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Southern Bank Names Bishop as Market President

(APRIL 18, 2019 – Jonesboro, AR) Southern Bank recently announced Kevin Bishop has been promoted to Market President. In his new role, Bishop will be responsible for overseeing commercial lending and branch operations in the Jonesboro market, which will include oversight of the bank branches in Jonesboro, Paragould and Kennett. Bishop has been with Southern Bank seven years and previously served as Community Bank President in the Dexter, Missouri market.

“Kevin has been a great asset to Southern Bank and with his leadership and expertise, I am confident that we will see great things happening in the Jonesboro market,” said Greg Steffens, President and CEO at Southern Bank, “Southern Bank takes great pride in being a community bank with local people and local decisions.”

Bishop earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 2002 from Arkansas State University. He has more than 17 years of experience in lending, including 12 years of experience in agriculture lending. Bishop serves as the co-chair of the Southern Bank Agriculture Senior Loan Committee and also as a member of the Southern Bank Senior Loan Committee.

Bishop and his wife, Lori, have three children and are in the process of relocating to the Jonesboro area. Anna Claire is a senior at Dexter High School and will be attending Arkansas State University in the fall. Lydia is a freshman in high school and enjoys cheerleading. Luke is in 6th grade and enjoys playing basketball.

“We’re excited to move back to a place we have called home in the past,” said Bishop. “Southern Bank is a great community bank and I’m excited to continue expanding our relationships within this market. It’s our goal to be a great partner to the business and community members in Jonesboro and surrounding areas.”

About Southern Bank

Southern Bank has served the financial needs of America's Heartland for over 130 years, making it one of the oldest financial institutions headquartered in the region. Southern Bank offers dynamic and competitive products to individuals and businesses with a full range of financial products and services. An intense focus is placed on core values of being strongly rooted within the communities it serves, but Southern Bank also offers the innovative technology and ease of accessibility consumers seek from larger banks. Southern Bank is now a $2.1 billion financial institution, with 47 locations in Southern Missouri, Northern Arkansas and Southern Illinois. For more information, visit