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Meet Your Banker

We are a family at Wilson and Muir Bank. We understand your goals because we are just like you. We are farmers and fiduciaries, builders and brewers. We are healthcare workers and handy workers; tinkers and teachers; shop owners and students; moms and dads; sons and daughters. We all have the same goals: we want to achieve our dreams and we want our communities to thrive. Recently, we put together a questionnaire and sent it out to our WMB locations so that we could all learn more about each other. We will be updating this blog post regularly with info. Darin Logsdon, Vine Grove Manager Years worked and positions held at WMB: 27 years. Bookkeeper, teller, loan processor, loan officer, and branch manager When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Pro Basketball Player What is something that most people don't know about you? I was a limo driver Do you have a favorite memory at WMB? Christmas party on 4th street watching employees ride the mechanical bull What is your idea of a perfect day off? Kids at school and a day on the golf course Cards or Cats? Cats Favorite Movie? Smokey and the Bandit Favorite Book? The Bible If you could only listen to one music artist for the rest of your life, who would that be? Crowder Do you have a favorite hobby? Golf What is your favorite comfort food? Mexican food Where is the farthest you have been from home? St. Thomas Have you ever met anyone famous? Coach Calipari What is the best piece of advice you ever received? You should marry that girl Cindy Decker, Loan Department Admin Years worked and positions held at WMB: 15 years, 1 year teller, 14 years in the loan department When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Work with money. I would use an egg carton and put change in it for my drawer and put the egg carton in my bedroom window seal like a drive thru! What is something that most people don't know about you? I play piano Do you have a favorite memory at WMB? Yes, when Theresa Cook pulled the whole door off! What is your idea of a perfect day off? A cup of coffee, 70 degrees, sun shining, and either in the pool or the woods. Cards or Cats? Cats Favorite Movie? Ice Age Favorite Book? The Bible If you could only listen to one music artist for the rest of your life, who would that be? Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music Do you have a favorite hobby? Being outside What is your favorite comfort food? Mac & Cheese Where is the farthest you have been from home? Brazil What is the best piece of advice you ever received? If you see something that needs to be done, "your called to do it."
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Cow Country News

Kentucky is home to nearly 1.1 Million beef cows and is ranked 4th nationally in the total number of farms. At Wilson & Muir Bank, we are proud to partner with our local farmers as we value their role not only in Kentucky but throughout the world. Cow Country News provides up-to-date news and information to all 99 chapters in 120 counties in Kentucky. Our Loan Officer, Andy Bishop, is the current President of the Cattlemans Association and they put out a monthly publication “ Cow Country News.” Andy writes an article each month. We will be sharing each publication as the issues become available online down below. March 2023: click here April 2023: Coming Soon
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Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co. Announces Three Promotions

The Board of Directors of Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co. announced three promotions at the Shareholder’s Meeting on February 8, 2023. Darin L. Logsdon and Jeffrey T. Blair were promoted to Senior Vice President, and Gayle Mattingly was named Business Banking Specialist. President and CEO, Frank B. Wilson commented, “Darin, Jeff, and Gayle have made valuable contributions to our organization since they joined the WMB family. These promotions are intended to acknowledge their contributions and the crucial role they have played in the past and will continue to play in the future. Gayle supervises all electronic banking transactions for our commercial clients each day. The growth in this area has been phenomenal over the years. Gayle has earned the confidence and trust of some of our most valued clients, sending and receiving financial transactions worldwide. Darin and Jeff are both lifelong residents of Hardin County and over the course of their careers have developed strong bonds with their friends and neighbors, which have been the key factors to the success of WMB for many years. All three share one common characteristic, they are sincerely dedicated to the well-being of those they work with and serve, the main element in forming lasting relationships”. Darin Logsdon joined WMB in November of 1995. After graduating from North Hardin High School in 1990, he went on to McKendree College, graduating in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After graduation, Darin continued working at the bank and in 1998 he was promoted to Branch Manager and Loan Officer. Darin attributes his success to building relationships and staying active in the community. He currently serves on the Knox Regional Development Alliance Board and the Vine Grove Planning and Zoning Committee. He served as the President of the Vine Grove Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and 2008. He has devoted many hours to coaching various youth sports over the past 15 years, is a huge UK fan and if you have ever been to his office, you know he loves Corvettes. Darin and his wife Cheryl have 3 boys, Coleman 21, Cayden 18, and Cash 7. Jeff Blair joined WMB in September of 2000. He is a lifelong resident of Hardin County and a 1995 graduate of Central Hardin High School. He went on to the University of Kentucky to obtain a bachelor’s degree in both Business Management and Marketing in 1999. Jeff joined WMB as a Loan Officer and in 2012 was named Branch Manager. Over the years, Jeff has been involved with numerous civic organizations. He served as the Chair of the Hardin County Jr. Achievement Board and is currently treasurer of the Elizabethtown Football Club and is a member of the Central Kentucky Community Foundation Development Committee. He is a member of First Christian Church in Elizabethtown, a die-hard UK fan, and an avid golfer. Jeff and his wife, Dawn, have been blessed with three children, Nick, Braden, and Peyton. Gayle joined WMB in December 2006. She worked as a teller and CSR before transitioning to the Wire Department. Gayle is a lifelong resident of Bardstown and a graduate of Nelson County High School. She and her husband, Andy have one son, Jacob. Wilson & Muir Bank Trust Co. is a full-service bank headquartered in Bardstown, KY with locations throughout Nelson, Grayson, Hardin, and Jefferson Counties. For more information visit wilsonmuirbank.com.
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Robert E. “Bob” Sutherland, 1939-2023

