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Jerry Vest Retires as Regions Bank Leader in NWA

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Jerry Vest has retired as the head of Regions Bank in the northwest Arkansas market, the bank announced.

In addition to serving as Regions’ local market executive, Vest held key leadership roles in the commercial banking division of Regions and its predecessor banks throughout his 46-year banking career.

His retirement took effect Aug. 31.

During his tenure, Regions established and grew relationships with business clients, modernized and updated its branch footprint, and developed and supported community partnerships throughout the area, the bank said in a news release. 

Vest is a founding member of the Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation, the Mercy Hospital Foundation Northwest Arkansas and the Rogers Public Education Foundation. Past leadership roles including chairing the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce and Rogers-Lowell United Way boards of directors.

Jaclyn Henderson succeeds Vest as Regions’ local market executive. She’ll also serve as commercial banking leader for the region, as well as markets in the River Valley region and Joplin, Springfield and Branson in southwest Missouri.

“Jerry’s tireless commitment to serving our customers and local nonprofits has made a tremendous impact,” John Turner, president and CEO of Regions Financial Corp., said in a news release. “Jaclyn Henderson shares that commitment. We’re grateful to Jerry for his many contributions over the years, and we know Jaclyn will continue to build on the market’s legacy of putting people first and delivering an exceptional experience for our clients.”

Henderson holds a bachelor’s in business administration with a focus on accounting from the University of Arkansas. She also achieved the Certified Treasury Professional designation from the Association for Financial Professionals.

Henderson serves as board secretary and Audit Committee chair for the Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation. She’s a also a board member serving the Walton Arts Center Foundation and the Civil Service Commission for the City of Rogers. Henderson was recently named to the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce board of directors, with her term to begin Jan. 1.

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