In order to best serve the eight Summit Bank regions, the following local leaders serve on Boards of Directors in each community:
W. Ellis Arnold III
Dr. Hal Bass
Dr. Charles Dunn
Dr. Mark Jansen
Dr. Wesley Kluck
Dr. Lewis Shepherd
Dr. Ben Elrod
Hot Springs Village
James S. Harlow
H. Nicholas Eicher
Lee Ann Branch
Francis McDonnell Dierks, Jr
Norman Lee Bushee
Benton and Bryant
Joe C. Short
Ned Ray Purtle
Dr. Richard Jacobs
If you have any questions or need additional information about any aspect of Summit Bank, feel free to call Chairman / CEO Ross Whipple at 870-246-8070, or visit us online at www.summitbankdirect.com.
Summit Bank Branch Presidents
All eight Summit Bank markets are managed by experienced, respected community leaders who are career banking professionals. We are very proud of the management teams we have in place in the communities we serve.
Jeff Teague, President, Mortgage
Derrek Thomason, President, Little Rock & Conway
John Fowler, President, Hot Springs
Cayla Pinner, President, Magnolia
Don Tackett, President, Saline County
Brenda Manning, President, Arkadelphia
Dennis Ramsey, President, Hope
Brian Coston, President, Malvern
Don Keesee, President, Fort Smith
Summit Bank Executive Officers
Drew Harper, EVP / Retail/Marketing Director
Brent Black, EVP / Chief Financial Officer
John Bryant, EVP / Chief Administrative Officer / General Counsel
Ross Whipple, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Donna Merriweather, EVP & Human Resource Director
Micky Rigby, EVP / Chief Credit Officer
Marc McCain, President & Chief Operating Officer
The foundation of what is now Summit Bank began in Magnolia in late 1996. It was in Magnolia where the original bank charter for Horizon Bank of Columbia County was granted. In February of 2000, Horizon Bank of Columbia County changed its name to Summit Bank. A dedicated group of community bankers wanted to create a bank committed to helping their customers reach the pinnacle of success. The philosophy was simply that people work hard for their money and we should work just as hard to protect it and make it grow.
What has happened since that time is nothing short of remarkable. Summit Bank has grown to over one billion in assets and into a 20-branch banking network serving all the financial needs of Central and South Arkansas. Our success has been the result of a unique strategy that combines a focus on customer service and conservative principles with a deep commitment to remaining a community bank at any size. We staff every location with experienced bankers who are well known in our communities and who truly care about offering the best customer service, hands down, to every market that we serve.
In addition, Summit Bank represents one of the state's strongest financial teams, a group able to effectively manage both challenging times and positive growth. Banking with Summit means our customers experience banking the way it should be. With a line of the most competitive and top quality financial products and a group of the most dedicated and passionate bankers around, there's never been a better time to build your future on the Summit. The Summit Bank journey may have begun a decade ago, but the spirit, principles and core values that have driven our success in the first ten years will guide us into the future.