Buys retirement from Cadence Bank; Cox has been promoted to Vicksburg market president
Published at 6:30pm Monday, October 2, 2023
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Cadence Bank announced Tuesday that Vicksburg Market President Mark Baez has chosen to retire on Oct. 31 after more than 43 years in the banking industry.
David Cox, currently senior vice president in the Vicksburg market, will be promoted to president of the community bank.
Baez has spent the past 22 years at Cadence Bank (formerly Bancorp South) and was named Vicksburg Market President in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi and is a summa cum laude graduate of the MBA. program from Millsaps College.
“Vicksburg is my home, and it has been a blessing for me and my family to live here while I lead efforts to bring growth and prosperity to Cadence,” Baez said. “I am an active volunteer in the economic development efforts of the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, and have been honored to be appointed to numerous local and state boards, including being named 2022 Alumnus of the Year for Hinds Community College. My plan is to continue serving these organizations, until I can provide an incremental impact in the growth of our community.
Cox has been with Cadence Bank for 28 years and works primarily in commercial lending, where he manages a large loan portfolio and enjoys developing strong client relationships. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Banking and Finance and Management Finance from the University of Mississippi, and completed graduate programs in banking at Louisiana State University and Vanderbilt. Also an enthusiastic community volunteer, Cox’s involvement includes serving on the boards of the local Salvation Army, United Way of West Central Mississippi, and the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce.
“It has been an honor to have Mark as a mentor all these years. His commitment to this community “Through his work, service to local organizations, and dedication to his family, the church and community have set a powerful example for all of us,” Cox said. “I look forward to the challenge of continuing Mark’s legacy of service, and I am truly grateful for this opportunity to serve our customers and community in this new role.”
“We thank Mark for his years of dedicated service and wish him and his wife, Judy, all the best in retirement. David’s transition into his new role should be seamless, as he is a proven leader with a positive attitude and provides tremendous support to our customers and the Vicksburg community,” said Department Chief Brad Maley.
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