FRANKFORT, Ky. — WesBanco Inc., a diversified, multi-state bank holding company, Wednesday announced the retirement of Lloyd C. Hillard Jr., chairman of the Central and Southern Kentucky Advisory Board of WesBanco.
“It is hard to believe that I have been in banking for 56 years,” Lloyd Hillard said. “During that time, I have worked for four financial institutions. My fondest memories are meeting great people and team members along the way; and watching these individuals grow and progress in their banking careers. Community banking is the lifeblood of cities and towns across our great commonwealth. Accordingly, I will always be a ‘Community Banker’. It’s sad to go, but it is time.”
Hillard, a Lexington native, started his career in banking in 1968 at First Security National Bank & Trust Company. He joined First Citizen’s Bank in Elizabethtown in 1990 and was promoted to president and CEO in 1992. In 2010 he was promoted to president and CEO of Famers Capital Bank Corp. and chairman and CEO of the company’s subsidiary, United Bank & Capital Trust Co, before it merged with WesBanco in August of 2018.
“I have enjoyed working with Lloyd these past few years. He is a consummate professional and experienced leader who has had a very distinguished banking career,” said Todd Clossin, WesBanco president and CEO. “He has served as chairman of our central and southern Kentucky region since our merger, more than two years ago, and I have appreciated our partnership. I was fortunate to be able to honor him at our board meeting last month and wish him well in retirement.”
Hillard has always been active with many philanthropic and civic organizations. This past year, he served as chairman of the Kentucky Bankers Association, while in the past he was a director of the Lincoln Heritage Council of the Boy Scouts of America and a trustee of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He has been active for more than 35 years in United Way and is a member of the Frankfort Rotary Club.
Hillard grew up on a 3,000-acre farm located near Lexington. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned a BS degree in accounting in 1968. He also completed the three-year Graduate School in Controllership at the University of Wisconsin in 1974.
“What a year to end my career,” said Hillard. When asked about any parting words, he said, “Remember, in all that you do, be pleased but not satisfied! You can always do more.”