UPDATE: TCB's Tom Steves Killed in Motorcycle Crash

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, May. 27, 2009 4:11 pm  

Tom Steves

"I had real affection and admiration for him."

Steves was born in New York and graduated from Hall High School in Little Rock in 1958. He joined the Navy after high school and served as a petty officer third class until 1961.

He then began a 16-year association with First National Bank.

"He moved up from the mailroom to vice president," according to Ron Robinson of Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods.

Robinson said Steves and First National were his first clients.

"He understood banking from the bottom up, from the teller line to the upper ranks," Robinson said.

Steves joined Commercial National Bank as executive vice president of marketing and retail banking in 1977 and remained there until 1981. After operating his own agency for a couple of years, he joined the agency now known as Mangan Holcomb in September 1983.

"I'm shocked and just sick about it," Steve Holcomb said of Steves' death. "He was a sweetheart guy."

"When I have friends who die doing what they love to do, I try to take some peace in that," Holcomb said.

Steves mainly worked on the account of Arkla Gas Co. for Mangan Holcomb but also worked for various bank and savings and loan clients. He moved to Cranford Johnson Robinson & Associates in time to assist with the 1990 merger with Woods Brothers Agency to form Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods. At CJRW, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer until 1999.

He then worked with Thoma Thoma before joining Twin City Bank in 2002 as EVP and marketing director.

"He's touched a lot of places," Bob Birch said.



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