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NEO to honor Chaney at Outstanding Alumni Banquet

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College will formally honor Rick Chaney during the Outstanding Alumni Banquet on Saturday, Oct 21, at 11am in the Calcagno Family Ballroom.

All alumni and friends of the college are invited to attend the banquet. Tickets are $25 and $15 (children 12 and under). Purchase tickets at the door or online. 

NEO homecoming festivities will take place Oct 19 – 21.

Chaney grew up on his family’s farm in Welch, Oklahoma. He attended Welch Public Schools, where he was involved in Future Farmers of America and played football.

Chaney attended NEO from 1977 to 1979 and majored in pre-dentistry. His next stop was the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting.

Chaney worked in public accounting for ten years before moving to Coalgate, Oklahoma, to begin his banking career. In 1992, he accepted a position with Shamrock Bank and later became president. In 2009, he became the vice president and senior loan officer for FirstBank and served there until his recent retirement.

Chaney has served his community for the last 30 years. He was involved with the County Health Authority and the Welch Booster Club. He also served on the Tri-County Indian Nation Community Development Corporation as chairman and treasurer.

Chaney and his wife Kristi reside in Coalgate and have five children and eight grandchildren. Now retired, Chaney enjoys hunting, working with his bird dogs, and fishing.

For more information, please contact Interim Director of Alumni and Development Eric Iverson at

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