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Missouri Family to Buy Stone Bank of Mountain View

A family of Missouri bankers has agreed to buy Stone Bancshares Inc., the parent company of Stone Bank of Mountain View. read more >
William L. Kerst Jr., CEO and founder of Community First Trust of Hot Springs
Banking & Finance / Investments / Legal

Trillions Are Riding on ‘Silver Tsunami’Lock Icon

Some 70 million aging baby boomers are primed to bequeath the largest aggregation of assets and business interests ever accumulated. read more >
Randy Dennis, President of DD&F Consulting Group of Little Rock
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Investments

Banks Are Set For Steady Rise In Interest RateLock Icon

Predicting mortgage dip due to high interest rates, Arkansas bankers say their job is "managing the spread." read more >
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Small Business

DD&F Consulting Group Names Susan Blair Principal

She brings more than 40 years of marketing and communications experience in the banking industry to the firm. read more >
Sandra Carrasco-Quezada, Bill Fox and Morgan Scholz of Forge Community Loan Fund in Huntsville
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Education / Investments / Nonprofits

New Hires Made at Forge Inc. (Movers & Shakers)

Sandra Carrasco-Quezada, Bill Fox and Morgan Scholz have joined Forge Inc. of Huntsville, a nonprofit community loan fund. read more >
William Kerst Jr. has stayed aboard as president of Community First Trust Co. after the June 30 sale to Farmers Bank & Trust of Magnolia.
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Investments / Legal / Real Estate

Community First Trust Attracts $6M BuyerLock Icon

William Kerst Jr. wasn’t looking to sell Community First Trust Co. in 2021. But two years ago, events began pulling the president and CEO of the Hot Springs enterprise toward the possibility. read more >
Randy Dennis, president and managing partner of DD&F Consulting Group of Little Rock
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Legal

New Pitch for Bank Charter Takes FlightLock Icon

Randy Dennis’ firm, DD&F Consulting Group of Little Rock, has been involved in something that’s even more unusual than a bank acquisition in 2020: a brand-new bank charter. read more >
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Insurance / Investments / Real Estate

Virus Relief Leaves Arkansas Banks Awash in Deposits

COVID-19 has taken a toll on bank profitability, but the combination of federal relief money and pandemic-induced financial caution created a temporary glut of deposits. read more >
Joshua Dennis DD&F Consulting Group
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Insurance / Investments / Real Estate

Joshua Dennis Promoted at DD&F (Movers & Shakers)

Joshua Dennis has been named a managing partner of the strategic and regulatory division of DD&F Consulting Group in Little Rock. read more >
Colbey FrisbeeFirst Community Bank
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Investments

Frisbee Gets Full Plate at First Community Bank (Movers & Shakers)

Colbey Frisbee has been named community president for First Community Bank in Cabot. read more >
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Investments / Legal / Public Companies

Cash Offers & Rival Bids: Inside Bear State Bank’s $391M SaleLock Icon

Randy Dennis, the president of DD&F Consulting, thought Arvest Bank of Fayetteville and Bear State Bank of Little Rock would be a good fit. read more >
Lex Golden
Banking & Finance / Legal

Goldens’ Meltdown Was Years In MakingLock Icon

Instead of saving Allied Bank from the ruinous meltdown of a radio-active loan portfolio he built, Little Rock banker Lex Golden rode the same downward spiral to insolvency. read more >
Asa Cottrell of Arvest Bank
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Investments

Arvest Introduces Asa Cottrell as SVP, Sales Manager for Central Arkansas (Movers & Shakers)

Most recently, Cottrell served as a senior vice president and manager of Arvest Wealth Management for the bank’s Little Rock and Fort Smith markets. read more >
Mark McFatridge, president and CEO of Bear State Financial
Banking & Finance / Public Companies

Show-Me State Hoosier Mark McFatridge Leads Bear State Financial

When Bear State Financial made its first out-of-state acquisition of Metropolitan National Bank of Springfield, Missouri, it didn't find just a merger partner in Mark McFatridge, president and CEO of Metropolitan. It found a new leader for its management team. read more >
Home BancShares Chairman Johnny Allison and Donna Townsell, senior executive vice president of corporate efficiencies.
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Investments

Arkansas Bankers Engage in Efficiency Contest

The sub-40 percent efficiency ratio, which has grown in profile in the post-2008 finance world, reflects how many pennies it costs a company to make a buck. The average efficiency ratio among all Arkansas banks through the first half of 2015 is about 70 percent. read more >