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May 11, 2012
LONGVIEW---Vice President and North Longview Branch Manager Breneda Mathis was one of three Longview High School graduates to be named a 2012 Distinguished Alumnus of the Longview Independent School District on Friday, May 11. Mathis, and fellow honorees Dr. Pruedence Brooks and Dr. Bill Bussey, were honored at a luncheon ceremony, held before a host of family, friends, and colleagues at Pinecrest Country Club.
Breneda Mathis is known to many East Texans for her extensive experience and success in banking. “Almost from the moment she stepped off that graduation platform, Breneda has set about distinguishing herself as both a pioneer and leader in the community and throughout her 32-year career in banking, along the way she has helped to elevate the role of women in our area, particularly, in the financial services industry,” said Karen Partee, TB&T Director of Public Relations and Mrs. Mathis’ presenter for the ceremony.
A 1976 graduate of Longview High School, Mrs. Mathis attended both Kilgore College and East Texas State University (now known as Texas A&M Commerce), and earned a general banking diploma from the American Institute of Banking in 1986. She began her banking career in 1980, and became an administrative officer at Kilgore First National Bank. Mrs. Mathis has gone on to serve the East Texas banking community as an assistant vice president, branch manager, and vice president of consumer lending – a position she has held at Texas Bank and Trust since 2007.
Wherever there has been a need in the community, Mrs. Mathis has been one to step in and lend a hand. She is a servant leader who has dedicated countless hours advancing the cause of women and children as a volunteer or board member, with such organizations as Boys and Girls Club of Gregg County, United Way, the Kilgore Crisis Center, the March of Dimes, the Women’s Advisory Council of Longview Regional, and Zonta Club of Longview. She is also an active volunteer with her church – Galilee Baptist Church of Longview, where she has served as a Sunday school teacher, a past youth leader, a finance committee member, and past president of Young Matron through the East Texas Baptist Association.
Mrs. Mathis has been recognized many times over for her community efforts, most notably in 2002 as a Star Over Longview for being a woman who rises to the occasion, and again in March 2008 by Texas Bank and Trust as a Person in Our Community Who Makes The Difference.
In recognition of being among Longview’s distinguished alumni, Mrs. Mathis also received an engraved brick to be laid in her honor at the Longview ISD Foundation Pavilion located at Lobo Stadium. Mrs. Mathis joins more than 60 other Longview graduates who have been recognized through the district’s Distinguished Alumni program since 1991.