Mr. Cook has served as a director since March 2015. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Directors, Mr. Cook served as a financial consultant to Bank 34 from January 2014 to March 2015. From 1989 until his retirement in December 2013 he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director at First National Bank in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Mr. Cook also served as Executive Vice President and Vice President at First National Bank from 1987 to 1989. He held the position of Executive Vice President and managed commercial lending, corporate strategy and administration at United Bank of Lea County, Hobbs, New Mexico, from 1982 through 1987. He served as an executive branch manager overseeing consumer finance and administration from 1971 through 1982 in Hobbs, New Mexico and Farmington, New Mexico. Mr. Cook is a director emeritus of the New Mexico State University at Alamogordo Foundation; director and past chairman of the Economic Development Council of Otero County; and a member of the Committee of 50 (military support committee). His director experience spanned other organizations including: Federal Reserve Bank, El Paso, Texas; Federal Reserve Bank, Dallas, Texas; and the New Mexico Bankers Association. Mr. Cook’s banking background and leadership experience brings valuable insight in the areas of leadership, bank operations and corporate governance.
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