A message from WMB President & CEO, Frank B. Wilson: It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news that R.E. “Bob” Sutherland, Chairman of our Board of Directors, and former President and CEO Of Wilson & Muir, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2023. To honor Bob and allow our WMB family the opportunity to pay their respects, all Wilson & Muir branches will close at noon on Monday, February 20, 2023. Read below as Frank shares his remarks about Bob’s fantastic legacy and the obituary. R. E. (Bob) Sutherland, the Chairman of Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co., and former President and CEO passed away suddenly from natural causes at his home in Louisville on February 9, 2023.   Bob began his long banking career in 1966 as a correspondent banker with Liberty National Bank, based in Louisville, that took him all over the state calling on community banks. He and his wife, Ann Early moved to Bardstown and after a short stint at Farmers Bank, he joined Wilson & Muir in 1973 where he was soon named President in 1974. At that time the bank employed 20 people and had assets of $15 million at its only location in downtown Bardstown. With the change in branch banking laws, Bob was instrumental in establishing a strong strategic platform that saw WMB grow to over $740 million in assets with 11 locations, employing 154 people across five counties in Central Kentucky over his 51-year career. Reflecting on his time working with Bob for over 40 years, Mike Sloane, former President, and current board member at Wilson & Muir stated, “We should never forget that we stand on the shoulders of those who created the culture we enjoy at WMB and Bob was one of the strongest of shoulders”. Frank B. Wilson, current CEO and President of the bank, referred to Bob as a “mentor, friend, and father figure to many of us. He was as vibrant and focused as ever at our board meeting only one day before his passing. Just days before he was enjoying one of his favorite hobbies, fishing in the intercoastal waters around Venice, Florida”. Max L. Shapira, Executive Chairman of Heaven Hill Brands and long-time Director of Wilson & Muir, has worked with Bob since he first joined WMB. “Bob was the quintessential business leader, always thorough in his approach but always aware of developing a firm path for the future,” Shapira said in a statement. “At the same time, he understood that as a leader of an important business in several communities his decisions not only affected those communities, but how those decisions would affect the many individuals who lived there.   His foresight and sense of excellence will be forever remembered.” Kim Huston, the Executive Director of Nelson County Economic Development Corporation stated “there was not an economic development agency in Bardstown that Bob Sutherland did not have a hand in. He served as Chairman of both the Bardstown Industrial Development Corporation and the Bardstown Chamber of Commerce over the course of his career.  It was his foresight to rally around the growing downtown to organize and fund the Bardstown Downtown Development Corporation which was the impetus for today’s award-winning Bardstown Main Street program”. Wilson, speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire Wilson & Muir family said, “Words cannot express the respect, appreciation, and gratitude for the contributions Bob has made to our organization and the communities in which we serve. Those contributions allow us to be a part of this tradition and have been impactful in so many ways. I am confident that all we have learned from Bob will allow us to continue to build on his legacy well into the future”. Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ann Early, his daughter Ann Sutherland Watts and her husband David, and son, Robert E. (Chip) Sutherland, Jr and his wife Nora along with five grandchildren. Below is the obituary written by Bob’s children. R. E. (Bob) Sutherland's Obituary Robert Edward (Bob) Sutherland formally of Bardstown, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2023, at the age of 84. He was born February 23, 1938, in Bloomfield to the late Robert Johnson and Lucille Huston Sutherland. Bob was touchingly devoted to his beloved wife Ann Early Hatton Sutherland whom he married in 1966. Bob was passionate about family, banking, current affairs, UK sports, golfing, and fishing. He was a proud graduate of the Kentucky Military Institute in 1956 and The University of Kentucky where, as a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternal order, he forged everlasting brotherly bonds. He served in the Kentucky Army Reserves and began his professional career using his engineering training to build public roads. Sensing a need to more substantively impact the paths of others, he embarked on a banking career beginning with Liberty National Bank in Louisville in 1963. Joining Wilson & Muir Bank in Bardstown in 1973, the board named him President in 1974, and he served as Chairman of the Board until his passing. During his banking career, Bob actively engaged in the board leadership of the Kentucky Bankers Association, the American Bankers Association, and BancInsure. As a gifted reader of one’s character, he expertly judged credit considerations and enjoyed seeing the ultimate success of those with whom he built foundational relationships. Bob took to heart Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Company’s heritage which, in his words, “placed a premium on building relationships with our customers.” He treasured his WMB family and its customers. Bob loved community. Indeed, where he planted professional roots of the bank, he committed to focusing group effort towards fostering economic growth and unbiased advancement for individuals, businesses, and the community. He served as Chairman of both the Bardstown Industrial Development Corporation and the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce, and past director for the Bardstown Kiwanis Club, the Nelson County Fair Board, past trustee of St. Catherine College and was very influential in the early efforts of the Bardstown Main Street program. Bob also served on the Mayor’s Advisory Council under Bardstown Mayor Guthrie Wilson. A man of faith, he and Ann Early were among the founding members of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Bardstown having served as Senior Warden. Bob was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, a Kentucky Colonel, and in years past an active fisherman with the Bardstown Bassmaster Club. Bob’s success as a business leader was only trumped by his achievements as a masterful husband, father, family man and endearing friend to all of us who considered Bob our trusted counsel and one-of-a-kind special companion. Bob is survived by his wife, Ann Early Hatton Sutherland, a daughter Ann Davidson (David) Watts, Snowmass, CO, a son Robert Edward “Chip” (Nora) Sutherland of Glenview, a sister Betty Lou Rogers of Bardstown, a brother Dan (Sue) Sutherland of Taylorsville and his most precious treasures his granddaughters, Abigail Sutherland, Lucy Sutherland, Lilly Sutherland, Hannah Watts, and Hattie Watts. Arrangements of visitation will be held on Monday, February 20th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Houghlin-Greenwell Funeral Home, 1475 New Shepherdsville Road, Bardstown, KY. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in honor of Bob Sutherland to The Church of the Ascension, Bardstown and/or actively participate to service your community for future generations.
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Wilson & Muir Welcomes Andy Bishop and Zach Spencer

Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust is pleased to announce that Andy Bishop and Zach Spencer have joined the bank as Loan Officers. President and CEO, Frank B. Wilson shared “We are very excited to have Andy and Zach join the WMB team.  They bring very interesting and unique lending experiences to the WMB culture.  Zach has been involved in virtually all facets of commercial lending in his banking career, most of which has been in the metro Louisville market and adjoining counties to the northeast of Jefferson County.  Andy has spent most of his 13 year banking career in agricultural lending focused primarily in Central Kentucky but has broad experience working with small family farm operations and large corporate farm operations throughout the Midwest.” A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Masters of Science degree in Agriculture, Andy’s experience ranges from teaching Agriculture at Westmoreland High School in Tennessee, where he was named Teacher of the Year, to developing various business strategies for local farmers and managing a loan portfolio in Agricultural Finance. He will be located at the bank’s Main Office in Bardstown. Zach graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and has over 16 years of experience in Commercial Banking throughout Louisville and Northern Kentucky. He will serve the bank as Vice President at the St. Matthews Office in Louisville. “Both of these gentlemen come to WMB with a very strong work ethic and a dedication to provide exceptional customer service”, said Wilson. “They are enthusiastic, experienced, and personable. They will be a solid extension of our team and our commitment to our clients and their lending needs. I’m thrilled to have them aboard.” Founded in Bardstown in 1865, Wilson & Muir is a full-service bank with $643 million in assets and 11 locations throughout Nelson, Grayson, Hardin and Jefferson counties. For more information visit wilsonmuirbank.com. Together we build communities.
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Wilson & Muir Bank SVP, Sharron Mathews and Client Service Representative, Susan Muir will retire after combined 94 years with WMB

