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Warner Receives Huntington University Foundation Distinguished Service Award

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ryan Warner with HU Distinguished Service AwardOn Thursday, September 24th, Bippus State Bank's President, Ryan Warner, was presented with Huntington University Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award.  He has been recognized for his strong leadership, involvement in and support of local organizations, and his commitment to God, family, community, and HU.

The Award reads as follows:

The Distinguished Service Award annually recognizes an individual or organization that embodies the principles associated with the mission of Huntington University.  Recipients give substance and credence to our beliefs, serve as effective role models for our students, and receive recognition for the tremendous contribution they make to the Huntington County community.  Their actions, as well as their words, bear persuasive witness to their commitment to the University and community.  They live and work with integrity, service, compassion, responsibility, faithfulness, discipline, and generosity.

Ryan graduated from International Business College in 1976, and joined Bippus State Bank in Bippus, Indiana in 1977.  He later graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking in 1986.  After just ten years with the bank, Ryan was elected president and chief executive officer.  Under Ryan’s leadership, the company expanded its reach to include branches in Huntington, Roanoke, and North Manchester.  Bippus State Bank has not only grown physically, it has also expanded to include a full spectrum of financial products and services.

Ryan has also had a tremendous impact on the banking industry outside of the local community.  He is involved with Indiana Bankers Association (IBA) where he served as president from 1992 to 1993 and represented the association at both the state and national levels.  In 2015, Bippus State Bank received the Five Star Member Award in recognition of its commitment to the IBA in areas of political awareness, issues advocacy, life-long learning, volunteerism, and Preferred Service Provider utilization.

Over the years, Ryan has served the Huntington community in a leadership capacity through countless impactful organizations.  Recently, his love of sports prompted him to lead a committee that raised funds for the modern score boards in the Huntington North High School gymnasium.  Because of his outstanding service in so many areas, Ryan was named Chief of the Fling Springs Tribe in 2008.  This annual award is the highest honor that is bestowed on an individual who has dedicated years of service to our community.

Ryan has also played a significant role at Huntington University, supporting the institution through his time, talent, and resources.  He is currently active with the President’s Advisory Council on Excellence (PACE).  He attends and supports numerous sporting events as well as countless projects, programs, scholarships, and capital campaigns at Huntington University.  His dedication to the Lord’s work at Huntington University is longstanding.

Ryan has been married to his wife, Patty, for 37 years.  Their three daughters are Melissa, Katie, and Jodie.  Katie is married to Kevin Powell, and they have blessed Ryan and Patty with twin granddaughters named Karoline and Kerrigan.

Ryan’s commitment to God, family, community, and Huntington University makes him an incredible example of servant leadership.  His desire to serve as a good steward of all that the Lord has given him is leaving an imprint on the University and community that will endure for generations to come.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Huntington University Foundation, and in recognition of his outstanding leadership and service to Huntington University and the local community, we present the Huntington University Foundation Distinguished Service Award to Ryan Warner.

Congratulations to Ryan on receiving this well-deserved award!
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