BankFirst Financial Services in Columbus recently made two promotions. William Corder is Columbus Community President and Douglas S. Whittle will be Community President for six offices in Newton, Scott and Jasper counties.
Corder replaces the retiring Sam Henderson and will be responsible for business development and management of banking operations for all the Columbus locations.
A native of Carrollton, Corder has been in the banking industry for over 14 years and most recently served BankFirst as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending.
Corder is a 1989 graduate of Mississippi State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in banking and finance. He is a 2007 graduate of the American Bankers Association School of Commercial Lending at Southern Methodist University, and he attended the LSU Graduate School of Banking, graduating in 2014.
Corder has served as a member of the Financial Management Association of MSU; is a past President and current board member of United Way of Lowndes County; is a past President of both the Kiwanis Club of Columbus and Main Street Columbus; and is a Commissioner of the Golden Triangle Regional Landfill, representing Lowndes County. Corder is currently an executive committee member for the Market Street Festival in Columbus. He previously served as Chairman of activities for the festival. He is also a member of Vibrant Church in Columbus.
Whittle previously was Executive Vice President of the former Newton County Bank which was acquired by BankFirst in August. Whittle replaces the retiring William Freeman. Freeman will continue to serve BankFirst as a member of the Board of Directors.
Now approaching 30 years in banking, Whittle joined Newton County Bank in 1988 as Vice President. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2008. He began his banking career with Trustmark in Jackson.
Whittle is a 1985 graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He attended the LSU Graduate School of Banking, graduating in 1992, and completed Vanderbilt University’s Commercial Lending School in 1996.
He was a very active member of the Mississippi Young Bankers Association, serving as an executive council member for 12 years, including a stint as President from 2007 to 2008. He has also served his local community as President of the Newton Rotary Club and the Newton Chamber of Commerce.
Whittle is a Deacon of Newton Presbyterian Church.
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