Respected OKC Banker Joins First Liberty Bank

Monday, August 15, 2016

by Kathy Bentley


August 10, 2016

Oklahoma City – Experienced and influential commercial banker James P. Boggs has joined the team at First Liberty Bank as a Senior Vice President.

Boggs has worked more than two decades in the local banking industry, and has proven himself a leader in the community. He brings to First Liberty keen account analysis, management and business development skills. In over 20 years of banking, Boggs has worked as an analyst, product manager, and assisted with branch development and other bank operations projects, prior to serving as a commercial relationship manager for the past 16 years.

“In his local banking career, James has worked one-on-one with businesses of all sizes in many sectors and helped them achieve their growth goals. Add to that his experience in multi-bank syndication financing and he is a force to be reckoned with in banking,” said Scott Hughes, First Liberty Chief Lending Officer.

James will assist with the strategic growth plans of the bank. Additionally, as a loan and cash management portfolio executive, Boggs will focus on commercial and industrial, and develop relationships in the small business, real estate, medical and oil & gas industries. It’s a job he finds endlessly rewarding.

“I have always seen commercial banking as a way to get to know and understand multiple industries.” said James Boggs. “Banking allowed me to stay in Oklahoma and see broad opportunities in our community while serving the financial needs of commercial clients.”

“It’s inspiring to join a vibrant financial institution like First Liberty Bank,” Boggs said. “With a strong private ownership base, First Liberty is positioned for great growth and I am honored to join the team.”

An Oklahoma native, Boggs was raised in Okeene and became a top-ranking graduate of Oklahoma State University. He holds a degree in Business and now serves on the OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Active in the community, he serves on the Board of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XXV, and has been recognized as a leader in business by both OKC Business and The Journal Record as Outstanding Forty Under 40. He and his wife, Dayna, reside in Edmond and have two daughters Lora and Ana Grace.

“Banking is about relationships. My clients become friends as I work to understand how they run their businesses to provide jobs for our community,” Boggs added. “I have had the opportunity to finance everything from specialized medical centers to small businesses and stand alongside an Oklahoma business in New York City for the NASDAQ market closing. For me, every day as a banker is educational, exciting, challenging and ultimately very rewarding.”

“We could not be more excited that James is joining our team,” said Joey Root, President and CEO of First Liberty. “He has been a real force in the creation of new business, growing companies and creating jobs in Oklahoma. His skill set and diverse leadership experiences will prove invaluable to First Liberty as we develop strategies to grow our Company.”


First Liberty Bank is a privately-owned financial institution celebrating a decade of success and growth in 2016. First Liberty provides customer focused solutions for commercial, private banking, and mortgage clients as well as state of the art treasury management services.

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