Vice President & Executive Assistant to the Chairman and the President
The 2011 recipient is “dedicated to the people she relates to, the ones for whom she has compassion, and especially those who are striving to better themselves.”
Gail Beeman, Vice President and Executive Assistant to the Chairman and the President, was honored with the third annual award at the bank's employee dinner in March 2011.
Mrs. Beeman was recognized for her volunteer efforts as a dedicated member of the East Texas Literacy Council advisory board and as a tutor since 2005. In that capacity, she has tutored three adult women over the past few years and assisted two of those women in preparing for their citizenship test.
Additionally, Mrs. Beeman serves as an assistant to the chaplains for Beacon Hospice at Margaret’s House, where she makes weekly bereavement calls to families of deceased patients. Having been the recipient of such care as her mother spent her last days at hospice, she felt compelled to return the love, comfort, and compassion that was so freely given to her to families who are now going through a similar circumstance.
“Having lost my mom recently while she was a patient at Margaret’s House, I can empathize with others who have experienced similar losses and feel privileged to offer my ear and my heart to them as a small means of comfort,” Mrs. Beeman said.
Mrs. Beeman has also served the community through her church. As a highly respected member of East Mountain Baptist Church for more than 18 years, she has served as an AWANA leader, a youth leader, and as a member of the church choir.
Mrs. Beeman said that she serves out of an awareness of the blessings she has in her own life and credits the bank’s support for the opportunities she has been afforded to serve in the community.
“(To serve) is the idea of those who have been given much should share that. I feel grateful to work for an organization that encourages and supports us to help others,” Mrs. Beeman said.
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.
“(Gail) embodies “selfless service,” said Rogers Pope, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer, quoting from one of her many nominations for the award. “She does not seek any recognition or special acknowledgement for what she does. Rather, she does what she does because of the genuine love that she has for others.”
In addition to recognizing Mrs. Beeman as the recipient of the 2011 TB&T Community Spirit Award, the bank will make a monetary contribution to the charitable organization of her choice.