George Cummings

Progressive Bank
Geo Area
Region 8

George W. Cummings, III currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Bank. He has served as President since 2001 and Chief Executive Officer since 1997. Cummings also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of both Progressive Bancorp, Inc. and Progressive Bank.

Cummings is a 1979 Louisiana Tech University graduate with a B. S. degree in Banking and Finance, and is a graduate of the School of Banking of the South at LSU, and The Wharton School’s Strategic Thinking and Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon his graduation from Louisiana Tech, Cummings began his banking career with the Bank of the South in Baton Rouge, serving as Assistant Vice President and then Vice President in the Operations area. In 1982, he moved to Monroe where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Security Bank. In 1989, he joined the staff of Capital Bank in Monroe where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors. From March to April 1997 he served as President of Deposit Guaranty National Bank of Monroe, Louisiana following its acquisition of Capital Bank.

During his banking career, Cummings has earned a number of awards including both the Rambin/Silverstein Memorial Civic Award (2002) and the James M. Shipp, Jr. Memorial Young Business Leader of the Year Award (1993) from the Monroe Chamber of Commerce. In 2004 he was recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Business Leaders in Northeast Louisiana and was also named Chapter Honoree by Louisiana Tech University and the Board of Governors of Beta Gamma Sigma. In 2005, he received the West Monroe/West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce Leadership & Community Service Award, was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the Ouachita Economic Development Corporation, and received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Rodney Alexander recognizing his efforts as CoChairman of the Interim Ouachita Economic Development Coalition. Most recently, in October 2009, Cummings was selected by the Louisiana Tech University College of Business as their Alumnus of the Year. This award is bestowed each year by the College of Business to a distinguished alumnus to honor his/her career accomplishments, commitment to excellence, and high ethical standards.

Cummings is married to the former Nan Weaver, and is the father of three sons – George W. Cummings, IV; Brad Cummings; and Ben Cummings. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Cummings, Jr. of Winnsboro, LA.