Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Retail Market President

First Financial Bank
315 West Main
El Dorado, AR 71730

Phone: (870) 863-7000
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NMLS ID: 445257

For almost three decades, Scott Walker has been serving customers in our Union County market from our Main Street location.  As our local market president and head of Commercial Lending, Scott oversees the lending team and also represents FFB well in our community – serving as Treasurer of the Union County Community Foundation Board and a member of the FFB/SHARE Foundation’s Golf Tournament Committee for fifteen years, helping raise funds for our local Interfaith Clinic.

Scott enjoys working for a bank that invests in our local communities and businesses, allowing us to demonstrate our true community bank presence and help local businesses by providing not only sound financial advice, but loans for whatever they need to grow their business.  A true “people person”, Scott knows that “one size does not fit all” when it comes to financing the needs of small business owners and enjoys getting to know each customer and their unique business.

“Seeing a business succeed and knowing that we had a part in making that a success story is very rewarding”, stated Walker.  When the pandemic began, Scott played a key role in helping his customers secure funding during very trying times.  “I’m proud of our lending team and the way we pulled together to work around the clock and get our customers the funds they needed to stay in business”, he said.

When asked what three words would best describe him, Scott stated “humorous, caring, and dependable.”  The lending team at FFB is a close-knit group and they support each other professionally and personally.  And having a sense of humor is always welcome!  When not at work, you can probably find Scott on the golf course at either El Dorado Country Club or Mystic Creek.

Trey Clark

Trey Clark

Sr. VP, Commercial Lending

First Financial Bank
315 West Main
El Dorado, AR 71730

Phone: 870-863-7000
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NMLS ID: 466393

With his long history in lending combined with experience as a Senior Bank Examiner for the Arkansas State Bank Department, Trey Clark is a banking industry leader as well as a top-notch lender.  Trey grew up on a farm and learned the value of hard work early in life – a value he brings to his loan customers daily.  He strives to give them an exceptional customer service experience, and uses his own customer service experiences to help guide him.  “A wise banker once told me that if I wanted to be a good lender, I should never forget what it feels like to sit on the other side of the desk”, he said.  “I love the great feeling that comes from helping someone get their business started or help them grow an existing business.  It’s relationship-based and it’s customer-focused.”

Trey loves the team he works with at FFB because they all live and work in the communities they serve.  They’re involved in local churches, schools, and nonprofit organizations and share that involvement with many of their customers.  “Every deal and every person is different and I learn something new every day on this job”, he stated.   Last year, he was part of the FFB team that helped hundreds of small businesses secure needed funding as the pandemic began and is proud that both customers and non-customers alike came to FFB and trusted them to help during a difficult time for them, personally and financially.

Outside of work, Trey and his wife, Carmen, stay busy keeping up with their four children.  From English saddle horse shows to cheerleading to tennis to bull riding – the Clark kids keep their parents on the go.  An avid hunter, the kids also accompany him on the many hunting trips he makes each season.  “In addition to deer and turkey, I’ve also harvested an Arkansas elk with a rifle and two bears with a bow”, he says with just a hint of pride.  Trey is a past Chairman of the El Dorado/Union County Chamber, serves on the board of directors for Hope Landing and on the El Dorado Airport Commission.  The three words that Trey says people would use to describe him are trustworthy, competent, and thoughtful.

Alan Meadows

Alan Meadows

Commercial Loan Officer

First Financial Bank
315 West Main
El Dorado, AR 71730

Phone: 870-863-7000
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NMLS ID: 1880856

Alan Meadows has worked in Union County for 17 years and understands both the process of lending and the people he serves.  His experience as an insurance agency partner and Risk Manager at Murphy USA enables him to accurately evaluate the risks and rewards of prospective borrower relationships.

In his current role, Alan works daily with existing and prospective borrowers to meet their financing needs, ranging from start-up opportunities to larger loan requests from seasoned business owners who may need additional capital or a new piece of equipment.  He loves working at FFB, where all loan decisions are made at the local level and the bank invests in our community to help it thrive, flourish, and grow.

