Citizens Bank Puts Phil Baldwin To Work On Growth

by George Waldon  on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 12:00 am  

Phil Baldwin Bio

Phil Baldwin’s business career is undergirded by a strong base of civic-philanthropic endeavors.

Baldwin currently serves on the board of directors of United Way Worldwide and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation as well as the Emory University Board of Visitors.

He recently ended a term as national board chair for United Way of America, the largest nonprofit organization in the world.

Baldwin is a past board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Ouachita Baptist University at Arkadelphia, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Capital Corp. and the Governor’s Roundtable on Health Care.

He was named in 2010 as one of the top five social entrepreneurs in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Baldwin is a recipient of the United States Small Business Entrepreneurial Leadership Award and has been honored as Economic Developer of the Year by the Society of Economic Development.

Along the way, he also worked in Little Rock as director of corporate finance and reporting at Dillard Department Stores Inc., vice president of finance at Fairfield Communities Inc. and senior manager at Ernst & Young Accounting.

Baldwin also served as vice president and chief financial officer at another Citizens Bank: Citizens First Bank of Little Rock.

From Entrepreneur to Banker

Before J.K. Southerland made a name for himself as a poultry pioneer, he was an aspiring Cleburne County entrepreneur. A negative banking experience provided the grist for later launching Citizens Bank of Batesville.

Southerland was turned down for a business loan during the Depression when he was striving to build his poultry enterprise.

Southerland vowed that if he ever achieved any measure of success, he would establish a bank for the working people.



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