Jerry Catlett, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Bruning State Bank in Bruning, was selected as chairman-elect of the Nebraska Bankers Association during the association’s Annual Convention on Thursday, May 7, at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. Catlett will assume the chairmanship of the Nebraska Bankers Association (NBA) in May 2016.
Catlett received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics from Kearney State College. Soon after, he began his banking career as vice president and chief operating officer at Arcadia State Bank, now First Nebraska Bank, in Arcadia, Neb. He then served as vice president and cashier at United Nebraska Bank in Broken Bow.
In January 1993, Catlett accepted a position with Bruning State Bank in Bruning, as financial and compliance officer. He was promoted to vice president of financial services and investments the following year, and has served as senior vice president, chief financial officer, and bank director since January 1998. From 1999 to 2004, he also served as investment officer and vice chairman at the Commercial State Bank in Clay Center, while maintaining his position at Bruning State Bank.
Catlett is a graduate of the NBA Leadership Class of 2000 as well as the School of Banking Fundamentals and the Bank Compliance School from the Kansas and Nebraska Bankers Associations’ Schools of Banking. In addition, he is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Banking.
At the local level, Catlett currently is a member of the Bruning Village Board (past chairman), co-chairman of the Thayer County-University of Nebraska Pilot Program – Entrepreneurial Community Activation Process (ECAP), and an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Hebron. Catlett is a former member of the Bruning Public Schools Board of Education (past president), Bruning-Davenport Unified School District Board (past president), Nebraska State Records Board, Judicial Nominating Commission for District 1, Foundation for Thayer County Health Services, Thayer County Economic Development Group (past treasurer), Bruning Community Foundation, Custer County Extension Board (past vice president), Pioneering 2000 Community Development Committee (past chairman), Custer County Feeders and Breeders (past secretary/treasurer), and Broken Bow Parks and Recreation Board (past president).
As a result of his civic involvement, Catlett has received various awards including the 2003 Knights of AK-SAR-BEN Ike Friedman Community Leaders Award, the 1992 Jaycee Nomination as Outstanding Young Nebraskan Finalist, and the 1990 United Nebraska Bank Employee of the Year Sales Award.
In addition, Catlett has played an active role in the NBA, serving as a member of the NBA’s Government Relations Committee (past chairman), NBA BankPAC Committee (past chairman), NBA Executive Management Committee, Education Committee, and the American Institution of Banking State Committee. He currently serves on the board of directors for the NBA and the Nebraska Bankers Insurance and Services Co. (NBISCO).
Catlett’s wife Jill is a middle school social studies teacher at Bruning-Davenport Unified Schools. They have one daughter, Cecelia, who is a loan assistant at Horizon Bank in Waverly, Neb.