Lorrie Trogden started work last Wednesday (Oct. 17) as president and CEO of the Arkansas Bankers Association in Little Rock.
Trogden, formerly associate executive director and director of government relations at the Arkansas Bar Association, succeeded William R. “Bill” Holmes. Holmes retired at age 69 after the prognosis on his diagnosed stomach cancer was “not what we hoped,” he told Arkansas Business last week.
Holmes had been the association’s top staffer for eight years and had worked for the ABA for 15 years. Trogden is the ninth president in the association’s 127-year history, and the first woman in the position. (Cathy Owen, the ABA’s current chairman, is also the first woman in that position.)
“We are proud to have Lorrie on our team,” Owen said in a written statement provided to Arkansas Business. “She brings a great deal of enthusiasm to the table, as well as marked experience in government relations and advocacy. We look forward to her leadership as the Association continues to support banks and bankers throughout the state.”
Trogden, a native Arkansan, is a certified association executive. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway and a master’s degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She is secretary and treasurer of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives.
Bill Holmes spent more than 40 years in the banking industry. Prior to joining the ABA in 2003, he worked in investment banking, and in the trust and wealth management divisions of Stephens Inc., Twin City Bank, Mercantile Bank and Metropolitan National Bank.