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Peoples Bank promotes, hires

Peoples Bank has made some staff moves. Rene’ Jones has been promoted to assistant vice president, eBanking. Jones is graduate of Mississippi State University, where she earned her degree in banking and finance. Prior to joining Peoples Bank in 1998, she worked as a teller and customer service representative.  Since joining Peoples Bank, she has worked in a variety of positions from teller to poultry lending assistant and in the Information Technologies Department. Currently, she serves as security and fraud prevention officer, debit card manager and eBanking manager. She and her husband, David, have three children — Zac, Katie and Zane.

Becky Howell has been promoted to assistant vice president, operations. Over the course of the past 26 years, Howell has been affiliated with Peoples Bank, serving in a wide array of capacities including teller, customer service representative, bookkeeper, proof operator, loan assistant, in purchasing and as collection officer. She has completed a number of banking courses and attended numerous seminars during her tenure at the bank, and is a member of the Mendenhall Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband, Steve, have one daughter, Natalie.

Ashley Jones, has been promoted to assistant vice president at Peoples Bank, Magee. Jones, who began working with the bank on a part-time basis in 1995, most recently served as a business development officer in addition to her marketing duties. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned her degree in communications. Transitioning to a full-time position in 1998, Jones began her career in new accounts as a customer service representative. Jones is active in a host of civic endeavors, including serving on the executive board of directors for Keep Simpson County Beautiful. She serves as assistant director for Magee’s Miss Hospitality Program and is a Youth Small Group Leader at First Baptist Church, Magee. She is a graduate of the Simpson County Leadership Program and a former president of the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband, Kelly, have two children — Mollie and Thomas.

Jacob Blakeney has joined as a loan officer in the bank’s Magee office. A 1998 graduate of Simpson Academy, Blakeney attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College prior to attending Mississippi State University, where he earned his degree in business administration in 2003. While in college, Blakeney was a baseball player and subsequently played in the Atlanta Braves organization in the minor leagues. For the past five years, he has worked as an educator and coached baseball, with his last season at Mendenhall High School. He is a member of First United Methodist Church in Magee, where he serves on the Staff Parish Committee. Blakeney and his wife, the former Amanda Tutor, have one daughter, Annmarie.



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