The last time Hancock Whitney visited Nasdaq in May 2018, we were celebrating a landmark moment in the history of our company as we transitioned from Hancock Holding Company to Hancock Whitney Corporation. On May 16, we were glad to be there again to celebrate two corporate milestones in June 2021. Not only did we celebrate 10 years since the merger of our two grand banks (Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank), we also marked 30 years of being traded on the Nasdaq exchange.
Hancock Whitney Board of Directors and Corporate Executives ring the opening bell at Nasdaq on May 16, 2022.
By celebrating the ringing of the opening bell, we also wanted to recognize our associates and the core values we embrace. For America and most of the world, 2021 felt like déjà vu. For people in our part of the country, we experienced the added complexity of major storms hitting sizeable parts of our footprint. However, as always, our associates rallied; and as a team, we had a strong finish to a record year in 2021.
A recent example of that recognition was Hancock Whitney once again being named among America’s Best Banks by Forbes. Amid the incredible challenge and change the banking industry has managed in recent years, Forbes’ recognition of Hancock Whitney as a top-100 bank represents a testament to our associates’ commitment to the clients and communities we serve. We are honored to be named one of America’s Best Banks and grateful to the people, places, and businesses depending on us as their trusted financial and community partner.
We look forward to what we hope will be a brighter 2022 for our company, clients, associates, and communities. To our team across the Gulf South and Tennessee, you are the primary reason behind our success, and I couldn’t be prouder to be your colleague. During the turmoil of the pandemic, many new team members embraced our centuries-old culture and, with our legacy team, rose to the occasion to propel the communities we serve to economic recovery.
Here on this national stage, I thank each of you—my long-serving and new teammates alike—for your perseverance and dedication. I am so very proud to serve at your side.