Wilson & Muir Bank congratulates Senior Vice President, Sharron Mathews and CSR, Susan Muir, as they begin their retirement at the end of February after an astounding tenure of 45 years and 49 years respectively. “If the Board of Directors is the head and the employees the body of the institution, Susan and Sharron are the key parts of the heart and soul”, said Frank B. Wilson, President and CEO of Wilson & Muir. Sharron Matthews began her career with WMB in 1975 holding positions in New Accounts; Loan Administration and Operations; Mortgage Lending; and Branch Management. Sharron has played a key role throughout her tenure including her position as Secretary to the Board since 2006. She remains passionate about her community with involvement in local charities and events including Relay for Life and the Bottoms Up Bash. Banking has been a family affair for Susan Muir who began her career working after school at the bank in 1971 at the Muir Wilson & Muir Bank in Bloomfield where her father, Nat J. “Sonny” Muir, Jr. was Vice President. Following that bank’s merger with Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co in 1983, Susan moved to the Main office in Bardstown where she would become a Client Service Representative beloved by her coworkers and community. “There is no way to replace either of them because each brings such a unique enthusiasm and energy to the workplace”, said Wilson. “They have clearly left their indelible mark on me and there are dozens, perhaps, hundreds in the WMB bloodline that feel the same. I am eternally grateful they have blessed us with their talents, their work ethic, their positive and rosy attitude and mostly their dear friendship. We may not be the same without them, but we are better because of them”, he concluded. Both ladies will remain involved with the bank. Susan will transition to a limited part time role as Saturday Greeter and Receptionist at the Main Office and Sharron will remain as Secretary to the Board of Directors. While COVID, regrettably, prevents a public reception for the ladies, the bank invites the public to reach out via phone and social media if not able to visit the Main Office through the rest of the month.
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Welcome, Chip Sutherland!

Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co. President & CEO, Frank Wilson, announced in August that Robert E. “Chip” Sutherland, Jr., has been appointed as Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co.’s newest Director. Wilson commented, “I am very excited that Chip is joining the WMB Team. He has an incredible resume and will bring a wealth of knowledge to our Board of Directors. We look forward to his contributions to Wilson & Muir Bank and its future growth.” Sutherland graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He continued his education at Bellarmine University, where he attained his MBA in 2001. Sutherland began his career in public finance in 2002 with Hilliard Lyons which was later acquired in October 2019 by Baird Financial Services Co. His responsibilities providing investment banking and advisory services to Kentucky issuers have led to more than $10 billion in issuances for Kentucky entities including working with municipalities, K-12 schools, universities, municipal utilities companies and healthcare institutions. A native Bardstonian, Sutherland and his wife, Nora, now reside in Jefferson County where they enjoy three daughters, Abigail, Lucy and Lilly.
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Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co. Announces Three Promotions

