Drake Mills, President and CEO of Community Trust Bank, has been named a 2013 Ernst &Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winner for the Gulf Coast area. This award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mills was selected from more than seventy nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners were announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 13, at the Hilton America’s Houston Hotel.
“It is truly an honor to be selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year by Ernst & Young and represent Community Trust Bank,” said Drake Mills. “This award is a reflection of each of our employees across our region and shows their commitment to our customers and communities.”
Community Trust Bank is more than a century-old, full-service bank with over $3 billion in assets and 33 banking centers throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Mills began his career at Community Trust Bank in 1984 as a personal teller, and after serving in a variety of departmental positions within the organization including retail and operations, was appointed Chief Financial Officer, then Chief Operations Officer, and finally, President and Chief Executive Officer. He is a member of 11 different boards throughout the region, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council and the Federal Reserve System Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. He is also Chairman of the Louisiana Bankers Association.
Mills’ entrepreneurial vision resulted in his creating a unique corporate culture within the organization, which is clearly defined in tangible ways throughout Community Trust’s banking centers, training facility, and back offices.
Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program recognizes company leaders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Gulf Coast Area, local sponsors include, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Lockton Companies, BBVA, Automatic Data Processing, Inc., SolomonEdwardsGroup LLC, Smart Business Magazine and Pierpont Communications.
About Community Trust Bank
Community Trust Bank, a more than century old, Louisiana-chartered bank, provides a wide range of traditional banking services with 33 banking centers throughout north Louisiana, north Texas, and north and central Mississippi. Community Trust Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Trust Financial Corporation, a financial holding company with assets over $3 billion. Community Trust Financial Corporation’s common stock is not listed on any exchange and is traded through individually negotiated transactions. To learn more, visit Community Trust’s website at ctbonline.com. Member FDIC.
About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.
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