Congratulations Barbie Ricks!


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Please join us in congratulating Barbie Ricks as the April Peoples Bank Employee of the Month. Recognized this time for Outstanding Customer Service, Barbie adds this to her list of several other Employee of the Month, and Employee of the Year awards during her 19 year tenure at Peoples Bank.

Before joining the banking world Barbie worked 10 years in the “smile” business at a dental practice. She made the career switch to banking 29 years ago, and came to Peoples Bank in 1998. Barbie began here as a Floater, and progressed through several roles en route to her current position as Executive Administrative Assistant to President Terry L. Christian. But Barbie’s contribution to the team goes far beyond what her title indicates, one reason she’s being recognized for outstanding customer service. She’s the first face people see when they visit our Lamar & Collegiate location, so often times she becomes our Unofficial Greeter and Information Desk Representative, willing to do whatever it takes to assist a customer.

When asked about the favorite part of her job Barbie said “I enjoy talking with customers and helping them accomplish their goal of a new car or buying or improving their home. And it is a real treat to work with Terry. He is a lot of fun and tries to find ways to help our customers.” And regarding her team mates, “The staff here is always helpful-to each other and to our community. We have an excellent team.”

Speaking of great teams, Barbie’s husband Bob Ricks will soon retire from Lamar County. This will give them both more time to spend with precious granddaughter Mercy. Nearly 3 years old, Mercy loves being outdoors- swimming, playing, and her favorite pastime of picking dandelions with Grandmother Barbie.

When she’s not working at Peoples Bank, or being Grandmother Extraordinaire, Barbie sews, reads murder mysteries, and is learning to play Mahjong. She adds “I also play handbells with a group of really crazy ladies. They would call me crazy too.” And if she ever wins the lottery Barbie says she’ll spend the money taking her family to every famous beach she could get to, stating “Vitamin Sea is good for you!!”

Barbie, the employees and officers at Peoples Bank thank you for the outstanding customer service you happily provide every day. You represent exactly what “People Helping People” is all about. We congratulate you on being recognized, once again, as the Peoples Bank Employee of the Month.