Will Harding (Courtesy of Regions Bank)
CULLMAN – Regions Bank on Monday announced Cullman native Will Harding has joined the bank and will serve as market executive and commercial relationship manager in Cullman and surrounding communities.
Harding succeeds Market Executive Clayton Ingram, who retired in December 2018 after 38 years of service with the bank.
“Cullman is my home and is a special place for me and my family. I am honored to lead the collaboration of Regions’ teams in Cullman as we serve our customers and our community,” Harding said. “Regions is uniquely positioned to offer the comprehensive services of a larger bank while also providing local bankers who are constantly in touch with the needs of people and businesses here at home. I am committed to building on Clayton Ingram’s legacy of serving clients in whatever financial stage of life they are in while also building on our strong foundation of community support.”
Harding’s entire banking career has been spent serving people and business in Cullman and nearby areas. Specifically, Harding has served clients with commercial, agricultural and real estate lending needs. Harding has also served on various boards in the community, including the Cullman City Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Board, Cullman Regional Medical Center Foundation, Rotary Club of Cullman and St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church.
As market executive, Harding will leverage his local experience and market insights to help expand Regions’ client base throughout Cullman County while also taking a strategic, proactive role in addressing needs affecting the broader community. Harding will focus Regions’ local teams on reaching the objectives of Regions360, the bank’s comprehensive approach to meeting customers’ needs. Through Regions360, the company’s bankers learn the unique goals of each customer and collaborate with colleagues from Regions’ various banking departments to develop holistic solutions that are customized for individual clients.
Additionally, Harding will work with colleagues and community members to identify opportunities for the bank to make a meaningful difference through volunteer service, nonprofit support, delivering financial education and more.
Harding is a 2006 graduate of Auburn University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business and Economics. He later continued his education at the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking.
“Will’s expertise, combined with the experience of our entire Cullman team, will help Regions further strengthen its focus on this vibrant community,” said Jay Dennis, commercial banking leader for Regions in central Alabama. “We are tremendously grateful for the legacy of service and leadership provided by Clayton Ingram during his many years with Regions. All of our local teams – and our customers – will continue to benefit from the dedication to superior service that Clayton inspired among all of us.”
During Ingram’s service, he was instrumental in growing Regions’ market share in Cullman, helping it grow from the smallest bank in the area in 1980 to the largest in 2018. In retirement, Ingram will serve on Regions’ local advisory board while continuing to provide expertise and perspectives on local banking services.
“I am fortunate to have had a 38-year career with Regions Bank doing something I love, working with a team of great associates and loyal clients” said Ingram. “Will Harding is a strong leader, and I am confident he will lead our Regions teams to new levels, prioritizing the financial needs of our clients and assisting in our community’s success.”