First Service Bank recognized among ‘top extraordinary banks’

On hand for the award presentation were First Service chief financial officer/chief operations officer Kenneth Barnard (from left), Chief Operations Officer/Chief Mortgage Officer Robin Hackett, Roxanne Emmerich, President/CEO/Chief Lender Tom Grumbles and Market President and Loan Officer Darla McJunkins.

First Service Bank, a local Arkansas icon, was recently named among the top extraordinary banks in the United States by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking.

First Service Bank was recognized with the Institute’s Banky Award for its commitment to strong community banking. This recognition is given to top community banks across the country to help people find the best banks in their communities.

“It is an honor to be recognized with the Banky Award,” said Tom Grumbles, President, CEO and chief lender at First Service Bank. “I believe this award is a testament to our employees’ hard work and dedication and, most significantly, the customers and communities we serve.”

The Extraordinary Banking Awards highlight the vital, yet often overlooked, role that local community banks play in the economy. Without a vibrant local banking industry, small businesses and families often lack the have-your-back support of a true community bank that makes communities really thrive. 

The Extraordinary Banking Awards recognize the best of what community banks offer to cities, towns and nation: a true commitment to the success of the small businesses and local community they serve. 

“Community banks are the backbone of America,” said Roxanne Emmerich, chair and founder of The Institute for Extraordinary Banking. “They are what keeps a community thriving. When a community bank leaves a community, small businesses often struggle to stay, and jobs leave. Every robust community has a strong community bank that understands how to help that community thrive and grow.”

Roxanne Emmerich presents award to Tom Grumbles, chief executive officer and board chairman at First Service Bank.