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A neighbor offered to help him get an interview at Regions Bank in Little Rock, and he was off and running.
"He helped me get my foot in the door," Brightop said.
After working as an accountant and financial analyst at Alltel, he joined Regions in November 1999. By the time he left in April 2005, Brightop had advanced from commercial lending trainee to vice president of private banking.
Since moving to Summit Bank as an assistant vice president, he has risen to senior vice president, achieving that title in April 2008.
Brightop graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration from the University Arkansas at Little Rock.
He is on the Camp Aldersgate board of directors and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future. Brightop, 37, also works to raise money for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Neurology and volunteers at the Arkansas Foodbank Network. Past service includes volunteering for Junior Achievement and coaching Junior Deputy Baseball.