When the pandemic hit, Alan was able to help many businesses get funding through the government’s PPP program – both existing customers as well as new customers who couldn’t get the funding through their current bank.  “The appreciation we felt during the PPP process was rewarding and heartwarming”, he stated.  “Many customers said we went “above and beyond” during the process and they couldn’t say that about other banks in our area.  We were very honored and proud to be able to help hundreds of businesses keep their doors open”.

Alan and his wife Cynthia have been married for 19 years and are the parents of one daughter and one son.  Their kids are involved in sports and they support their traveling teams throughout the region.  Active in the local community, Alan has volunteered for the local Boys/Girls clubs for years and will be their new board president in 2022.  He also serves as a commissioner on both the El Dorado Advertising and Promotion Commission and the Ouachita River Commission and as Treasurer for Camp Kurios, a Christian summer camp.   When asked what three words best describe him, Alan said “integrity, involved, and caring”.

Greg Goss

Greg Goss

Retail Market President

First Financial Bank
600 Hwy 71 South
Mena, AR 71953

Phone: (479) 394-3552
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NMLS ID: 541555

With almost 25 years in the banking industry, Greg Goss leads our Mena, AR team as they serve those in Polk County and surrounding areas.  It’s a natural fit for someone who grew up in Mena and understands both the people and the financial services they need.  He graduated from Arkansas Tech with a degree in Agri Business and later attended the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

Prior to joining FFB, Greg had worked with other banks in the area and made many valuable friendships and connections that still serve him well today. “The attraction to FFB was the people.  I was impressed with their leadership and vision and devotion to the communities where they do business”, he stated. 

“My role is to advocate for the bank with individuals and businesses in our community by serving the needs of our customers and resolving any issues that arise”, he said.  “My biggest pleasure in working with clients is helping them achieve their goals”.

“A young man I’d known since he was a toddler came to me, wanting to purchase land on which to build a future home.  He came in, we talked, and I told him what he needed to do to make that happen.  About a year later, he came back and had everything ready.  The day of closing his parents came in with him, and were very proud of him, as we all were.  After the loan closing, we took pictures to commemorate the event and later, his mom shared on social media how helpful we were in making his dream a reality”.

An avid outdoorsman, Greg has always loved, bought, sold, and trained horses.  His family enjoys horses “in a competitive way”, he says, with a daughter and wife who both participate in barrel races.  They spend their family vacation at deer camp each year, and they all enjoy the hunting but also the fellowship and conversation with family and friends.  “Our activities seem to always involve family, whether we are swimming, going to the beach, or just spending the day together watching movies on a cold, winter day.”, he stated.   When asked what three words people would use to describe him, Greg listed “honest, loyal, and caring”……….but jokingly added, “it depends on which people you ask!”.

Brad Ogletree

Brad Ogletree

Regional Market President

First Financial Bank
510 Hwy 35 South
Carthage, MS 39051

Phone: (601) 267-6657
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NMLS ID: 445264

For over a decade, people in Carthage, MS have relied on Brad Ogletree for financial solutions and guidance as a trusted advisor.  He oversees our locations in both Carthage and Senatobia, MS and is known for his genuine concern for every employee and every customer he encounters.  Brad serves on the FFB Officers’ Loan Committee to make sure the lending needs of all communities are being met.  He also leads weekly local Advisory Board loan committee meetings and a monthly Advisory Board meeting. 

“I’ve seen banking from both sides of the desk”, he stated.  “I haven’t always been in banking and that helps me understand the customer’s perspective”.  He is a member and past President of Carthage Rotary Club, past member of the Board of Directors for both Leake County Chamber and Main Street Carthage organization.  He presently serves as a member of the Leake County Industrial Development Association Board of Directors and is a member of the Executive Committee. 

What Brad enjoys most about banking is helping people make good financial decisions.  “The ‘firsts’ in our customers’ lives is always exciting to me – their first checking or savings account, first vehicle, first boat, first home, etc. – knowing we can help people reach these goals is very satisfying”, he concluded. 

Brad and his wife, Mikki, have two daughters who have ‘flown the coop’, but they still enjoy spending time together at the lake and the beach as often as possible.  He enjoys the great outdoors and spends most of his time fishing, golfing, and duck hunting.   He and his family attend Carthage United Methodist Church, where he serves as Chairman of the Administrative Board.   When asked what three words people would use to describe him, he stated:  Honest, trustworthy and faithful. 

