New re­gional lead­er­ship named for BB&T

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Donna Rovins drovins@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter

WIN­STON-SALEM, N.C. » BB&T has an­nounced that it is mak­ing a change to its lead­er­ship for the Delaware Val­ley Re­gion. In a Tues­day an­nounce­ment, BB&T named Travis Rhodes as pres­i­dent for the re­gion, which in­cludes BB&T Com­mu­nity Bank­ing mar­kets in Philadel­phia and sur­round­ing Penn­syl­va­nia and New Jer­sey counties — in­clud­ing Mont­gomery, Chester and Delaware counties.

Rhodes, who cur­rently serves as re­gional cor­po­rate bank­ing man­ager in Char­lotte, N.C., as­sumes his new role ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

He will suc­ceed Scott Gam­ble, who will re­tire on June 30, 2018, af­ter more than 34-years in the bank­ing in­dus­try.

“We are de­lighted to have Travis step into this lead­er­ship po­si­tion,” David Weaver, pres­i­dent, BB&T Com­mu­nity Bank­ing, said in a press re­lease. “This is an im­por­tant re­gion for BB&T and his ex­cep­tional bank­ing ex­pe­ri­ence cou­pled with his highly per­sonal ap­proach will be an as­set for our growth strat­egy.”

Rhodes, 45, joined BB&T in 1999 as a fi­nan­cial cen­ter leader in Win­ston-Salem, N.C. From 2001 to 2008, he held sev­eral po­si­tions within BB&T’s Triad Re­gion in­clud­ing busi­ness banker, busi­ness ser­vices of­fi­cer and re­gional cor­po­rate bank­ing of­fi­cer. In 2012, he re­lo­cated to Char­lotte, N.C., as a cor­po­rate bank­ing man­ager.

A na­tive of Greens­boro, N.C., Rhodes re­ceived his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from Ap­palachian State Univer­sity and is a grad­u­ate of the LSU Grad­u­ate School of Bank­ing. He is pres­i­den­t­elect of the Western Car­olina chap­ter of the Ju­nior Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tion, has served on the board of Sa­mar­i­tan Min­istries and is ac­tive in his church where he serves as an el­der.

“I am ex­cited about this new op­por­tu­nity to work with our BB&T teams in the Greater Delaware Val­ley and con­nect with our clients,” Rhodes said in the re­lease. “This is an area with great growth po­ten­tial for the bank, and I look for­ward to build­ing on our past ac­com­plish­ments.”

Gam­ble, 58, has more than 30 years of fi­nan­cial ser­vices ex­pe­ri­ence. He joined BB&T through the merger of Susque­hanna Bank in 2015 where he held the same po­si­tion.

“It has been a real priv­i­lege to work with so many tremen­dous teams and great clients through­out my ca­reer,” Gam­ble said. “Work­ing at BB&T has been re­ward­ing and a real ca­reer high­light.”

Prior to join­ing Susque­hanna, Gam­ble was pres­i­dent of Na­tional Penn’s South­ern Re­gion, which cov­ered south­ern Mont­gomery, Philadel­phia, Chester and Delaware counties. While there, he man­aged com­mer­cial bank­ing, re­tail bank­ing and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for 26 com­mu­nity of­fices and three busi­ness cen­ters. Gam­ble is a grad­u­ate of Grove City Col­lege with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion. He cur­rently serves on the board of the Risk Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s Philadel­phia Chap­ter and the Penn­syl­va­nia Bankers Pub­lic Af­fairs Com­mit­tee (PaBPAC).

BB&T’s foot­print in the re­gion ex­panded in 2015 when it com­pleted its ac­qui­si­tion of Susque­hanna Banc­shares Inc., a deal val­ued at about $2.5 bil­lion. In Novem­ber of that year, 239 Susque­hanna Bank branches across four states opened their doors as BB&T Bank.

In Au­gust 2015, just weeks af­ter the Susque­hanna ac­qui­si­tion closed, BB&T Corp. an­nounced an agree­ment to ac­quire Na­tional Penn Banc­shares Inc. in a cash and stock trans­ac­tion val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $1.8 bil­lion. The ac­qui­si­tion in­cluded 126 bank­ing of­fices in Penn­syl­va­nia, New Jer­sey and Mary­land.

BB&T op­er­ates 263 fi­nan­cial cen­ters in Penn­syl­va­nia and di­vides its foot­print into com­mu­nity bank re­gions — each with its own pres­i­dent — to keep de­ci­sions lo­cal and close to the cus­tomer, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

BB&T’s Greater Delaware Val­ley in­cludes: Chester, Mont­gomery, Bucks, Mercer, Delaware and Philadel­phia counties in Penn­syl­va­nia and Ocean, Burling­ton, Cam­den, Glouces­ter, Cum­ber­land and At­lantic counties in New Jer­sey.

For more in­for­ma­tion about BB&T visit BBT.com. Email busi­ness story ideas to busi­ness edi­tor/ writer drovins@21stcen­tu­ry­media.com

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