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First Commercial Bank adds veteran banker, John Howie


First Commercial has announced the addition of John S. Howie, Jr. to the team as Chief Commercial Banking Officer.  “We are thrilled to have John join First Commercial.  He has the perfect mix of technical skills and business development talents to take our Commercial Banking results to a new level,” First Commercial Bank’s President & Chief Executive Officer, Alan Walters said.

“We’re very excited about John joining our Leadership team, as it represents a significant commitment to our existing Commercial Banking clients while deepening our focus on aggressively growing this very important segment of our company.  John maintains a highly respected Commercial Banking reputation throughout the Southeast and is well regarded as a tireless and emotionally intelligent leader.  He joins First Commercial at an exciting time as we continue to successfully execute our talent-driven growth strategy,” Curtis J. Gabardi, President and CEO, said.

Howie brings to First Commercial over 30 years of banking expertise.  His depth of experience complements and enhances the First Commercial platform with opportunities for new products and services.  His leadership in guiding the bank’s Commercial Banking offerings is expected to play a vital role in First Commercial’s future growth and market expansion.

A native of Yazoo City, Mississippi, Howie earned his B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi and began his banking career with First Tennessee in Memphis.  Having served in various roles with Trustmark National Bank over the past 25 years, John most recently served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Lending.  John is a leader in Commercial Banking throughout the Southeast and has achieved great success as a producer, manager, and mentor to other commercial lenders. 

Howie and his wife, Adrienne, reside in Jackson where they attend Christ United Methodist Church, and they have 3 children, John Sharp, Chris, and Brooks.


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