The Banker Behind Southern Bancorp


Darrin Williams, CEO Of Southern Bancorp

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For Darrin Williams, becoming CEO of Southern Bancorp was not happenstance. It was predestined.

Before taking the reins, he served as chief deputy for then Attorney General Mark Pryor. He was a partner in a securities class action law firm, and in 2008, was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives.

More than just a bank, Southern Bancorp is a Community Development Financial Institution committed to serving everyone, regardless of zip code, says Williams.

“We strive to bank the haves as well as those who don’t have very much. It’s part of our core belief that wealth building isn’t just for the wealthy. We consider ourselves wealth builders for everyone. We are mission focused on making a difference, not just making a profit. Simply by banking with us, anyone can join in our mission to better the lives of those in need.”

Williams turned down an earlier offer to lead the bank, but after prayer and encouragement from his wife, he reconsidered.

“While teaching a financial principles course at my church, I was struck by how little some people knew about basic financial education. I knew I could help, and my wife challenged me, saying this may be God’s way of giving me that opportunity. I’m glad I listened.”

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