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Southern Bank Names New Chief Lending Officer

(MAY 8, 2018 – POPLAR BLUFF, MO) Southern Bank recently announced the appointment of Rick Windes as an Executive Vice President and the Chief Lending Officer, effective May 7, 2018. Windes will report to Greg Steffens, President & CEO, and will be based from the Bank’s location in Springfield, Missouri.

Windes has 25 years’ experience in commercial lending and lending management. Most recently, he served as a regional president for Bear State Bank in Springfield, Missouri, prior to its merger with Arvest Bank. Previously, he was the senior lender for Metropolitan National Bank, prior to its acquisition by Bear State Bank. Mr. Windes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.

“We are excited to bring Rick on board and look forward to the leadership he will provide to our lending function,” said Steffens. “His experience, professionalism, and attitude will be well-received across our organization.”

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