Natalie Bartholomew has been hired as the community president in Rogers for First Community Bank, and she’ll be leading future expansion efforts in northwest Arkansas.
Bartholomew will be responsible for securing a dedicated banking team, building lead relationships with area businesses, operational oversight in her territory, and establishing the financial institution’s presence in the region.
The bank plans to open a loan production office at 5100 W. Park Ave., Ste. A124, in Rogers later this month, and pending regulatory approval, intends to transition it into a full branch by Fall 2022.
CEO and Chairman Dale Cole said, “Entering the Rogers area is our initial step to grow our footprint in northwest Arkansas” and that it is fortunate to have a “veteran banker” like Bartholomew join its ranks.
She brings 21 years of experience in banking to the role. Bartholomew has previously worked in retail, customer service, credit analysis, marketing, human resources, strategic planning, commercial/consumer/mortgage lending and executive leadership.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas. Bartholomew also was voted as class representative at the Graduate School of Banking Colorado; she is a graduate and current faculty member.
In addition, she founded the Girl Banker Platform in 2017 to serve as an advocate for women in banking and young women considering careers in banking.
Bartholomew’s many accolades include being named an Independent Community Bankers of America 40 Under 40 in 2020 and a 40 under 40 honoree by Arkansas Business in 2019.
She currently serves on the community leadership council of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA, where she is a past board member and chair. She previously served as an advisory committee member for the Northwest Arkansas Community College of Business and Computer Information Systems, a board member of the University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural Food and Life Sciences Alumni Society, a board member of the Washington County Fair Association, and treasurer of the NWA Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association.