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.
“When asked what has made our company so successful, the answer is our people,” said Dover. “We have been so fortunate to hire quality people at First Community Bank. We truly employ professional people who are leaders in the community and the banking industry. We have also selectively branched into some of the greatest communities across Arkansas and Missouri.”
Hank Pearce, a veteran employee of First Community Bank, has been named senior vice president, chief lending officer. Pearce has over 35 years total lending experience. In his new role, he will focus on overseeing the loan production area of the bank while building upon a tradition of integrity. Pearce is a graduate of LSU Graduate School of Banking.
Dwight Ford has been named senior vice president, chief credit officer. Ford has over 22 years of banking experience and has served First Community Bank in several capacities including audit, compliance, lending, and credit administration. Ford will oversee loan operations of the bank while managing and monitoring asset quality.
Leann Siler, one of the original 14 employees, has been promoted to senior vice president of commercial lending and manager of retail lending in Batesville. Siler has worked in lending for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of the Barret School of Banking.
Michael Barnes has been named vice president, commercial lending, and credit analysis manager. Barnes has been with First Community Bank since 2010 and is a graduate of the Barret School of Banking.
Stephanie Anderson has been promoted to vice president, credit administration manager. Anderson has worked in the credit department since 2008 and demonstrated her ability to manage and take on additional responsibilities. She is a recent graduate of the Barret School of Banking and has been in banking since 2005.
Andrew Lane has been promoted to assistant vice president, credit analysis. Lane joined the bank in 2013 in our loan documentation processing department and transferred to credit analysis in 2014. He is currently enrolled at Barret School of Banking and has been in banking since 2008.
Angela Price has been named assistant vice president and administrative support manager of the bank’s secondary mortgage department. Price began work at the bank in 2009, transferring from the loan documentation department to the mortgage department in 2011. Price helps oversee the operational and compliance areas of the department.
Jody Gould has been promoted to assistant manager and assistant vice president, loan documentation. Gould joined the bank in 2015 as a teller and later transferred to the loan documentation processing department. Gould has been in banking since 2006.
Kristie Smith has been promoted to assistant vice president, payroll, and human resource coordinator. Smith joined the bank in 2011 in the bookkeeping department and later transferred to the mortgage department where she worked as a closer. In 2014, she began serving as a payroll specialist in the human resource department.
Lisha Foust has been promoted to assistant vice president, office/personal lines manager for Community Insurance Professionals, a division of First Community Bank. Foust joined the insurance department in 2010. She has more than 17 years of experience in the insurance industry.