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#6 Small/Medium Employer Website: Twitter Handle: @regentbank U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Tulsa Industry: Banking Status: Private U.S. Employees: 95 Oklahoma Employees: 95 Year Founded: 1898 Company Leader: Sean Kouplen, Chairman and CEO E ach morning at 8:17 a.m., Regent Bank CEO Sean Kouplen leads a daily devotional. “Regent Bank is a faith-based organization fanatical about living our core values every day,” Kouplen said. The bank’s Regent Star Award program encourages employ- ees to nominate co-workers who go above and beyond their job duties and display its core values – bring your “A” game every day, be a lifelong learner, enjoy the journey, have a sense of urgency, always be truthful and transparent, go above and beyond and show you care. Founded 120 years ago in Nowata, the bank has expanded, adding offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Springfield, Missouri. Regent Bank specializes in helping small and midmarket business- es grow. Regent employees enjoy the community bank’s family-orien- tated culture that includes themed celebrations each quarter to celebrate milestones and successes. And, after each five-year anniversary, employees are given two consecutive weeks off. Another reason employees say they love working at Regent Bank is that it offers employees fully or partially paid parental 40 2018 Best Places to Work leave for the birth or adoption of a child as well as provides adoption assistance, such as reimbursement of agency fees, travel fees, legal assistance, paid time off before or after adoption, etc. Other perks include on-site chair massages and barista services for Employee Appreciation Day and the opportunity for hourly employees to sell back current-year sick time at 1/2 hourly rate in December. “We are proud to be able to give back to our communities through proprietary programs such as a free monthly event in which business leaders speak about how they integrate their faith into their daily life, monthly executive luncheon series for business owners and executives and weekly social media video series that teach relevant business and leadership lessons,” Kouplen said. Regent Bank has been listed among the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma multiple times and was named to this year’s Best Places to Work by Inc. magazine. In 2017, the bank also received an Extraordinary Banking Award from the Institute of Extraordi- nary Banking and also was named among the Best of the Best by Oklahoma Magazine. The Journal Record