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Pioneer Bank president is honored by industry group

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Christopher Palmer. (Submitted Photo)

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A Pioneer Bank executive has been chosen as the Western region winner for the 2017 Community Banker of the Year Award given by an industry group.

The Independent Community Bankers of America, which represents about 5,700 institutions, announced Monday that Christopher Palmer, president and chief operations officer of Pioneer Bank in Roswell, had been selected for the honor. According to the banking group, the annual award recognizes the exceptional work and commitment of individual community bankers and their dedication to local communities.

“As a dedicated, driven leader and compassionate and conscientious citizen, Christopher’s contributions to his community and the betterment of our industry are to be commended,” said Scott Heitkamp, chairman of the banking association and chief executive officer of ValueBank Texas in Corpus Christi.

“Christopher is a visionary who is constantly striving for excellence,” said the Pioneer Bank employee who nominated Palmer for the award.

Palmer leads a weekly business review meeting to address concerns and set business goals. He also is a strong proponent of cultivating talent. This year, he taught a weekly class on how to succeed in today’s job market, and he implemented a book club at the bank featuring leadership-themed selections.

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Palmer also volunteers his time, serving on the board of the United Way of Chaves County and working with the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. in its effort to promote growth in the area.

Palmer will be featured in the December issue of the banking association’s magazine and will be recognized at a 2018 national convention in Las Vegas.

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