Steve Potts

Steve Potts

VP, Commercial Lending

First Financial Bank
510 Hwy 35 South
Carthage, MS 39051

Phone: (601) 267-6657
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NMLS ID: 612804

For customers in and around Leake County, MS, Steve Potts offers a wide range of lending services from our Carthage, MS location.    He’s not only a VP of Commercial Lending, but also works with customers on SBA loans, consumer loans for various needs, and in-house mortgage loans. 

He grew up on his grandfather’s farm, where he first learned the value and reward found in hard work.  He later perfected his work ethic at his dad’s service stations before heading to college.   “I started out working for another bank and got tired of the travel.  I didn’t have time to interact with people in the community I had lived in for many years.  FFB offered me the chance to move back to my hometown, giving me more time to get involved in the community I love”, Potts said. 

Steve works with customers from start-to-finish on their loan, providing guidance and information along the way to ensure they make the best decision for themselves and their situation.  You won’t get “bounced around” from person to person at FFB, but can rely on your lender to be there throughout the entire process. 

Active in his community, Steve has previously served on the Leake County Chamber,  Mississippi Paint Horse Association (Vice President), and been a volunteer coach for baseball and his daughter’s softball teams.  He enjoys golfing with friends and looks forward to taking his grandson fishing.  When asked what three words others would use to describe him, Steve said:  Dependable, Honest, and Loyal. 

Taylor Boone

Taylor Boone

VP, Commercial Lending

First Financial Bank
700 N. Robinson
Senatobia, MS 38668

Phone: (662) 562-7290
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NMLS ID: 1779031

Taylor Boone, Vice-President in Senatobia, MS, says that what attracted him to working for FFB were two things:  The family atmosphere and the fact that the corporate office knows him by name and not his employee number.  In turn, he provides his customers with the same ‘family feeling’ at the bank, and gets to know them personally – their businesses, their families and their financial needs.

“I enjoy working with customers from start to finish, not handing them over to someone else but getting to work alongside the customer until the account is opened or loan is approved”, he stated.  One particular customer that stands out in his mind was a small business in his area.  “As we’ve worked together over the past few years, this small town business has grown into a multi-state operation.  Knowing that I helped in some way to get them there is extremely rewarding”, he concluded.

When asked how others would describe him, Taylor replied “personable, caring, and a team player”.  Outside of work, Taylor and his wife, Laurel, have two children – son Morgan, a freshman at Mississippi State, and daughter Pharis, a freshman in high school.   They stay busy in their community and keeping up with their kids’ activities.  Taylor also serves on the local board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, helping them reach student athletes on both high school and college campuses.

David Coleman

David Coleman

VP, Commercial Lending

First Financial Bank
1501 N. University Ave
Little Rock, AR 72207

Phone: (501) 716-9135
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NMLS ID: 1257653

With his past experience as a bank examiner, David has an excellent understanding of the banking industry and the lending process.  Add to that his experience in credit analysis, loan review, and commercial lending and it’s easy to see why customers can trust and rely on his guidance when making a loan.   He enjoys working with existing customers, but also loves working with new customers to help them reach financial goals for their businesses.  One of David’s favorite things about working at FFB is the family-type atmosphere.   He recently commented that “We are a work family.  We work hard and have fun doing it”. 

He enjoys building relationships with his customers and watching their success.  Especially fulfilling was his work to secure PPP funding for customers when the pandemic began.  “Being there for my customers during a time of uncertainty and fear – and being able to help them get the necessary funding to keep their doors open and flourish – it was very rewarding”, stated Coleman.

The three words David says would be used to describe him?  Reliable, trustworthy, and funny.  When not at work, he and his wife of nine years, Kami, have a six year old son that keeps them busy.  They enjoy doing most anything outdoors and love sports. 

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Regional Market President — Arkansas

First Financial Bank
Little Rock, Arkansas

Phone: (501) 716-9135
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NMLS ID: 451453

Chris has spent his entire professional life in Little Rock, AR.  Following college, Chris joined his family and two older brothers operating a retail golf store and opening/operating a full service restaurant and bar.  After four years of learning how to work with different types of personalities, and service the needs of many different, individual customers, Chris took a job with a local banker, and learned the connection between a community bank/banker and the local businesses they serve.  Through many learning curves over the past 20 years, Chris hopes that he has found the perfect balance, and the perfect bank family to keep that balance front and center. 

