Silver Award for Community Bank Category
Kerri Brotherson does a Large volume of Small business loans and the SBA noticed!
Each year, the Kentucky District Office of the US Small Business Administration recognizes its top producing banks at the Kentucky Lenders Conference. For the third year in a row, Paducah Bank has won an award in the Community Bank category.
Over the past three years, Paducah Bank has made 78 SBA guaranteed loans to small businesses totaling over $8.3 million. This year, Kentucky SBA District Director Steve Ayers presented the 2006 Silver Award to Kerri Brotherson. During this same three-year period, the Kentucky District Office has enjoyed record high loan activity and Ayers said, “This award recognizes the tremendous contribution of Paducah Bank to small businesses in western Kentucky and to our record loan growth through the Commonwealth.”
Brotherson is a loan officer and small business specialist at Paducah Bank. She is a graduate of Murray State University, the KBA’s Commercial Lending School and Banking School. She volunteers for the United Way and is a member of the River City Business and Professional Women’s organization and the current Leadership Paducah class.
A Conversation with Kerri
Q. WHAT DO YOU THINK SETS PADUCAH BANK APART FROM OTHER LENDING INSTITUTIONS?
A. Ownership. I think Paducah Bank is uniquely staffed with an amazing team of co-owners. I am fortunate to work with people everyday who go out of their way to assist not only customers with their needs, but also to assist each other when obstacles and questions arise.
Q. WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE ELEMENTS OF A GOOD LENDER?
A. I hope I’m a good listener. I think listening to the customer and being able to determine how you can best assist them with their financial needs now and in the future is one of the most important elements in my relationships with our customers. As a lender, you can meet the immediate need of a loan, but in listening and asking questions, you forge a partnership that serves our customers well into the future as well.
Q. WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF WORKING WITH SMALL BUSINESSES?
A. One of the challenges I face is communicating and educating our community and the surrounding area about the many opportunities the US Small Business Administration provides. They offer many programs including free counseling, a great informational website and SBA guaranteed loan programs. There are so many people out there with great ideas and the framework for great businesses, but they don’t know how to get from point A to point B. That’s where we can help.
Q. WHAT IS THE MOST GRATIFYING PART OF WORKING WITH SMALL BUSINESSES?
A. I really enjoy listening to all the amazing ideas out there for new businesses and existing ones as well. My favorite part of working with small companies is seeing customers open their doors for business for the first time and to know that I have, in some way, helped to make their dream of ownership come true.
In search of…
Paducah’s Most Beautiful People
PADUCAH BANK IS LOOKING for Paducah’s most beautiful people. You know . . . the ones whose beauty and brilliance shine through an exterior that might not make the cover of Glamour or GQ but has, nonetheless, an aura that dazzles the world around them.
In an ever-changing and constantly evolving community that sees new developments day-by-day, Paducah has more than its share of brilliance. So we’d like to ask you to send us the names of individuals whose character or achievements leave you in awe; people whose spark of genius or ability to see a piece of the world so clearly and with such passion that it infuses their entire lives—and changes the world for everyone around them.
We know they’re out there. Some of them work right here at Paducah Bank. They’re part of the reason Paducah Bank was named the best place to work. And we know there are others who make Paducah the best place to be!
So put your mind to it and send us your list of Paducah’s most beautiful people. Include a brief synopsis of why you believe this person qualifies along with your name and phone number. A community is not defined by the land it occupies or the brick and mortar it erects. It is crafted by the beautiful contributions of great minds and the gifts of open hearts—by beautiful people whose singular lives form a character of a community at large.