Bank Executive Prizes Personal Touch
In one sense, April Russell Perry launched her business career as a youngster when she would accompany her grandfather, local bank president Charles Russell, to an empty, quiet office on Sunday afternoons.
“I would sit there and pretend to wait on all the customers,” she said, recalling how she would practice speaking through the microphone. “I set my sights on being a drive-through teller.”
It’s fair to say she has wildly exceeded her childhood dream. Today the two-time Eastern Kentucky University graduate is the board chair and CEO of Kentucky Farmers Bank (KFB), the same locally-operated, Ashland-based institution her grandfather once helmed. As the 2018-19 Executive-in-Residence/Distinguished Speaker for the EKU College of Business and Technology, Perry recently addressed current students, sharing her life story and secrets to success.
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Published on October 29, 2018