Drake Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Trust Bank, was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 program in the Gulf Coast Area. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mills was selected from more than seventy nominations by a panel of independent judges. Awards will be presented at a special gala on June 21, 2012, at the Houston’s Hilton Americas.
“I am honored to be nominated for this award and am fortunate to be surrounded by such quality people within our organization,” Mills said. “Community Trust Bank remains focused on the customers and communities we serve. I share this nomination with our employees and our shareholders who are committed to making a difference in peoples’ lives on a daily basis.”
Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Gulf Coast Area, sponsors include Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Lockton Companies, BBVA, Automatic Data Processing, Inc., SolomonEdwardsGroup LLC, HFBE, Smart Business Magazine and Pierpont Communications.
About Community Trust Bank
Community Trust Bank, a century year old, Louisiana-chartered bank, provides a wide range of traditional banking services with 31 banking centers throughout north Louisiana, north Texas, and north and central Mississippi. Community Trust Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Trust Financial Corporation, a financial holding company with assets over $2.5 billion. Community Trust Financial Corporation’s common stock is not listed on any exchange and is traded through individually negotiated transactions. To learn more, visit Community Trust’s website at ctbonline.com.
About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.
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