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.
She has presented multiple times at the OSCPA’s Do It Herself: A Journey to Financial Freedom conferences, as well as conferences hosted by Rural Enterprises Incorporated and a women’s accounting organization in Oklahoma City.
Appointed by the governor in 2004, she has been a member of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board, serving as chair, vice chair, secretary, communications officer and outreach chair, where she is instrumental in arranging for the board to meet on various college campuses. She’s also served on the OAB’s Executive, Personnel, Rules and CPE Committees. Though she’s previously served as chair, she is currently the chair elect. She has served on NASBA’s Communication and Education committees. And she’s currently serving on NASBA’s Accounting and Finance Committee.
While volunteering for her local rotary club, she’s served as president, treasurer, and board member. She was also named Rotarian of the Year and a Paul Harris Fellow, the Rotary Club’s highest honor given. She’s served the Byng Excellence in Education Foundation since the organization’s inception in 2004, volunteering for the scholarship committee and acting as treasurer. She’s been an active member of Trinity Baptist Church for more than 10 years and has served in several different ways, including the finance committee and the budget committee. She’s also serving on the Ada Chamber of Commerce Executive Board as treasurer.
In her acceptance of the OSCPA’s Public Service Award in 2010, she stated public service is something someone does not necessarily for the number of individuals being helped, but rather for the type of help you are providing. One of the projects she is most proud of is one that helps people who have had a death in their family. She and her husband began the service in memory of her father. When her father died, they were offered a spare refrigerator to help with food storage. She and her husband now donate use of an extra refrigerator and a trailer to grieving families when they need it.
On Friday night, Petete said, “It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the OSCPA with this prestigious award.”
“God has blessed me throughout my life and career by surrounding me with individuals that have been wonderful mentors and examples,” she continued. “Each of these individuals has made a footprint on my life. I truly hope and pray that I will also be able to make a footprint on the lives of others.”