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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 >
Adam Mitchell (left) and Phil Baldwin
Business Services / Nonprofits

Citizens Bank Exceeds $1B in Assets, CEO Baldwin to Retire

Citizens Bank of Batesville exceeds $1 billion in total assets, and says that CEO Phil Baldwin will retire next year. read more >
The former One Banc branch at 8000 Cantrell Road in Little Rock.
Banking & Finance / Real Estate

New Little Rock Branch for Citizens Bank in the Works

Batesville’s Citizens Bank is wading deeper into the Little Rock market with a second full-service branch. The $921 million-asset lender is establishing an office in the former One Bank & Trust lo-cation at 8000 Cantrell Road. read more >
Citizens Bank’s new Batesville headquarters opened in April 2019. It was designed by Blake Dunn of CADM Architecture in El Dorado, and Clark Construction of Little Rock was the contractor.
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Citizens Bank’s Batesville HQ Sets Model for New Branches

The directors of Citizens Bank at Batesville were already contemplating a new headquarters building when they hired Phil Baldwin as CEO in 2013. The 37,000-SF $13.8 million building finally opened last month, and it is decidedly different. read more >
Phil Baldwin, CEO of Citizens Bank
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Citizens Sweeps In Former Simmons ExecsLock Icon

Seven commercial lending and treasury management professionals have left Simmons Bank to help Citizens Bank of Batesville beef up its Little Rock operations. read more >
Sandra Starnes Citizens Bank of Batesville
Banking & Finance / Media & Marketing

Banking Exchange Recognizes Batesville’s Sandra StarnesLock Icon

Sandra Starnes, 30-year-old vice president for emerging products and services at Citizens Bank in Batesville, is one of Banking Exchange's 20 Under 40 honorees. read more >
The Euronet Building at 17300 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock
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Citizens Bank Selects Point for Entry Into Little Rock

Citizens Bank of Batesville is formally wading into the state’s largest market with a west Little Rock presence. read more >
Adam Mitchell
Banking & Finance / Public Companies

Adam Mitchell Named President at Citizens Bank

Adam Mitchell of Simmons Bank joins Batesville's Citizens Bank as president and chief lending officer. read more >
G. Gene Crawford II
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Crawford Succeeds Brock at Citizens’ Trust Department

G. Gene Crawford II, who had been CEO of First National Bank of Crossett, has returned to his hometown to succeed Robin Brock as head of trust services at Citizens Bank of Batesville. read more >
Banking & Finance / Construction

Citizens Bank To Break Ground on New Headquarters

Citizens Bank on Wednesday announced that a groundbreaking ceremony for its new headquarters at 655 St. Louis St. in Batesville has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. read more >
Don Hale
Banking & Finance / Media & Marketing

Citizens Bank Won’t Fill Marketing Position After Don Hale DepartureLock Icon

Don Hale's back in the workaday world, having left his marketing post as a senior vice president of Citizens Bank of Batesville a couple of months ago. read more >
Phil Baldwin

Phil Baldwin, Citizens Bank of Batesville (CFO Lifetime Achievement Award)

Phil Baldwin held the post of chief financial officer for a little over a decade at four stops during his 36-year career. That experience positioned him to become a statistic in a national trend among business executives. read more >
Don Hale of Citizens Bank of Batesville and Kirby Williams of Stone Bank of Mountain View
Banking & Finance / Media & Marketing / Small Business

Marketers Don Hale, Kirby Williams Work Bankers’ Hours

Last month, word got around that Don Hale and Kirby Williams were stepping back from their firms to become marketing chiefs at banks — Hale at Citizens Bank of Batesville and Williams at Stone Bank of Mountain View, working out of Little Rock. read more >
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Education a Cornerstone of Batesville’s Strategic Plan

Making sure the children of Independence County have the educational opportunities necessary to escape poverty is a cornerstone of the Impact strategic plan that Baldwin worked on when he was chairman of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. read more >
Elizabeth's Restaurant received a $5,000 grant to upgrade windows and the exterior on Main Street in Batesville.
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Batesville Impact Plan Living Up to Its Name

Fresh eyes, strategic planning, youthful energy and cold, hard cash are shaking up Batesville, a college town on the jagged edge of the Ozarks that is burdened with many of the same challenges as the Delta that’s just minutes away. read more >
Citizens Bank of Batesville has hired Don Hale, senior vice president of marketing, and Tim Byers, vice president of marketing, to its marketing team.
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Citizens Bank Adds Don Hale, Tim Byers to Marketing Team

Citizens Bank of Batesville added two to its marketing team: Don Hale, formerly of the Diamond Agency of El Dorado, and Tim Byers, who has worked for companies including Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock and Merkle Inc. of Baltimore. read more >
From left, Joe and Janelle Shell and Mandi and Adam Curtwright at the Melba Theater in Batesville in April 2015 before the theater's restoration.
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Historic Melba Theater in Batesville Reopens Aug. 12

One of the state’s oldest theaters, the Melba Theater in Batesville, will reopen Aug. 12 with a grand opening, red carpet gala thanks to the restoration efforts of owners Janelle and Joe Shell and Mandi and Adam Curtwright. read more >
Citizens Bank in Rogers sees growth opportunities.
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Online Banking Rises in Use, but Arkansas Branches Remain Important

Physical branches are still important and will remain vital, bankers say, even as the number inches downward as customers increasingly bank online. read more >
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Doyle Rogers Family Sells Interest In Citizens Bank

The Doyle Rogers family sold its 25.82 percent stake in the $722 million-asset lender to a descendant of another founding family: poultry pioneer J.K. Southerland. read more >
Phil Baldwin
Banking & Finance / Construction / Real Estate

Citizens Bank Announces $10M Low-Interest Loan Fund for Downtown Batesville

The locally owned bank will also make up to $100,000 worth of cash grants for small exterior improvements to downtown properties. read more >