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Miscellaneous Community Banking Issues

CDFI & PPP Discussion With Darrin Williams, CEO Of Southern Bancorp

Once again taking a break from the Superhero Community Banking series, we’re talking with Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp out of Little Rock, AR. Southern Bancorp has an amazing story in serving the underbanked, unbanked, and low-income communities in its footprint. They are also a leading CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution)of which there are over 1100 in the US to date.


That alone is worth hearing about, but recently Darrin was invited to serve on the White House Task Force for Economic Revival alongside some of the CEO’s of America’s largest banks…and he did not shy away in speaking up for the community banking industry! Many of our listeners know how well our industry did during the PPP launch and it was community banks that really led the way in getting those funds out there to our small businesses.

To read the referenced Bloomberg article on Darrin, click here:

To read more about Southern Bancorp, click here:

Miscellaneous Community Banking Issues





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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