Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 13, 2013

BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL: An Equation for Success: 50 years plus the job equals a career of excellence; Cutting-edge Jacksonville medical professionals continue their education

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — In an increasingly short-term world, local banker Ronny Elvin Lee is the very soul of longevity.

Lee, 73, was honored by the Texas Bankers Association earlier this month and awarded the 50-year Banker Award. It is a very distinguished accolade. One that is not easy to obtain.

The TBF, which is the philanthropic arm of the Texas Banker's Association — the oldest such association in the nation — awarded Lee this honor during a special luncheon held at the 129th Annual TBA Convention in San Antonio.

This prestigious award honors bankers with a half century or more of service and dedication to the banking industry.

In a photo displayed on the Austin Bank Facebook page,  Lee is seen receiving his award by TBA President and CEO Eric Sandberg.

“A fine banker and man,” noted Facebook posted Gerald C Blevins.

So … WOW. How did he do it? It takes a lot of staying power and gumption to keep going for five decades.

In 1962, Lee began his career at Austin Bank, Jacksonville as a teller and bookkeeper. He was elected to the board of directors in 1982,  served as the bank’s president from 1993 until his retirement in 2006. And to this day he continues to serve as a bank director.

Lee is active in the Jacksonville community and has served as chairman of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, president of the Jacksonville Lions Club and drive chairman and president of the United Fund of Cherokee Country.  He currently serves as president of the Jacksonville College Board of Visitors.



It's no secret that the world of healthcare continues to evolve. And rather than simply rolling with it, many of the healthcare leaders such as Trinity Mother Frances Hospital are staying ahead of the curve by taking steps to stay ahead and transform with the changes.

As a matter of fact, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital Jacksonville CEO Tom Cammack and Dick Stone, TMFH Jacksonville board member, recently attended the Healthcare Coalition of Texas annual conference in San Antonio in an attempt to do just that.

The Healthcare Coalition of Texas — a member-led organization representing 13 community-based hospitals and healthcare systems across Texas — was founded on the principle of its members’ dedication to each other and their collective strength, the group shares knowledge, adopts best practices and collaborates on innovative programs in a committed fashion to improve overall performance.

By attending, sharing stories and comparing practices within the state, Cammack and Stone also had the chance to see former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speak about “Leading in a Time of Change.”

While there they also took in nationally renowned doctors addressing topics such as “Looking Past Healthcare Reform: Managing the New Normal,” and “The Great Physician of 2013: Embracing the New Without Abandoning the Good Parts of the Old.” Not to mention the “Creative Destruction of Medicine.”

Cammack and Stone have said they are inspired by the Healthcare Coalition of Texas conference and look forward to applying what they’ve learned at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, according to a news release.


Who is strong enough to pull the truck listed below?

You'll get to find out on June 8.

The Truck Pull will be held in front of the Tomato Bowl from 9  a.m. to 1 p.m.

It is  sponsored by Jacksonville Iron Works Gym.

For more information or entry form please go to our website at www.jacksonvilletexas.com.

Ben Tinsley, a Jacksonville Daily Progress reporter with over 25 years in the journalism industry, writes Business Confidential, a column designed to help promote and help spotlight the diverse and growing business community of Cherokee County.