BELZONI – Huey Townsend, Chairman of the Board of Guaranty Bank & Trust Company, today announced that two veteran bankers have joined the bank. Townsend said that Hudson W. “Chuck” Williams will serve as Senior Vice President, Special Projects, while Joseph Bradley “Brad” Branscome will assume the title of Community President.
Branscome, a 1989 graduate of Mississippi State University, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Banking and Finance. He was previously employed at State Bank & Trust Company and Regions Bank as a commercial banker with a concentration in agricultural lending. Prior to banking, he owned and operated a wood products company that purchased, harvested, and distributed raw timber products throughout the Southeast.
Branscome has completed a number of professional schools and is certified in Credit Risk Management. He is a graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking, conducted at the University of Mississippi, and graduate of Leaders at all Levels for Mid-Level Managers. He also holds a Property and Casualty Insurance License for a multi-state area. Branscome is a past Director and Vice President of the Kirk Academy School Board and serves as a Deacon and Worship Leader at Grace Baptist Church. He and his wife, the former Michelle Bankston, have one child, Josh Branscome.
Williams is a 1971 graduate of Delta State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing. He is a Rankin County native who served seven years in the Mississippi National Guard. He began his banking career with the Bank of Olive Branch in 1971 and has been affiliated with Regions Bank since 1973 where he most recently served as Executive Vice President for north Mississippi.
Williams has been active in civic and economic development endeavors over the years and served on the American Bankers Association’s Rural and Agricultural Committee for the past three years. He is a past President of the DeSoto County Economic Development Council and is a member of the Rotary Club. He also served on the Building Committee and Chairman of Broadway Baptist Church and the Southern Baptist Educational Center in Southaven. Additionally, he serves as the Finance Committee Chairman at First United Methodist Church in Grenada. Williams and his wife, the former Kathy Bailey, have one child, Katherine K. Williams.
Hue Townsend, President and CEO of Guaranty Bank said, “We are delighted to welcome these two veteran bankers to our management team. I am confident that in the years ahead they will continue to make a mark in the lives of our customers and will quickly embrace the Guaranty Bank business model of responsive, exceptional service.”