Simmons Hires Two Former IberiaBank Execs


Simmons Hires Two Former IberiaBank Execs
John Barber, Jimmy Crocker. (Simmons Bank)

Simmons Bank has named John Barber as executive vice president and chief credit officer and Jimmy Crocker as executive vice president of wealth management.

Both will be based in Simmons’ River Market building in Little Rock.

Barber brings nearly 30 years of experience to the table. He previously served as executive vice president and senior credit officer for IberiaBank in Texas.

In his new role, Barber will oversee the bank’s asset quality, directing the commercial lending approval process and ensuring regulatory compliance.

He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Louisiana in Monroe and is an alumnus of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

Barber succeeds Steve Wade, who will transition to the role of assistant general counsel.

Crocker will oversee business strategy for Simmons’ wealth management area, driving related sales, fee income, compliance and operations. He’ll be over more than 100 trust associates and serve Simmons’ entire seven-state footprint with approximately $6 billion in assets under management.

With more than 27 years of experience, Crocker also joins Simmons from IberiaBank, where he most recently served as executive vice president and director of trust after being hired to build its fiduciary business in 2010.

A University of Mississippi alumnus, he holds a juris doctor from Birmingham School of Law and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama.

He has served as a member of the Alabama State Bar and the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham. Crocker also taught wills and trust classes for 17 years at Birmingham School of Law, and was named “Professor of the Year” four times by the graduating third-year class.