Independence Bank, one of the fastest growing banks in Kentucky, is now proudly serving Lexington.

Chad Lashbrook, Ted Berge, Michael Adams and Brandy Smallwood join President Stacy Berge at their Goodwin Square temporary downtown space located at 444 East Main Street Suite 108. The Lexington location offers full business, personal and trust services.

At Independence Bank, expansion begins with finding the best bankers. Each employee is encouraged to identify and get involved in passion projects. By bringing others along, often being backed by the Bank, the impact of those initiatives can be increased while creating a fun and collaborative workplace.

The awards and kind accolades are growing. For 14 years, Independence Bank has placed in the ‘Best Places to Work in Kentucky’ program. It claimed fourth in 2022, the highest-ranking financial institution, for the medium division which includes organizations in similar size from 150-499 employees.

Here For Good is a community commitment. The Bank awarded more than $158,000 in scholarships in May to several high school seniors across the footprint—including two Lexington students. This program has been in place for more than two decades and, to date, has granted more than $1.5 million.

This compassion stretches across the Commonwealth. After catastrophic storms tore through the western part of the state, Independence Bank felt called to help in healing. Commonwealth Compassion: Horses of Hope, a fundraising partnership with LexArts, aims at driving donations for the tornado-impacted areas of Graves, Hopkins and Warren Counties— where the Bank has locations.

Three life-size fiberglass horses were Bank-funded through “Horse Mania.” Students from these three communities were invited to Lexington to creatively collaborate and paint alongside professional artists. The trio will be auctioned at Keeneland in early December. All proceeds raised will be reinvested in specific local rebuilding projects before these public art displays are permanently placed in their designated county.

To learn more about the project and what makes Independence Bank revolutionary visit

Originally published in TOPS Lexington, July 2022