I’m referring to “Bully,” Mississippi State’s bulldog mascot. Scott Bateman, DeKalb County president with Regions Bank and manager of the Fort Payne Main Office branch, loves Bully. Having grown up in Starkville, he fondly remembers spending many Saturdays on campus enjoying watching games and cheering on his team. Scott is a graduate of Mississippi State, holding a degree in banking and finance. His wife of 37 years, Vickie, is also from Starkville. They have two children, Chris and Kelly, and four grandchildren, including a set of twin girls.

When I stopped by to visit Scott at Regions Bank, he was opening doors, greeting customers and hugging their necks. Then, he helped answer phones and got everything started for the day. He has been with Regions Bank (formerly AmSouth) for 35 years, and at the Fort Payne branch for 33 years. What sets Regions apart? “Customer Service!” In fact, the Gallup Poll scores all banks on their customer service, and Regions Bank Main Office branch in Fort Payne had a perfect score of 100 percent, this year. Scott is proud of the employees at Regions, as they are committed to building relationships and gaining the trust of customers, which is what Regions is all about. Employees stick around at Regions too ­—one employee has been with Regions for 40 years, and several others more than 20 years.

Scott is an elder at Wills Valley Community Church where he says community outreach, as well as overseas missions, are fundamental. The congregation takes regular mission trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Scott recently made a trip to Haiti with two other members of the congregation. They weren’t on an official mission trip; however, they ministered and found opportunities to help where they were needed. Scott says the church has plenty going on for all age groups, so stop by sometime and visit, you will be most welcomed.

Scott has served on the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for more than seven years, and is currently our most recent past President. Thank you, Scott, for being such an asset to the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. To learn more about Regions Bank, visit www.regions.com.

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