Community Trust honored as ‘bank lender of the year’

By Hayley M. Cook

July 23, 2014

By Hayley M. Cook


PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) honored Community Trust Bank, Inc. earlier this year for being the “2013 West Virginia Community Bank Lender the Year.”

Clovis B. Lawless, President of Community Trust’s Summersville Market office, accepted the award on behalf of Community Trust Bank. The award was presented at the Small Business Awards Luncheon held in Morgantown, West Virginia. Nominations for all of the awards were accepted in the fall of 2013, and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges.

“We are pleased that Community Trust Bank received this honor from the Small Business Administration,” said Mark Gooch, President and CEO of Community Trust Bank, Inc. “The relationship with the SBA has been an excellent one for both Community Trust Bank and our customer base, allowing us to offer competitive business loan products across our service area. I’m proud of our employees as we look forward to continued profitable growth in this business for the future.”

“Community Trust Bank absolutely puts the community in banking,” according to Mr. Lawless. “It takes a complete effort from everyone and that goes back to Community Trust’s philosophy.”

“Lenders are a huge part of the SBA partner community, and Community Trust Bank, Inc. is a big ally for us and small business in West Virginia,” said SBA mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho. “It is an honor to recognize them as the U.S. Small Business Administration West Virginia Community Lender of the Year.”

For additional information on National Small Business Week festivities, and for a list of winners, visit http://www.sba.gov/nsbw. Additional information on the 2014 West Virginia Small Business Awards Luncheon is available at www.sba.gov/wv. For more information about all of the SBA’s programs for small businesses, visit the SBA’s extensive web site at www.sba.gov.

Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., with assets of $3.7 billion, is headquartered in Pikeville, Kentucky and has 71 banking locations across eastern, northeastern, central, and south central Kentucky, along with six banking locations in southern West Virginia, four banking locations in Tennessee, four trust offices across Kentucky, and one trust office in Tennessee.

(Hayley Molloy Cook is a news reporter and writes features for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at hcook@civitasmedia.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279 or on Twitter @hayleymcook)