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Virginia Bankers Association Elects Leton L. Harding, Jr. as Chairman-Elect to Board

Jonesville, VA—The Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) announced the election of new officers for its 2020-2021 board of directors during their Virtual Annual Meeting today.  Powell Valley National Bank (PVB) is honored to announce that Leton L. Harding, Jr. has been elected to serve as Chairman-Elect on the Virginia Bankers Association’s board of directors.

Harding will serve as Chairman-Elect for the Virginia Bankers Association’s board of directors for 2020-2021 and is slated to become the association’s chairman in June 2021. “I am excited to have the opportunity work even more closely with Bruce Whitehurst and his team at the Virginia Bankers Association.  I am proud of the work that the VBA does to support our banks and the role it plays in our communities,” said Leton Harding.

Harding joined Powell Valley National Bank in 2012 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.  In 2014 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and was appointed to the bank’s board of directors in 2016.  He currently serves as chairman, president, and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining PVB, Harding worked from 1993-2012 as EVP for The First Bank and Trust Company in Abingdon, VA, where he oversaw daily operations and investment services.

Harding is no stranger to the mission of the Virginia Bankers Association where he worked from 1986-1993 in Richmond, VA, before returning home to Southwest Virginia.  During his time with the VBA, he served bank members in roles such as vice president, executive director for the Community Bank Council, manager of grassroots legislative programs, VBA Benefits Corporation, and the Young Bankers Section.  Additionally, he has volunteered as a senior teaching fellow for the VBA’s School of Bank Management and has served on the School’s board of trustees.  In addition to his appointment to its board of directors and executive committee, Leton also serves on the VBA’s government relations and legislative affairs committee.

Leton Harding began his banking career in 1977 at The Wise County National Bank under the direction of his mentor, Mr. William T. Clements, where he served as the bank’s trust officer and compliance officer.  He is a board member at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Mountain Empire Community College Foundation and is also the past president and co-founder of the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance.  Leton is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and resides in Wise, Virginia with his wife Tammie, where they are members of Wise Baptist Church.

About the Virginia Bankers Association

The Virginia Bankers Association represents banks of all sizes and charters and has served as the unified voice for Virginia’s $615 billion banking industry and its 42 thousand employees since 1893.