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GREER – CBL State Savings Bank recently recognized Senior VP Brent Garrett for being nationally named one of Independent Banker’s Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders.

Garrett, 37, is a Laurens native and graduate of Laurens District High School.

Independent Banker, the flagship publication of Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), has named Brent S. Garrett, CBL State Saving’s Bank Senior Vice President, as one of its “40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders.” The nomination-based award recognizes up-and-coming community bankers who demonstrate exceptional potential in leadership, innovation and community work.

This group of young professionals should give all of us a sense of pride and optimism as we look to the future of America’s community banks,” said Matt Kusilek, publisher, Independent Banker. “Now more than ever, this industry sees the value of the energy and ideas of people like our emerging leaders, who believe in the importance of the community banking model. We’re really pleased to be able to highlight their accomplishments so far and look forward to what they’ll do next.”

We are honored to have Brent as an integral part of the CBL management team and want to congratulate him on this well-deserved award,” said Jennifer T. Jones, CEO and President of CBL State Savings Bank.

Garrett lives in Greer with his wife and three children and is a graduate of Lander University in business administration. He brings 14 years of leadership experience and has served our community in many areas including, but not limited to: chairman of IBSC Leaders of Tomorrow, former chairman of the Greater Greer Education Foundation, chairman-elect of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, member and former chairman of the chamber’s Leadership Council, chairman of the Greer Family Fest and a deacon of Greer First Presbyterian Church.

According to Independent Banker’s “40 under 40” story: “As chairman of the Independent Banks of South Carolina’s Leaders of Tomorrow program, Brent Garrett is passionate about bringing the next generation on board. He and the other program participants visit career fairs to discuss the advantages of working in a community bank.”