Simmons to Buy Fort Worth Bank in Third Deal Since November
A $462 million cash-and-stock deal to acquire First Texas BHC Inc. of Fort Worth and its subsidiary Southwest Bank is the third acquisition announced by Simmons CEO George Makris Jr. in the past 10 weeks.

Simmons to Buy Fort Worth Bank in Third Deal Since November

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff announced Monday a $462 million cash-and-stock deal to acquire First Texas BHC Inc. of Fort Worth and its $2 billion-asset subsidiary Southwest Bank. "We now have the opportunity to substantially grow our presence in the Fort Worth metropolitan area by joining with one of the best run, most respected financial organizations in Texas," Makris said.
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John Rogers' Creditors Line Up For $1.5 Million

The battle over the biggest asset remaining from John Rogers' murky business dealings and insolvent ventures begins next week in Little Rock.
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UA Names Mark Power Vice Chancellor for Advancement

UA Names Mark Power Vice Chancellor for Advancement

The University of Arkansas on Tuesday named Mark Power vice chancellor for University Advancement. He has been interim vice chancellor since August, following the resignation of Chris Wyrick.
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Farmers Bank & Trust Names Chris Gosnell CEO

Farmers Bank & Trust Names Chris Gosnell CEO

Farmers Bank & Trust of Magnolia says its board of directors has named Chris Gosnell president and CEO, effective immediately.
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The List Largest Mortgage Lenders

Largest Mortgage Lenders in Arkansas list ranked by total value.

Rank Name Total $ Value of 2016 Loans (including originations and purchases) % Change
1 Arvest Bank 825,000,000 12
2 Centennial Bank 505,929,109 15
3 Simmons Bank 463,883,081 13
4 IberiaBank Mortgage Co. 436,937,540 7
5 U.S. Bank Home Mortgage 326,659,730 181

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Dawn Prasifka has more than 25 years of experience with nonprofit organizations in Arkansas. Before joining Girl Scouts as CEO, she was the executive director of the Centers for Youth & Families Foundation, director of operations for Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation and volunteer coordinator for Arkansas Hospice.