The Longview Chamber of Commerce bestowed one of its most prestigious awards, “Large Business of the Year” to Citizens National Bank at their annual banquet on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Maude Cobb Convention Center in Longview. Brad Tidwell, Chairman & CEO of CNB was very honored to have to been presented with this award and said that it was not his alone, he thanked the many dedicated employees at CNB and loyal customers that Citizens National serves everyday for helping them to achieve such an honor.
Lou Galosy, former Citizens National Bank officer, Longview civic leader, former Longview mayor and a true visionary for the City of Longview, died late Tuesday, January 8, 2013, just months shy of his 90th birthday.
Born May 26, 1923, in St. Louis, Galosy was a Navy pilot in World War II and the Korean War. In 1952, he moved to Longview, managing Riff’s, a women’s apparel store until 1960. He owned and operated Galosy’s Women’s Apparel from 1960 to 1980. He served as Longview’s first two-term mayor from 1985-1991. Among the projects completed during Galosy’s tenure was the opening of the new Longview Public Library in 1987.
One of Longview’s most influential civic leaders through the last half of the 20th century, known for his dapper dress, gentlemanly demeanor and business acumen. Considered one of his greatest personal achievements Galosy worked alongside two other men to incorporate and lease Gregg Memorial Hospital in 1960, which became Good Shepherd Hospital, later Good Shepherd Hospital, now Good Shepherd Medical Center. He served on the hospital board for 17 years and as president for three years.
In addition to his role in civic affairs, Galosy served on the board of American Bank from 1979 until 1984, was senior vice president of Bank One from 1984 until 2004, and later worked in business development for Citizens National Bank until his retirement in December 2011.
Brad Tidwell, President & CEO of Citizens National Bank, called Galosy a goodwill ambassador. “He was a mentor. He was a friend. He gave me wonderful business advice I’ve tried to follow for 30 years. If I could be half the people person and half the business person and possess half the communications skills Lou Galosy had, I’d be very, very successful,” Tidwell said. “They just don’t come any better than Lou Galosy,” Tidwell said.
Galosy’s advice was sought after from the very young to the seasoned business person. He also served on numerous boards for various organizations. He never met a stranger and always left a lasting impression. He was a Longview icon, a true gentleman and will be missed by many.
Services are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home, Longview.
Portions of this article taken from www.news-journal.com
Longview Regional Medical Center recently hosted their annual “Stars Over Longview” event at Maude Cobb Convention & Activity Center. Stars Over Longview recognizes 12 ladies from the Longview community who have made a significant difference in the lives of others. Spotted at the event by KLTV were Longview employees, Tamara Stoker, Amanda Traywick and Jackie Moseley. (Photo Courtesy of www.kltv.com)
CNB’s Lakeport, Longview 4th Street and Downtown Convenience Center pooled their “jean” money ($2 collected each Friday for wearing jeans to work) and and donated 80 Christmas gifts to the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. They found out through the local newspaper that the mission was short on gifts for the teenagers. So the branches went in together and donated over $430 worth of gifts. What a great way to give back and serve our community!
The week of December 17th, carolers from Wylie Elementary and First Baptist Church, both of Henderson, came to sing at the main bank in downtown Henderson. Seeing all the little smiling faces singing with joyful hearts was such a pleasure to experience during this wonderful Christmas season. After each group finished, they were presented with a tray of Christmas sugar cookies for their class, courtesy of Citizens National Bank!
The ladies of CNB’s Spring Hill branch used their their “jean” money that is collected each Friday, plus a little more, to help a local needy family with Christmas. The family was very surprised, as they didn’t expect or ask for any help. The family had quite a few children, so each employee “adopted” one of the children and bought Christmas for them. The employees were also able to give the family a $135.00 gift card. Branch Manager, Kim Graham said, “I am so proud of the teamwork here at Spring Hill, they made this family so happy.” We at CNB couldn’t agree more!
Tyler Grande Branch Manager Sheila Dixon and Vice President/Lender Sandra Browning co-chaired the event “Bras for the Cause” that took place recently in Tyler at Hollytree Country Club. Sheriff J. B. Smith served as auctioneer and some local fireman modeled the “bras for the cause”. The event raised over $32,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, American Cancer Society and Women’s Council of Realtors. Sheila Dixon said, “It was a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun and we raised a great amount of money for such a worthy cause.” CNB is very proud of these ladies and all the employees who volunteered and attended this event!
A ribbon cutting with the Longview Partnership Chamber of Commerce has been scheduled for the new Downtown Longview Convenience Center and Drive Thru at 201 N. Green Street on Wed., November 7th at 11:00 a.m. Jackie Moseley will serve as the Branch Manager with Orlando Valle as the new Assistant Manager.
Refreshments will be served at the convenience center following the ribbon cutting.
Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company and Citizens National Bank (CNB) are pleased to announce that a multi-year lease has been signed by CNB to occupy the Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company building at 200 N. Fredonia located in downtown Longview. Kilpatrick is eager to have a bank return to the building and both organizations are looking forward to adding to the growth and revitalization of downtown Longview.
Brad Tidwell, President & CEO of CNB stated, “Everyone at Citizens National Bank is very excited about the opportunity to open the downtown Longview branch. Our expansion and new presence downtown will allow Citizens to have a much larger footprint geographically and we will be able to serve Longview better than ever before. We greatly appreciate the significant investment that Kilpatrick is making along with CNB to the building. Without them this new venture would not be possible.”
“Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company is delighted that Citizens National Bank has chosen the Kilpatrick Life Building in Longview as its newest location,” said J. Brian Morrison, President and CEO. “I think it speaks volumes when a bank like Citizens chooses to bring 25 new jobs to downtown Longview.” Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company was founded in 1932 and has $1 billion of in-force insurance.
Kilpatrick and Citizens are making a significant investment in the building, with renovations to the basement, first and second floors, as well as the parking garage, exterior of the main building and drive-thru convenience center. CNB will lease almost 20,000 square feet of total space.
CNB anticipates opening the drive-thru convenience center, located at the intersection of Methvin and Green Streets, by November 1, 2012, with the main bank slated to open by April 1, 2013. CNB currently serves Longview with branches located at 3412 N. 4th Street @ Hawkins Parkway, 5001 Estes Parkway in Lakeport and 3600 Gilmer Road in Spring Hill.
CNB anticipates employing a staff of approximately 25 at their newest Longview location. This location will also be the home of CNB’s Longview Trust Department. Both Kilpatrick and CNB are committed to Longview and its continued growth.