Episode 96. Bernard M. Trager – Founder & Chairman, Republic Bank & Trust Co
Living with a core of gratitude and an attitude of caring and sharing, Bernard Trager founded and built Republic Bank, always with a heart to serve.
In 1958, Trager co-founded and became CEO of Union Trust. Almost 20 years later, Union Trust and its seven subsidiaries became part of Commercial Credit of Baltimore, where Trager worked as president and CEO. In 1980, he founded Republic Bank and Trust Company on Bardstown Road in Louisville. The bank expanded and thrived, and today Republic Bank & Trust Company and Republic Bank have well over 40 banking centers in Kentucky, Indiana, Florida and Ohio.
Trager is the recipient of endless impressive awards and achievements, and has served as director for multiple community organizations. He is also a generous donor for many community causes throughout Louisville.
Aside from his time in the Air Force, Louisville has always been home for Trager. He and his wife of fifty-five years, Jean, have five grandchildren.