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News Release

Ennen and Keaster to Retire from Bradford National Bank

December 2014

After more than 30 years of service, two senior executives have announced their retirement from Bradford National Bank.

Dennis Ennen and Jim Keaster, both senior vice-presidents of the bank and members of the board of directors, will retire at the end of the year.

To mark the occasion, the bank will hold a community reception on December 18 at the Greenville County Club from 4 to 6:30 pm.

While both men will be retiring from day-to-day activities at the bank, both will continue their duties as members of the Board of Directors.

Dennis Ennen
Ennen, who previously was a Federal Bank Examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, began working at the bank in 1983.  Initially, he served as the bank’s agricultural lending officer.  In 1994, he was promoted to Senior Vice-President in charge of the entire loan portfolio, and handled commercial lending.  Additionally, he served as the Trust officer and remained in that position until 2008.  He became a member of the Board of Directors in 1999, a position he still holds today.

Ennen said, “I’ve really enjoyed my years working for Bradford National Bank.  It has been exciting working with a lot of very good people and being a part of their success.”  He added, “I really want to thank my loan clients and all of the other customers of the bank.  It is through their loyalty that we can remain an independent, community bank.”

Jim Keaster
Keaster started his career at the bank in 1984.  He has worked in many departments, serving as a loan clerk, data processing staff member, payroll officer, real estate appraiser and, eventually, Senior Vice-President of Operations.  Additionally, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors and holds the position of Board secretary.  Prior to joining the bank, Keaster worked in education as a teacher, principal, and computer consultant for the Regional Office of Education.

Over the years, Keaster has enjoyed working with different teams and committees at the bank to solve problems, upgrade and enhance services, and improve the bank’s position in the communities it serves.

Keaster said, “I started at the bank when computers were just coming into public use.  I’ve had the unique opportunity to watch the bank transform its technology operations over the years to operate more efficiently and better serve our customers.”  He added, “I will certainly miss working with our employees and all of the customers.  It was those daily interactions that made the job satisfying.”

Both men, who began when Bradford National Bank only had one location in Greenville, were instrumental in the rapid growth of the bank over the past 15 years.   They were involved in the addition of branches outside of Bond County, the opening of the Marine facility, and the construction of the Highland branch just a few years later.

Bradford National Bank CEO Frank Joy said, “It has been a pleasure to work with both Denny and Jim.  Their judgment, knowledge, and commitment to community banking have been instrumental to our success.  We wish them both a happy retirement and look forward to their continued guidance and counsel on our Board of Directors.”

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