Missouri-Based Southern Bank Promotes Roberts to Market President in Central Arkansas

Chris Roberts has been promoted to market president for Poplar Bluff, Missouri-based Southern Bank in Searcy. In his new position, he will oversee the commercial lending and branch operations for Southern Bank’s Central Arkansas region. This includes Searcy, Bald Knob, Batesville and Bradford, and he will also handle the bank’s business development in Little Rock.

With 29 years of banking experience, Roberts was previously a community bank president for Southern Bank’s Searcy location and has five years of experience as a senior commissioned bank examiner. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in finance and attended graduate school at Louisiana State University.

Chartered in 1887 as a mutual institution owned by its depositors, the bank’s founders deposited $100,000 in the Poplar Bluff Loan and Building in order to provide financing to help people buy homes. Southern Bank’s total assets are approximately $1.9 billion and it operates 41 locations in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois.

Published in Bankers Digest, May 28, 2018