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Pine Bluff, AR, January 30, 2019 – Chuck Morgan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Relyance Bank is pleased to announce the following promotions:

Mr. Jordan Morgan has been named Credit Officer with responsibilities that include managing the banks credit analysis area.  Jordan has five years banking experience.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  He is continuing his studies in accounting at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Mrs. Sarah Heird has been named Business Development Officer with responsibilities for the Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village Market.  She is a 2016 graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Marketing.  Sarah is a current member of the Leadership Hot Springs Class XXXII.

Mrs. Jennifer Place has been named Payroll Officer.  Jennifer has 7 years of banking experience.  She has completed numerous professional training courses.  Jennifer is an active volunteer with the Salvation Army, Woodlawn Peewee Association.  She has also served as a board member for the Woodlawn Softball League.

Mrs. Kate Barlow has been named Business Development Officer for the bank’s Central Arkansas Market. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management.  She has been with the bank since 2015.  She is an active member of Junior League of Little Rock, a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXII, volunteers with the Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival and is a member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.


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Pine Bluff, AR (October 1, 2018)- Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome Michael Neathery as Senior Vice President & Senior Accounting Officer to our Senior Management Team.

Michael received his Bachelor of Arts from Ouachita Baptist University. He is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) and a member of the American Institute of CPAs as well as the Arkansas Society of CPAs.

He began his 14-year career with BKD, LLP, providing accounting and auditing services to public and private financial institutions. In particular, Michael provided assistance with implementation and testing of control environments to comply with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act (FDICIA) and Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) regulations.

Michael and his wife, Amy, live in Benton, Ark., and they are members of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark.



Pine Bluff, AR (August 13, 2018) – Chuck Morgan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Relyance Bank is pleased to announce the following promotions:

LaTasha McNeely Randle, Customer Service Representative II, was appointed to Branch Manager at our Olive Street Branch location in Pine Bluff, Ark. She began her banking career in 2015 as the Olive Street Assistant Branch Manager.  LaTasha attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  She was named the 2018 Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce Professional of the Year and has been the recipient of the Customer Service Award for three consecutive years.  She is very involved in her community and is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Pine Bluff, Current Chairman of the Jefferson County Young Professionals Network, Leadership Pine Bluff Alumni Board Member and Committee member for the Downtown Pine Bluff’s Pop Up in the Bluff, past board member for the Jefferson County Boys and Girls Club.  LaTasha has volunteered with Casa Half Marathon, United Way, Elite Girls Mentoring Program, Relay for Life and Junior Leadership of Pine Bluff.

Bryan Castleberry, Information Systems Officer, was appointed to AVP Information Technology. He began his career in 2010 after graduating from Arkansas State University with a B.S. in Computer Information Technology. In 2016, Bryan earned designation as a Certified Community Bank Technology Officer through Independent Community Bankers of America.

Jennifer Milroy, Customer Service Representative, was appointed to Branch Manager at our Village Square location in Hot Springs Village, Ark. Jennifer has been in banking for eight years, participating in various banking and accounting classes during her time with Relyance. She has a background in retail and carpentry through her family’s cabinet shop. Jennifer has been involved in Habitat for Humanity and the United Way Day of Caring among other community events.

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Pine Bluff, AR (August 3, 2018) – Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome Lynn Guynn as Assistant Vice President Internal Audit to our Southeast AR Market.

Lynn received her Masters in Business Administration from Webster University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems from Grambling State University.

She began her 16-year career with Walmart Stores, Inc. building business, analytical and technical skills stemming from roles in Web development, business analysis and program management. The majority of her career entailed assessing the needs of various business units such as Pharmacy, Training & Development, Marketing, etc. and solving complex business problems by implementing effective process improvements.  Most recently, Lynn served as Programs & Processes Manager for Learning Analytics, leading projects to automate reporting for the launch of Walmart’s Pathways Learning Program.

Lynn earned certifications in business analysis and project management while with Walmart. She is a graduate of the Arkansas School of Real Estate in Little Rock. Lynn is an avid member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and formerly served as Assistant Sunday School Teacher for the IMPACT Class of college students.

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Hot Springs, AR (August 9, 2018) – Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome Blake Cansler as Vice President of Commercial Lending to our Hot Springs Market.

Blake began his seven year banking career in loan operations where he gained knowledge of loan documentation and processing of all types of loans to develop an essential foundation in lending. From there, he transitioned to loan assistant and then to loan officer where he was able to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to grow relationships. In late 2014, he was given the opportunity to be a part of establishing a new market for an institution in Hot Springs. He served as their Vice President in the Hot Springs Market over the last 3 ½ years. 

Blake graduated from the Barret Graduate School of Banking in Memphis, TN. in 2016.

He is a current member of the Hot Springs Fifty for the Future, Oaklawn Rotary Club and is a former Ambassador for the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.

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Pine Bluff, AR (January 20, 2017)- Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome Andy Jenkins as Senior VIce President and Senior Information System Officer to our Southeast AR Market.

Andy Jenkins was recently hired as Senior Vice President and Senior Information Systems Officer. He has received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from University of Arkansas Little Rock.

