Vice President and Commercial Lending Officer
Keith Purvis, Vice President and Commercial Lending Officer, was named the Texas Bank and Trust Community Spirit Award honoree at the bank’s annual employee dinner on Tuesday, March 9, 2010.
Mr. Purvis has been with the bank since October 2005. He recognized for his dedicated service to Harrison County by TB&T President and Chief Operating Officer Rogers Pope, Jr.
“This award is given in honor of a TB&T employee who embodies the spirit of service and community involvement, representing Texas Bank and Trust in the local communities in which we serve,” Mr. Pope said before more than 325 TB&T employees. “The slogan that ‘People Make the Difference’ is epitomized in the life and work of Keith Purvis.”
Mr. Purvis was recognized for his volunteer efforts with a number of local organizations throughout Harrison County, including the Emergency Services District (ESD) Board – Number Three, where he serves as treasurer and as a volunteer firefighter. Through his service to the ESD, essential fire protection is provided to rural areas of Harrison County. Mr. Purvis also volunteers his time with the county’s First Responders as a volunteer EMT, responding to calls throughout the county to assess and treat patient injuries prior to Marshall Rescue arriving on the scene.
Mr. Purvis has served the community through his church, First United Methodist of Marshall, as a member of the board of trustees, and through his tireless work with Boy Scouts Troop 239 and Cub Scouts Pack 239.
Additionally, Mr. Purvis serves as Vice Chairman of the Marshall Economic Development Corporation board of directors, where he works to present Marshall as a viable and attractive place for new businesses to locate, and as Rotary Youth Leadership Award Chairman for the Rotary Club of Marshall board.
An active volunteer for most of his life, Mr. Purvis said that he is humbled by the recognition from the bank.
“I am truly humbled, surprised, almost speechless (to receive the Community Spirit Award),” Mr. Purvis said. “Because I do the things I do, not for the recognition, but because it’s important.”
Throughout its history, Texas Bank and Trust has placed a high value on service for its employees. The bank’s spirit of community has brought together individuals who share a common vision of improving the lives of their neighbors.
“It is easy to see how Keith makes a difference to the citizens of Harrison County, but his volunteer efforts also represent the values of community involvement many Texas Bank and Trust employees live on a daily basis,” Mr. Pope said.
In addition to recognizing Mr. Purvis as the recipient of the TB&T Community Spirit Award, the bank will make a monetary contribution to the charitable organization of his choice.