Banking in family’s DNA
John Pearson was destined to be a banker. “My father was a banker at a small independent bank in the Delta, so it’s what I grew up knowing about. He always loved what he did, so when it was time for me to go to college, I naturally gravitated towards a major in banking and finance.”
The Cleveland native earned his degree in banking and finance from the University of Mississippi, and for the past 28 years he has made a career in the banking industry.
“I really enjoy banking a lot, and if I had to do it over again, I believe I’d do the very same thing.” Pearson said that banking isn’t all about numbers. “It’s a people business. And I enjoy getting to know our customers on a personal level. It’s very rewarding for me to really get to know them and then to help them reach their financial goals.”
For the past year, Pearson has served as the Private Client Group president for BankPlus. Prior to that, he was head of Premier Banking for BancorpSouth.
There are some challenges that come with his job. “These days, the regulatory environment in banking makes things so much more difficult.”
Part of being a good banker is being a strong community leader, as well. Pearson is just that, serving on the board of directors for the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. He also serves on the board of the Boy and Girls Club of Central Mississippi. He and his wife, Lynn, have two daughters, Anna and Grace, both in their early 20s. The family attends First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.
Pearson said that he also has a bit of a creative side, which he exercises by working on houses. “I enjoy taking something that might not be so perfect and working to make it look good. It’s something I’ve been doing for awhile and I really enjoy it. Lots of people have told me that I should do it full-time, but my wife has other ideas. She’s very practical and says that I need to stay in banking until the girls are married and the house is paid off.”
That’s fine with John Pearson. He is a banker who really has a passion for what he does and who really enjoys his work.
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