Award-Winning Banking: Whitney Earns Top Marks With Greenwich Excellence Awards for Small Business & Middle Market Banking

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Whitney Bank announced today it has received 14 national and regional Greenwich Excellence Awards in Small Business and Middle Market Banking for 2011. Less than six percent of 750 eligible financial institutions have earned the coveted Greenwich recognition, which is based on interviews with 13,500 U.S. small businesses and 11,500 middle market companies.

This is not the first year Whitney has been recognized with Greenwich Excellence Awards.   Most recently, Whitney received 12 national and regional awards in 2010 and 14 national and regional awards in 2009.  

In the Small Business Banking category, Whitney received six national Excellence Awards and two regional Awards. Whitney also won five national Excellence Awards and one regional Award in the Middle Market category.

“Small and middle market businesses drive our economic growth. We at Whitney Bank are extremely honored to receive Excellence Awards for our service to these sectors. These awards are tributes to local businesses and to the Whitney bankers that help those businesses achieve financial success,” said Whitney Bank President Joseph S. Exnicios.

Whitney Bank’s 14 Greenwich Excellence Awards include:

Small Business Banking:

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Relationship Manager Performance
  • Branch Satisfaction
  • Treasury Management – Overall Satisfaction
  • Treasury Management – Accuracy of Operations
  • Treasury Management – Product Capabilities
  • Overall Satisfaction – South Region
  • Treasury Management – Overall Satisfaction – South Region

Middle Market Banking:

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Relationship Manager Performance
  • Treasury Management – Overall Satisfaction
  • Treasury Management – Customer Service
  • Treasury Management – Accuracy of Operations
  • Overall Satisfaction – South Region

“Receiving both national and regional awards for small business, middle market and treasury management banking reflects our bankers’ commitment and expertise in combining comprehensive financial solutions with keen, caring understanding of our business customers’ diverse banking needs,” added Exnicios. 

Sponsored by Greenwich Associates – a leading international research-based consulting firm in institutional financial services Greenwich Excellence Awards are based on an institution achieving a statistically significant margin in a single category than the mean for all banks at a 95 percent confidence level. The awards reflect ratings garnered from interviews with more than 25,000 business executives at companies with revenues between $1 million and $500 million.

Greenwich Associates provides research based strategy management services for financial professionals. Greenwich Associates’ studies provide benefits to the buyers and sellers of financial services in the form of benchmark information on best practices and market intelligence on overall trends. Based in Stamford, Conn., with additional offices in London, Toronto, Tokyo, and Singapore, the firm offers over 100 research-based consulting programs to more than 250 global financial services companies. More details are available at www.greenwich.com.

With $20 billion in assets, Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq:HBHC) is the parent company of Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank.  The company operates almost 300 full-service bank branches and nearly 400 ATMs across a Gulf South corridor spanning South Mississippi; Southern Alabama; South- Central Louisiana; the northern, central, and Panhandle regions of Florida; and Metropolitan Houston, Texas.  Additional information is available at www.hancockbank.com and www.whitneybank.com.

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CONTACT: Paul Maxwell, Corporate Communications Director          228.563.7953 or paul_maxwell@hancockbank.com

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