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Vicky Petete


When Meredith Murphy, a manager for Vision Bank Ada, graduated from East Central University, she wanted to immediately sit for the CPA

exam. Her mentor, Vicky Petete, CPA, CGMA, an executive vice president and CFO for Vision Bank, fully backed Murphy’s decision. In fact, the way Murphy tells it, she might not be a CPA today if it weren’t for Petete’s encouragement.

“I was not successful, and, after a couple of attempts, I gave up,” Murphy said. “In 2014, I was a senior vice president and controller under Vicky. I had options and a clear career path outlined. However, Vicky wasn’t ready to let me give up on the goal of being a CPA.” Murphy continued, “She gave me one final

pep talk, reminding me that we are all different and that our career paths to the top are all different. In January 2015, I accepted my CPA certificate with Vicky standing proudly in the audience … Tat’s just what Vicky does. She encourages, pushes and delights in others’ successes.” Petete, a member for 38 years, has a long

history of helping and encouraging others. Kyle Stuart, CPA, a senior vice president for People’s Electric Cooperative in Ada, said, “Nearly 20 years ago, Vicky became my mentor when I was a young college kid majoring in accounting. Vicky saw potential in me and took me under her wing and helped guide me to make the best choices for my accounting career path … She has poured her knowledge and genuine concern into my life for years and has become a close personal friend, as well as a truly respected colleague.” Stuart added, “If Vicky had only done this in my life, that would be one thing, but I have

“For I know the plans I have for yo u, ”

decl ares the Lord,

“Plans to prosper yo u and not to harm yo u,

plans to give you hope and a future.” –jeremiah 29:11

Getting to know vicky

What is one thing on your bucket list? Visit every state in the U.S.

What is your ideal vacation destination? Maui, Hawaii

What was your first concert? Beach Boys

If you could have an endless supply of anything, what would it be? Time

What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you? I have a friend who has been there for me through every event in my life—the hard and sad times when my husband was in a severe car accident and when my mother died, but also the happy ones when my daughter was married and my grandchildren were born. She somehow always knows exactly what to say and exactly what to do.

witnessed a similar impact she has had and continues to make on countless young accounting professionals and CPAs.” Petete’s passion for the accounting profession is evident in her many activities. She’s previously served as president of the OSCPA Ada Chapter and was the chapter’s Distinguished C.P.A. honoree for 2006, served on the Communications, Ethics and Accounting and Finance Committees of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). She’s also served as chairman for the Oklahoma Accountancy Board, and as committee chair for the OSCPA’s Membership and Banking and

Other Financial Institutions Committee. Currently a director at large for the OSCPA, she is also the 1997 Outstanding Member in Industry, the 2010 Public Service Award recipient and the 2012 inductee in the Oklahoma Accounting Hall of Fame. Also active in her community, Petete is a

board member for Mercy Health Oklahoma Communities and NASBA Center for Public Trust. She’s chairman of the board for the ECU Foundation and is a faculty advisor for the ECU Student Center for Public Trust, a position where she helped her students win the NASBA Center for the Public Trust Campus Being a Difference Award. She previously served as president for the Ada Rotary Club and was the 1992-1993 Rotarian of the Year. It was all of these combined efforts that also

landed Petete in Te Journal Record’s 2016 Woman of the Year: 50 Making a Difference list. All of these accolades bring joy to Petete.

“I’m proud of the awards I’ve been given for my willingness to give back,” Petete explained. “God has blessed me throughout my life with individuals who have been wonderful mentors. Wanting to somehow repay those individuals, I have strived to look for opportunities to cross paths and touch the lives of other individuals.” But Petete said she’s the one who has been blessed. “Blessed by watching the success of individuals whose lives I hope I have somehow touched,” Petete said. “In the words of a great man who I truly respected, Mr. Harland C. Stonecipher, ‘Success is not measured by the number of dollars you make, but the number of lives you touch.’”

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