain focused on a path of continuous improvement!
Jeff Carpenter, President & CEO
WEOKIE Federal Credit Union
WEOKIE Federal Credit Union
In 1969, the employees of Western Electric of Oklahoma pooled their resources to form a not-for-profit cooperative and named it WEOKIE (WE = Western Electric, OKIE = Oklahoma). Today, WEOKIE has grown to become one of the largest financial institutions in Oklahoma, providing a full range of financial products and services to help members plan and build a secure financial future with lower loan rates, higher savings rates
WEOKIE is federally insured just like a bank. The federal insurance for WEOKIE is provided by the National Credit Union Administration, NCUA.
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Board of Directors
Our cooperative is under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors who are elected to three year terms.
Warren Pybas - Chairman
Warren Pybas retired from the position of Senior Director of Human Resources at Hertz after 31 years of service. Prior to joining Hertz, he was employed at Dayton Tire for more than 5 years as Supervisor of Factory Employment in the Personnel Department. In 1980, Warren worked to incorporate WEOKIE as the credit union service provider for OKC Hertz employees. Warren has served in various volunteer positions with WEOKIE (including almost 5 years as Associate Director) before his election to the Board. Warren has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University. Warren has previously provided volunteer service to several community organizations, including The Salvation Army, Boys And Girls Club of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Metro United Way, and the Oklahoma City Contact Crisis Helpline.
Gary Tarkington - Vice Chairman
Gary Tarkington retired from Lucent Technologies as a Supply Chain Manager with more than 33 years of service. Gary has been a member of WEOKIE Federal Credit Union for more than 30 years and has served on both the Credit Committee and Supervisory Committee during that time. Gary is currently the Vice-President of Region Chapter 136 of the New Outlook Pioneers and is Past President of the Oklahoma Council of the New Outlook Pioneers. He is Treasurer of his homeowner’s association and also attends Oakcrest Church of Christ where he is a small group leader. Gary attended the University of Oklahoma where he graduated with a degree in Accounting. He also has been certified by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).
Gary Tarkington - Vice Chairman
Leonard Wells retired from Celestica after working in the accounting and auditing departments of both AT&T and Lucent. Leonard currently serves as a WEOKIE Board Member and has also served on WEOKIE's Supervisory Committee and on WEOKIE's Credit Committee from 1978-1985. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma. In 2017, he began his second five-year term on the Board of Education for Yukon Public Schools. Leonard has served as past treasurer for the First United Methodist Church of Yukon and is currently an active member of Bethany First Church of the Nazarene.
Tony Carl - Board Member
Tony Carl served on WEOKIE's Supervisory Committee and as an Associate Director prior to being elected to WEOKIE's Board of Directors. Tony is currently employed as at American Fidelity in Oklahoma City as a Customer Engagement Manager. He previously held the position of Manager of Quality & Communications for the Customer Care Organization at the Hertz Corporation. Tony holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration degree. Tony attends Bethel Baptist Church in Norman and also serves on the Recreation Committee. Tony enjoys family, sports and being with friends.
Dennis March - Board Member
Dennis March retired from the United States Air Force with 21 years of active duty service as a Security Forces Police Officer. Currently, he is employed at Tinker Air Force Base as a Department of Defense employee as a Security Manager. Dennis served on the Supervisory Committee prior to his appointment as an Associate Director and election as a Director. He has a Bachelor's degree from Southern Nazarene University in Organizational Leadership and an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force. Dennis is a Deacon at Town and Country Christian Church in Yukon.
Craig Edison - Board Member
Craig Eidson is a lifetime Oklahoma resident, born in Norman Oklahoma, and a graduate of Moore High School where he met his wife, Michelle. He earned his degree in Biblical Studies & Management from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri in 1988. Craig is the Lead Pastor of Freedom Church in Piedmont Oklahoma, a church he and his wife founded in 1999. Previously he served as High School & College Student Pastor in Weatherford, Oklahoma for nine years, and has worked for a variety of other companies including United Parcel Service and Express Employment Professionals. Craig previously served on the WEOKIE Supervisory Committee. He currently serves his community as a fire chaplain for the Piedmont Fire Department and as a commissioner for Planning and Zoning. He enjoys volunteering with non-profits and has traveled to more than 25 countries to render food, aid, and encouragement to people in need.