Matt Mason has returned to The Bank of Fayetteville as president of the northwest Arkansas market, the bank announced.
In his new role, Mason will oversee retail and lending operations for nine bank locations. He brings more than 27 years of experience in the financial industry to the role. Mason previously worked at The Bank of Fayetteville as the senior vice president for commercial loans before departing for a role with RCB Bank of Claremore, Oklahoma.
Mason's work experience also stints as an economist for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and a grain merchandiser.
He's a graduate of the University of Arkansas with degrees in both agribusiness and agricultural economics and is an alumnus of the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
"It’s an exciting time in Fayetteville, and I look forward to getting involved with the community and reconnecting with friends and customers throughout the region," Mason said in a statement.
Mason succeeds Jennifer Hardin, who has been promoted to chief operations officer. Hardin brings more than 25 years of experience to the role. Since starting her career with The Bank of Fayetteville as a part-time teller after high school, Hardin has worked as a loan processor, lender, branch manager, and as the vice president of retail operations.
She holds a bachelor’s from the University of Arkansas and is an alumnus of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
Tyler Morgan was promoted from chief security officer to chief risk officer. He joined Farmers & Merchants Bank of Stuttgart, which owns The Bank of Fayetteville, in 2018. He has eight years of experience in the financial industry and 12 years in the risk and security fields.
Morgan holds a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a licensed attorney.
Farmers & Merchants Bank has 27 locations across the state, including eight operating as The Bank of Fayetteville. The company has more than $1.7 billion in assets.