Inducted in 2020
Chris Reid, Chairman, and CEO of Independence Bank began his banking career over 40 years ago. Chris began working for his father and uncle in 1971 at Farmers and Merchants Bank of McLean County and Providence State Bank of Webster County. He graduated from the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin in 1984 and was named Executive Vice President in 1991, taking on the responsibility of strategic planning after working in every facet of the business. He wrote the strategic plan for Independence Bank in 1994 with the help of his wife, Janet. Working together to recruit the region’s top talent, they implemented their plan and the result were beyond expectations. Independence Bank quickly became Kentucky’s fastest growing bank and has remained such.
Charlie Reid, Chris’ father, passed away in 2001 after seeing his bank grow to $250 million in total assets. Chris took on his father’s role as Bank President and the Bank has remained a family owned community bank. He currently serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Under Chris’s vision and leadership, Independence Bank has experienced unprecedented growth. Bank Director Magazine named Independence Bank a Top 50 performer in the nation. For the past 9 years, The American Bankers Association has listed Independence as a top ten performing community bank in the nation. Not only is Independence Bank a solid performer, it’s also a great place to work. The Bank has been recognized as a Best Place to Work according to the Kentucky Chamber and Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management for 11 years in a row and American Banker’s Magazine has also named Independence Bank a best place to work in the nation. Chris has taken Independence Bank and grown it into a top performing bank, made up of top financial experts that are passionate about the communities we serve.