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Relyance Bank Welcomes McAnally

Pine Bluff, AR (August 4, 2021) – Chuck Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome Angela McAnally as Branch Manager of the Bryant location in our Central Arkansas market.   

Ms. McAnally brings 14 ½ years of banking experience, with 12 of those years being in management roles.  She volunteers time to her community by serving as a Benton Chamber Ambassador, a Leadership Saline County graduate of 2021, and as treasurer for both the Leadership Saline County Board and Benton’s downtown Arts and Beautification.   

Relyance Bank Promotes Cramblett

Pine Bluff, AR (July 8, 2021) – Chuck Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to announce the promotion of Matt Cramblett to Vice President, Commercial Lending, in our Central Arkansas market.   

Mr. Cramblett earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Harding University.  He has nine years of banking experience and is a graduate of the American Banker’s Association Commercial Lending School. He is a current student at Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. Matt currently serves on the board of Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Arkansas as the treasurer. 

                                             

Relyance Bank announces Guynn transfer

Pine Bluff, AR (June 18, 2021) – Chuck Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to announce Lynn Guynn’s transition to Assistant Vice President, Consumer Mortgage Loan Officer.
 
Mrs. Guynn earned her bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Grambling State University and master’s degree in business administration from Webster University. Prior to her banking career, Mrs. Guynn worked 16 years for Walmart Stores, Inc. in various management and analytical roles, earning business analysis and project management certifications.
 
Mrs. Guynn joined Relyance Bank in 2018 as an Assistant Vice President of Internal Audit performing various audits and completing multiple internal audit and compliance professional training courses. A graduate of the Arkansas School of Real Estate, Mrs. Guynn will apply her professional expertise in her new position as Assistant Vice President in Consumer Mortgage Lending.

Lynn Guynn

Relyance Bank Announces Promotion

Pine Bluff, AR (June 18, 2021) – Chuck Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Sarah Ruggeri to Administrative Officer.
 
A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Ms. Ruggeri has four years of banking experience and will assist with Board Governance and shareholder communications. She currently serves as the Secretary of the White Hall Softball League Board, volunteers with Special Olympics and is an active member at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
 
Sarah Ruggeri

Relyance Bank welcomes Kady Barger

Pine Bluff, AR (June 17, 2021) – Chuck Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome Ms. Kady Barger as Branch Manager for our Financial Center Parkway location in our Central Arkansas market.

Ms. Barger brings eight years of banking experience.  She completed the American Banking Association’s training for managers, earning certificates for supervisor, team leader and branch manager.  She earned a Dale Carnegie leadership certificate and attended business course at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.     

Kady Barger

Relyance Bank Hires Mahon As Mortgage Loan Officer

Pine Bluff, AR (May 12, 2021) – Chuck Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome Anderia Mahon as Consumer Mortgage Loan Officer in our Central Arkansas market.

Anderia joins us with 21 years of banking experience.  She studied at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a 2020 graduate of American Banking Professionals.  She is currently involved with CARE for animals and a member of Lonoke Baptist Church.  Ms. Mahon is past president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central AR board and past member of North Little Rock Rotary. 

Relyance Bank Breaks Ground for New Headquarters in White Hall

PINE BLUFF, ARK., February 3, 2021 – Relyance Bank executives and its partner contractors broke ground for the new Relyance Bank headquarters in White Hall, Ark., Wed., Feb. 3, 2021. The new 40,000-square-foot facility, which will be located on Highway 270 just west of I-530, will house management and consolidate various departments. The building is projected to be completed in the spring of 2022.

          “We have been blessed with excellent organic growth and are excited about our prospects for future growth. We pledge to be a good corporate neighbor in White Hall,” said Chuck Morgan, Relyance Bank’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are writing a significant new chapter in the rich history of our Bank. The new headquarters is an investment in the future of the bank and in southeast Arkansas.  Our project team is led by Scott Pittillo, Relyance Bank President, and Andy Jenkins, CIO, who have done an outstanding job. We are proud of our partners that include Colliers International, Clark Contractors, Polk Stanley Wilcox and McClelland Consulting Engineers”.

The new, larger headquarters positions Relyance Bank to better serve southeast and central Arkansas while remaining deeply rooted in Jefferson County. The project reaffirms Relyance Bank’s economic development and community service commitment to Pine Bluff, White Hall and Jefferson County. 

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Relyance Bank Welcomes DeAnna Korte

Pine Bluff, AR (January 25, 2021) – Chuck Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome DeAnna Korte as our Business Development Officer.
 
Mrs. Korte carries vast experience in event planning, sponsorships, fundraising and development. Her previous professional positions include Community Development with the American Cancer Society and multiple roles with the Riverfest organization, serving as its Executive Director for thirteen years. DeAnna also owns Sequence Events, a full-service event planning and consulting company.
 
She currently serves on the Pulaski County Two Rivers Park Facilities Board and is a member of the Arkansas Festival and Events Association. She is a Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXII graduate and past board member of Downtown Little Rock Partnership and River Market Neighborhood Association.
 
