In 1963, Mr.Henke was employed by the First National Bank and Trust Company of Tulsa as a financial analyst. In 1967, he joined Fourth National Bank of Tulsa to assist in the formation of the newly chartered Trust Department and shortly thereafter was selected to head the Trust operation. In 1971, he was elected Director of the bank and in 1973 was elected President of Fourth National Corporation, the parent holding company of Fourth National Bank.
In 1978, he was named Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and held the position until 1982 when he was elected Director of American Bank and Trust Co. and named Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
In 1983, Mr. Henke was elected as Director of Utica National Bank & Trust Company, and was named Chairman of the Executive Committee. In 1984, he was elected Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Utica Bankshares Corporation and Utica National Bank and Trust Company.
In 1988, Mr. Henke was named Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Banks of Mid-America, Inc., at the time the largest bank holding company in the state of Oklahoma, and was also elected to the Board of Directors of Liberty National Bank & Trust Company of Oklahoma and The First National Bank and Trust Company of Tulsa. Mr. Henke led the effort to recapitalize Banks of Mid-America. In October 1988, the recapitalization was completed with $75 million infusion of new capital.
In January 1990, Mr. Henke resigned his position with Banks of Mid-America and was re-elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Bank and Trust Co., the position he now holds.
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