Patton Leadership Institute hears from former governor, first lady


Staff Report



PIKEVILLE – On March 10, the Patton Leadership Institute (PLI) class had the privilege to hear from the program’s namesakes, Governor Paul and Mrs. Judi Patton. The Patton’s spoke at the latest PLI session held at Community Trust Bank in Pikeville. Governor Paul and Mrs. Judi Patton enlightened the class about their careers in leadership and their work during their time in the Governor’s Mansion.

Governor Patton and Mrs. Judi Patton discussed different types of leadership, such as autocratic leaders and democratic leaders with the class. “The leader is responsible for trying to figure out what is every body’s goal, and the leader has to listen to all of those different opinions and somehow force a course of action that takes all of those opinions into consideration,” said Governor Patton. “The leader does not always get their way and may not always be right. Being a leader you have to work as a whole, you cannot work as an individual.”

Judi Patton believes everyone has some kind of leadership in them and that everyone is here for a purpose. “Growing up mold’s you as a child,” said Mrs. Patton. “You all have a past and know what you want to change, so change it.”

Jean Hale, Chairman, President, and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. spoke to the class about her 47 years with Community Trust Bank, her rise through the ranks to lead the largest banking institution headquartered in Kentucky and her recognition as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” by American Banker magazine.

Next, Terry Spears, SBA Lender, Community Trust Bank, discussed the different types of government-guaranteed loans and how critical the Small Business Administration is for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Crystal Wells, Compliance Manager, Community Trust Bank, gave the class insight about the current regulatory environment for the banking industry along with discussing the importance of banking institutions complying with the Community Reinvestment Act, most commonly known as CRA.

Following Wells, a Bankers panel took place with Shadd Walters, District Manager, US Bank; Jaime Brown, VP-Market Executive, BB&T; and Rick Newsom, Eastern Kentucky President, Community Trust Bank. The panel discussed the future of banking with the advancement in technology and what their primary goals are at their respective companies.

“This was another extraordinary session for the Patton Leadership Institute class,” said Jacob S. Colley, President/CEO, Southeast Kentucky Chamber. “Hearing from renowned leaders such as Jean Hale, Governor Patton, and Mrs. Judi Patton, all in one day is an experience that would not be possible without the Patton Leadership Institute. The class was challenged to continue to grow their passion for becoming the next generation of leaders in Eastern Kentucky.”

The day focused on interacting with accomplished regional leaders, leadership styles, and discussing banking and finance. The PLI class was able to gain a better understanding of the regional banking environment, the importance of personal finance, and continued the development of their leadership skills.

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