May 13, 2021
First Community Bank’s Chris Milum has been honored by the Arkansas Bankers Association with the Bill Holmes Leadership Award. This prestigious distinction recognizes outstanding leadership among the emerging leaders in Arkansas banking. The award is in honor of former ABA President Bill Holmes (1949-2018) to recognize rising stars who contribute to team success, industry success, and making an impact on their community.
“Chris is a rising star in our institution, and he contributes to our success,” said Boris Dover, First Community Bank president and COO. “His leadership has enabled the bank to meet the needs of our customers and the communities where we operate. Chris’ dedication to his profession, country, and community can be seen through his work and work ethic.”
“Wow, what a privilege to be selected for this prestigious award in honor of Mr. Holmes,” said Chris Milum, First Community Bank vice president, commercial lending. “I am very thankful to work at the best bank in Arkansas, one that truly cares about not only its employees but also the customers and communities we serve.”
A 5-year veteran of the banking industry, Milum has excelled at numerous positions at the bank and is currently a valued member of the lending team. He also has served 8 years in the Arkansas Army National Guard and is currently the Company Commander of the 224th Support Maintenance Company in Mountain Home. He was recently selected as the Army National Guard’s Company Grade Officer of the Year by the National Guard Association of Arkansas. They also selected him for the federal version of this award, the Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award for Company Grade Officers. Milum resides in Batesville with his wife, Kaylea, and their two children, Olivia and Luke.
Milum was recognized by the Emerging Leaders Section of the Arkansas Bankers Association at the 2020 Emerging Leaders Leadership Conference Bankers Association on October 22 where educational sessions focused on banking industry trends, leadership development skills, and networking.