Our Chairman and CEO, Chris Reid was inducted into the 2020 Owensboro Business Hall of Fame presented by Junior Achievement of West Kentucky. Chris was recognized for his business excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, courageous thinking and action, inspiring leadership, community impact and service as a role model.
Three leaders were inducted into the Owensboro Business Hall of Fame during a luncheon at the Owensboro Convention Center on Tuesday, January 14th. The 2020 inductees were John Geoffrey “Pete” Barnard who founded Modern Welding Company, Micahel E. Horn of Horn Industrial Companies and Chris C. Reid of Independence Bank. The event drew nearly twice as many people as last year said Dan Douglas, president of Junior Achievement of West Kentucky — the organization who put together the event. When Reid took the stage, he said his father risked everything to open Independence Bank. He added that many have worked hard and made sacrifices throughout the years to help it grow from a bank worth $1 million to $2.5 billion today. “I don’t feel that I’m individually worthy of the Business Hall of Fame,” he said, attributing his success to all his employees. The recognition is bestowed upon individuals for outstanding civic and business contributions to Owensboro.
Past Owensboro Business Hall of Fame inductees:
2019 – Malcolm Bryant, Terry Woodward
2000 – L. Berkley Davis Sr., Carol Martin “Bill” Gatton, W. T. Stevenson
1998 – Lawrence W Hager Sr., Morton J. Holbrook Jr., William H. Thompson
1997 – Roy Burlew, William M. Elmer, Charles E. Field
Article originally published by Owensboro Times on January 15th, 2020.