Vice President / Canton Branch Manager
Texas Bank and Trust Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rogers Pope, Jr. announced the 2014 recipient of the TB&T Community Spirit Award at the bank’s annual employee dinner on Tuesday, March 17.
Lace Melton, TB&T vice president and Canton branch manager, received this year’s honor amid the buoyant applause of her more than 450 fellow co-workers.
The Texas Bank and Trust community spirit award is presented each year at the bank’s annual dinner to the individual who best embodies a “spirit of service” and community involvement, representing the bank in the communities TB&T serves. Nominations for the recognition are submitted by officers and employees.
“Community involvement and support is one of the core values on which this organization is built and, even though we will only recognize one individual with this award, all of team members are responsible for the superb reputation that TB&T has in this regard in each and every one of the communities in which we have a presence,” Mr. Pope, Jr. said.
As the 2014 honoree, Ms. Melton was described in multiple nominations as an “individual who is always willing to go ‘above and beyond’ for the community.”
“This person is never afraid to say ‘yes’ to a new challenge,” Mr. Pope, Jr. said. “She always has a smile on her face and a pep in her step.”
Ms. Melton is involved in numerous organizations in and outside of the Canton community, serving in various leadership roles, including the Women’s League of Canton, having co-chaired the League’s Breakfast with Santa for the Foster Children of Van Zandt County. She has also given of her time to the Van Zandt County Lions club, the Van Zandt County Fair Auction, and the Canton Chamber of Commerce board of directors. She has volunteered with the Heart Ball of Tyler, Mallory’s Heart Foundation, and the Aggies of Van Zandt County, serving this year as second vice president of the organization.
Ms. Melton is often described as someone who puts her whole self into each project on which she works, never expecting anything in return.
Throughout its 57-year history, Texas Bank and Trust has placed a high value on service for its employees. The bank’s spirit of giving has brought together individuals who share a common vision and ongoing commitment to improve the lives of their neighbors.
In addition to recognizing Ms. Melton as the recipient of the 2014 TB&T Community Spirit Award, the bank will make a monetary contribution to the charitable organization of her choice.