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Bank Independent’s Mathews retires; Thompson tapped for bigger role

SHEFFIELD – David Mathews will be retiring in December as Bank Independent’s president in the greater Decatur market, the bank announced. Bob Thompson has been tapped as the area president that will guide growth in Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties.

Mathews has served the Decatur community for 16 years. He worked closely with the bank to forecast future needs for the key market ahead of his planned retirement in that position.

Transitioning to a senior commercial lender role for Morgan County, Mathews will report directly to CEO Rick Wardlaw.

“We are thankful for leaders like David Mathews with a thoughtful focus on the communities we serve,” said Wardlaw. “He has made a positive difference for his customers in Lawrence, Limestone, and Morgan counties and remains a valued leader at Bank Independent.”

Thompson joined Bank Independent in December 2020 as city president over the Athens/Limestone County market. In his new role, Thompson will continue to report directly to Tim Singleton, the eastern region president and senior commercial lender.

“Bob Thompson has established himself as a trusted leader,” Wardlaw said. “He has grown successful relationships through his involvement in the community and business development efforts. We are confident he will continue to be a strong advocate for this vibrant business market.”

Thompson lives in Decatur and maintains deep ties with the local community.

He is a business graduate of Athens State University and brings 13 years of banking experience serving the communities of Huntsville, Athens, and Decatur.

Thompson serves as board chairman for the Huntsville Community Drum Line and as a board member to the Limestone County Economic Development Association.

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