Bank of the Panhandle will be different on the morning of June 28th when Steve Baggerly, with his booming voice and quick pace, doesn’t show up to the job. After 28 years at the bank and over two decades as the Bank’s fearless leader, Baggerly is handing the reins over to Sally Hawkins so that he can spend more time with his family.  Maybe he will even take up fishing.

Baggerly describes his banking career as something that he had never planned.  He grew up in Spearman, Texas, and then moved on to Texas Tech University where he received a degree in mechanical engineering.  From there, he and his wife Becky moved to Guymon in 1973 to run his family’s farm store, B&B Sales. Six years later there was an opportunity to invest in Bank of the Panhandle where he served as chairman of the loan committee.  Ten years after that, in 1990, he made the move to a full time job at the Bank. Bank of the Panhandle owes much to Steve for his passion, foresight, and dedication, all of which made Bank of the Panhandle a true community bank.  Steve will remain the Chairman of the Board for Bank of the Panhandle.

Over the years, Steve has invested countless hours in many community organizations, including Angel Flight of Oklahoma, Harrington Cancer Center, Oklahoma Panhandle Partners, the First Presbyterian Church, Guymon Industrial Foundation, and many more.  Steve is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 17. Our community is better for his contributions.  

Bank of the Panhandle’s shareholders, board members, and employees believe that community banks are a vital part of small communities, and they are determined to keep the Bank a locally owned and operated institution.  We are proud to be in Guymon, and we are proud to support our local communities. 

Sally Hawkins has served as the Chief Financial Officer and has been with the Bank since 2011.  Before her career in community banking, Hawkins received an accounting and finance degree from New York University, a law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, and she became a member of the Texas Bar in 2009.  Sally worked in public accounting and practiced as an attorney before moving to Guymon.   Hawkins and her husband Kyle have two children, Hoke, age three, and Caroline, age one.  

Hawkins is a member of the Guymon School Board, the secretary for the Guymon Industrial Foundation, a session member for First Presbyterian Church, and the treasurer for the Presbyterian Discovery Academy.  She enjoys helping with other initiatives that strengthen our community. Sally is a proud member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 31, and she is a graduate of both the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking and the Texas Tech School of Banking.  She also serves on the Board of Directors at First National Bank in Spearman, Texas.

For Hawkins, community banking has always been her passion. “My father, Bill Pittman, and a group of investors started a bank when I was two years old.  Steve’s father, Max Baggerly, was one of those investors. Max helped my father’s dream of community banking become a reality.  As fate would have it, 33 years later, Steve is helping me realize the same dream. I owe a lot to him.”

Although Steve won’t show up to work on the 28th, Bank of the Panhandle will still open at 7:30 in the morning, ready to serve our customers and our community.  Come see us.