Planters Bank recently announced promotions of three employees.
• Mary Catherine Burgess of Greenwood has been promoted to assistant vice president of deposit services.
Burgess, a Greenwood native, graduated from Mississippi Delta Community College and received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Delta State University. She has worked for Planters Bank for 11 years.
She is married to Dustin Burgess, and they have three children: Courtney, Logan and Landon. They attend North Greenwood Baptist Church.
• Christopher Lewis has been promoted to community reinvestment officer. He worked previously at the operations center in Indianola and now will work in the Greenwood office.
Lewis has seven years of banking experience. He is a graduate of Greenwood High School and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Mississippi Valley State University. He is a financial literacy trainer for Mississippi Community Financial Access Coalition and a member of Rho Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in Greenwood.
He is married to Janeisha Sanders-Lewis. They are members of the New Green Grove Church of Faith, and they have three children: Dalaysha Lewis, Christian Lewis and Chris Lewis Jr.
“We are so excited to have Chris lead our CRA department,” stated Alan Hargett, Planters’ president and chief operating officer. “He has excelled in several different areas of our bank, and we know that we will continue to see success as he takes on this new and very important role for our bank.”
• Ryan Strawbridge is now first vice president for Planters’ Greenwood office.
Strawbridge is a native of Indianola. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Delta State University and also graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
Strawbridge has been in banking for 15 years, including four years at Planters Bank, and is a member of the Mississippi Bankers Association’s Agriculture Committee.
He is treasurer of the Greenwood Rotary Club, an Executive Board member of the United Way of Leflore County and a member of Greenwood Leflore LEAP Foundation.
He is married to the former Caroline Reed of Belzoni, and they have two daughters, Rhodes and Catherine. They are members of First Presbyterian Church in Greenwood, where he serves as an elder.
"We are proud to announce Ryan's promotion to first vice president,” said Eric Miller, president of Planters Bank in Greenwood. “Ryan has been a great asset for Planters Bank. Since day one, he jumped in feet first not only with the bank but also becoming involved in the community. We look forward to Greenwood's continued success with Ryan being a pivotal part of it.”
Founded in 1920 in Ruleville Planters Bank has grown to a regionwide banking system, with assets in excess of $1 billion, serving 13 communities in 19 locations.