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Wilson Bank & Trust’s Bob VanHooser honored by Tennessee Bankers Association

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 1, 2017 at 6:45 PM

NASHVILLE – Longtime Lebanon banker Bob VanHooser was recently named a leader in banking excellence. 

VanHooser was one of six Tennessee bankers honored by the Tennessee Bankers Association at the Leaders in Banking Excellence ceremony Aug. 16, where commemorative plaques highlighting the careers of each of the honorees were unveiled at the TBA’s headquarters in Nashville.

VanHooser, an emeritus board member at Wilson Bank & Trust, is among an elite group of Tennessee bankers past and present who have excelled in the areas of banking, community service and civic involvement.

VanHooser spent more than 69 years in the financial industry, most of it taking place in his hometown. VanHooser began his career Aug. 25, 1947 with Commerce Union Bank, and later spent 39 years with Lebanon Bank. He joined Wilson Bank & Trust in January 1991, where he stayed until his retirement as a member of the Wilson Bank & Trust board of directors. A pillar of the community, VanHooser has served on a number of other local boards, including the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Wilson County Jaycees, Lebanon Lion’s Club and Water and Wastewater Authority of Wilson County.

The award ceremony featured remarks by TBA chairman Lee Moss; Congresswoman Diane Black; TDFI Commissioner Greg Gonzales; and each of the honorees. In addition to VanHooser, the 2017 honorees were Timothy L. Amos with the Tennessee Bankers Association; William Ronald DeBerry with Commerce Union Bancshares Inc., in Brentwood; Larry M. Haggard with Wayne County Bank in Waynesboro; James Sam Short with Southern Bank of Tennessee in Mt. Juliet; and Debbie Cole Small with Community Bank & Trust in Ashland City. 

TBA-member banks can submit nominations for the honor. The TBA board of directors reviews and approves the applications.

“One of the main missions of the Tennessee Bankers Association is to encourage our members to be involved in making our industry better and in making their communities better places to work and live,” said Colin Barrett, TBA president. “The Leaders in Banking Excellence recognizes those who have made a difference, and we hope it will be an inspiration to other bankers across the state.”

The Tennessee Bankers Association is a nonprofit organization that represents all of Tennessee’s commercial banks and thrift institutions. The association provides continuing education, develops and monitors state and federal legislative agendas, disseminates information on all facets of the financial services industry and promotes the public image of financial institutions. For more, visit tnbankers.org.

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