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Peoples Bank Announces Promotions

W. Chance Abbott (Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager) of Peoples Bank
W. Chance Abbott (Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager) of Peoples Bank

Terry L Christian, President of Peoples Bank, is pleased to announce the recent promotion of W. Chance Abbott to Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the 2805 Lamar Ave Branch.

Chance has been with the Peoples Bank family since January of 2013 and brings a diverse background with him into the banking industry. With a BBA in Human Sciences, Chance went on to manage multiple departments of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York City and progressed rapidly in his career. His Texas heritage soon brought him back to Dallas where he became a Resort Manager for the Four Seasons Resort. Chance achieved multiple management awards and received AAA Five Diamond honors in the Hospitality industry.

“Born and raised in Paris, TX I felt the need to return, as I am very dedicated to the Paris community, my family and to the banking industry.” Abbott stated. “I enjoy being involved in the community and will work to the best of my ability to help Paris and Lamar County be the best place in Texas to live and work. At Peoples Bank customer service is my first priority.”

“I have known Chance since he was an infant. He has always been an aggressive individual with a drive to succeed. Chance doesn’t have to learn customer service as it has been a part of his personality forever.” Christian stated. “This is why he advanced rapidly in the hotel industry and is doing the same in his banking career.”

Pat Watson
Pat Watson

Also recently promoted was Pat Watson to Vice President.

Pat Watson has been with the Peoples Bank family since 2004 and has accomplished multiple system upgrades, implemented new technology, installed and maintained the banks network infrastructure, and managed all aspects of the IT field for the bank.

“My goal as an officer of Peoples Bank is make our bank a leader in the industry by using the latest technology to provide the highest level of products and services to our customers,” Watson stated.

Terry Christian, President of Peoples Bank stated, “Peoples Bank is very fortunate to have Pat Watson as our information technology officer.  His knowledge of computers and their processing systems is extensive. Pat’s skills are critical to our ability to continue to add and improve customer service and products.  Pat also possesses a unique ability to communicate with the officers and employees in such a technical area of the bank.  There is not a day that we don’t depend on his contributions.  The promotion to Vice President of Information Technology is most deserved!”

Finally, Ronald E Abbott, Chairman and CEO of Peoples Bank, announced the recent promotion of Paula White to Vice President.

Paula White
Paula White

In August 2013, Paula’s duties expanded to include Compliance and BSA/AML while maintaining the Human Resources responsibilities. Her performance and attitude during her tenure at Peoples Bank led to her most recent promotion.

“My goal as an officer of Peoples Bank is to be a contributing member of the management team to help implement the bank’s strategic growth goals while maintaining our strong compliance culture,” she said. “I enjoy balancing the bank’s interest and being the voice for the employees.”

Terry Christian, President of Peoples Bank stated, “Paula has been a great asset since the first day she joined the Peoples Bank Family. I am very pleased with the Board of Director’s decision to advance Paula to a member of senior management.  Peoples Bank and its customers will benefit in the years to come by her addition to our management team.” 





Edward Jones