Oklahoma City —
An Ada, resident became the 53rd inductee into the Oklahoma Accounting Hall of Fame during the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants’ annual awards ceremony on Friday, June 8, at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
Vicky C. Petete, CPA, the executive vice president and CFO with Vision Bank, NA in Ada, became the newest member of an elite class of Oklahoma CPAs.
An OSCPA member since 1980, Petete has spent most of her career working for and with Bill Horne Sr., CPA, at Horne & Company P.C. and at Vision Bank.
Horne, the Oklahoma Accounting Hall of Fame 1976 inductee, said, “In my opinion, the nominee for this year could not have been a more deserving individual. I have known her for 33 years as an employee, either direct within our firm or indirect through other associations. During this period, I have observed her development as an individual who puts her family first, her associates second, and her professional occupation is in the forefront in everything that she does. She not only devotes fulltime to her job, whatever it may be, but always has time to help anyone in need as well as maintaining a good relationship with her fellow employees and employers. She has almost become a member of my family.”
Petete worked with the faculty at East Central University to develop a 150-hour Masters of Accounting degree. Plus, she helped develop curriculum for a master’s level class, Accounting and Regulatory Reporting. She was instrumental in bringing CPAs throughout the state into the classroom to discuss regulatory reporting for each of their respective industries. For more than 25 years, she has assisted ECU students pursuing their accounting degrees. Throughout the years, she has been an advisor to the Accounting Club, as well as a presenter to their meetings. She was also key in having a financial literacy class added as a portion of the general education requirement for each degree at ECU and she is now an ECU Financial Literacy adjunct instructor. Further, she initiated a partnership with a web-based e-learning platform to bring financial education to area high schools to help them attain the graduation requirements of the Passport to Financial Literacy.