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April 3, 2013
LONGVIEW, TEXAS--Texas Bank and Trust Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer Rogers Pope, Jr. announced the 2012 recipient of the TB&T Community Spirit Award at the bank’s annual employee dinner on Tuesday, March 26.
Jerry Woolverton, Tyler market president, was honored with the fifth annual award.
“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 395 TB&T employees. “This year’s recipient was described as a ‘real go-getter with a kind heart,’ who is willing to go the extra mile to help any organization of which this individual is a part.”
“He not only gives back, he gives with a heart of humility in acknowledgment that all of his talents are gifts from God.”
Mr. Woolverton was further described as someone who perseveres, is an inspiration to others to get involved, and as an incredible leader who can motivate a team to make a positive impact for the community.
“I feel God has blessed me with a wonderful family and career. I see community involvement as a way to give back some of what God has given me. Doing for others is something that my mom and dad instilled in me as well, so I give them a lot of credit.”
For more than 30 years, Mr. Woolverton has been an active community volunteer, having been involved with many of Tyler’s most important community service and charitable organizations.
He currently holds or has recently held leadership roles with the Tyler Economic Development Council, the Texas Chest Foundation, the Tyler Junior College Foundation, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra Foundation, the local chapter of the American Heart Association, and the University of Texas at Tyler Regional Alumni Council. He is also a former board member with the Children's Village Home for Children, an organization working to assist neglected and abused children.
Mr. Woolverton has been with the bank since 2003, and has used his professional expertise to further many causes related to education. In addition to serving on the board of both Texas College and the Tyler Junior College Foundation, he serves as a part-time instructor at the University of Texas-Tyler.
“Helping those who are eager to learn and better themselves is very important to me,” Mr. Woolverton said.
In addition to this most recent recognition, Mr. Woolverton has received several awards from the Tyler Chamber of Commerce, including the prestigious W.C. Windsor Award. Last fall, he completed his term as chairman of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce. One of his many significant accomplishments during that tenure was leading the community in a citywide membership drive through which 561 new members were added to the Tyler Chamber in just three days.
“Again, God has given so much to me and sharing that with others just seems the right thing to do, Mr. Woolverton said. “The satisfaction gained in helping others is indescribable.”
Throughout its 55-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 Mr. Woolverton as the recipient of the 2012 TB&T Community Spirit Award, the bank will make a monetary contribution to the charitable organization of his choice.