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Miguel Lopez to Lead Hispanic and Latino Outreach at Southern Bancorp

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Miguel Lopez is joining Southern Bancorp Inc. of Arkadelphia in a new role that will expand the lender’s efforts to reach Spanish-speaking communities.

Lopez most recently worked for Encore Bank as senior vice president, chief community outreach officer. Before then, he worked for First Community Bank as Hispanic resource officer and later vice president of community development.

In his new role, Lopez will lead the strategy and outreach behind Southern Bancorp’s expansion of services for Hispanic and Latino customers and prospective customers.

Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp, said the lender has a longstanding goal of increasing its commitment to and capabilities for Hispanic and Latino customers. He called Lopez the “perfect fit” to lead those efforts.

“As we grow our mission in new and existing markets, we’re committed to ensuring that everyone has a place and an opportunity at Southern Bancorp,” Williams said in a statement. “Not only do Miguel’s passions align with that mission, but his extensive experience in this space will help us better put that mission to work for families who need it.”

Before his career in banking, Lopez worked for the Little Rock Regional Chamber as director of small business and entrepreneurship.

“As a long-time admirer of Southern Bancorp, it’s an incredible honor to now officially be part of this organization and its mission-focused work,” Lopez said. “For my entire career, the primary purpose behind everything I do has been helping others, especially those in the Hispanic community. I look forward to doing even more of that important work in this role and helping further the bank’s mission to create paths to opportunity for everyone.”

Lopez is a graduate of the Paul W. Barret Jr. Graduate School of Banking and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he earned a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in public administration.

He’s vice chair of the board for Goodwill of Arkansas and former chair of the Excel Center School Board. In 2022, he was appointed to the Arkansas Ethics Commission by then-Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Lopez is a member of the 2020 class of Arkansas Business 40 Under 40.

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