Having grown up in Little Rock, Chris leverages his personal and professional relationships in order to provide a unique customer experience.  Some of the best success stories have come from helping friends realize their dreams of owning their own businesses: from restaurants, to nation-wide service industries, and all points in between - helping friends better themselves and their families is Chris’ favorite aspect of banking. 

Outside of work, Chris is married and has (2) energetic boys.  Finding time to volunteer in his local community is also very important, and he is able to serve his community through nonprofits making a difference in Little Rock:  As a board member for Home for Healing Little Rock and Ballet Arkansas.  He also helped found the Monsignor Tribou Scholarship Foundation, which benefits needs-based, graduating seniors from his alma mater, Little Rock Catholic High School.  If you don’t find him at a local sporting event, dance recital, or at a nonprofit event, you will most likely find Chris on the golf course, spending time with his family and friends.  Three words that are probably most spoken about CJ: caring, relentless, and inclusive.

Shelli Wilson

Shelli Wilson

Chief Lending Officer

First Financial Bank
528 Merriman Ave E
Wynne, AR 72396

Phone: (870) 238-6175
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NMLS ID: 1466507

Growing up in Greene County, Arkansas, gave FFB’s Chief Lending Officer Shelli Wilson a front-row seat for rice and soybean production. It also provided her with a great appreciation for those who put food on our tables. Shelli spent her teenage years working for the local farm supply store in Delaplaine, but now enjoys the numbers and financial analysis involved in each loan she makes. “I love the interaction with my customers and get satisfaction from helping them and the community prosper”, she stated.

Leading the lending team in Northeast Arkansas, her background in risk management helps with decision making and the team’s ‘family dynamic’ helps ensure that everyone works together to take care of each other and our customers.  “It’s important for me to work with people of good moral character”, she said.  “At FFB, our employees, our management and our board exhibit these qualities every day in their service to our customers and stakeholders.” 

When asked what she enjoys most about working with customers, she stated “I enjoy listening to them talk about their day and their business, the good and the bad.  I love talking with self-made successful people.  I’m fascinated by their practices, ethics, and thought processes.” 

The three words that she thinks others would use to describe her are:  Witty, kind, and “math nerd”.  She and her husband, Rob, are the proud parents of two daughters, McKenzie, a freshman at Harding University studying nursing, and Karli, a sophomore at Jonesboro High School. Shelli has served as a mentor in both Wynne and Jonesboro Public Schools, is a board member for Craighead County’s Single Parent Scholarship, and serves on the Youth Advisory Council for Southwest Church of Christ.  When not working, Shelli enjoys traveling and reading. 

Bill Elliott

Bill Elliott

Retail Market President

First Financial Bank
201 E Jackson St
Harrisburg, AR 72432

Phone: 870-578-2472
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NMLS ID: 586294

For over four decades, Bill Elliott has served both his customers and his community in Harrisburg, Arkansas. He says there are too many heartwarming stories to remember them all, but fondly recalls helping business customers who were nearing failure and helping them get back on firm financial footing – a very rewarding part of being involved in banking.  He also loves seeing customers who were once hourly employees who have become very successful business owners - true “success” stories. 

Bill currently serves as Retail Market President in Harrisburg, and handles primarily lending and loan administration oversight.  His banking background, combined with a degree in agronomy, has given him a practical understanding of what his farm customers’ world is all about.  “I’m very hands-on with customers and have built strong bonds with many of them”, he stated.  “Being able to see them enjoy their successes and work with them through the tough times is what it’s all about for me”. 

Bill has helped with the Coaches Outreach Ministries at Harrisburg High School and enjoys spending time with his wife and grandchildren, fishing, hunting, and Razorback football.  He also likes to golf and is active in his local church.   When asked what three words would best describe him, he replied, “Reliable, Fun (when appropriate) and Not Fun (when appropriate!).

