OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Bankers Association hosts two experienced and prominent speakers at its annual convention next week in Edmond.

Highlighting the OBA’s 122nd Annual Convention and Trade Show as the keynote speakers will be Eric Maddox, a retired soldier of the U.S. Army and the Defense Intelligence Agency who speaks to audiences in the art of negotiations, and Clifton Taulbert, an experienced banker and author who has become a successful businessman. Maddox will speak to gathered banking leaders at 9:15 a.m., on May 21 and Taulbert will speak at 9:15 a.m., on May 22 at the Edmond Convention Center in Edmond.

Maddox is a native of Sapulpa and was one of the Delta Force team members who conducted more than 300 interrogations, which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein. For his accomplishments, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the Bronze Star. After 20 years in the army, he continues to help corporations, organizations, universities, CEOs and audiences worldwide in the art of questioning, negotiations and information gathering to use for their advantages. His speech at the OBA convention is “What’s Your Ace of Spades?”

Taulbert was born on the Mississippi Delta during the era of legal segregation where he completed his secondary education. His first book “Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored” became a national best-seller, a major motion picture and a requested gift for Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison. Today, Taulbert is the president and CEO of the Freemount Corporation (a human capital development company) serving clients nationally and internationally-Fortune 500 Companies, small businesses, federal agencies, professional organizations, community colleges and K-12 leadership. Additionally, he is the president and CEO of Roots Java Coffee, an African-American owned national coffee brand, importing coffee from Africa. His speech at the OBA convention is “The Leadership Puzzle.”

New officers and board members will be installed for the Association at the business luncheon at noon, Tuesday, May 21. Frazier Henke, with American Bank & Trust in Tulsa, will officially take the chairmanship during this business session.

Media are invited to listen to the speakers and attend the business session of this conference, which brings together hundreds of banking industry leaders from across the state.