Peoples Bank Announces Brad Perry Promotion


People’s Bank recently announced the promotion of Brad Perry for Chief executive officer.

A long time CEO Ronald E. Abbott will remain as President of the council and remains involved in day-to-day business and banking.

Perry graduated from East Texas State University A graduate in business administration in 1986, he returned to his hometown where he began his career at Paris ISD. After just nine months, he quickly became the Business and Finance Director.

He joined the bank in 1990 and has since progressed through the organization, serving as vice president, Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President, Financial directorand President.

“Brad’s skills and knowledge of banking finance and operations are unmatched within the bank,” said Chairman Abbott. “The analytical talent and leadership he brings to the table has been incredibly beneficial to our operations, and his promotion is very well deserved. I am confidently handing him over as CEO and look forward to continuing my work in his sides.

Perry has demonstrated his dedication to the Peoples Bank slogan “People Helping People” throughout his 32 years of service and said he continues to prioritize growth, development and excellence with the customer experience at the forefront.

“I’ve spent my entire banking career with Peoples Bank right here in Lamar County,” Perry said. “I would like to thank the Board of Directors, the entire bank team, my family and our customers for this opportunity because without you all, none of this is possible. I wake up every morning and am thrilled to come to work – a blessing that I realize not everyone gets to experience.

“When Ronnie and Terry [Christian] invited me to lunch 32 years ago and offered me an opportunity at Peoples Bank, I had no idea a day like this would come. It has been and continues to be an honor and a privilege to live in this community and work for a local bank that is committed to reinvesting in Lamar County.

Perry has been married to Kim for 37 years and together they share children Jennifer and husband Kyle Eatherly, Colton and wife Taylor Perry, and grandchildren Emalyn, Reid and Hallie Eatherly. Perry’s son, Colton, joined the Peoples Bank team in 2021 and currently works as a loan officer at the Lamar/Collegiate site.


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