Andrea Taegtmeyer

Andrea Taegtmeyer

VP Commerical Lending

First Financial Bank
528 Merriman Ave E
Wynne, AR 72396

Phone: 870 -238-6177
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NMLS ID: 2039921

In her role as a VP of Commercial Lending, Andrea Taegtmeyer enjoys getting to know people from all walks of life.  “I have so many different customers and they are all unique in their own way.   I enjoy getting to know them and learning more about their lives”, she stated.  “One of my frequent customers told me that I was one of the most important people in their life.  That lets me know that I am taking care of my customers”. 

Andrea and the team at First Financial Bank work hard to meet the needs of their customers and she credits a good team environment for helping things go smoothly.  “Everyone is hard-working and has an important role in the process”, she said.  Many of her customers are involved in agriculture, an industry she has considerable knowledge of, having worked for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in a lending role for fifteen years. 

When she’s not helping customers, Andrea can be found helping in her community.  She’s a member of the local Rotary Club and volunteers frequently with them.  Individually, she does a “Bus Stop” snack program on Friday afternoons, handing out snacks to kids in a low-income neighborhood as they get off the bus.  She enjoys spending time with her family, deer hunting, fishing, and watching her kids play sports.   When asked what three words people would use to describe her, Andrea said “dedicated, efficient, and knowledgeable”.

Betty Kate Thompson

Betty Kate Thompson

VP Commercial Lending

First Financial Bank
124 Edmonds Ave
McCrory, AR 72101

Phone: 870-731-2521
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NMLS ID: 465988

Since 1989, Betty Kate Thompson has been serving bank customers in Woodruff County, Arkansas although not all of them still reside there.  “I have long-standing customer relationships with folks from all over the United States who still bank here”, she relates.  “From the Tennessee woman who delivered newspapers during my childhood to a Georgetown University professor with Woodruff County roots – these relationships are so special.” 

“I’m very detail oriented and I think that helps me appreciate what’s unique about each of my customers.  I’m never too busy to stop what I’m doing to visit with them.  One of my favorite things is going out for crop inspections with the farmers.  Having that one-on-one time bouncing along in a pickup truck with them is priceless!” she emphasized. 

Since becoming part of the FFB family, Thompson has been impressed with the employees and management team.  “Whether I pick up the phone to talk to Kathy in Louisville, KY, Gayden in Carthage, MS, Chris in Little Rock, AR, or our CEO in El Dorado, AR – I still feel the warmth and friendliness that I’ve known growing up in McCrory”, she stated. 

She currently serves as the Vice-President of Commercial Lending in McCrory, AR and is a life-long resident of McCrory.  Previous jobs with attorneys, judges, and state politicians help her communicate comfortably in any professional situation.  She also served as President of the McCrory Area Chamber of Commerce and McCrory Industrial Development Corporation, and is on the board of the Woodruff County Health Center and the advisory committee for the Woodruff County Economic Development Council. 

Betty Kate enjoys entertaining family and friends and “stomping around the duck woods” with her husband and their golden retriever, Scarlett.  When not at work, she loves to read, play piano, needlepoint, and travel.  She and her husband enjoy spending time with family, especially five children ages 2 to 10 that they are blessed to call grandchildren.  When asked for three words people would use to describe her, she said “caring, positive, and loyal”. 

Tim St. Clair

Tim St. Clair

Retail Market President — McCrory

First Financial Bank
124 Edmonds Ave
McCrory, AR 72101

Phone: (870) 731-2521
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NMLS ID: 465986

Tim St. Clair has over twenty years of experience in banking and agricultural lending and all of it has been in the Woodruff County, AR area.  He also grew up on a farm in Northeast Arkansas.  His customers know that he understands the local business community and the people who work there better than just about anyone.   As Retail Market President in McCrory, Arkansas, Tim oversees day-to-day operations at that location, and is also a lender who specializes in commercial and agricultural loans.

“I make sure that our customers’ needs and expectations are being met, regardless of their relationship with FFB.  From a lending perspective, I make sure my customers have the financial resources and guidance they need to be successful,” he stated.  What Tim enjoys most about his work is helping people work through issues, especially when things don’t go as planned. 

Tim has enjoyed working with a team that truly cares about their customers and he’s glad to continue this customer-focused approach with First Financial Bank.  “I’ve been really impressed with the people, and how hard they work together to get the job done”, he said. 

