FNBC Bank makes hires

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FNBC Bank CEO and PresidentShane Davis-hi res Marty Sellars hasDebbie Howard-hi res announced the hire
of a team of four community bankers to join the existing team in the Mountain Home market. The new hires include Shane Davis, Senior Vice President and Commercial Lender, Debbie Howard, Vice President, Mortgage and Consumer Lender, Cheryl Chappell, Consumer Lender and Mortgage Processor, and Christine Lewis, Commercial Loan Processor.

Prior to joining FNBC Bank, all four were employed with another bank in Mountain Home. FNBC’s Mountain Home office, located at 102 Hwy. 62 E, is led by Community President, Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer Chad Hudson. The team will begin transitioning to FNBC Bank immediately.

“We are thrilled to be adding these successful and aggressive bankers to our team of community bankers,” said Sellars. “They bring over 70 years of combined banking experience, but of even more value to our organization is their level of leadership and commitment to their customers and communities.”

“This group of professionals brings a ton of experience in commercial and mortgage lending,” said Hudson. “I am looking forward to working with this entire team as we continue to grow and expand FNBC’s footprint in the Mountain Home and surrounding market.”

Sellars added that strategically FNBC is seeking other growth opportunities through mergers and acquisitions.

“These hires are one step in what will be many strategic steps for organic and acquired growth at FNBC Bank,” he said. “We will also remain zealous in making sure every person and organization we consider is a cultural fit.”

Davis brings over 20 years of banking experience and Howard brings over 35 years.

Davis was most recently employed as a Senior Vice President where he worked primarily with commercial and small business customers. He began his banking career in Mountain Home in 1995.

“Shane is a dynamic lender who puts his customers and community first,” said Hudson. “His level of experience, expertise and ambition made him an excellent candidate to join our team, and I am looking forward to working with Shane and this team to expand and elevate our banking experience for Baxter County.”

A native of Little Rock, Davis has become engrained in the Mountain Home and Baxter County community. He serves on the Mountain Home Volunteer Fire Department, is the Mountain Home Fire Department Auxiliary President, and is a member of the East Side Baptist Church. He was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the 2004 Financial Service Champion of The Year, and most recently, was recognized as the 2015 Banker of the Year by the Baxter Bulletin.

Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. He and his wife, Tammy, have three children: Jacob Davis, Landon Crider and Bailey Crider.

Howard was most recently employed as Vice President, Commercial Lender and Mortgage Originator.

“Debbie is a seasoned mortgage lending professional in the Mountain Home market and will be a huge asset to our mortgage lending team,” said Hudson. “She has been instrumental in the startup of several mortgage lending departments in other financial institutions in the area, and I am elated to be bringing someone with her level of mortgage lending expertise and knowledge to our existing department.”

Howard graduated from the American Bankers Association’s Lending School, and is a charter member of the Gassville Lions Club and a former Business Professional Women’s member. She is a native of Marion County, and has one daughter, Ashley, and one granddaughter, Kennedy.

Chappell, a native of Wynne, has over 30 years banking experience. She most recently served as an assistant to senior-level credit officers. Lewis, a native of Mountain Home, has 15 years banking experience as a commercial loan assistant. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Central Arkansas.

FNBC Bank, chartered in 1912, is a $375 million-asset community bank headquartered in Ash Flat, Ark., and its Mountain Home office holds $32 million in assets.

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