Roi Nelson retires after 43 years in banking

Roi Nelson

Carlton Bass, Chairman of the Board of First National Bank, announced that Roi Nelson has retired from banking.

Roi served the banking community for 43 years, beginning his career with First National Bank in 1975, as a Vice President in lending. Roi joined The Bank, NA, in 1980, where he served as a Senior Vice President and Branch President in their Stillwater location. In the summer of 2000, Roi returned to McAlester, in the position of Executive Vice President and Director of First National Bank.

In May 2004, Roi was promoted to President of First National Bank and in May 2006 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in addition to being President of FNB. Roi was CEO when he retired from his daily duties on December 31, 2015. He continued with his duties as a director of First National Bank until January 2018.

Roi is a graduate of McAlester High School and the University of Oklahoma. He also graduated from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking as well as several American Bankers Association schools in the lending area.

Roi has been active in many community organizations and foundations in both McAlester and Stillwater, holding the position of President of the Stillwater Medical Center Foundation as well as the McAlester Regional Health Center Foundation. In addition to serving his local community he served his fellow bankers on the Advantage Health Plans Insurance Trust as a trustee for two terms and then as its Chairman.

The Officers, Directors and Employees of First National Bank wish Roi and his wife, Debbie, the best in his retirement.