BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Regions Bank today announced that Kathleen Bowley, an assistant branch manager in Bridgeton, Mo., is the July 2016 recipient of the Regions Bank Better Life Award. The Better Life Award is the top honor given to a Regions associate for outstanding dedication and job performance as well as exemplary involvement and commitment to the community.

Bowley regularly reaches out to widows to teach life lessons that she has personally learned.

“Since I lost my husband in 1997, I’ve met customers who are also widows,” Bowley said. “I try to give special attention to them, help them with their banking needs, but also try to be supportive, go the extra mile for them.”

Sometimes, that extra mile includes a lift to the grocery store or just sitting to chat or watch TV. It all grows from Bowley’s desire to help.

“Kathy’s rapport with the customers is amazing,” said Branch Manager Brian Hartman. “She’s the reason why they say our branch feels like a small, hometown bank. They know she cares, and they look for her whenever they come into the branch.”

Bowley’s furry friends also appreciate when she comes around. She volunteers weekly at St. Animal Pet Adoptions, a non-profit organization in St. Ann, Mo.

“I give the animals food, water and medicine. I walk them, play with them and clean up after them,” Bowley said.

She also helps organize adoption drives at local pet stores and community events. Regions will donate $1,000 to St. Animal in honor of Bowley’s Better Life Award recognition.

A video about Bowley, featuring her work with widows and animals, can be viewed on the Regions Financial YouTube channel.

About The Better Life Award

The Better Life Award is presented monthly to a Regions associate who lives the company’s mission to make life better for customers, associates and the communities Regions serves, and who is an example of the company’s values:

  • Put People First
  • Do What Is Right
  • Focus On Your Customer
  • Reach Higher
  • Enjoy Life

Regions associates are nominated for the award by their managers and peers. Regions Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Grayson Hall honors recipients at the company’s headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., at a meeting broadcast to offices throughout the communities Regions serves. In addition to the recognition, associates who earn the Better Life Award receive an additional week of vacation, a crystal award, and a $1,000 donation is made in their name to the non-profit organization of their choice.