Stacy Berge has spent nearly 25 years perfecting her skills in the banking industry across a number of roles and organizations, bringing all of that experience to Independence Bank. She has built a team of individuals with shared values around her that feels more like a family than a group of coworkers.

“As the fifth-largest Kentucky-based bank, with $3.6 billion in assets, Independence Bank expands solely through organic growth,” Berge explained. “Our 15-county footprint expanded to include the Lexington market in the fall of 2021. Since then, we’ve been actively involved in our community and look for opportunities to lift others up by giving of our time, talent and treasure.”

Much of that success can be credited to the Bank’s senior management and culture which aligns with Berge’s vision and leadership style. Berge seeks to inspire and to be inspired and to set the tone for the next generation of female leaders. Her collaborative and inclusive approach has been central to Independence Bank’s growth in Lexington and the passion with which its team delivers financial services to the community.

“I believe in doing things together: hiring the best people, drawing from their experience, considering new ideas and establishing a fun work environment that creates the best organization possible,” Berge said.

Originally published in TOPS Lexington, September 2023