“What interests me most about my job is the ability to help someone purchase his or her own home for the very first time.” —Larry Rudolph
For many people, talking to Larry Rudolph at Paducah Bank is music to their ears. Did we say music?
Larry is a 1970 veteran of Paducah Tilghman High School’s orchestra, marching band, and concert band. “I love music,” Larry admits. “From classical to bluegrass to Cajun to rock to rhythm and blues. It probably goes back to my playing days in high school.”
What is that music that listeners hear when they meet with Larry in his office at Paducah Bank? It is usually a melodious blend of compassion, competency, and a clear picture of how he can help bring financial reality to a homeowner’s hopes and dreams.
On that note, Larry has no qualms when it comes to his feelings about his association with Paducah Bank. “Paducah Bank is unique in that it is the only remaining community bank in McCracken County,” he comments. “It affords us a unique opportunity to be nimble in decision-making. What interests me most about my job is the ability to help someone purchase his or her own home for the very first time. Some of the artists and Paducah residents I’ve worked with have never been able to afford to own a home. One of our lending programs is specifically designed with the low-to moderate income family in mind.”
Larry has been an integral part of Paducah Bank’s lending program for the past five years. He has more than 30 years of experience in local banking, having spent 26 years with another Paducah financial institution.
“The Artist Relocation Program is, without a doubt, one of the most gratifying projects I have ever worked on,” says Larry. The program, featured in our first edition of Expressions!, provides special financing for new artists being recruited to locate in Paducah’s Lower Town.
“My role is primarily to meet with the potential candidates and help qualify them as members of the Program. Once qualified, the next step is to find a proper location for the artist to either purchase and renovate a home or to construct a new one. From there, the financing is arranged,” Larry explains.
“Paducah Bank and the City of Paducah realize that we are truly asking the artists who come here to take a giant leap of faith by uprooting themselves to come and be a part of a program that is truly one of a kind. We spend a great deal of time trying to make sure that the people we place in the Program can succeed,” he adds.
For Larry, the gratification of working with the project has been twofold. First, he has had the privilege of being a part of a program that is revitalizing the Lower Town area of Paducah. Only a few short years ago, this historic city neighborhood was a classic example of urban decay. “Even more exciting is the fact that there are five new structures either under construction or in the final planning stages. There has been no new residential construction in Lower Town in many years,” Larry says. “In addition, I’ve had the honor of meeting and working with some of the warmest and most talented people in the United States.”
Larry currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Urban Renewal and Community Development Association and is a former Chairman of the Board of Western Kentucky Crimestoppers. He is a 2001 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Paducah project.
When Larry leaves the office each day, he heads for the kitchen! “My real passion is cooking. I am so blessed to have a group of very good friends who graciously put up with me cooking for them. It’s such fun for me to go to someone else’s house and mess up their kitchen!”
We feel sure the clean-up is well worth it.