CB&T East Alabama President talks power of thoughts with TROY graduates

Posted: Monday, 01 June 2015

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The President and CEO of CB&T East Alabama, Wade M. Burford, told Troy University graduates that their lives run in the direction of their thoughts.

"Careful thoughts start a process," Burford said. "Thoughts are the drivers as to who each of us are."

Burford delivered the keynote address during the spring commencement ceremony for TROY's Phenix City Campus and Columbus/Fort Benning Site on Friday, May 29, at the Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center. About 150 graduates received degrees during the ceremony.

Burford told graduates that, whether positive or negative, thoughts produce results that go beyond what they can imagine.

"Thoughts can either help or hinder what should be one of the top goals in our lives, to reach our fullest potential," Burford said.

He encouraged graduates to avoid negative thoughts or fears that could hold them back from success.

"We can consciously choose to dismiss old thought patterns that don't produce fruit and walk in the path of freedom," Burford said. "I have no idea what your destinies are going to be, but I do know that you hold the keys."

Burford started his career with Columbus Bank and Trust as a part-time teller in 1977 before rising to several leadership positions, including serving as a branch manager and division head. He has served as President/CEO of CB&T of East Alabama since 2010.

Burford is a graduate of Columbus State University and the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. As an active civic leader, Burford holds positions on a number of local boards of directors, including the Phenix City-Russell County Alabama Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley and the Juvenile Family and Dependency Drug Court Advisory Board.

Wade M. Burford

The President and CEO of CB&T East Alabama, Wade M. Burford, delivers the keynote address during the spring commencement ceremony for TROY's Phenix City Campus and Columbus/Fort Benning Site on Friday, May 29, at the Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center. About 150 graduates received degrees during the ceremony. (TROY photo/Matt Clower)