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Planters Bank names Alan Hargett Chief Executive Officer

Planters Bank announces that Alan Hargett is assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer on September 1, 2019. Hargett, a native of Ruleville, began his banking career with Planters as a management trainee in the Planters Indianola office in 1989 the same year he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University. He became a commercial lender before being named ...

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Clifton Thach joins Bank of Commerce

Bank of Commerce has announced the addition of Clifton Thach as executive vice president. Thach, a Greenwood-area native, noted that he already knew most of the staff at Bank of Commerce and understands how important relationships are to them. According to what he sees on a day-to-day basis, he says the culture at Bank of Commerce is personal, and he ...

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Financial responsibility: Hardy Reed maintains high fiduciary standard

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • When Scott Reed and John Hardy opened their own financial advisory firm in 2006, they wanted to stand out from the crowd. With more than two decades of experience at their previous firm, the longtime friends and business partners opened Hardy Reed Capital Advisors (now called simply Hardy Reed). As Registered Investment Analysts, ...

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Cooley appointed to Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s board of New Orleans branch

Toni D. Cooley, chief executive officer of Systems Electro Coating, Systems Automotive Interiors, Systems Consultants Associates, and Systems IT, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s New Orleans Branch. Her term began July 25 and runs through Dec. 31, 2022. Cooley has served in her current positions since 2016. She became an ...

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BancorpSouth expansion needed as business continues to grow

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Last week, BancorpSouth put the finishing touches on its seventh bank acquisition since 2018, further expanding its footprint in eight states. With that growth comes the need to add more to the “back office” staff that helps keep the nearly $20 billion financial institution running smoothly. A more than $15 million project will ...

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Hancock Whitney CEO Hairston took a career curve from chemical engineering

By BECKY GILLETTE When John M. Hairston was named CEO of Hancock Bank in 2008, the bank had about $4 billion in total assets. Since then, Hancock merged with Whitney Bank becoming Hancock Whitney Bank, and expects to finish 2019 at more than $30 billion in total assets. “Regardless of how large we become, Hancock Whitney measures our success by ...

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Barnes: Brick and mortar will never replace relationships

By NASH NUNNERY One of Mississippi’s oldest banks is now the state’s number one bank, according to Forbes magazine’s 2019 Best-In-State Banks and Credit Unions edition. PriorityOne Bank was selected based on the publication’s consumer survey ratings on overall recommendations and satisfaction, including trust, terms and conditions, branch and digital services, and financial advice. PriorityOne president and CEO Robert Barnes ...

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Community Bank hires Tracy Seale and Kristi Sessions

Tracy Seale has been named Payroll/ Human Resources Assistant. A native of Flora, Seale recently served as a Teller and has been in banking for one year. In her new role, Seale will assist with HR and payroll related job functions and provide support to Community Bank staff members system wide. Tracy is married to Jerry, together they have three ...

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BancorpSouth to add 100 jobs in new expansion

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal TUPELO • BancorpSouth is investing $15 million in an expansion project at its Jackson Street Operations Campus that will add at least 100 full-time jobs. The company is expected to release the full details of the expansion at a groundbreaking ceremony today. The expansion will help the city help secure a Development Infrastructure Program grant ...

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