Whitney Cruse, Vice President of Barge Logistics for Marquette Transportation, LLC, will serve as Chair and George Wilson, Founder of George Wilson S.A.F.E.T.Y Foundation, will serve as Vice Chair. The officers will serve for a two-year term. In addition, Tara Sawvel, Executive Sales Representative for Lilly USA, Inc. takes a second term as the Board Secretary.
Additional Advisory Board members include Terrance Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Saint Thomas Rehabilitation Hospital.; Katie Englert, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Owner of Compass Counseling and of Chicken Salad Chick; Jennifer Frazier, Director of Murray State University Paducah Campus; Cory Hicks, Business Services Director for Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership; Jay Hite, Partner of Clayton Byrd & Meeks, LLP; Nick Morris, Franchise Owner of Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services: Eric Straub, Associate with Whitlow, Roberts, Houston & Straub, PLLC; and Ben Stewart, Partner with Grumley, Riley & Stewart, PSC.
Board members are nominated by bank employees and approved by the Paducah Bank Board of Directors. The Advisory Board will meet quarterly and each member will serve a two-year term.
“We are extremely optimistic about the future of our company and the communities we serve,” says Paducah Bank President & CEO Mardie Herndon. “This impressive team of professionals will have a visible impact upon the success of our franchise. There is no doubt that this group, and the newly formed Advisory Board in Louisville, will have an immediate impact on the success of Paducah Bank & Trust. The Advisory Board will proactively support important decisioning points for our company, clients and teammates!”
The Advisory Board meets regularly with Bank leadership to discuss community topics, client services, product development, and various technology topics.
About Paducah Bank:
Paducah Bank is an award-winning, locally owned bank with banking centers in six locations in Paducah and Louisville and employs more than 140 people. Paducah Bank received a 5-star rating from BauerFinancial, the nation’s premier bank rating firm. The bank has earned this 5-star rating for 48 consecutive quarters! The bank also received the distinction of exceptional performance bank, a status reserved for banks that have earned Bauer’s highest rating for 10 consecutive years! Paducah Bank was named as the #1 Best Place to Work in Kentucky among medium-sized companies and was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of the nation’s Top 15 Small Workplaces. It was named Best Bank in the Paducah Sun Readers’ Choice Awards from 2012-2021 and has won the Louisville Mayor's Worksite Wellness Award numerous times. In 2019, Paducah Bank won the Governor’s Service Award. In 2020, they won the William. H. Natcher Award by the Kentucky Library Association. They won three Telly Awards in 2021 as well as the Governor’s Business Award for the Arts.