                                     

Relyance Bank, N.A. Promotes Randle

Pine Bluff, AR, November 12, 2020– Chuck Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Relyance Bank, is pleased to announce the promotion of LaTasha McNeely Randle to Assistant Vice President/Universal Banking Manager.  Ms. Randle carries over 15 years of customer service experience.  She began her banking career with Relyance Bank in 2015 as an assistant branch manager promoting to branch manager in 2018.  

A 2014 Leadership Pine Bluff graduate, LaTasha was recognized by the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce in 2018 as the Professional of the Year and received their Customer Service Award three consecutive years.  She serves on the boards of the United Way, Neighbor to Neighbor and Jefferson County Young Professional Network.  She is president of the Leadership Pine Bluff Alumni board and treasurer for Ambassadors for Christ.  She is the past president of the Jefferson County Young Professionals Network and served as Chairperson for Pop Up in the Bluff 2019.

Relyance Bank Welcomes Joey Moll

Pine Bluff, AR (November 17, 2020) – Chuck Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome Mr. Joey Moll as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending in our Central Arkansas market.  Mr. Moll brings thirty-three years of experience banking this area.    

Joey Moll was recognized as a 2017 Commercial Banker of the Year finalist by the Central Arkansas Chapter of The Risk Management Association. He served as President for the Arkansas Fly Fishers 2018-2019, and he is known for his community involvement in Casting for Recovery, Project Healing Waters and Junior Deputy as a baseball coach.

                                     

 

 

Marlin Evans Joins Relyance Bank as Vice President & Trust Officer

Pine Bluff, AR (October 8, 2020) – Chuck Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome Marlin R. Evans as Vice President and Trust Officer to our Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village markets.

Mr. Evans earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  He started his military service with the United States Army in 2001.  Mr. Evans currently serves with the United States Army Reserve as the Chief Military Intelligence Officer of the 350th CACOM in Pensacola, Florida. 

He began investment advising and estate planning in 2003 and continues to serve high net worth clients in financial services and planning.  He brings years of experience as a Wealth Advisor and a Trust Officer.  In addition to his professional and military responsibilities, Mr. Evans is a member of the Club 99 Little Rock Rotary Club, volunteers as a youth football coach with the YMCA of Hot Springs and is past director of the Saline County Relay for Life.         

 

           

 

Katherine Polczynski was recently promoted to Senior Vice President and Consumer Real Estate Manager. She joined Relyance Bank in 2015 as Vice President of Mortgage Lending. Throughout her 24-year banking career, she has attended multiple lending schools and professional training courses. Mrs. Polczynski was named Ambassador of the Year with the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and recognized twice by the Sentinel-Record Reader’s Choice Awards, voted 3rd place Best Banker in 2017 and 1st place Best Banker in 2019.

Katherine is a Leadership Hot Springs Class XXXI graduate, current Ambassador with the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, volunteer with Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center, Affiliate of the Hot Springs Board of Realtors Office and currently serves on the Hot Springs Board of Realtors Image Committee.

 

 

Melissa Kleusner was recently promoted to Consumer Real Estate Production Officer. She joined Relyance Bank in 2015 as a Loan Administrative Assistant. She carries twenty-three years of mortgage loan processing experience and attended Real Estate School at National Park Community College. Mrs. Kleusner is an affiliate with the Hot Springs Board of Realtors and volunteers with the Habitat for Humanity and United Way of the Ouachitas.

 

 

Relyance Bank's New Headquarters Signals Continued Growth for Community

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (July 23, 2020) - Relyance Bank, headquartered in Pine Bluff, Ark., announced today the construction of a 37,000 square foot facility to house management and consolidate various departments at a new site. The location of the new building site resides on Highway 270, just west of I-530. The new facility will provide increased functionality, efficiency and accommodate future growth for Relyance Bank.

According to Chuck Morgan, Chairman and CEO, “Pine Bluff National Bank (now known as Relyance Bank), opened its doors in 1965, with its main office located at 912 Cherry Street. From this original location, we have increased the size of our facility with multiple building projects over the past 30 years. Our bank has grown to a point in which we are now approaching $1 billion in assets, we now employ 200 associates, plus we have grown in the number of services that we provide.  All this is to say, that we have outgrown our present facility.

The bank recently retained an independent site evaluation team to explore all options for expansion.  A thorough site evaluation and selection process was conducted that independently evaluated five different locations for visibility, ease of access, site development opportunities, site development costs, traffic count, marketability and adjacent site development. The conclusions of the evaluation led to the choice of this site.

“Although we will be moving from our present downtown location, we remain fully committed to this community in which we have deep roots,” Morgan said. “We will continue to strongly serve our community.  We will continue to support growth initiatives, such as Go Forward Pine Bluff, as well as continue our substantial support for charitable organizations and economic development.

Relyance Bank now serves markets covering southeast and central Arkansas but remains grounded in Jefferson County. This project reaffirms Relyance Bank’s commitment to Pine Bluff, White Hall and Jefferson County.”

