Citizens State Bank welcomes new president

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
news@princetonherald.com


Photo by Jennifer Fike
Bill Bradshaw said he looks forward to meeting customers during Citizens State Banks Customer Appreciation Day Oct. 16.

By Jennifer Fike
Staff Writer

Bill Bradshaw may be new to Princeton and Citizens State Bank, but he is no stranger to banking nor is he new to Collin County. Bradshaw’s father Jim Bradshaw was a longtime banker in McKinney where Bill was raised and graduated from high school.
 
“I grew up with banking in my blood,” he said.
 
Though Bradshaw never planned to follow in his father’s footsteps and actually received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas in Arlington, years later he found himself entering a familiar world.
 
“I wanted to be a professional football player,” Bradshaw said. He played football at UTA and signed to play with the Oakland Raiders. But when his plans were crushed by a knee injury, Bradshaw began looking for other jobs.
 
After working as a jailer in Tarrant County and as a Roundup weed killer salesman, Bradshaw found himself in need of a job that would provide for his family and allow him to stay close to home. “I figured if it was good enough for my dad, it was good enough for me,” he said.
 
In 1978 Bradshaw got his own start in banking at the Fort Worth National Bank as a loan collector. Over the last 30 years,
Bradshaw has held almost every position within the banking world, at several banks across Texas. He said he believes his vast experience in the banking world has helped prepare him for his current job as Citizens president.
 
Being in Princeton is also a plus, Bradshaw said. “I know a lot of people here. It’s been really fun, and I really enjoy being here,” he said.
 
Bradshaw also said he has enjoyed getting to know the employees at Citizens. “They are very involved in the community, and they are the biggest asset this bank has,” he said.
 
Though Bradshaw is quick to admit that banking has changed drastically over the last year in particular, he said he believes Citizens is in a strong position to make further improvements as the economy improves.
 
“We’re a one-star-rated bank, which is the best you can get.” The bank also has strong capital, which puts the bank in a great position, Bradshaw said. “The bank is already a strong bank. I want to make sure people know that we’re here to serve them ... to help any way we can.”
 
Aside from his work at the bank, Bradshaw said he hopes to play an active role in the city of Princeton as well. “I hope to be able to contribute by getting involved in the community,” he said. He has already joined the Lions Club and plans to become an active part of the chamber of commerce.
 
Bradshaw lives with his wife Donna in McKinney, a short 12- minute commute, which he calls “real nice.” The couple has four daughters and four grandchildren, all of whom live nearby.
 
Residents are invited to meet Bradshaw during the company’s Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, Oct. 16. “We’d like everyone to come out and meet all our people,” Bradshaw said. There will also be drawings for a GPS system, and free food.
 
For more information contact Citizens at 972-734-2424.

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