New regional leadership named for BB&T
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.
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