Local bondsmen join national board

Local bondsmen join national board

The Oklahoma Bondsman Association recently announced that two Oklahoma bondsmen have been selected to serve on the board of directors for the Professional Bail Agents of the United States.

Laurie Poole, of Oklahoma City, was appointed director at large of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS). Tom Trepagnier, also of Oklahoma City, was elected Midwest director of the organization.

PBUS is the professional association representing 15,500 bail agents nationwide.

“It is an honor to represent my colleagues on a national level.” Poole said, “I look forward to working with bondsmen from across the country to set the highest standards of professionalism and effectiveness in our field and advance policies that protect our communities and the rights of defendants.”

Poole has more than five years of experience as a licensed bail bondsman and owns Asset Bail Bonds in Oklahoma City. She also has previous experience as a private investigator, process server and bail enforcer. Poole graduated with a Bachelor of Science in History from Smith College in Massachusetts before obtaining her Master in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. She also serves on the budget and grievance committees for the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS), Northwest director for the Oklahoma Bondsman Association (OBA) and holds the secretarial position for the Oklahoma County Bondsman Association.

Trepagnier has worked more than 20 years in the bail bond industry and is the owner of Trep Bail Bonds in Oklahoma. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice/Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma.

“I’m thrilled to have been chosen by my peers to represent our region at the PBUS,” Trepagnier said. “Bondsmen serve a vital function keeping our communities safe and producing savings for local governments, and I look forward to the opportunity to share that story with policy makers and the public.”

Since its founding in 1981, PBUS and its alliance with state associations have advanced the profession through legislative advocacy, professional networking, continuing education, support of bail agent certification, liability insurance and development of a code of ethics.