For Immediate Release: The Board of Directors of Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co. announced three promotions at the Shareholder’s Meeting on February 10, 2020. James Ryan Bratcher and Mark N. Hardin were promoted to Senior Vice President and Tonya Green was promoted to Lending Officer. President and CEO, Frank B. Wilson commented, “Ryan, Mark and Tonya have made valuable contributions to our organization since they joined the WMB family and these promotions are intended to acknowledge their contributions and the crucial role they have played in the past and will continue to play in the future.” Ryan Bratcher joined WMB in June of 2002. He is a life-long resident of Leitchfield and a 1995 graduate of Grayson County High School. He went on to the University of Kentucky to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in both Finance and Business Management in 2000. He started his banking career at Bank of Louisville, now BB & T, where he worked for two years in lending before joining WMB. Since joining WMB, he has done a remarkable job growing his portfolio to one of the largest and most diverse in the organization. One of the keys to his success is his commitment to working actively in the community on various civic endeavors. He is currently serving on the Grayson County Industrial Development Board, the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center Board, Grayson County Chamber of Commerce Board and he is Chairman of both the Leitchfield and Grayson County Tourism Commissions. Mark Hardin joined WMB in September of 2011. He is a life-long resident of Louisville, a 1998 graduate of Male High School, a 2003 graduate of University of Louisville and remains active in the community. Mark spent the first seven years of his career with the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions as an Examiner, all on the Safety & Soundness side. Mark’s initial duty at WMB was as Credit Analyst, with the primary focus of assisting commercial lenders with credit underwriting. His role has expanded tremendously to become one of the top commercial lenders in addition to maintaining his Credit Analyst role on the larger credits in the St. Matthews market. Tonya Green joined WMB in May of 2018 after working in a family business for a number of years. She is a 2003 graduate of Grayson County High School and a 2008 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in Behavioral Sciences in Education, graduating Cum Laude. While she did not have any prior banking experience, her Branch Manager, Jenean Anderson has commented that she is an avid learner. Jenean went on to say, “Tonya has been a great asset to our Big Clifty office. She has proven over the past 1 ½ years that she can take care of the Big Clifty customers”. Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co. is a full service bank headquartered in Bardstown, KY with locations throughout Nelson, Grayson, Hardin and Jefferson Counties. For more information visit wilsonmuirbank.com.
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Ruth Ann Thomas Voted Best Banker in Grayson County!

Ruth Ann Thomas, Manager of our Highway 62 office in Grayson County, was voted Best Banker in Grayson County by readers of the The Grayson County News Gazette! Below is Ruth Ann's story. First, let me say I am so honored and humbled to be voted Best Banker. Thank you. I was fortunate to begin my career in banking and WMB has been a very good fit for me for over 36 years. WMB has been a great place for me to work, raise a family and stay closely connected with the community. I consider many of my clients as true friends and family. I love getting to know them, being there for them and doing what I can to serve their banking needs. I’ve also been blessed to work with some really great co-workers who care for each other and the people in the community we serve. WMB’s family-friendly office environment makes it so rewarding to develop personal relationships and to support our families as needed. I’m so pleased to be part of WMB, a company that puts people first. WMB always makes it possible for employees to volunteer and be involved in our communities. We’ve had some good times over the years participating in events and causes like Bowling for Kids’ Sake, Ringing Bells for the Salvation Army, Grayson County Alliance Food Pantry, Relay for Life, and volunteering at schools. I am proud to call Grayson County my home. The people who live here are honest, hardworking and always there when a neighbor needs help, prayers, a hug or just to say “Hello”. I am a lifelong member of St. Paul Catholic Church and grew up on a farm in the St. Paul Community with seven brothers and two sisters. I met my husband, Myles, while attending Brescia College in Owensboro. I knew I wanted to raise my family in rural Grayson County and thankfully, Myles was ready to leave the city and marry a country girl. We are blessed with three children and one grandchild, who also love the outdoors; so with the farms and the parks we always spend as much time as possible outside. Thanks to WMB, I have been able to live a very rewarding life. It makes me very happy to be a part of a community that supports families and builds life-long friendships.
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WMB Employee Spotlight: Recka Elder

Life is Truly Precious Recka Elder is a very familiar face to all WMB customers who regularly visit our bank location in St. Matthews. Most would know her as the Branch Operations Manager and Customer Service Representative at the Louisville branch. But, few know the story about her courageous personal battle. Back in 2013, Recka experienced a serious kidney issue for which she was hospitalized. Thankfully she fully recovered from that incident but her outlook on life would be changed forever. Recka vowed to share her personal survival story with others in order to raise awareness about preventing kidney disease. For over 6 years she has organized and coordinated an annual bake sale in the bank lobby to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. So far, she has raised in excess of $15,000 that has all been donated to the National Kidney Foundation. Our local customers now look forward to purchasing the home baked sweet treats at this annual event. Recka’s personal journey has carried over to her relationship with customers and employees at Wilson & Muir Bank. She continues to go above and beyond to raise awareness for a worthy cause which is near and dear to her, well aaaahhh, and her kidneys as well. Let’s hear it for Recka!
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