CBA paid tribute to bankers who have marked a significant milestone in the banking industry at the CBA's 43rd Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Savannah. Seven community bankers from across Georgia were recognized during the Chairman's Legacy Banquet that was held Saturday, Sept. 24.
"The association is excited to present this new program and recognize Rick for his commitment to community banking. Our state is very fortunate to have community bankers in the industry such as Rick who have provided this much needed service to their local communities," explained Carolyn Brown, President & CEO of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia. "It is our pleasure to recognize Rick's accomplishments and the inspiration he has been to a new generation of community bankers."
Derek Williams, President & CEO of First Peoples Bank in Pine Mountain and 2010 to 2011 CBA Chairman, made the presentation of the awards and provided the audience with a brief bio on Drews. Drews will be featured in an upcoming issue of the CBA's Georgia Communities First magazine and CBA Today eNewsletter.
Drews began his banking career with a community bank based in Orlando, Fla., followed by 15 years with the Hardwick Holding Company -- Hardwick Bank in Dalton, Calhoun First National Bank in Calhoun, and Peoples First National Bank in Cartersville.
In 2000, after the sale of Hardwick, he helped start Century Bank of Georgia in Cartersville where he serves as Chief Executive Officer and on the Board of Directors of both the bank and its parent. In addition to his responsibilities with Century, Drews also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia and the Georgia Bankers Association, the two trade associations representing banks in our state. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees for The Southeastern Schools of Commercial Lending and Advanced Commercial Lending held annually at Vanderbilt University.