HopFed Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: HFBC) (the “Company”), the holding company for Heritage Bank USA, Inc. (“Heritage”), today announced the retirement of Mr. Gilbert E. Lee from the Company’s Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Lee, 72, has served as a Director of the Company since 1999 and as its Chairman of the Board from July 2008 until May 2015.
Commenting on Mr. Lee’s announcement, John Peck, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “ On behalf of our entire Board of Directors and the Company’s senior management team, we thank Gilbert for his many years of outstanding service to our shareholders, employees and the communities in which we serve. Gilbert’s leadership and experience were instrumental as the Company grew from a $170 million savings and loan to a $900 million commercial bank that successfully navigated the most difficult times the banking industry has experienced since the great depression. We wish Mr. Lee the very best in retirement.”
The Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Thomas I. Miller, 72, to serve the remainder of Mr. Lee’s term, which expires with the 2017 Annual Shareholder meeting. From 1967 to 2010, Dr. Miller served as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, professor and currently is professor emeritus of accounting at Murray State University. Dr. Miller served as the Chairman of the Accounting Department for 17 years; coordinator of planned giving for five years; and served as interim president of Murray State University in 2006 and President of Murray State University in 2014. Dr. Miller was a partner in the public accounting firm of Miller & Wilson, a certified public accounting firm located in Murray, Kentucky from 1993 through 2010. He is a member of the AICPA, the Kentucky Society of CPAs, the American College of Forensic Examiners and the American Accounting Association. Dr. Miller is a former chairman and trustee of the Murray-Calloway County Hospital and served as a board member of the Murray Electric System for 12 years. At this time, the Company’s Bylaws would prevent Dr. Miller from seeking re-election in 2017.
“We are pleased Dr. Miller has agreed to serve the remainder of Mr. Lee’s term. HopFed Bancorp, Inc. is very fortunate to have a person with such a distinguished academic and business career agree to serve as a Director. Dr. Miller is held in such high esteem in the communities that we serve and we are excited about the contributions he will make to our Company,” commented Mr. Peck.
HopFed Bancorp and Heritage Bank USA, Inc.
Prior to June 5, 2013, HopFed Bancorp, Inc. was a federally chartered savings and loan holding company with Heritage Bank as its wholly owned thrift subsidiary. On June 5, 2013, Heritage Bank’s corporate name was changed to “Heritage Bank USA, Inc.” and it converted to a Kentucky state chartered commercial bank regulated by the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Also on June 5, 2013, HopFed Bancorp, Inc. became a bank holding company regulated by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. HopFed Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Heritage, headquartered in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Heritage has eighteen offices in western Kentucky and middle Tennessee and a loan production office in Nashville, Tennessee. The Company has two additional operating divisions including Heritage Wealth Management of Murray, Kentucky, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Kingston Springs, Tennessee and Pleasant View, Tennessee, which offers a broad line of financial services. Heritage Mortgage Services of Clarksville, Tennessee offers long term fixed rate 1- 4 family mortgage loans that are originated for the secondary market in all communities in the Company’s general market area Heritage offers a broad line of banking and financial products and services with the personalized focus of a community banking organization. More information about HopFed Bancorp, Inc. and Heritage may be found on its website www.bankwithheritage.com.
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