President and CEO
Bear State Financial
Chris Wewers was named president of the bank holding company in November 2012 and CEO in June 2013. Total assets at Bear State nearly tripled from $569 million to more than $1.5 billion with the June acquisition of First National Security Co., which owned First National Bank of Hot Springs and Heritage Bank of Jonesboro. Wewers came to Bear State in 2011 via Summit Bancorp, where he worked for 10 years and rose to executive vice president and chief financial officer.
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