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Ed Gentry Voted One of Eight Outstanding Community Lenders in the U.S.

The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) recently named Triumph Bank’s Ed Gentry an “Outstanding Community Lender.” Gentry is Triumph’s Executive Vice-President, Chief Lending Officer. He is one of only 8 bankers in America to receive this distinction by the ICBA, one of the nation's largest banking industry trade groups.

Gentry was featured in the July 2013 issue of ICBA Independent Banker magazine [click for full story]. The article notes Gentry’s relationship with Triumph and how that has led to this top honor. For one, his mentoring philosophy and leadership have been critical components to the bank’s dramatic growth.

Gentry and Triumph President/CEO Will Chase had worked together previously at Suntrust Bank. The article noted that the two “shared a core lending philosophy––find a responsible way to say ‘yes‘ to clients in need of credit.”

“As the ICBA magazine article references, I’ve always been impressed with Ed’s skills and acumen,” Chase said. “His impact on our growth has been tremendous, and we are so proud to have him here.” The article mentions that Chase was so impressed with Gentry that he tried to hire him four times, something they “laugh about now.” Gentry has been with Triumph since 2008.

“I definitely made the right decision to come here, and am humbled to receive this honor,” Gentry said. “This is a very special bank that allows us to help individuals as well as grow our community by helping local family-owned businesses.”

In addition to Gentry’s story, Triumph Bank was featured on the introductory page of the Outstanding Community Lenders section of the magazine. A large photo shows CFO/Chief Operating Officer Mike McCarver, Chase, and Gentry in front of Triumph’s main office bank vault [click to view].

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