May 14, 2020
First Community Bank has promoted Brian Emison to chief deposit officer for the company. Emison will be assisting the bank in deposit strategy development to support the continued growth of the organization.
Emison has more than 12 years’ experience in the banking industry and came to First Community Bank in 2013. He and his wife, Erica, reside in Jonesboro with their sons, Ridge (7) and Hayes (2).
“My goal for this position is to bring a strategic focus and excitement to the overall deposit area of the bank,” said Brian Emison. “At First Community Bank, we have always prided ourselves on having the banking tools of the big banks but still remaining a community focused bank that knows our customers by name. We want to continue our growth with that same foundation. A large portion of our deposit growth and retention strategy is the use of analytics to better serve our existing customers and reach our neighbors.”
“I’ve had the privilege of working with Brian for many years. He was one of the original team members hired for the Jonesboro region, and we have grown close and seen a tremendous amount of growth since those early days,” said Allen Williams, market president of the Jonesboro region. “Brian’s drive and work ethic are unparalleled; he has a wealth of banking knowledge and an outgoing personality that endears him to customers and co-workers alike. The great successes and growth of our Jonesboro region are due in no small part to Brian’s efforts, and I look forward to seeing the impact that his ambition and enthusiasm will bring to other markets.”
Emison went on to say, “In these times of economic expansion, we are seeing the stock market constantly breaking records which means that a lot of money is leaving Main Street and going to Wall Street. As this is a good thing for everyone’s 401K, it presents a challenge to the community banks and their funding for loan growth. During times like these, we need someone specifically tasked with waking up, breathing, eating, sleeping and dreaming about deposits. I am truly honored to serve in my new position. Needless to say, when Mr. Dale Cole and Allen Williams presented me with this amazing opportunity, I felt that fire instantly ignite inside of me, and I couldn’t wait to get to work!”
“Deposit growth is one of our most important strategic priorities,” said Dale Cole, chairman and CEO of First Community Bank. “At his core, Emison has an entrepreneurial mindset with a community banking heart. He has an enthusiasm that is contagious, and I believe he will excel in this position.”