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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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. 

Kyle Schlenker

Kyle Schlenker

VP Commercial Lending

First Financial Bank
3251 Hwy 42 East
Cherry Valley, AR 72324

Phone: 870-588-3332
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Customers in our Cherry Valley, AR community are fortunate to have Kyle Schlenker as their local commercial and row crop lender.  Not only does Kyle have years of banking experience, but being involved in his family’s 1600 acre farming operation gives him valuable first-hand knowledge of what farmers need to be successful. 

A seasoned lender and leader, Kyle was recognized as the 2019 Corteva Agriscience Young Leader for the state of Arkansas and the 2019 Asgrow National Soybean Yield winner.  Active in the Arkansas Bankers Association (ABA) for many years, he served as a past section director of the ABA’s Emerging Leaders group and as a chairman of one of the four regional sections of the ABA.   

Kyle enjoys meeting with customers and getting to know more about them, their business, and their financial goals.  “Anytime someone is in a financial ‘pinch’, it’s a great feeling when we can help them get out of it”, he stated.  “It’s great to know you were able to help someone be successful and overcome challenges, while also helping them achieve their financial goals”, he added. 

When asked what three words people would use to describe him, Kyle said “hardworking, loyal, and funny”.  Kyle’s hobbies include golf and hunting, but admits he and his wife, Stacie, spend most of their time raising three busy teenagers.  Their oldest son plays college golf, their middle son plays tennis and their daughter is a cheerleader and plays softball and golf.

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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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”. 

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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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”.

Tim St. Clair

Tim St. Clair

Retail Market President

First Financial Bank
124 Edmonds Ave
McCrory, AR 72101

Phone: 870-731-2521
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Tim St. Clair has spent over 20 years building relationships with the people in Northeast Arkansas and providing expert guidance to those in the farming community.  What he enjoys most about working with his customers is the privilege of being part of their success and finding solutions for their challenges.  Away from work, Tim and his wife Beth attend Valley Baptist Church, where he teaches a Sunday School Class.  They can usually be found spending as much time as possible with their children and grandchildren.

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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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!).

Dustin Hudson

Dustin Hudson

AVP Commercial Lending

First Financial Bank
528 Merriman Ave E
Wynne, AR 72396

Phone: 870-238-6170
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Dustin Hudson enjoys his role as Assistant Vice-President of Commercial Lending in Wynne, AR.  With prior experience at the Natural Resource Conservations Services and Pioneer Seed – he definitely understands the agricultural needs of his community.  However, he’s also just as knowledgeable about other types of commercial lending needs as well. 

As someone who always enjoys a challenge, Dustin loves learning new things about his customers and their businesses – and how we can help them make their business better.  He says the team he works with in Wynne are “top notch, close-knit, great people” to work with and they all work well together to do what’s best for the customer. 

When not at work, Dustin enjoys spending time with his wife, Chelsea, who teaches science at Wynne Junior High School and their son, Carter, who just started kindergarten.   A lover of all things outdoors, he also enjoys hunting and fishing with his Dad and his friends.  When asked what three words others would use to describe him best, Dustin said:  “honest, hardworking, and caring”.

Zac Price

Zac Price

VP, Commercial Lending

First Financial Bank
Harrisburg, Arkansas

Phone: 870-578-2472
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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.