Mr. John Hamilton
Vice President, Commercial Banking
Eastern Kentucky University, ’77 BBA Finance; Kentucky School of Banking, '78 Graduate' Ball State Commercial Lending School, '88 Graduate; EKU Colonel Club President, '86 and '02
John Hamilton began his banking career in 1975 at State Bank & Trust Co. in Richmond. He spent over 24 years at that institution, wore many hats and was exposed to many facets of banking, Teller (Customer Service Rep), Installment Lender, Branch Manager, AVP/ Consumer Lending Manager, Mortgage Lender, VP/Commercial Lender, to Sr. V.P/Senior Lender. He left EKU in 1975 to take the job at State Bank, and in 1977 went back to finish. While at EKU, John worked as a Teller in Lexington at First Security Bank. In 1988, that same First Security bought State Bank, and John was made V.P./Senior Lender for the Madison County region. In 1990, First Security was purchased by Bank One. John remained with Bank One, as Commercial Lender until 1999, when he took a position in Commercial Lending and was charged with bringing Fifth Third Bank to Richmond, Ky., where he would be Market President. He maintained a $50 million commercial business portfolio, as well as, Madison County Market President duties.
In January 2011, John decided to go back to a community bank by accepting a position with Kentucky Bank, based in Paris, Ky. “It is great to be back with a bank that concentrates its efforts in the Central Kentucky market.” His office is currently in Winchester, Ky.; and John has grown his loan portfolio to level where Kentucky Bank has decided to open a Richmond, Ky., office in the next few months.
John has always been active in Richmond/Madison County community affairs. Along with being on the EKU Business Advisory Council, he is Treasurer of the McCready-Telford Foundation, Advisory Board Member for City of Richmond at Gibson Bay, was Board Chairman for 17 years at the Telford Community YMCA, and Finance Board Member of First United Methodist Church.
John has two children, Blake 28, and Kelsey 12.