Jeremy McAlister

Little Rock Market President

Bank of the Ozarks

Little Rock

Age: 36

Jeremy McAlister

If you aren’t reading this profile on the day it was published, Jeremy McAlister is 37. His birthday is June 6.

But he is presumably still supervising some $250 million in loan assets as Bank of the Ozarks’ Little Rock market president, which doesn’t make him as nervous as one might assume. “We’re really careful about what we do, and I have some phenomenal people working for me, so that takes some of the stress out of it,” he said.

McAlister grew up in Little Rock and started his banking career with U.S. Bank after earning a degree in business finance from the University of Arkansas, first as a personal banker then as a commercial credit analyst. His next stop was Regions Bank, again as a credit analyst until he moved into lending — primarily construction loans.

After six years with Regions, McAlister was lured to Bank of the Ozarks in 2012. “It turned out to be the best career move I’ve ever made,” McAlister said. “I’ve experienced a lot of things that I wouldn’t have been able to at other places.”

Promotions have come quickly. Hired as a vice president of commercial and real estate lending, he was named manager of the Little Rock commercial real estate group in 2015 and Little Rock market president last November.