CEO Profile: Dabbs Cavin - Background and Career Path

by George Waldon  on Monday, Mar. 26, 2012 12:00 am  

Dabbs Cavin
Age: 47
Joined First Federal Bancshares Inc. of Harrison as president on May 3, 2011, during its recapitalization by Bear State Financial Holdings. Cavin took over as CEO in November following the retirement of Larry Brandt, who had held the post since 2001.

Career Path

1986: Graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a bachelor's degree in finance with an emphasis in banking.

1986-89: Regulatory examiner with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas.

1989-92: Attended law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and briefly worked at Little Rock's Rose Law Firm.

1992-95: Worked at Metropolitan National Bank, exiting as a commercial loan officer.

1995-96: Worked in private banking at Citizens First Bank of Little Rock and First Commercial Bank of Little Rock after FDH Bancshares Inc., the holding company of Citizens, was acquired by First Commercial Corp.

1996-2005: Helped form and was part of the executive team at Pinnacle Bank of Little Rock, which was purchased in 2002 by BancorpSouth Inc. of Tupelo, Miss., and stayed aboard three more years with BancorpSouth.

2005-06: Helped launch the Little Rock operations of Summit Bank of Arkadelphia.

2006-07: Moved with family to Africa to help start Rwanda Urwego Opportunity Bank, a micro-lender. "That was the toughest, most fun thing I've done in my life."

2007-08: Returned to Little Rock to rejoin Summit Bank as executive vice president.

2008-11: Assistant to Ron Cameron, chairman and CEO of Mountaire Corp. of Little Rock.



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