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FIRST COMMUNITY BANK ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

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October 09, 2020

First Community Bank has announced promotions in several departments and branches of the organization, according to Boris Dover, the organization’s president and chief operating officer. 

“We are so pleased to announce these very well-deserved promotions and to have these driven professionals continue to grow with First Community Bank,” said Dover. “I know they will continue to be great assets to our team and to our customers.”

Hank Pearce, a veteran employee of First Community Bank, has been named EVP chief lending officer.  He has over 36 years total lending experience and is a graduate of LSU Graduate School of Banking. Hank is an accomplished commercial executive leader that manages our company’s lending team, as well as our nationwide dealer direct end-user financing program.    

Jonathan Cole has been promoted to SVP appraisal review manager.  Jonathan has more than 16 years of experience in the appraisal industry and recently earned the SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute. He came to First Community Bank in 2011 to assist in appraisal management, and the department has grown to seven employees over this term with plans to expand.  

Craig Amos has been promoted to VP compliance & BSA officer. He joined First Community Bank in 2009. He is a graduate of the Barret School of Banking in Memphis and received the certified regulatory compliance manager (CRCM) designation in 2014. Amos oversees the compliance department and continues to assist the bank in adhering to regulatory laws, including the Bank Secrecy Act. 

Amber Bass has been promoted to SVP business & electronic solutions. She came to the First Community Bank in 2011 and has more than 21 years of experience in the banking industry. She is a graduate of Barret School of Banking and recently received the Accredited Payments Risk Professional accreditation. Amber coordinates the implementation of new digital products and oversees the electronic product offerings from the bank, including online banking, mobile banking, cash management, and online account opening. 

Matt McDonald has been promoted to SVP commercial lending. He joined First Community bank in 2011. Matt is responsible for assisting customers with their commercial lending needs and providing financial resources to both new and existing businesses.  

Veronica Pearce has been promoted to SVP finance. Veronica joined First Community Bank in 2011 and has twelve years of experience in the banking industry. She is a graduate of the Barret School of Banking. She is involved in asset/liability and liquidity management while managing the financial and regulatory reporting function of the bank. 

Heather Fulbright has been promoted to SVP human resource director. Heather has been with First Community Bank since 2000. She leads the bank's human resources department.

Jeff Reves has been promoted to SVP internal audit manager. Jeff joined First Community Bank in 2016 and has more than 26 years of experience in the banking industry. He is a Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer with ICBA, with 15 years in the compliance and audit fields, and he has served as ACH Coordinator, Internal Audit Assistant, BSA Officer, Compliance Officer, and Internal Auditor. Jeff will oversee the internal audit function, and he and his team will ensure that risk-based audits are completed and that they satisfy regulatory requirements.

Lucinda Elms has been promoted to SVP loan documentation manager. Lucinda joined First Community Bank in 2010 and has more than 18 years of experience in the banking industry. She oversees the loan documentation department that prepares loan documents for all in-house lending. 

Mary Henderson has been promoted to VP assistant loan review manager. With 28 years of banking experience, Mary is responsible for ensuring the credit quality of the bank through loan review and providing various reports to management and the board of directors each month.

Camron Hames has been promoted to VP senior loan systems analyst. Camron joined First Community Bank in 2007 and is a graduate of the Barrett School of Banking. Camron maintains and enhances the loan systems/products for the bank. 

Kaisha Gott has been promoted to VP dealer direct loan officer. Kaisha joined First Community Bank in 2011. Kaisha ensures customer and dealership satisfaction to help expand the brand’s footprint nationwide in the outdoor product/powersport financing industry.

Rachael Fisher has been promoted to VP benefits manager. Rachael began working at the bank in 2008 and has more than 12 years of experience in the banking industry. She has completed the Human Resource Management Program at Barret School of Banking and will complete her bachelor of science in business later this year. Rachel develops, implements, administers and maintains employee benefit programs, policies and procedures. 

Stephen Longinotti has been named merchant services officer. Stephen joined First Community Bank in 2018 and has a bachelor of arts degree in finance. He provides tailored payment processing solutions and point of sale systems for our commercial customers. 

Brandon Goforth has been promoted to VP systems administrator. Brandon started at the bank in 2016 and is responsible for the maintenance, configuration, and reliable operation of computer systems and servers. 

Laura Sandy has been promoted to VP new accounts operation specialist. She has been with First Community Bank for 13 years and is responsible for opening and maintaining new accounts, IRAs, CDs for branches in all 27 markets. 

Kristie Smith has been promoted to AVP hiring & recruiting manager. Kristie joined the bank in 2011. She will oversee their company's recruitment process in its entirety. This includes designing and modifying recruiting procedures, recording recruiting metrics, supervising the recruiting team and monitoring the recruiting team's performance.

Angela Price has been promoted to VP secondary mortgage operations manager. Angela joined the bank in 2009 and is responsible for managing and directing the daily activities of the secondary mortgage operations department. She oversees all lending functions, including sales, funding, processing, and closing.

Cynthia Barton has been promoted to VP secondary mortgage originator. Cynthia joined the bank in 2010 and is responsible for originating and completing loans for the bank’s secondary mortgage department. 

