Baker to be honored with Women in Business Award
Release Date: March 26, 2008
Note: This is the first in a series of three stories about women to be honored at the Women in Business Awards banquet hosted by the Wayland SIFE group on April 8.
PLAINVIEW – Carolyn Baker, executive vice president and cashier at Hale County State Bank, will be one of three recipients of the Women in Business Awards presented by the Wayland Baptist University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team. The awards will be presented in a banquet scheduled for April 8 in the McClung University Center.
A graduate of Texline High School, Baker attended the University of North Texas and earned her bachelor of business administration degree in accounting in 1981 from West Texas A&M University. She began her banking career with the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas, then worked four years as bank cashier and assistant trust officer at First State Bank in Tulia.
She worked for Brown, Graham and Company in Tulia from 1980-87, earning her CPA certificate in August 1982. While in Tulia, Baker served on various community boards and councils and was a president of the Tulia Chamber of Commerce.
Baker moved to Plainview in 1987 and began working for Hale County State Bank as auditor, later moving into the position of controller. She was named to her current position in 1994 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1998. She also serves on the board of directors as Chief Financial Officer for HaleCo BancShares, Inc.
Active in the community, Baker has served on the boards of the Plainview Lions Club, Plainview Country Club, Wee Care Child Care Center, Plainview Area United Way and Plainview Chamber of Commerce. She is past chairman of the Texas Bankers Association Operations Committee and is a graduate of Leadership Plainview and Banking Leadership of Texas.
Currently, she serves on the United Way Budget Committee and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Lubbock Chapter of CPAs and the Texas Society of CPAs, which honored Baker with the Accounting Excellence Award. She is a past member of the Junior Service League and was a charter member and founding board member for the Lubbock Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
A Baptist, Baker served as a youth leader and teacher for many years. She and husband Tommy enjoy playing golf, traveling and supporting their favorite sports teams.
Tickets to the 6:30 p.m. Women in Business banquet are $20 and are available by calling the Division of Business at 291-1020 or 291-1029. Other 2008 honorees include Nancy Kernell and Mary Anna Self.