He is set to receive his Masters of business Administration in Business Management & Ethics from Harding University in December 2018. Andy worked for the Department of Information Systems with Arkansas State government in 1999 he began with PC support and promoted to Network Engineer. In 2005, he began his career with JRMC as Clinical Applications Manager working to implement the hospital’s electronic health record. He soon promoted to Assistant Vice President & Chief Informatics Officer. He worked at Jefferson Regional Medical Center for 13 years. 

Andy holds numerous Microsoft Certifications and is an active volunteer for the United Way of Jefferson County.

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Pine Bluff, AR (January 20, 2017) – Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome Steve White as Vice President Agriculture Lending to our Southeast AR Market.

Steve White was recently hired as Vice President of Agriculture Lending in our Southeast AR Market. He has 25 years of banking experience.  He has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Major in Management from the UAM.

 He is currently a Board member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau Board, McGehee Men’s Club, Star City Men’s Club Baseball coach and Star City Soccer club coach.

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Pine Bluff, AR (December 12, 2017) - Relyance Bank, N.A. headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Heartland Bank, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, announced today that they have entered into a purchase and assumption agreement for Relyance Bank, N.A. to acquire Heartland Bank branch facilities located at 4937 Highway 5 North in Bryant, 610 West 4th Street in Fordyce and 108 South Main Street in Sheridan, Arkansas, and to assume certain deposit accounts and acquire certain loans and other assets at those facilities, and certain deposit accounts maintained at the Heartland Bank offices located at 5100 Kavanaugh Boulevard and One Information Way Suite 300 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Deposits assumed from the Little Rock Heartland locations will be assigned to the Relyance Branch located at 1801 North Filmore Street.

The purchase is contingent on the approval of regulatory agencies and the satisfaction of other conditions set forth in the purchase and assumption agreement.  The closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2018.

Customers of both banks should continue to conduct business as usual at their existing bank locations until further notice.  If customers have questions, they should contact their local branch office.

"Heartland Bank is a good fit for our geographic market areas," stated Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank.  "The acquisition provides us with the opportunity to offer more convenience and better serve our Relyance customers in central and south Arkansas, and the Bryant, Fordyce and Sheridan branches allow us to expand into strategically important communities for Relyance Bank."

"Relyance Bank is a respected banking organization with a history of great service to their customers and communites," noted Larry Bates, Hearland's Chairman, President, and CEO.  "We look forward to working with Relyance to ensure a smooth transition for all involved."

Relyance Bank, N.A. is owned by Jefferson Bancshares, Inc., headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  Established in 1965, Relyance has a total of 16 community banking locations serving the Arkansas communities of Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Redfield, Star City and White Hall.  Relyance offers a full range of electronic, deposit, trust and investment management services, as well as business, commercial real estate, construction, agriculture, mortgage, residential, and consumer loans.  Relyance Bank had $770,680 million total assets as of September 30, 2017.  At completion of the acquisition, Relyance will approach $950 million in total assets.


Pine Bluff, AR (November 3, 2017) - Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank has announced Carol Cook to assume the role of Senior Vice President and Senior Consumer Real Estate Manager for Relyance Bank.

Mrs. Carol Cook has nearly thirty years of banking experience.  Twelve of those years, she has been a part of the Relyance Bank family.  Mrs. Cook serves as Director of the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Board, Hot Springs Village Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and the Cedar Mountain Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board.  She is also highly dedicated to volunteering to various local community organizations.

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Pine Bluff, AR (November 6, 2017) - Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to announce the recent promotions of LaTasha Randle as Customer Service Representative II and Destiny Coleman as Assistant Branch Manager.

LaTasha Randle was named Customer Service Representative II at the headquarter branch on Cherry Street.  She began her career with Relyance Bank in 2015 serving as the Olive Street Assistant Branch Manager.  LaTasha attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Pine Bluff.  She is a past Board Member for the Jefferson County Boys and Girls Club and currently serves as Chairman of the Jefferson County Young Professionals Network and Board Member of the Leadership Alumni.  LaTasha is an active volunteer with the United Way of Southeast Arkansas, Elite Girls, Relay for Life as well as other civic organizations throughout the Pine Bluff community.

Destiny Coleman, a Pine Bluff native and Watson Chapel graduate, was named Assistant Branch Manager of the Olive Street Branch in Pine Bluff.  Destiny began working at Relyance Bank in 2015 as a teller.  She is currently pursuing an associate's degree in accounting at Southeast Arkansas College.  Destiny is an active member of OES/PHA.  As well, she has served as a volunteer through Relyance Bank to present literacy within local schools and volunteered with the local Salvation Army initiatives

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Hot Springs, AR (October 30, 2017) - Relyance Bank hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to kickoff construction on its fifth location in the Hot Springs area.  The ceremony was held at 2440 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

This new location will be approximately 4,400 square feet with three drive thru lanes, an ATM and a night deposit.  Construction is currently underway with completion anticipated by the summer of 2018.

Todd Green, Hot Springs Market President welcomed attendees and spoke to the excitement of expanding within the community.

