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Reeves joins Peoples Bank

Ryan Reeves has joined the bank and will serve as vice president and small business administration development officer. While based in Richland, Reeves is expected to work with customers all over the state and surrounding areas. Ryan is a 2008 graduate of East Central Community College, where he earned an Associates degree in Business, and a 2010 graduate of Mississippi ...

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The First promotes Brian Aehnlich

Brian Aehnlich has been promoted to senior vice president, specialized lending for The First, A National Banking Association located in Hattiesburg. He currently resides in Hattiesburg with his wife of 31 years, Bridgett. They have three children Amy, Paul, and Jessica – along with four wonderful granddaughters, Anna Grace, Mila Wilder, Everly Rose and Lillian Sloan Murr. Aehnlich is a ...

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The First, A National Banking Association promotes Blankenship

Chase Blankenship has been promoted to Forrest/Lamar County market president for The First, A National Banking Association located in Hattiesburg. Blankenship formerly served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Lender for The First in Hattiesburg. Blankenship earned his BBA from Mississippi State University, MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently attending the Graduate School of Banking at LSU ...

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Wells Marble welcomes newest member

Wells Marble has announced the addition of Matthew I. Hetzel. With almost twenty years of legal experience, Matthew focuses his practice in the areas of business and workers’ compensation defense. He also handles matters regarding civil litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury. A native of Atmore, Alabama, Matthew graduated from the University of South Alabama with a B.A. in ...

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Thornton joins Mike Rozier Construction Co. and Rozier Investments LLC

Robyn Thornton has joined Mike Rozier Construction Co. and Rozier Investments LLC as the group’s first ever chief financial officer. Prior to this role, Thornton was controller at Lott Enterprises, Inc. in Greenwood. A Carrollton native, Thornton joins to Mike Rozier Construction and Rozier Investments with over 15 years of financial services expertise. She holds a master’s degree in business ...

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Keesler Federal names Mathis branch manager

Keesler Federal Credit Union has named Heather Mathis as branch manager of the recently opened Flowood branch. Located at 389 Ridge Way in Lakeland Commons, the branch is the credit union’s first in Rankin County. Mathis will oversee branch operations which will include traditional lending and banking services. Mathis has worked extensively at both commercial banks and credit unions, and ...

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Jones transitions to Yalobusha County president

Renasant announced that Tommy Jones has transitioned from Grenada Market President to Yalobusha County Market President and North Central Mississippi Region Senior Vice President. Jones graduated from Mississippi State University in 1985. He later graduated from the Tennessee Commercial Lending School at Vanderbilt University, the Mississippi School of Banking at The University of Mississippi, and the Graduate School of Banking ...

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TODD SMITH — U.S. Trust, Merrill Lynch brands ride into sunset post Bank of America Merger

Two of the most iconic names in banking are galloping into the sunset! Recently, Bank of America said it will gradually retire the U.S. Trust brand to become the Bank of America Private Bank. The move is part of CEO Brian Moynihan’s “one-company” strategy to more closely align the bank’s various businesses and branding. The company will also no longer ...

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Bell promoted to Grenada market president

Renasant announced the promotion of Gene Bell to Grenada Market President. Bell joined Renasant in 2008 as Vice President for Grenada. Bell graduated from Delta State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and attended the Mississippi School of Banking at The University of Mississippi. “We are excited to have Gene move forward as Grenada Market President. He has ...

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BancorpSouth moving closer to $20B with two more mergers

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • BancorpSouth Bank is getting closer to becoming a $20 billion bank, announcing Wednesday it was expanding its presence in Texas and Florida. The Tupelo-based bank said it was acquiring Van Alstyne Financial Corp., the parent company of Texas Star Bank, and Summit Financial Enterprises Inc., the parent company of Summit Bank. The ...

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