By Caleb Talley | Photography by Jamison Mosley, David Yerby  and Meredith Mashburn

Our banks play a critical role in so many facets of life. These institutions grease the wheels of a changing economy, cultivating stability in the present and strengthening investments for the future. More than just a countinghouse, we turn to community banks for the loan needed to buy our first home or start our own business, invest for retirement or save for college.

In the first-ever “Bankers Behind the Bank,” we’ll meet the brains behind some of our state’s most influential banks. These men, from all walks of life, have weathered the ever-changing financial landscape, and they’re in the driver’s seat of Arkansas’ most successful banking institutions.