Edmonson Voice Report:
An Edmonson County resident and graduate of ECHS is retiring from the banking industry after three and a-half decades in the business.
A 35-year career banker, Craig E. Browning, has served the past 26 years with U.S. Bank as Regional President for the Western Kentucky region. A 1987 Western Kentucky graduate with a degree in business administration and management, Craig started with TransFinancial Bank as the Community President in Scottsville, KY.
Browning has been actively involved in many civic and community development leadership roles throughout the state including two terms served on the Kentucky Chamber Board of Directors, and as a member of the United Way of Kentucky board. He previously served on the advisory board for the Warren County DARE program, South Central Workforce board, and as a former Chairman of the board for the United Way of Southern Kentucky, Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky, and the WKU Foundation Board of Trustees.
He is currently serving as: Chairman of the board for the Kentucky Center for Leadership; is on the Executive Committee, board member and Past President of the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation; Adjunct Professor for WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business; and board of director for the POP-UP Minority Entrepreneurship Program. Browning is also an alum of the Leadership Kentucky program, KBA’s Commercial Lending School of Banking, and received his undergraduate business degree from Western Kentucky University.
"When I look back on my career in banking, I’ve been very fortunate to work with a lot of great people," Browning said. "Instinctively, as I’ve been asked “What do you do?” over the years, I’ve answered 'I’m a banker.' But my greatest sense of pride and accomplishment has come as a people leader. Whether at the bank or in a leadership role with a nonprofit, I’ve always enjoyed seeing other people succeed and develop. I’m a firm believer that understanding one’s purpose in life will lead to a more fulfilling career. Several years ago, I brought the definition of my purpose down to two words…helping people. Energizing and inspiring others is at the very core of leadership. Whether it was a bank colleague, client, friend, or recipient of the civic work that we have done, helping people has always been my guiding light. I look back on my 35 years in banking with satisfaction knowing that we made a positive difference in the lives of others. I look forward to taking some time off and weighing options for the next chapter of life. Godly wisdom will continue to guide me, and I'm not done helping people yet."
Browning is an outdoors enthusiast and has been featured in the Edmonson Voice as a result of the huge rattlesnakes he's killed on his farm in the Ollie Community.
Craig and his wife, Deborah, have been married for 34 years. He is a proud new grandparent and loves to spend time outdoors in his free time. For his personal and professional accomplishments, as well as dedicated service and loyalty, U.S. Bank celebrates and congratulates Craig on his impact in the communities that he has served.