Business Spotlight: Former FCHS hoops standout banking on new job

Traditional Bank’s Anna Beth Logan Bobbitt, right, and Bill Alverson, CEO, talk about the bank’s new Franklin County location at Wednesday’s fiscal court meeting. (Chanda Veno | State Journal)

When officials with Traditional Bank decided Frankfort would be a good location for expansion, they knew it can be challenging to get a foothold in a new community just by hanging out your sign when there are already several established financial institutions. The Mount Sterling-based bank started looking for someone with ties here to help bridge the gap.

Anna Beth Logan Bobbitt seemed to be a perfect fit. A former Franklin County High School basketball star, Bobbitt, who is well known in the community, was working as senior project manager in the Cabinet for Economic Development when Traditional came calling.

“Bill Alverson, Traditional’s CEO, said they just couldn’t come in without a local connection,” said Bobbitt, 37. “I’ve been with the bank since the end of November, and I absolutely love it.”

Bobbitt works in community business development with customers and clients as well as with service associations and non-profits.

Alverson said her “leadership skills and strong work ethic” that were established during her basketball career and work positions make her a great fit for the bank.

Prior to working at Economic Development, she served as the special events director for Special Olympics. After college, she also worked as a representative for a sports uniform company.

Having played basketball since the eighth grade, Bobbitt graduated from FCHS in 2000 and was awarded a basketball scholarship by the University of Richmond in Virginia. She was a point guard and shooting guard on the high school teams coached by Ross Barker that won their district every year but 1999 to make it to the 11th Region playoffs.

“We always got knocked out (of the region) by one of the Lexington Schools,” Bobbitt recalled.

Of her career, she said, “I’d been plagued by injuries in high school, but I had a career-ending knee injury at Richmond. I left and came home to finish college at the University of Kentucky.

“I owe my parents (Ed and Theresa Logan) and siblings for teaching me to work hard, take on new challenges and give back to our local community. I can’t wait to do all three with Traditional Bank.”

Bobbitt and her husband, Scott, a school resource officer in Woodford County, have two children. Marie is 4 and Logan is 18 months.

Bobbitt said she has no previous experience as a banker. “I want to use my experience in other jobs in development and customer service. I’ll be working on the service side with various teams in the bank to see that all customers’ needs are serviced.”

She believes the move to the bank is a good one for her.

“It made sense to switch from economic development. I got to have an impact in the state but not so much in this community. Here I can be more focused and help growth.”

Founded in 1902, Traditional Bank has 15 locations in Franklin, Fayette, Montgomery, Bourbon, Clark and Menifee counties. It’s located at 91 Arrowhead Court, at the corner of Hanly Lane and Versailles Road. The bank has $1.5 billion in assets.

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