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Blanton promoted to Senior VP at Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank announced that John Blanton has been promoted to Senior Vice President and will oversee the bank’s government-guaranteed lending programs including SBA and USDA lending. Blanton, who previously served as a Vice President, works in Peoples Bank’s Richland Office. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama in 1997 and subsequently earned his ...

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Rogers named Senior Ag Officer at Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank announced that Doug Rogers, Senior Vice President, has been named Senior Agricultural Officer at the bank. In his new role, Rogers will sit on the bank’s Internal Loan Committee and help develop and set the agri-business lending policies and priorities for the bank. Working out of the bank’s Collins Office, Rogers is the 2003 Farmer of the Year ...

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Dawsey named Chief Retail Officer at Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank announced that veteran banker Vicky Dawsey has been named Chief Retail Officer for the bank. In her new position, Dawsey will manage the branch operations of the bank including staff training, staffing and organization. Working out of the bank’s Magee Office, she will also concentrate her efforts on coordinating with branch management and head tellers to improve communications ...

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BancorpSouth hires Jake Munn

BancorpSouth Bank announced that it has hired Jake Munn as president of Corporate Commercial and Industrial (C&I) and Syndications Lending to help the bank diversify its loan portfolio and build out its loan syndications operations. In his role, Munn will develop the bank’s upper-middle market and corporate C&I banking platform, to include increased expansion and penetration into the industrial, manufacturing, ...

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Derrington joins Great Southern Bank

Dan W. Derrington, Sr. joins Great Southern Bank as Senior Vice President and Mortgage Lender, according to Von Burt, Meridian President. Derrington, a native of Jackson, is a graduate of Wingfield High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Mississippi State University and is also a graduate from The Mississippi School of Banking in Oxford. ...

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2 Mississippi men ordered to pay restitution to bank

Two northeast Mississippi men have been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution to a bank following their convictions on fraud charges. U.S. District Judge Debra Brown in Greenville also sentenced 53-year-old Max Miller of Saltillo (sal-TIL’-oh) on Friday to 18 months in federal prison and ordered five years of supervised release for 52-year-old James “Pete” Nichols. ...

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US stocks are mixed as health care gains, tech drops

U.S. stocks gave a mixed performance in early trading on Friday as health care, banks and industrial companies gained ground and offset a decline in technology stocks. Still, stocks are on track for their third straight weekly gain, having been bolstered in prior sessions by an easing of tensions in the U.S.-China trade war. Bond yields rose sharply after the ...

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SouthGroup included in IIABA’s Best Practices study

SouthGroup Insurance & Financial Services is part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group. Each year since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, join forces to study the country’s leading agencies in ...

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First Financial Bank announces promotions

First Financial Bank of El Dorado announced the promotion of two long-time Arkansas and Mississippi banking leaders. Craig Mobley, EVP in El Dorado, has been named Chief Operating Officer, with responsibilities for specialty lending divisions across the United States. Additionally, he will help to refine and streamline operational processes throughout the bank. Mobley is also leading the transition team in ...

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BancorpSouth hires John Griffith

BancorpSouth Bank announced that it has hired John Griffith as an executive vice president in Hattiesburg. In his new role, Griffith will be responsible for leading the Commercial Banking Group, focusing on owner-operated businesses. Griffith is a banking industry veteran, spending the past 24 years as a commercial banking executive with a large regional bank and another 10 years as ...

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