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Luther Deaton, Jr.


  • Chair, President and CEO
  • Central Bank & Trust Co.
  • Lexington, KY

Luther Deaton joined $2.54 billion Central Bank & Trust Co. of Lexington, Kentucky in 1978 and has served as its chairman, president and CEO since 1996. In 2003, he was elected chairman, president and CEO of Central Bancshares.

Luther began his Central Bank career as a teller in retail banking and steadily progressed up through the lending department, where he became EVP and head of commercial and retail banking in 1991.

He has chaired the ABA Voter Education Advisory Council and continues to serve as a member. He also serves on ABA's Government Relations and Communications councils. He is an advisory board member of the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics and a board member of the university's U.K. Health Care. He also is a former board member and president of the Kentucky Bankers Association.