First Community Bank has announced promotions in several departments and branches of the organization, according to Boris Dover, the organization’s president and chief operating officer.
“We are so pleased to announce these very well-deserved promotions and to have these driven professionals continue to grow with First Community Bank,” said Dover. “I know they will continue to be great assets to our team and to our customers.”
Hank Pearce, a veteran employee of First Community Bank, has been named EVP chief lending officer. He has more than 36 years total lending experience and is a graduate of LSU Graduate School of Banking. Pearce is an accomplished commercial executive leader who manages the company’s lending team, as well as the nationwide dealer direct end-user financing program.
Jonathan Cole has been promoted to SVP appraisal review manager. Cole has more than 16 years of experience in the appraisal industry and recently earned the SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute. He came to First Community Bank in 2011 to assist in appraisal management, and the department has grown to seven employees over this term with plans to expand.
Craig Amos has been promoted to VP compliance and BSA officer. He joined First Community Bank in 2009. He is a graduate of the Barret School of Banking in Memphis and received the certified regulatory compliance manager designation in 2014. Amos oversees the compliance department and continues to assist the bank in adhering to regulatory laws, including the Bank Secrecy Act.
Amber Bass has been promoted to SVP business and electronic solutions. She came to First Community Bank in 2011 and has more than 21 years of experience in the banking industry. She is a graduate of Barret School of Banking and recently received the Accredited Payments Risk Professional accreditation. Bass coordinates the implementation of new digital products and oversees the electronic product offerings from the bank, including online banking, mobile banking, cash management, and online account opening.
Matt McDonald has been promoted to SVP commercial lending. He joined First Community Bank in 2011. McDonald is responsible for assisting customers with their commercial lending needs and providing financial resources to both new and existing businesses.
Veronica Pearce has been promoted to SVP finance. She joined First Community Bank in 2011 and has 12 years of experience in the banking industry. She is a graduate of the Barret School of Banking. She is involved in asset/liability and liquidity management while managing the financial and regulatory reporting function of the bank.
Heather Fulbright has been promoted to SVP human resource director. Fulbright has been with First Community Bank since 2000. She leads the bank’s human resources department.
Jeff Reves has been promoted to SVP internal audit manager. Reves joined First Community Bank in 2016 and has more than 26 years of experience in the banking industry. He is a certified community bank compliance officer with ICBA, with 15 years in the compliance and audit fields, and he has served as ACH coordinator, internal audit assistant, BSA officer, compliance officer, and internal auditor. Reves will oversee the internal audit function, and he and his team will ensure that risk-based audits are completed and that they satisfy regulatory requirements.
Lucinda Elms has been promoted to SVP loan documentation manager. Lucinda joined First Community Bank in 2010 and has more than 18 years of experience in the banking industry. She oversees the loan documentation department that prepares loan documents for all in-house lending.
Mary Henderson has been promoted to VP assistant loan review manager. With 28 years of banking experience, Henderson is responsible for ensuring the credit quality of the bank through loan review and providing various reports to management and the board of directors each month.
Camron Hames has been promoted to VP senior loan systems analyst. Hames joined First Community Bank in 2007 and is a graduate of the Barrett School of Banking. He maintains and enhances the loan systems/products for the bank.
Kaisha Gott has been promoted to VP dealer direct loan officer. Gott joined First Community Bank in 2011. Gott ensures customer and dealership satisfaction to help expand the brand’s footprint nationwide in the outdoor product/powersport financing industry.
Rachael Fisher has been promoted to VP benefits manager. Fisher began working at the bank in 2008 and has more than 12 years of experience in the banking industry. She has completed the Human Resource Management Program at Barret School of Banking and will complete her bachelor of science in business later this year. She develops, implements, administers and maintains employee benefit programs, policies and procedures.
Stephen Longinotti has been named merchant services officer. Longinotti joined First Community Bank in 2018 and has a bachelor of arts degree in finance. He provides tailored payment processing solutions and point of sale systems for commercial customers.
Brandon Goforth has been promoted to VP systems administrator. Brandon started at the bank in 2016 and is responsible for the maintenance, configuration, and reliable operation of computer systems and servers.
Laura Sandy has been promoted to VP new accounts operation specialist. She has been with First Community Bank for 13 years and is responsible for opening and maintaining new accounts, IRAs, and CDs for branches in all 27 markets.
Kristie Smith has been promoted to AVP hiring and recruiting manager. Smith joined the bank in 2011. She will oversee the company’s recruitment process in its entirety. This includes designing and modifying recruiting procedures, recording recruiting metrics, supervising the recruiting team and monitoring the recruiting team’s performance.
Angela Price has been promoted to VP secondary mortgage operations manager. Price joined the bank in 2009 and is responsible for managing and directing the daily activities of the secondary mortgage operations department. She oversees all lending functions, including sales, funding, processing, and closing.
Cynthia Barton has been promoted to VP secondary mortgage originator. Barton joined the bank in 2010 and is responsible for originating and completing loans for the bank’s secondary mortgage department.
James McLean has been promoted to AVP business development and consumer lending. McLean joined First Community Bank in 2016. He works directly with customers to help them secure credit and financing for a variety of applications.
Amanda Ryan has been promoted to AVP dealer direct loan officer. Amanda joined the bank in 2017. In her role, she is responsible for growing participation in the bank’s dealer programs, reviewing, and decisioning dealer program loan applications made by dealers and end-users.
Ronald Richardson has been promoted to AVP business research analyst. Richardson joined the bank in 2017 and is responsible for researching, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data related to markets, operations, finance/accounting, economics, customers, and other information related to the banking industry.
Garth Branstetter has been promoted to AVP dealer national sales representative. Branstetter joined the bank’s dealer direct program in 2018. In his role, he travels the U.S. signing up potential dealers and educating existing dealers about retail programs.
Francis Taylor has been promoted to AVP financial reporting analyst and has been with First Community Bank since 2017. Taylor focuses on the detail and accuracy of the bank’s financial and regulatory reporting.
Rhonda Barber has been promoted to AVP insurance customer service representative. Barber came to the bank in 2013 and has more than 15 years experience in the insurance field. She is a certified insurance service representative with an elite designation. Her focus is customer service support for personal lines.
Blake Caraway has been promoted to VP systems administrator. Caraway came to the bank in 2010 and has 11 years of experience in the IT field. In his role, Caraway works to maintain the bank’s network and servers as well as implement new bank software upgrades and installs.
Caleb LaCombe has been promoted to AVP loan documentation and qualified mortgage specialist. LaCombe joined the bank in 2017 and is responsible for processing loan applications in compliance with bank policies.
Aaron Green has been promoted to AVP loan review assistant. Green started with the bank in 2011 in the IT department and transferred to the loan review department. He conducts reviews of the loan portfolio to ensure that all loan documentation is in place and analyzes risk.
Cliff Brown has been promoted to merchant services officer and operation manager. Brown has been with the bank since 2015 and is responsible for making day-to-day decisions related to the merchant services operations. He leads his department in the development and implementation of plans, tactics and activities to ensure merchant satisfaction. He serves as a liaison with payment processing partners on a frequent basis to gain clarity on cross-organizational processes.