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Barret School of Banking Announces 2021-2022 Executive Committee

TN Banker Brian Walhood elected Chairman


Memphis, TN (November 10, 2021) – The Paul W. Barret, Jr. School of Banking today announced the election of it’s 2021-2022 Executive Committee during its fall Board meeting.

Brian Walhood, President/Community Banking of BancorpSouth in Memphis, TN will serve as Chairman.


Joining Walhood on the Executive Committee are:

Jim Gowen, Jr. (Chair – Elect) – CEO/M & P Bank/Newport, AR

Steve Handke (Immediate Past Chair) – President/1st Option Bank Bank/Horton, KS

Jeff Gerrish (Secretary) (Legal Concerns) – Attorney/Gerrish Smith Tuck/Memphis, TN

Jennifer Nunley (Chair, Banking Assoc. Committee) – President/Security Bank/Dyersburg, TN

Mike Hobbs (Chair, Curriculum/Faculty Comm.) – President/FM Bank/Dexter, MO

Shane Clayton (Chair, Finance Comm.) – CEO/1st Choice Bank/Pontotoc, MS

Jim Reber (Chair, Lecture Series Comm.) – CEO/ICBA Securities/Memphis, TN

Jeanie Rittenberry (Chair, Special Programs Comm.) – SVP/Mktg/First Bank/Nashville, TN

Ray Skinner (At-Large) – CEO/TC Bank/Rolla, MO

Boris Dover (At-Large) – President/1st Community Bank/Batesville, AR

Robert Herrera (At-Large) – President/1st Western Bank/Booneville, AR


Additional members of the Board of Regents include:

· Adrian Breen – CEO/Bank of MO/Perryville, MO

· Larry Coggin – President/Commercial Banking/Renasant Bank/Tupelo, MS

· Tim Compton – CEO/Traditions Bank/Cullman, AL

· Katya Farmer – 2018 Class Rep./Product Develop. Manager/Arvest Bank/Lowell, AR

· Dave Finnerty – 2021 Class Rep./EVP/COO/Guilford Savings Bank/Guilford, CT

· Lisa Foley – EVP/Pinnacle Financial Partners/Memphis, TN

· Eric Hallman – CEO/NE Ind. Community Bankers/Lincoln, NE

· Barry Haugen – President/ICB of ND/Bismark, ND

· David Hayes – CEO/Security Bank/Dyersburg, TN

· Gene Henson – President, N. Region/Trustmark Bank/Memphis, TN

· Danny Kelly – CEO/Hometown Bank/Oneonta, AL

· Lindsay LaNore – Group EVP, Community Banker Univ./ICBA/Minneapolis, MN

· Sam McClatchy – CEO/Unity Bank MS/Holly Springs, MS

· John McNair – CEO/CBA of GA/Atlanta, GA

· Shawn Mitchell – CEO/CBA of KS/Topeka, KS

· Chris Padgett – Executive Director/AR Community Bankers/Little Rock, AR

· Bob Palmer – CEO/CBA of OH/Columbus, OH

· Justin St. Pierre – CEO/Peoples Bank & Trust/Troy, MO

· Matt Ruge – Executive Director/MO Ind. Bankers Assoc./Jefferson City, MO

· Douglas Scarboro – SVP, Regional Exec./FRB of St. Louis/Memphis, TN

· Milton Smith – CEO/1st National Bank/Walnut Ridge, AR

· Jim Strickland – 2017 Class Rep./President, Greene County/BankSouth/Greensboro, GA

· Donna Tanner – Executive Director/CBA of WV/Beckley, WV

· Mike Tierney – President/CEO/CB of MI/East Lansing, MI

· John Witkowski – CEO/Ind. Bankers Assoc. of NY State/Albany, NY

· Whitney Watson – 2019 Class Rep./Sales Manager/Arvest Bank/Bartlesville, OK

· Steve Yeakel – President/VA Assoc. of Comm. Banks/Richmond, VA


About the Barret School of Banking:

Barret School of Banking is an endowed, non-profit, independent school created and governed by a Board of Regents, whose members are executives from banks and other firms involved with the financial services industry. The School provides an adult learning experience for the career-oriented individual in commercial banking or a related financial services industry business.




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Byron Earnheart is the Programming Director for the Barret School of Banking in Memphis, TN and the host of the “Main Street Banking” podcast…the only podcast solely devoted to community banks. He has over 15 years experience in the financial services industry; 11 of which have been in banking in various roles from teller work to branch management. He spends his time playing guitar and singing in Delta Heart (the “house band of the Mississippi Delta”), writing music, cooking, reading, and enduring the University of Tennessee Volunteers athletic seasons. He is married to his wife Kelly of 11 years and has two children, John Aubrey (11) and Mary Laura (7). If you'd like to hear Byron's music, check him out on Spotify:
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