Arkansas: On Heels of 2018 Merger, Arkansas’ Simmons Bank Expands Dallas/Fort Worth Team

Following Odessa-based Southwest Bank’s merger with Fayetteville, Arkansas-based Simmons Bank in February 2018, Simmons Bank has expanded its leadership team in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. The company has named Mark Crawford North Texas division credit officer, Jason Hammons Dallas market president and Robert Molloy Fort Worth market president.

Crawford brings 25 years of executive management and leadership experience to his role as division credit officer at Simmons Bank. He will chair the North Texas division credit committee and oversee credit policy and quality. With expertise ranging from regulatory needs assessment, strategic planning, program development and team management, Crawford is responsible for administering credit policy throughout the division.

Crawford is a member of the American Bankers Association’s Enterprise Risk Management Work Group and serves as board vice chair and treasurer for the California-based Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

“We are thrilled that Mark’s return to Texas banking is with Simmons and have no doubt that our north Texas bankers will benefit greatly from his guidance and expertise,” says Steve Wade, executive vice president and chief credit officer at Simmons Bank.

With 18 years of finance experience in the Dallas market, Jason Hammons willlead Simmons Bank’s strategy, talent acquisition, and loan and deposit production for the Dallas market.

He joins Simmons after 13 years at Bank of Texas. Hammons previously served eight years as a naval flight officer, completing two overseas deployments and a tour at the Pentagon.

A 2013 graduate of Leadership Dallas, Hammons previously served as director for both American University’s Dallas/Fort Worth Alumni Association and Rainbow Days Inc. He is a current member of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, Dallas Business Club, Association for Corporate Growth and the Navy League. Hammons is also an FAA-certified commercial pilot.

“Jason brings an impressive track record of results-oriented leadership to Simmons Bank, along with helpful knowledge of potential new products,” says Terry Smith, Simmons Bank’s regional chairman for Dallas and Fort Worth.

Robert Molloy, who joined Simmons Bank, formerly Southwest Bank, in 2007 and has 32 years of experience, has been promoted to Fort Worth market president. He will spearhead banking operations for the market and be responsible for continued growth.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Molloy serves as a board member for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Endowment and Downtown Fort
Worth Inc.

“Robert is a proven leader and has mentored several young bankers in our organization over the years, earning the respect of his peers and community,” Smith says.

Simmons Bank operates approximately 200 branch locations in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Published in Bankers Digest January 21, 2019