RELYANCE BANK ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

Mr. Scott Socia was recently promoted to Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending. He joined Relyance Bank in 2005 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Arkansas State University. He is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking Class 59. He currently serves on the Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity board and a member of Fifty for the Future and the Downtown Pine Bluff Rotary Club. Mr. Socia is a Leadership Pine Bluff graduate and a past volunteer with the United Way of Southeast Arkansas.

Mrs. Paula Coffield Styers was recently promoted to Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending. She joined Relyance Bank in 2016 as Vice President, Commercial and Mortgage Lending. She carries 30 years of banking experience. She holds many certificates in Management and Leadership. She graduated from Commercial Lending School and Business Management from UALR. She prides herself in building lasting relationships with her clients and is passionate about exceeding their expectations in service. She believes in giving back to her community and volunteers for Junior Achievement, the Ronald McDonald House and served on the Chocolate Fantasy Ball Committee for 2020. She is a LGLR class of XXXIII graduate.

Mrs. Katherine Mitchell was recently promoted to Vice President, BSA and Deposit Compliance Officer. She joined Relyance Bank in 2018 during the Heartland conversion. She carries 21 years of financial services experience and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University. Mrs. Mitchell recently earned the designation of a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Hebron Cemetery Association and a Sunday school teacher at Hebron Church.

Jennifer Ruhlman was recently promoted to Senior Vice President and Senior Retail Officer, leading corporate retail.  Mrs. Ruhlman joined Relyance Bank in January of this year as our Senior Vice President of Retail Banking in our Little Rock market.  She has twenty years of customer service and management experience in the banking industry.  She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2001.   

She currently serves on the Junior Achievement of Arkansas Board as a Central Arkansas board member, where she previously served as the Central AR Board Chairman for two years, and volunteers with the Career Link Job Skills program at The Church at Rock Creek.  She was recognized as an AR Business 40 Under 40 honoree in 2018.  She is a graduate of the Benton and Bryant Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Saline County program and she served as president of the AR Bankers Association Emerging Leaders Council.     

Jennifer Ruhlman

 

 

Ms. Lauren Sanders was recently promoted to Electronic Banking Retail Officer.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism / Advertising / Public Relations with a minor in Marketing / Logistics from the University of AR at Fayetteville in 2016.  She earned her master’s degree in Applied Communication Studies from the UALR while she also worked as a graduate assistant to the Assistant Director of the UALR Communication Skill Center.   

Prior to Ms. Sanders joining Relyance Bank’s electronic banking department in the fall of 2019, she gained experience as the Marketing Coordinator for The Poultry Federation.  For the past three years, Ms. Sanders served and continues to serve as the Public Relations Chair for the Jefferson County Circle of Friends. 

Lauren Sanders

JENNIFER GREEN JOINS RELYANCE BANK AS RETAIL BANKING OFFICER

Pine Bluff, AR (October 22, 2019) – Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome Jennifer Green as Retail Banking Officer to our Hot Springs Market.

Mrs. Jennifer Green joins us with 15 years of banking experience where she has served in many different roles. Jennifer graduated from Pine Bluff High School and attended Arkansas State University.

Jennifer is an active committee member for Cooper Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center, the Hot Springs Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Lakeside School District PTO. She is a member of First Baptist Hot Springs and a graduate of Leadership Hot Springs Class XXXI.

Jennifer Green

RELYANCE BANK ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

Mrs. Michelle Ponder was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Lending Compliance. Michelle has 14 years of banking experience, of which will all have been with Relyance Bank. She graduated from Compliance School at the American Bankers Association and has a CCBCO Certification with the ICBA (Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer). She currently volunteers for the Salvation Army and Relay for Life.

Mr. Jordan Morgan was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Credit Administration. Jordan has over 6 years of banking experience. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance from the University of Pine Bluff and completed the Accounting major curriculum at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Jordan currently serves on the Board of Directors for CASA- Jefferson County.

Mrs. Carrie Hall has been promoted to Vice President of Loan Production. Carrie has 23 years of banking experience. She previously served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Rison Lions Club and currently volunteers for the Salvation Army. Carrie is also an active member in her church, Hebron United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Angela Melhorn was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Accounting. Angela has a total of 21 years of banking experience, of which all have been with Relyance Bank. She received her Associates Degree in Accounting from Southeast Arkansas College. She is a former Board member for the Optimist Club of Pine Bluff and was a Pine Bluff Optimist of the Year recipient. Angela currently volunteers for the United Way of Jefferson County.

Mrs. Sara Keeter has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Electronic Banking Services. Sara has 9 years of banking experience. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Sara is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Pine Bluff.

STEVE WILLIAMS JOINS RELYANCE BANK AS VICE PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR OF INTERNAL AUDIT

Pine Bluff, AR September 16, 2019 - Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to welcome Steve Williams Vice President and Director of Internal Audit to our Southeast Arkansas Market.

Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Accounting and Finance. He also received his Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial Management from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.

Steve is a Certified Public Accountant and has an extensive background in external audit serving a variety of clients with his previous employer. Steve and his wife Allie are members of Immanuel Baptist Church where they actively serve in the youth group. He also volunteers with Junior Achievement of Arkansas to help teach financial literacy, career success and various other programs to students.

RELYANCE BANK PROMOTIONS

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 Chur