BankTrust employees earn honors

Published 6:47 am Monday, August 20, 2007

By Staff
from staff reports
BankTrust in Brewton has announced milestones for two of its employees.
Christy Black
Christy Black, trust officer, graduated from the Southern Trust School on Friday, June 15.
The school is a three-year program, which provides a broad based curriculum focusing on special needs of trust professionals from across the Southeast. Held at Spring Hill College in Mobile, the Southern Trust School has been serving the trust industry since 1973.
With 1,274 graduates, the Southern Trust School has set the standard for trust training in the Southeast. STS provides a unique setting where a diverse group of trust professionals are able to exchange ideas and practices, in addition to acquiring the technical knowledge necessary to excel in their career. The faculty is a blend of trust bankers, attorneys, academicians and other trust professionals who present a wealth of experience with a practical approach.
Black was one of 26 graduating students who received diplomas during the graduation ceremonies. She also served as president of her class. A valedictorian and salutatorian were also recognized for their achievements at that time.
Students attending the 2007 Southern Trust School session represented the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.
The Southern Trust School was designed to meet the training needs of banks and examining agencies throughout the Southeastern United States and is co-sponsored by the Trust Divisions of the Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee Bankers Associations.
Wanda Ellis
William Carroll, chairman of the board and school director of the Alabama Banking School, has announced that Wanda Ellis graduated on Friday, Aug. 3, from the Alabama Banking School in Mobile.
The school is sponsored by the Alabama Bankers Association along with the Mitchell College of Business and the School of Continuing Education at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Students receive instruction from Alabama bankers, University of South Alabama faculty, academicians, attorneys and consultants. The three-year program requires students to spend one week a year at the Alabama Banking School and successfully complete an intensive curriculum on bank related courses to include six home study problems and exams at the conclusion of the first and second years of study. The highlight of the school is in the third year when students participate in the BankExec program and operate a bank through simulation exercises.
Ellis is the loan operation officer with BankTrust. A native of Brewton, Ellis is a graduate of W.S. Neal High School.
Carroll, who is a senior vice president at Wachovia Corporation in Birmingham, stated that the school was pleased to have 57 bankers graduate this year, bringing the total number of ABS graduates to 1629. Enrollment in 2007 for the second annual session was 163 students.

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