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Jennifer Johnson new Policy Director for Southern Bancorp Community Partners

Southern Bancorp Community Partners Names New Policy Director Jennifer Johnson to lead organization’s federal, state and regulatory efforts   Little Rock – Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP), a 501(c)(3) financial development and lending partner of Southern Bancorp, has announced the hiring of Jennifer Johnson as the organization’s new Director of Public Policy. Johnson will lead [...]

Arkansan named to Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Inaugural 40 Under 40 List

Dominik Mjartan, CEO of Southern Bancorp Community Partners, included in list of young national leaders   Little Rock, Ark. – The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the nation’s leading philanthropic publication, last week unveiled its inaugural 40 Under 40 List of “Young leaders who are solving the problems of today – tomorrow.” Arkansas’ own Dominik Mjartan, CEO [...]

Southern Bancorp: Finalist in Empowerment Awards by Promontory Financial Group

Southern Bancorp is excited to be selected as a Finalist for the Second Annual Empowerment Awards by Promontory Financial Groups. This group focuses on empowerment through innovative financial tools, and recognizes Southern specifically for the expansion of our Workplace-Based Financial Wellness Partnership, which offers responsible banking services and educational outreach to individuals starting new jobs [...]

High Profile: Dominik Mjartan

Dom Mjartan went from Czech exchange student to family man with a great job and a white picket fence. He wants all American kids to have such a chance. Arkansas Democrat Gazette By Frank Fellone Dominik Mjartan lives the American dream. “I think I changed three diapers this morning.” Whoa. Wait. “Having three kids under [...]

Consolidations, regulations pare banks, execs say

Arkansas down 37 since ’08, small communities feel loss   Arkansas Democrat Gazette Article by David Smith   Burdensome bank regulations and bank consolidation are causing a decline in the number of branches in rural Arkansas, say executives with one of the largest rural banks in Arkansas. There were more than 18,000 banks in the [...]

Southern Bancorp awarded $2 million by the U.S. Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund

Award will provide support to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Arkansas and Mississippi Little Rock, Ark. – Southern Bancorp Inc., one of the nation’s largest Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI), announced today that it has been awarded $2 million, the maximum available under the Financial Assistance program of the U.S. Treasury’s CDFI Fund. The competitive [...]

Southern Bancorp Community Partners Raises $2.5 Million to expand access to capital

Arkansas Community Foundation leads investor group with $1 million   Little Rock – Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP), a 501(c)3 financial development and lending partner of Southern Bancorp, today announced it had crossed the $2.5 million mark in new capital to expand its lending. SBCP plans to raise a total of $5 million to expand [...]

Karama Neal Joins St. Louis Fed’s Little Rock Branch Board

For release: July 27, 2015 Contacts: Adriene L. Dempsey Office: (314) 444-7471 Mobile: (314) 852-5968 Email: adriene.l.dempsey@stls.frb.org Karama Neal of Southern Bancorp Community Partners Joins St. Louis Fed’s Little Rock Branch Board LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Karama Neal, Ph.D., chief operating officer of Southern Bancorp Community Partners in Little Rock, Ark., has been appointed to [...]

Southern Bancorp Joins Global Alliance for Banking on Values

City First Bank of DC, Ekobanken, and Southern Bancorp join like-minded banks from around the world to become members of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values Signalling a growing appetite for the values-based banking movement ZEIST, THE NETHERLANDS: The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), a network of the world’s leading values-based banks, [...]

Southern Bancorp names new Chief Financial Officer

Little Rock, Ark. – Southern Bancorp Inc., the holding company for Southern Bancorp Bank, one of the nation’s largest rural development banks, today announced that Christopher M. Wewers has joined its executive leadership team as chief financial officer. Wewers succeeds former CFO Robert Cern, who retired in 2014, and former board member and interim CFO [...]