Kevin Rose started his career as “the head of shred — that was my official title, a department of one” — at his hometown Bank of Pocahontas (now Integrity Bank). He worked part time shredding papers and other chores while working on a degree in finance at Arkansas State University.
As a junior he was given a loan portfolio to manage. “I was loaning money and going to college in a suit,” Rose said.
G.L. Leiblong, hired to run the Bank of Pocahontas after a painful regulatory intervention in 2003, became a mentor. “He really entered my career at a great time. The combination of who he is, what he had to offer and the timing was just perfect.”
Rose next oversaw four counties for IberiaBank from Pocahontas. Then he moved to Batesville to become market president for Liberty Bank and stayed on after it was acquired by Centennial Bank in 2013. In addition to Independence County, Rose handles a regional book of business.
In 2016, he received a Chairman’s Award from the legendary Johnny Allison. He serves on the boards of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Foundation, White River Health Systems and the Vitalink ambulance service.
He credits his parents for this advice: “Plan your work and work your plan. Nothing just happens.”
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