Op-Ed: Check your checks – mail fraud is on the rise

By James A. (Ja) Hillebrand, Chairman and CEO of Stock Yards Bank & Trust The following op-ed was written by James A. (Ja) Hillebrand, who is Chairman and CEO of Stock Yards Bank & Trust, a community bank serving Kentucky and Indiana since 1904. An old-school type of fraud is making its way back into […]

Stoll Keenon Ogden merges with Indianapolis-based Katz Korin Cunningham

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky Two well-respected law firms have joined as one. Kentucky and Indiana-based Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC (“SKO”) has merged with Indianapolis-based Katz Korin Cunningham, effective July 1, 2022. Pre-merger, SKO had 145 lawyers in offices in Louisville, Lexington and Frankfort, Kentucky and Indianapolis and Evansville, Indiana. With the addition of Katz […]

Republic Bank’s new Simple Access checking account receives national certification

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Republic Bank & Trust Company announced today its new Simple Access checking account was officially certified by the national Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) as meeting the Bank On National Account Standards (2021 – 2022). The national safe account Standards, co-created by consumer advocates, leading national nonprofit organizations, […]

New homeowner loan program offers forgivable mortgages for home improvement

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky Stock Yards Bank & Trust has partnered with Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund to help homeowners pay for needed repairs and replacements at home. The new Stock Yards Bank Home Improvement Grant offers forgivable mortgages to those with low-moderate income to make home repairs including replacing HVAC systems, doors, windows, […]

Republic Bank launches new BankTech Incubator, supporting innovation and entrepreneurship

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Republic Bank & Trust Company launched a new BankTech Incubator, aimed at supporting technology companies and their innovative products that complement the Bank’s strategic goals through investments in the companies and their products, and through knowledge-sharing. “The BankTech Incubator allows us to create long-term partnerships with technology companies and share […]

The Republic Bank Foundation Donates $200,000 to Simmons College

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky The Republic Bank Foundation donated $200,000 to Simmons College of Kentucky, Louisville’s only Historically Black College University (HBCU), to fund five annual student scholarships and restore the historic SchoolHouse building, which was Kentucky’s first-ever public school for Black students. “This investment from Republic Bank will help us recruit and develop […]

Kentucky-based community banks complete merger

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky Two Kentucky-based community banks are now one. Stock Yards Bank & Trust completed its acquisition of Commonwealth Bank & Trust this month. This marks the second major merger for Stock Yards Bank in recent years, following the acquisition of Kentucky Bank in the summer of 2021. Details of the Commonwealth […]

Republic Bank offers new down payment assistance program for home buyers

By Gian Prabhudas, Building Kentucky Republic Bank is offering down payment assistance for home buyers on a first-come, first-served basis, with up to $6,000 awarded to each recipient who qualifies in the Lexington area, as well as in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The program includes a total of $500,000 available to the public, and the […]

Maryhurst announces new CFO and welcomes former resident to the Board of Directors

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Maryhurst has added new experience and perspective to its team with the hiring of chief financial officer (CFO) Anne McArthur and appointing licensed clinical therapist and former resident, Cherie Jones, to its Board of Directors. Jones’ appointment will mark the first time in several decades a former Maryhurst resident has […]

Kentucky REALTORS® mark 100 years of service

Founded in 1922, Kentucky REALTORS® is celebrating a major milestone as it reaches its 100th anniversary in 2022. The longstanding trade association represents more than 12,800 real estate professionals across 19 local associations in the Commonwealth today. Kentucky REALTORS® is marking this significant achievement by highlighting how REALTORS® have helped build and strengthen communities in […]

Kentucky REALTORS® gain new leadership, celebrate legacy during centennial year

By Cory McCauley, Building Kentucky Kentucky REALTORS® gains new leadership as the organization kicks off a large scale celebration of a symbolic year. Mike Inman was installed as the 2022 President of the Kentucky REALTORS® December 6. Inman, a member of the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors, will take over for Charles Hinckley to lead […]

Listen to learn in 2022: Five words you’ll hear next year

By Chad Carlton, Building Kentucky Listening is a crucial part of communications. If you don’t understand what your partner or a customer is saying, your messages and priorities may be viewed as off base, ill-timed or, worse yet, downright conflictual. If you’re not paying attention to what’s being discussed in boardrooms or committee meetings, it’s […]

Kentucky-based banks named to nationwide “Best Banks to Work For” list

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky Looking for a job in a Kentucky bank? American Banker magazine highlighted the “Best Banks to Work For” in 2021 and a few Kentucky-based banks made the list. Stock Yards Bank & Trust of Louisville, United Community Bank of Western Kentucky of Morganfield, Independence Bank of Owensboro and Kentucky Farmers Bank of Ashland were among […]

What America’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill means for Kentucky

By Cory McCauley, Building Kentucky On November 15th, President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law. Also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, it is the largest long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure in nearly a century. The hefty $1.2 trillion law contains an estimated $550 billion designated […]