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September 08, 2023

First Community Bank has announced that Jelena Veteto has been promoted to senior vice president, secondary mortgage regional manager for the financial institution. 

Jelena Veteto has been part of the First Community Bank team since 2008, starting as an assistant vice president, mortgage loan originator/branch manager. Throughout her tenure, she has consistently demonstrated exceptional expertise and dedication, earning promotions to positions of increasing responsibility. Her most recent role was as vice president, secondary mortgage regional manager, where she showcased her exceptional leadership skills and commitment to achieving results.

Regarding her promotion, Veteto shared, "I am very excited about the opportunities I have been given at First Community Bank. My goal is to expand our footprint over all of Northeast Arkansas and help new loan officers grow in the industry." 

With her extensive experience in banking and mortgage, including 38 years of industry experience and numerous association involvements, Veteto is well-equipped to continue driving First Community Bank's mortgage business to new heights.

Veteto's professional involvement extends beyond her work in the banking industry. She has actively participated in various associations and community initiatives like the Jonesboro Jaycees, Altrussa International, and Kiwanis as well as serving on the board for the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society. Additionally, Veteto has been a committed volunteer for organizations such as United Way Day of Caring, March of Dimes Jail & Bail, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Veteto's industry-specific knowledge is further enhanced by her continuous pursuit of professional development. She has attended trainings offered by the Mortgage Bankers Association and served as the president of the NEA Mortgage Bankers Association in 2016, 2017, and 2019. Veteto’s academic background includes studying accounting at Arkansas State University.

Outside of work, Veteto enjoys hobbies such as gardening, camping, cooking on the grill, and spending quality time with her family. She and her husband, Mark, have four grown children, Ashley Tacito, Brent Morgan, Emma Veteto and Zach Veteto, along with three grandchildren, Addison Tacito, Marigold Morgan and Max Veteto. Their family is completed by their beloved dogs, Jax and Layla.

Jelena's exceptional dedication and commitment to excellence have been recognized by her peers and clients. She has received numerous accolades, including being voted as the Best Mortgage Lender by readers of Occasions magazine for 10 consecutive years (2014 through 2023) and being recognized as the Best Mortgage Lender in Jonesboro Premiere Magazine for two consecutive years (2022 and 2023).

“I am thrilled to see Jelena Veteto promoted,” said Jennifer Scarbrough, senior vice president, director of secondary mortgage. “Jelena has consistently demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, expertise, and a deep commitment to our team and customers. With her experience and dedication, I am confident that she will continue to drive our mortgage business forward and expand our footprint across Northeast Arkansas. Congratulations, Jelena!”

First Community Bank’s mortgage office at 1823 Grant Avenue in Jonesboro is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. First Community Bank offers competitive loan and deposit products and an impressive array of online and electronic banking services. Some of these include mobile banking and deposits, online bill pay, online/mobile account opening and custom eAlerts.


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