FNBC Bank names Chad Hudson President

 In General

FNBC Bank, a cornerstone in the community for over a century, proudly announces significant leadership promotions as part of a long-term succession planning initiative. Chad Hudson has been promoted to President as of Jan. 1, 2024, becoming the bank’s 11th president and only the 4th president in the last 50 years.

Hudson has been with FNBC since 2011, serving in numerous roles such as Community President for Mountain Home, Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, and Regional President. He has been a pivotal leader in the bank’s growth over the past decade, helping to more than double the bank’s asset size and expand its footprint into new growth markets like Jonesboro and West Plains.

As President, Hudson will oversee the bank’s daily operations with direct oversight over innovation and technology, human resources, marketing and operations.

“FNBC has a strong legacy of leadership, and I am honored to serve as its next President,” said Hudson. “In my career, I’ve worked with very strong leaders but none more impactful than Martin Carpenter and Marty Sellars. They’ve modeled impeccable work ethics and have shown true leadership through challenges and opportunities. It’s truly an honor to be selected for this incredible opportunity to continue to lead and build FNBC into the future and to serve with such a strong management team and talented group of community bankers.”

Hudson succeeds Marty Sellars, who continues to serve as Chief Executive and on the Board of Directors. Sellars, a 40-year employee of FNBC, served as President from 2003 and has been CEO since 2016.

“It has been a privilege to serve as the President of FNBC for the past 20 years,” said Sellars. “In that time, our organization has been resilient and seen tremendous growth and achievement. I have been fortunate to be part of building a strong Executive and Senior leadership team who I am confident, under Chad’s leadership, will take FNBC to even greater success in the future.”

Hudson, who served as Regional President and Chief Lending Officer, is succeeded by Trent Brown, who is now Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. Brown will continue to serve as Community President for the Jonesboro market, a position he’s held since early 2023.

Brown brings more than 20 years of banking experience to his role and is a trusted and respected lending authority in the Jonesboro market. In his new role, he is now a member of the bank’s Executive Management team and is responsible for continued oversight of strategic growth and management of the loan portfolio.

“Trent joined us in early 2022 and we quickly recognized his strengths and the elevated level of leadership he brings to our organization,” said Hudson. “I am confident he will continue to lead loan portfolio and market share growth across our footprint.”

FNBC has long been committed to a rigorous strategic planning process, ensuring the durability of a strong culture and sustainable growth. In late 2021, it’s Executive and Senior Leadership teams began preparing for future success and continued independence by beginning a succession planning project to identify the next generation of leaders for the organization. This rigorous process included a thorough evaluation of candidates and began preparing all leadership roles for the future.

Chartered in 1912 as the Bank of Ash Flat, FNBC Bank has over $775 million in assets with offices across North Central and Northeast Arkansas, and South-Central Missouri. It employes 130 full-time and part-time employees.

About Marty Sellars

Sellars, a native of Izard County, began his career in community banking when he was only 18 years old at a local bank in Horseshoe Bend. In January 1983, he joined FNBC in the Loan Department as a Loan Collector, and quickly advanced to Vice President and Loan Officer. In 1990, he was promoted to Vice President and Branch Manager to grow and expand FNBC’s footprint in the Hardy market. In 1997, he was once again promoted to Senior Vice President and Branch Administrator, supervising the operations of four of FNBC’s offices.

He served in this capacity until his promotion to President and Chief Operations Officer in 2003. He is FNBC’s 10th President.

Sellars is a strong advocate for the banking industry, serving on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Community Bankers and has been named to the 2024-2025 Independent Community Bankers of America’s Federal Delegate Board where he will represent Arkansas in helping to shape and advocate ICBA’s national policy positions and programs, engage in grassroots activities and serve as a liaison between the state’s independent community bankers and the ICBA staff and leadership in Washington, D.C.

He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University Graduate School of Banking in Dallas. He sits on the Board of Directors for FNBC Bank, serves on the Board of Directors for the Network of Community Options, a position he has held for over 20 years, and is on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal.

He is a past Vice Chair of the Sharp County Community Foundation, past president of the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the Ozarka College Foundation Board and Business Department Advisory Board.

About Chad Hudson

Hudson joined FNBC in 2011 as Community President for the bank’s Mountain Home market. He quickly advanced to become the Chief Lending Officer for the bank, and in 2016 was promoted to Executive Vice President. In 2018, he was once again promoted to Regional President, leading all Community Presidents and lenders throughout the organization.

Prior to joining FNBC, Hudson brought 20 years of banking experience, including roles as President, Chief Credit Officer and Director. He serves on the board of the Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center (ASBTDC). He completed the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance from Southwest Missouri State University.

About Trent Brown

Prior to joining FNBC in 2022, Brown had over two decades of banking experience in the Jonesboro market. He holds a Bachelor of science in Finance with an emphasis in Corporate Finance from Arkansas State University and completed the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

He serves on the Board of Directors for The Learning Center and Jonesboro Exchange Club.

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