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Southern Bancorp Names Miguel Lopez Market Strategy Executive, Hispanic/Latino Market (Super Mover)

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Miguel Lopez has been hired as market strategy executive, Hispanic/Latino market at Southern Bancorp Inc. of Little Rock. In his new role, he will lead the strategy and outreach behind Southern Bancorp’s expansion of services for Hispanic and Latino customers within its banking footprint and beyond. “Increasing our commitment to and capabilities for our Hispanic and Latino customers and neighbors has long been a goal of ours, and Miguel is the perfect person to lead those efforts,” Southern Bancorp CEO Darrin Williams said. “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. 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.” Lopez said he is a longtime admirer of Southern Bancorp. “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 previously was senior vice president, chief communications outreach officer at Encore Bank of Little Rock. Before that, he was Hispanic resource officer and later vice president of community development at First Community Bank of Batesville. He also worked for the Little Rock Regional Chamber as director, small business and entrepreneurship.

Lopez volunteers with a number of organizations, including as the vice chairman of the board of Goodwill of Arkansas and chairman of the Excel Center School Board. In 2022, he was appointed to the Arkansas Ethics Commission by then-Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. He’s been named among Arkansas Business’ Arkansas 250, 20 in Their 20s and 40 Under 40; the Independent Community Bankers of America’s 40 Bankers Under 40; and Hispanic Executive Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Latino Leaders.

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