Kathy Pleasant-Merritt recently joined the Republic Bank & Trust team as Vice President, Commercial Lending Officer-SBA.
Prior to this position, she was Vice President, Commercial Banker and Government Backed Lending Specialist for MainSource Bank (recently acquired by First Financial Bank) covering the Kentucky, Southern Indiana & Cincinnati territories. Kathy was responsible for developing SBA and other government enhanced programs, strategies and marketing plans as well as assisting in the sales production of assigned bankers and the overall SBA commercial portfolio for the bank. Prior to this position, she worked for Fifth Third Bank as Vice President and SBA Specialist for almost 11 years and established and directed its SBA lending efforts for the affiliate.
Kathy attended Western Ky University and earned a BA degree in Communications and completed graduate studies at the University of Louisville.
Kathy is a founder, past president and active board member of the KY SBA Lenders Conference Association since 2003. She currently serves on the Dress for Success Advisory Board and works on various committees and projects in her community, including volunteering at Simmons College of Kentucky as a mentor. She was recently elected to the Governing Board for LHome.
Her awards and recognitions include KY District SBA lender & Merit Awards (most recent was 2015; 2016; & 2017); US Department of Commerce, Minority Business Advocate of the Year; Today’s Woman Magazine HER award and 2015 Woman of Distinction award from Dress for Success-Louisville Chapter. In 2018, she was featured in Louisville’s Business First 20 people to Know in Banking publication.