"We are excited to be a part of this wonderful community and hope that our new Malvern Avenue branch will become a place that our neighbors depend on to handle all of their financial needs."

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Pine Bluff, AR (July 21, 2017) - Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to announce the promotion of Rebekah Biernacki to Assistant Vice President of Loan Operations.

"Rebekah has done an outstanding job with her current responsibilities.  Her new responsibilities include oversite of loan services, loan administration and loan production workflow.  I look forward to watching Rebekah excel in her new role," said Chuck Morgan, President and CEO.

Mrs. Rebekah Biernacki, a native Texan, received her Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from Harding Universtity.  She also received her post-graduation in accounting at the University of Little Rock, Arkansas.  Rebekah has over eleven years of banking experience ranging from internal audit, credit analyst to loan origination.  Rebekah is an active member of the Credit Risk Committee, Board of Junior Achievement of Central Arkansas, and Committee Member for the Office of Technology Program at Pulaski Technical College.  She is a Founding Member, Treasurer, and Programs Director of the Rotaract Club of Little Rock and the former Treasurer, Vice Presidnet, and President of Junior Auxiliary of Searcy.



Pine Bluff, AR (June 7, 2017) - Russell W Martin Jr., Senior Vice President, Relyance Bank, Little Rock, Arkansas is among the 164 bankers receiving graduation diplomas on June 2, 2017 from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.  This three-year program provides courses covering all aspects of banking, economics, and related subjects.  Students traveled from eighteen states and Mexico to participate in this Session.

Mr. Martin, a Little Rock native, earned his Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness and Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas and the prestigious CCIM designation from the CCIM Institute.  With more than 14 years in the banking industry, Mr. Martin serves as a Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending for the Little Rock Market.  Mr. Martin has served as a Board Member and Chairmen for the city of Little Rock's Housing Advisory Board, Board of Director for Big Brother and Big Sisters of Central Arkansas and Treasurer for the Little Rock Branch of Quality Deer Management Association.  He is a current member of the Little Rock Downtown Kiwanis Club; serving as President, Treasurer, and Board Member.  He also serves on the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee of the Pleasant Valley Country Club and a member of the Four-Ball Tournament Committee.

Sponsored by 15 southern state bankers associations in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education at LSU, the banking school requires attendance on campus for three years, with extensive bank study assignments between sessions.  The faculty consists of bankers, business and professional leaders, and educators from all parts of the U.S.  During their three years at the Graduate School of Banking, students receive 180 hours of classroom instruction, thirty hours of reviews, planned evening study, and written final examinations at the end of each session.

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Pine Bluff, AR (May 22, 2017) - Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to announce the promotions of Allison Brown and Karen Hall.

Mrs. Allison Brown, promoted to Vice President and Corporate Branch Administrator, began her banking career in 1999.  Mrs. Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Arkansas.  Previously serving as Account Services Manager, she has held various positions within the bank with a focus in operations.  Her new role will include performance, administration and efficient operation of the branches and banking locations in all regions, including product sales, operations, customer service and security, and safety.

Mrs. Karen Hall, promoted to Assistant Vice President of Operations, started her banking career over 12 years ago as a teller with Relyance Bank.  Mrs. Hall, a Watson Chapel graduate, attended Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff.  She is a volunteer with the Pine Bluff Festival Association, CASA Half Marathon, Neighbor-to-Neighbor as well as other local organizations.

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Pine Bluff, AR (May 18, 2017) - Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to announce Kristi Barger being named a Vice President and Senior Trust Officer of Wealth Management in our Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village Markets.

Mrs. Kristi Barger has 30 years of experience in personal trust and probate administration, investment management, forensic accounting and estate/financial planning for high net worth clients and their families.  She received a Bachelor of Business Administration, Double major:  Accounting and Finance, Southern Arkansas University.  She is also a Certified Trust & Financial Advisor, (CTFA).

Mrs. Barger is a past member of the Hot Springs Downtown Rotary Club, chairing both Scholarship and Program Committees, past Board Member of Downtown Merchants Association, Women's Chamber, and Garland County CASA.  She currently volunteers her time with Habitat for Humanity and Garland County United Way.

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Twenty years ago on April 1st, Relyance Bank, then Pine Bluff National Bank, started a trust department from scratch with four employees.  Since then, the department has grown strong with a team of eight professionals, with two locations in Pine Bluff and Hot Springs Village.

They serve clients throughout Arkansas as well as Alaska, California, Maryland, and 12 other states.  With 37 Wealth Management groups throughout Arkansas, our Wealth Management Department ranks 9th.  In 2016, the department managed $257,000,000 assets with over a million in gross income.

"Our goal, moving forward, is to continue working hard to extend that growth trend with a push in the Hot Springs Village and Little Rock regions.  We are hoping for another great year in 2017 and appreciate everyone's help in the process" says, Janice Acosta, SVP, Wealth Management & Investments.

Friday, March 31st, the Wealth Management group will serve cookies to celebrate their 20 years.  Please help in congratulating them on their dedication to serve our customers.