James McLean has been promoted to AVP business development & consumer lending. James joined First Community Bank in 2016. He works directly with customers to help them secure credit and financing for a variety of applications. 

Amanda Ryan has been promoted to AVP dealer direct loan officer. Amanda joined the bank in 2017. In her role, she is responsible for growing participation in the bank’s dealer programs, reviewing, and decisioning dealer program loan applications made by dealers and end-users. 

Ronald Richardson has been promoted to AVP business research analyst. Ronald joined the bank in 2017 and is responsible for researching, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data related to markets, operations, finance/accounting, economics, customers, and other information related to the banking industry. 

Garth Branstetter has been promoted to AVP dealer national sales representative. Garth joined the bank’s dealer direct program in 2018. In his role, he travels the U.S. signing up new potential dealers and educating existing dealers about our retail programs.

Francis Taylor has been promoted to AVP financial reporting analyst and has been with First Community Bank since 2017. Francis focuses on the detail and accuracy of the bank’s financial and regulatory reporting.

Rhonda Barber has been promoted to AVP insurance customer service representative.  Rhonda came to the bank in 2013 and has more than 15 years’ experience in the insurance field. She is a certified insurance service representative, with an elite designation. Her focus is customer service support for personal lines. 

Blake Caraway has been promoted to VP systems administrator. Blake came to the bank in 2010 and has 11 years of experience in the IT field. In his role, Blake works to maintain the bank’s network and servers, as well as, implement new bank software upgrades and installs.

Caleb LaCombe has been promoted to AVP loan documentation & qualified mortgage specialist. Caleb joined the bank in 2017 and is responsible for processing loan applications in compliance with bank policies.

Aaron Green has been promoted to AVP Loan Review Assistant. Aaron started with the bank in 2011 in our IT department and transferred to the loan review department. He conducts reviews of our loan portfolio to ensure that all loan documentation is in place and analyzes risk.
Cliff Brown has been promoted to merchant services officer & operation manager. Cliff has been with the bank since 2015 and is responsible for making day-to-day decisions related to the merchant services operations. He leads his department in the development and implementation of plans, tactics and activities to ensure merchant satisfaction. He serves as a liaison with payment processing partners on a frequent basis to gain clarity on cross-organizational processes.

Brian Emison has been named SVP chief deposit officer. Emison has more than 13 years’ experience in the banking industry and came to First Community Bank in 2013. He assists the bank in deposit strategy development to support the continued growth of the organization.

Sherri Carroll has been promoted to SVP credit officer. Sherri joined First Community Bank in 2017 and has more than 28 years of experience in the banking industry. She has completed the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arkansas State University. Sherri provides commercial credit analysis for new and existing credits, completes annual loan reviews of large borrowers, and provides support to commercial lending staff.

Rob Higginbotham, a veteran banker, has been promoted to SVP commercial lending in Missouri. Rob has 37 years of banking experience. He currently assists customers with all lending needs with an emphasis on commercial/agricultural lending. 

Kelly Garst has been promoted to VP secondary mortgage originator in Missouri. Kelly came to the bank in 2011 and has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry. She has been awarded the affiliate of the year recognition twice by the Newton and McDonald County Association of Realtors. As a secondary mortgage originator, she educates, advises, and guides potential borrowers through the loan application process. 

Susan Sexson has been promoted to AVP personal banker. Susan joined the bank in 2008 and is responsible for helping customers open and manage their bank accounts and finances. She also advises clients on financial services and resolves issues, as well as reaches out to prospective customers to promote our services.

Tami James has been promoted to VP branch manager & loan support. Tami has more than 23 years of banking experience. She is responsible for the effective management of branch staff, lending, operations, and profitability of the branch. She also develops new business and expands existing customer relationships while making and servicing a variety of loans and maintaining a high-quality loan portfolio to minimize loss to the bank.

Sonia Mitchell has been promoted to AVP commercial lines supervisor of Community Insurance Professionals. Sonia joined the bank in 2013, and she holds an insurance license, CISR, and CPIA designations. Sonia promotes our insurance agency’s presence across all markets and helps businesses with commercial insurance needs.

Tabitha Eddington has been promoted to SVP branch manager & lending. Tabitha joined First Community Bank in 2019 and has more than 18 years of experience in the banking industry. In addition to overseeing management of our new Harrison branch, Tabitha assists our customers in lending, including consumer, commercial and secondary mortgage. 

Philip Hays has been promoted to SVP branch manager & lending at our Race Street location. Phillip has more than 22 years of experience in the banking industry and has managed the Race Street branch since 2006. Philip develops new business and expands existing customer relationships while making and servicing a variety of loans. He is a graduate of the Barrett School of Banking. 

Max Collier has been named consumer lender at our Beebe Capps location. Max joined the bank in 2017 and will now work directly with customers to help them secure credit and financing.

Kevin Kinard has been named branch manager & lending at our Prospect Court location in Cabot. Kevin has been with First Community Bank for nearly ten years and is responsible for the effective management of branch staff, lending, operations, and profitability of the branch.



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