Special to the Democrat American State Bank in Weatherford is proud to announce O.L. Cooper as a new member of their leadership team. Cooper is an executive vice president and will work along side Branch President Brad Wilkerson. A Texas native, Cooper graduated with a bachelor of business administration in banking and finance in 1972. He started his career as a banking officer at Spur Security Bank in Spur, Texas. Since that time, he has risen through the ranks with various Texas banks. Most recently, Cooper served as group president with a Tarrant County based financial institution. In his 34 years of banking experience, Cooper has seen many changes in the banking industry. However, he believes some things never change. “Banking is about personal relationships,” Cooper said. “It is all about getting to know your customer and making sure they meet their financial goals.” American State Bank was founded in Texas in 1948, and has 35 branches in 18 communities and offers a wide variety of banking services including checking, savings, time deposits, home loans, construction loans, trust services and investment services.