Canton Joins Oklahoma State Bank as President, Chief Credit Officer

Jim Canton has joined Guthrie-based Oklahoma State Bank as president and chief credit officer. He has been in the banking industry for 39 years, primarily in the Edmond and Oklahoma City markets, and most recently served as market president for Bank SNB in Edmond. Canton’s lending background includes commercial and residential real estate, secured asset-based lending, and commercial and industrial business.

Canton worked as a lender at banks in Los Angeles and Kansas City before moving to Edmond in 1983 to work at Quail Creek Bank, eventually becoming the bank’s chief lending officer. In 1996, he founded First Commercial Bank in Edmond and served as CEO for 20 years. Under his leadership, the bank expanded to nine locations in Edmond, Oklahoma City and Denver, Colorado, before it was purchased by Bank SNB in 2016.

Canton is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. He has been actively involved in the Oklahoma City and Edmond Chambers of Commerce, United Way, Boy Scouts and various youth sports organizations. He is a former director of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Guthrie and founding director of Central Oklahoma Charities, a partnership with First Commercial Bank that benefited several local children’s charities.

“[Canton’s] long list of accomplishments in the banking industry can be attributed to his ability to develop strong personal relationships with his clients and his desire to serve the people in this community,” says Steve McDaniel, Oklahoma State Bank CEO.

Founded in 1909, Oklahoma State Bank serves customers in Norman, Oklahoma City, Guthrie and Mulhall.

Published in Bankers Digest July 16, 2018