Posts Tagged ‘The First Bancshares’

Legislation, weak economy make it difficult for Mississippi companies to go public

The last Mississippi company to go public was The First Bancshares Inc. in 1996. Only four Mississippi-based companies have gone public since 1950. And since the 1990s, the number of public companies in Mississippi has dropped a significant amount. Experts say the reason more companies in Mississippi and elsewhere in the country aren’t going public […] [...]

Shappley joins First Bank

John M. Shappley has joined First Bank as executive vice president and chief credit officer. Shappley began his banking career in 1992 with Deposit Guaranty and has advanced his career at several Mississippi banks. While at The First Bancshares Inc., he was executive vice president/chief credit officer and regional president. At Wachovia Bank (now Wells […] [...]

Bank hires Johnson

David E. Johnson has joined Commercial Bank as executive vice president. For the past year, Johnson has worked as a banking consultant, but previously served as chairman and CEO of The First, a National Banking Association, and its holding company, The First Bancshares Inc. Johnson is a 1975 graduate of Mississippi State University, where he […] [...]

Cole named CEO at The First

HATTIESBURG — M. Ray “Hoppy” Cole will be named CEO of The First, A National Banking Association and The First Bancshares. He took over as CEO Sept. 14. Cole is a founding director of the First National Bank of the Pine Belt (the predecessor bank of the current Laurel branch) and a director of The […] [...]

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