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Release date:August 17, 2006

Hardage among hororees for SIFE Women in Business event

PLAINVIEW – Nell Hardage has been a fixture in the local banking business, serving as president of the American State Bank branch in Plainview since 1991 and enjoying a long career in banking at various institutions. Now, she’ll be an example for future business women.

              Hardage will be one of three honored during the Women in Business event hosted by Wayland Baptist University’s Students in Free Enterprise team. The honors will be presented at an after-hours reception on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Nunn Business Building, featuring refreshments and guest speaker Sandra Aven, publisher of the Plainview Daily Herald. There is no cost and all women are encouraged to attend.

              The day will begin with a noon luncheon at the Plainview Country Club for interested women, featuring a round-table discussion of topics of interest to women in the business world. Information from the Small Business Administration on entrepreneurship will be available as well. A $5 donation is suggested to offset the cost of the meal, and an RSVP is encouraged by Aug. 21.

              Hardage has worked at ASB since 1990, beginning with a position as vice president and taking the presidential reins the following year. She stepped down to the position of Senior Vice President for Business Development in 2005 to make time for travel with her late husband, Dr. Bill Hardage.

              Prior to her relationship with ASB, Hardage worked her way up in the banking business from her initial position as a bookkeeper for City National Bank, one she took with the idea of working temporarily to pay off hospital bills from the birth of her first daughter. The work got in her blood, though, and Hardage continued on at City National, working her way up to Assistant Vice President in 1982 and then vice president in 1984.

              She then worked at First National Bank as assistant vice president and then vice president before joining the American State Bank as vice president in 1990. She has two daughters, Sandi Enloe of Plano and Kasey Kliegl of Des Moines, Iowa, and six grandchildren. She also considers Dr. Bill Hardage’s two children, Tim Hardage of Plainview and Cindy Bessire of Muleshoe, and their families as part of her family.

              Hardage was named Plainview’s Woman of the Year in 1996 as she was taking the reins as Chamber of Commerce president. She is past president of Soroptimist International of Plainview and currently serves as its treasurer, is a member of Toastmasters, and has served on boards for the YMCA, the Plainview/Hale County Industrial Foundation and the Hospital Authority Board. She was also active in United Way, serving as campaign chairperson in 1996.

              SIFE will also honor Evalene McDonald and Peggy Wall during the after-hours event. To RSVP for the Women in Business luncheon, contact Van Hoose at 291-1029 or Clements at 296-7760.