Southern Bancorp Promotes 2

Southern Bancorp of Arkadelphia on Wednesday announced the promotion of two executives, Brent Black and Jamee Clay, two weeks after it announced the retirement of CEO Phil Baldwin.

Black is promoted to senior vice president, and Clay is promoted to vice president of compliance.

Black, a certified public accountant with 14 years of experience in accounting and auditing, joined Southern Bancorp in 2003 as controller and was promoted to chief financial officer in 2005.
He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Rotary International.

Black also serves as a member of the board of directors for KIPP Delta Preparatory School and the Community Development Bankers Association.

He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

Clay joined Southern Bancorp in 1999 and is responsible for overseeing the bank's compliance, anti-money laundering, and Community Reinvestment Act programs. She has 11 years of banking experience, including nine years in compliance.

Clay graduated with a master's in business administration from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and holds a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) certification from the American Bankers Association/Institute of Certified Bankers.

Southern Bancorp is one of America's largest and most profitable community development banks. Southern seeks to reduce poverty by improving education and economic opportunities for individuals and families.