Arkansas: First Financial Bank Names Gauthier Chief Credit Officer; Promotes Additional Executives

El Dorado-based First Financial Bank has announced promotions of several employees.

Shane Gauthier was promoted from senior vice president/loan review officer to chief credit officer. He joined First Financial Bank in 1997 as a loan review analyst. In his new role, he will report directly to Craig Mobley, executive vice president.

Scott Walker was promoted from senior vice president/conventional commercial loan manager to market president of El Dorado retail. He began his career at First Financial Bank in 1993 as a loan originator and has been involved as a loan officer since 1995. He will report to CEO Chris Hegi.

Trey Clark, vice president of commercial lending, was promoted to senior vice president of commercial lending. He began his banking career in 2000 as an auditor with the Arkansas State Banking Department and served in that role for five years. He spent 10 years in various leadership positions with Signature Bank, Diamond Bank and Arvest Bank before joining First Financial Bank in 2014.

Brennan Pitard, a doctor of veterinary medicine, was recently promoted to banking officer. His role as a commercial lender within the bank’s professional services division allows him to travel the U.S., speaking to veterinarians about financing options for their practice.

Justin Wilson (no photograph available) was recently promoted to banking officer. In his current role as loan underwriter, he reports to Shane Gauthier, chief credit officer. Wilson started with First Financial Bank in 2010 as a staff auditor and was promoted to assistant internal auditor before moving to the loan underwriter position.

Adam Tinsley was recently promoted to banking officer. He was hired in 2010 as a teller and became a branch manager in 2014. He transitioned to lending as a commercial lender in 2017. Tinsley reports directly to Scott Walker at the bank’s Main St. location.

Established in 1934, First Financial Bank operates retail banking locations in El Dorado, Little Rock and Mena, as well as in Carthage and Senatobia, Mississippi. Its loan divisions include pharmacy, veterinary, mortgage, poultry and farm and ranch.

Published in Bankers Digest April 1, 2019