The Face of Mortgage
First Arkansas Bank & Trust
Tammy Tompkins, Vice President Mortgage Deparment Manager
First Arkansas Bank & Trust was founded in 1949 when Kenneth Pat Wilson led a group of progressive individuals that saw a need for banking services in a community which had significant growth potential. The company began with just three employees as Jacksonville State Bank. In the early 1950s, Wilson and others helped the area land what is now Little Rock Air Force Base and opened a branch in its original exchange building. From there, the community bank opened new locations and made several acquisitions. Twenty years ago, the family-owned bank took its current name. Today, Wilson’s son, Larry Wilson, is FAB&T’s chairman of the board, president, and CEO, and his grandson, Mark Wilson, is a senior vice president and chief operating officer. FAB&T has 23 locations, was named a “Best-In-State” bank and one of the top 2% of banks in the entire country by Forbes, was recognized by the Institute for Extraordinary Banking as a “Banky” Award Winner, named as a “Best Places to Work” by Arkansas Business, and a multiple-time winner of the Military Bank of the Year.
FAB&T’s entire mortgage lending staff is located at its Wildwood branch location in Sherwood, and all decisions are made in house by local underwriters. “We do have 3rd party options for specific product situations, if necessary,” said Tammy Tompkins, vice president and mortgage department manager. “We always look to see what the best fit is for our customer.”
Tompkins said the best thing about working for FAB&T is the sense of family and community that is fostered in the organization.
“We have worked hard to expand our product line with a wide variety of products to assist our customers with their home purchase need. We also partner with Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas and donate $100 to them for every loan we close!”.