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The First promotes Eric Waldron

The First has announce the promotion of Eric Waldron to Mississippi region president for The First, A National Banking Association located in Hattiesburg. He is the former northern region president for The First. Eric lives in Hattiesburg with his wife Tracey. Eric and Tracey have three children and their first grandchild due in March. Eric was born in Dyersburg, TN, ...

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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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Wes Rouse joins The First, as Senior Vice President

Wes Rouse Wes Rouse, CCIM, recently joined The First, A National Banking Association, as Senior Vice President. Rouse comes to The First after having served in leadership and executive positions in the Hattiesburg banking community for the past eighteen years. Rouse attended the University of Southern Mississippi graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of ...

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The First promotes Mit Cole

Mit Cole has been promoted to Senior Vice President in Private Banking for The First, A National Banking Association in Hattiesburg. He is the former President of the Jones County Market for The First in Laurel. Cole, his wife Amber Taylor Cole, and their 15-month old daughter Vivian Ruth live in Ellisville and are members of First United Methodist Church. ...

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CDFI funds help underserved areas thrive

By JULIA MILLER Some might say money makes the world go round, but access to money is linked to something more important — creditworthiness. When access to traditional bank loans is limited, those in economically distressed areas turn to the unsavory side of predatory loans. By taking advantage of federal funding, Community Development Financial Institutions are working to make sure ...

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Bank makes appointments

The First, A National Banking Association, recently made made Krystal Phillips the Branch Manager at the 40th Avenue office in Hattiesburg, and named Wilson E. (Billy) Brunt as Market President Commercial Lender in Jackson. Phillips was born in Beaufort, S.C., and grew up in Jacksonville, N.C. She attended Coastal Carolina Community College. She has more than 11 years of Bank ...

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Byrd top mortgage banker

Margaret Byrd of The First, A National Banking Association, received the Mortgage Banker of the Year Award at the Mississippi Bankers Association Convention. Margaret previously owned and managed The Mortgage Connection and she is now Senior Vice President of Residential Mortgage Lending at The First. The Mortgage Connection was recently acquired by The First. Since 2001 the Mortgage Bankers Association ...

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The First sees earnings increase, declares dividend

HATTIESBURG — The First Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: FBMS), holding company for The First, A National Banking Association, has reported earnings for the first quarter ended March 31. Net income available to common stockholders for the three months ended March 31 amounted to $1,321,000, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to $1,119,000, or $0.35 per diluted share for the same quarter ...

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The First acquiring Alabama bank in cash/stock deal

HATTIESBURG — First Bancshares is expanding further into Alabama, announcing yesterday that it will buy BCB Holding Co. of Mobile, Ala., for about $6.6 million in cash and stock. BCB is the parent company of Bay Bank, which has $80 million in assets. Hattiesburg-based First Bancshares, the parent company of The First, says it expects to complete the acquisition before ...

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