First Community Bank announced Friday the hiring of Gene Crawford as senior vice president, director of non-interest services. With nearly 40 years of lending experience, he will be responsible for overseeing management of First Community Bank’s mortgage and trust departments, as well as Community Insurance Professionals and First Community Financial Services.
“I am excited to become a member of the First Community Bank team. First Community is a leader in innovation for community banks in Arkansas and Missouri,” said Crawford. “Many banks talk about being a community bank. First Community is truly a community bank seeking to meet the needs of our customers and communities. I look forward to being part of this team as we continue to grow and serve our communities.”
Crawford is an active member in his community and serves on the board of directors of White River Health Systems Foundation, Family Violence Prevention, and the Poke Bayou Foundation. He is an active member of the Batesville Rotary Club, he serves on the Lyon College President’s Council, and he has previously served on the Arkansas Bankers Association Board of Directors. He is also an ordained priest of the Episcopal Church.
Crawford earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, and health care administration from Lyon College. He earned his MBA at Southern Arkansas University and was named Lyon College Distinguished Alumnus in 2020. Crawford is also a certified trust and fiduciary advisor. His wife of 29 years, Terri, serves as the Humanities Educator for the Old Independence Regional Museum. Together they have two sons: William, and his wife Lauren; and Samuel, a junior at Batesville High School.
“Gene’s background and track record in banking leadership is outstanding,” said Dale Cole, chairman and CEO of First Community Bank. “He carries a wealth of expertise, and his experience in banking will be a valuable resource to our team.”