Stan Murray never meets a stranger. With 41 years of banking experience, Stan is synonymous with community banking in Columbus. "I think I've been successful in my career because I like to build long-standing relationships," he says. "Many of my customers have been doing business with me for 20 years or more. I've had the chance to work with first-generation business owners, and now I'm working with some of their sons or daughters in that same business.
"I think my customers know that I'm consistent and dependable, and I believe in communicating regularly with my customers so I know what their needs are," he says. "I also think I'm able to take good care of them because Citizens National operates as a Mississippi-owned community bank. We can respond to our customers' loan requests much more quickly and efficiently than banks which are managed by home offices out of state."
A running back for the MSU Bulldogs in the early 1970s, Stan had the opportunity to play for his team in the Sun Bowl in 1974. "I learned a lot from my career in football," he says. "You only play as well as you prepare, and I try to stay on top of my game in banking, so that I can provide value to my customers and work hard to satisfy their needs."
If you talk to Stan's co-workers, they'll tell you that "everybody knows Stan." They describe him as extremely likable, laid-back, and easygoing. An outdoors enthusiast, he uses his lunch hour to go on a 10-mile bike run most days, and enjoys rowing a scull and paddling a stand -up paddleboard on the Tombigbee River.
Always eager to take on a new adventure, Stan traveled with his son in the spring of 2010 and did a tandem jump out of a plane. "I enjoyed doing it once," he says, "but I doubt I'll go and do it again. Once was enough."
Proud to call Columbus home, Stan has served as a member of the YMCA Board of Directors for over 20 years.