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Community Bank named Grimes an assistant VP

DJ Grimes has recently been named Assistant Vice President. A native of Smithville, Mississippi, Grimes recently served as Loan Officer and has been in banking for almost three years. In his new role, Grimes will continue to focus on growing and maintaining a portfolio of consumer and commercial loans. Grimes is a graduate of University of Mississippi with a Bachelor ...

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State’s banking industry trying to recruit more young people

By NASH NUNNERY Like other business sectors, the banking industry is struggling to recruit and retain young people. Between the financial crisis of 2008 and negative headlines about ethical missteps, it’s become harder to attract the next generation of professionals to banking. Mississippi Bankers Association president and CEO Gordon Fellows said the banking industry faces plenty of challenges when it ...

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Hancock Whitney promotes Mike Otero as company’s chief risk officer

Michael Otero, a Hancock Whitney executive vice president with 32-plus years of leadership experience in financial services audit, compliance, and risk management, is the company’s new Chief Risk Officer. Otero, who came to Hancock Whitney in 2013 as Chief Internal Auditor, was most recently the 120-year-old bank’s Deputy Chief Risk Officer. Mike succeeds Hancock Whitney’s former CRO, Joe Schwertz, who will ...

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Mitchell joins BankPlus Real Estate Group

BankPlus recently announced the addition of Lee Mitchell to the Commercial Real Estate Group in Mobile as Executive Vice President & Chief Real Estate Officer. Mitchell joins BankPlus with over 25 years of banking experience. His most recent position was Executive Vice President at Trustmark Bank, where he oversaw Commercial Real Estate for the Gulf South Region and served as ...

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Case named research analyst officer for Community Bank

Olivia Case has recently been named Research Analyst Officer. A native of Meridian, Mississippi, Case recently served as Research Analyst and has been in banking for a year and a half. In her new role, Case will continue to perform research on special projects for the bank’s senior management team. Case is a graduate of Mississippi College with both a ...

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Johnson named VP for Community Bank

Teresa Johnson has recently been named Vice President. A native of Amory, Mississippi, Johnson recently served as Assistant Vice President and has been in banking for thirty-two years, all of which have been with Community Bank. In her new role, Johnson will continue to oversee the Deposit Administration Department, as well as, oversee reviews and reporting for Community Banks North ...

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Johns named senior VP for Community Bank

Michael Johns has recently joined Community Bank’s Ocean Springs office as Senior Vice President. A native of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Johns recently served at The Peoples Bank as Regional Vice President and has been in banking for sixteen years. In his new role, Johns will focus on the production and management of loans. Johns is a graduate of University of ...

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First Federal announces 2020 promotions

The Board of Directors of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Pascagoula-Moss Point has announced the following officer promotions. Elise Bourgeois to Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer.  Elise joined First Federal in November 2019 as Chief Financial Officer and has worked in the banking industry for the past 13 years.  She has been a certified public accountant ...

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Conken joins BankPlus Real Estate Group

BankPlus recently announced the addition of Chris Conken, who will work in the Commercial Real Estate Group and will serve as Senior Vice President & Regional Residential Real Estate Officer. Conken joins BankPlus with 22 years of banking experience. His most recent position was Senior Vice President in Residential Real Estate for Trustmark Bank’s Mobile, Alabama location. He oversaw construction ...

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Rippy joins BankPlus Commercial Real Estate Group

BankPlus recently announced the addition of Tracy Rippy to the Commercial Real Estate Group in Mobile as Senior Vice President & Regional Commercial Real Estate Officer. Tracy Rippy joins BankPlus with over 18 years of banking experience. Tracy’s most recent six years of experience has been as Senior Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Relationship Manager at Trustmark Bank. Prior ...

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