Branaman joins bank board

Robert “Bob” M. Branaman recently was appointed to the TPB Bancorp board of directors.

Branaman, who was sworn in Jan. 9, will serve the remaining term of Ralph L. Spurgeon, who retired from the board Dec. 31 as director emeritus, according to a news release from Wm. Mark Norman, president and CEO of TPB Bancorp and its subsidiary, The Peoples Bank.

Spurgeon has been in the banking industry since September 1958. He started at First National Bank and has been with The Peoples Bank since the merge of First National Bank and Brownstown Loan and Trust Co. in 1965. He and his wife of 66 years, Vivian, live in Brownstown.

Branaman began his employment with The Peoples Bank in December 1978 as information technology manager. He was promoted to cashier and vice president in 1988 and was promoted to his current position as chief financial officer and executive vice president in 2005. He also is the treasurer of TPB Bancorp and serves as secretary of the board of directors.

Branaman is a graduate of Medora High School. Following high school, he attended Indiana University and Liberty University. He later attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife, Janie, live north of Medora.