When asked what three words people would use to describe him, he said “honest, dependable and considerate”.   Outside of work, Tim likes to spend as much time as possible with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He enjoys reading and also teaches a Sunday School class at Valley Baptist Church in Searcy, AR.

Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood

First Financial Bank
528 Merriman Ave. E
Wynne, AR 72396

Phone: (870) 238-2361
Fax: (870) 238-4284
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NMLS ID: 2039919

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A lifelong resident of northeast Arkansas, Sarah Wood specializes in consumer and mortgage lending, but is also well-versed in commercial and agricultural lending in her community.  She fondly recalls her first impression of the folks at FFB:  “While I was waiting to be interviewed, I noticed employees laughing, smiling, and enjoying each other and their work.  It really made it easy to say “yes” when I received the job offer to join the FFB family”.

Her role at FFB involves working with customers to find the best product for their needs and helping them from start to finish with their loan process - taking whatever steps necessary to make it as smooth as possible.  “Being able to help someone buy a new home or business or just help them out in times of need is really satisfying”, Wood said.  She was part of a team that worked around-the-clock to help businesses in her community during the PPP loan process.  “I had one business owner that I visited with on a Friday night at dinner and they came to see me shortly after that and get the process started.  They were able to get funding via the PPP program, keep their doors open and provide jobs for their employees during the pandemic.  It felt great knowing I had a small part in helping them and helping our community”.

Sarah and her husband, Jim, have three kids who keep them very busy and on the go.  When not working, you’ll most likely find her at the softball fields, the park, or the pool.  She enjoys traveling, hosting gatherings, and is an avid sports fan.  (Roll Tide!) 

Zac Price

Zac Price

VP, Commercial Lending

First Financial Bank
Harrisburg, Arkansas

Phone: 870-578-2472
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NMLS ID: 1243235

For almost a decade, the folks in Harrisburg have come to rely on Zac Price for their lending needs.  As a VP of Commercial Lending, he gets to help businesses of all sizes reach their goals with financial resources that work for them – not a ‘one size fits all’ approach.  He’s always wanted to work in his hometown and help people that he’s known all his life and says his job at FFB provides just that.

One of the things he loves about being a lender is when people call him with a new idea for their business, what he calls a “What if…” call.  The opportunity to discuss business opportunities, new projects, and learn more about the business – that’s very rewarding to him.  He enjoys exploring the options and putting together a great loan package to help customers improve or expand their business.

One of Zac’s most lasting memories as a banker doesn’t involve a customer, but a local student he met while teaching a class during “Teach Children to Save” week.  “A few weeks after I was at the school, I received a letter from a student telling me they had never been taught about saving, but because I volunteered, the student was coming in to open a savings account”, he recalled.  “I’ve never forgotten that feeling”, he says. 

He enjoys being involved in his community in other ways, too – as a member of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and at First Baptist Church.  Zac and his wife, Megan, have two children and he enjoys traveling, watching sports, and playing golf.  He’s also a member of the Emerging Leaders Council for the Arkansas Bankers Association.

Nathan Pierce

Nathan Pierce

First Financial Bank
Harrisburg, Arkansas

Phone: (870) 731-0074
Fax: (870) 578-2049
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NMLS ID: 2295788

A native of Harrisburg, Pierce graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith with a degree in Operations Management. He has experience as a field appraiser for the Poinsett County Assessor’s office, utilities director for Harrisburg Water & Gas, and most recently worked as a Senior Appraisal Specialist. Nathan will report to Zachary Price in Harrisburg. “Nathan’s experience in real estate, along with many relationships in Northeast Arkansas make him a valuable addition to our bank family. We are excited to have Nathan on our team”, stated Price.

In his role as AVP/Loan Officer, Nathan will help customers meet their financial goals by providing loan solutions that are tailored to their needs. He also shares his leadership and expertise outside the workplace, serving as President of the Harrisburg Rotary Club, Vice-Chair of the Poinsett County Housing Authority, and a member of the Harrisburg Planning and Zoning Committee.

When not at work, Nathan enjoys traveling and camping in pursuit of his goal to visit all 52 Arkansas State Parks. Call or stop by today and talk with him about your financial needs.