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Top 40: Brent Waldrop

With the announcement of the much-anticipated Toyota automobile manufacturing plant coming to Lee County a few years ago, Brent Waldrop was tapped by BancorpSouth officials to ensure the total financial needs of the plant’s Japanese and American executives.

Since then, all the Tupelo native has done is grow his premier banking area to be the largest loan and deposit size in the department’s history.

Waldrop is humbled by the bank’s faith in his abilities.

“Given the importance of Toyota to our economic development, it was important for the bank to place someone of integrity and trust in this very delicate role,” he said. “With the large number of high-ranking Toyota executives and the diversity of their financial needs, the job required me to understand all cultural, social and educational aspects of these individuals and their families.”

BancorpSouth chairman Aubrey Patterson says Waldrop is, without question, one of the most outstanding young executives the bank has ever produced.

“The regard in which (Brent) is held by senior bank officials is only exceeded by that of his large and growing client base,” Patterson said.

Named one of Tupelo’s “Top 20 Young Professionals” in 2010, Waldrop’s title is vice president of premier banking. He’s tasked with ensuring outstanding customer service among a select group of clients that offer potential for the continued economic growth of the Lee County region.

Over the past three years, Waldrop has graduated magna cum laude from The Barrett School of Banking and completed a program at the Jim Ingram Leadership Institute.

“I can honestly say that Brent is the best employee I’ve ever had,” said Mark Burleson, BancorpSouth’s Tupelo division president and Waldrop’s boss. “He’s handled every task that I’ve put in front of him with the utmost professionalism.”

“It’s rare to find someone of his caliber in today’s society.”

Waldrop is active in several community organizations, including the Rotary Club, Japanese American Society of Mississippi and the Association of Excellence in Education.

When he’s not spending time with his three children, Waldrop enjoys competing in Triathlon events and hunting.

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