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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.

Russ Martin Relyance Bank


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.

AllisonBrown   KarenHall


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.

Kristi Barger


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.



Pine Bluff, AR (January 20, 2017) - Chuck Morgan, President and CEO of Relyance Bank, N.A., is pleased to announce the following promotions:  Carol Cook, Senior Vice President; Katherine Polyczynski, Vice President; Dana Arledge, Assistant Vice President; Carrie Hall, Assistant Vice President; Alicia Nixon, Assistant Vice President; Jamie Jones, Audit Officer; and Michelle Ponder, Assistant Compliance Officer.

Mrs. Carol Cook, promoted to Senior Vice President has been a career banker for nearly 30 years.  Eleven 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.

Mrs. Katherine Polczynski, promoted to Vice President of Mortgage Lending in Hot Springs, graduated from Arkadelphia High School and attended Ouachita Baptist University.  Her banking career started in 1996 and since then has completed Mortgage Lending School and Intermediate Real Estate Lending training.  Mrs. Polczynski also devotes her time as a Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and serves as a member of the Hot Springs Board of Realtor Image Committee.

Mrs. Dana Arledge, promoted to Assistant Vice President serves as the Branch Manager of the Oak Park Branch in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  Mrs. Arledge, with 34 years of banking experience,  has been a part of the Relyance Bank family for 16 years.  During her tenure, she has completed several bank related courses.  She is a member of the Humphrey United Methodist Church and a current member of the 2017 Pine Bluff Leadership Class.

Mrs. Carrie Hall, promoted to Assistant Vice President of Loan Production, is a Rison High School graduate.  With over 20 years of banking experience, Mrs. Hall has a strong background in the lending production and operation areas.  During her tenure with Relyance Bank, she has completed several courses and extensive training in regards to loan platform and documentation management.  Her community service includes involvement in the Rison Lions Club where she has served as Secretary and Treasurer.  She also volunteers in local youth sports programs and is active in her church, Hebron Methodist.

Ms. Alicia Nixon, promoted to Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, is a Woodlawn High School graduate.  Ms. Nixon attended Henderson State University and the American Bankers Association of Bank Marketing and Management.  She has 12 years of banking experience and currently serves on the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation Board, Pine Bluff Festival Association Board, Pine Bluff Rotary Board and the Pine Bluff Positive Youth Development Board.  A Leadership Pine Bluff graduated, Ms. Nixon is also a member of the Jefferson County Young Professionals and the the Rison United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Jamie Jones, a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff graduate, has been with Relyance Bank since 2011 and promoted to Audit Officer.  During her tenure with Relyance Bank, Ms. Jones furthered her education by receiving a Certificate in Account, Master of Human Resource Management with Distinction and Master of Financial Management with a specialization in CPA, all with the Keller Graduate School of Management.  She is a current member of the Sigma Beta Delta-International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration, the National Association of Professional Women and Jefferson County Young Professionals.

Ms. Michelle Ponder, promoted to Assistant Compliance Officer, is a White Hall native.  Ms. Ponder has been with Relyance Bank for 11 years.  She is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association Bank Compliance School and received her Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer designation from the ICBA Compliance Institute.  She is currently pursuing a Finance degree with the Southeast Arkansas College.  Ms. Ponder is an active volunteer at the White Hall School District and a member of the Jefferson County Young Professionals.