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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Terry Smith named president for Simmons Bank’s North Texas division

Simmons Bank has named J. Terry Smith of Fort Worth as president for the company’s North Texas Division. Smith will lead key banking functions for the Dallas-Fort Worth market, including management for bank product offerings, brand awareness, business development and community engagement.

Smith’s promotion caps 35 years of industry experience in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, America’s fastest-growing metro region with a total population of 7.5 million.

“Terry is a multi-skilled executive with an unparalleled understanding of our Dallas-Fort Worth market,” said Marty Casteel, Simmons Bank chairman and CEO. “Terry’s leadership has already produced outstanding results and continuity following Simmons’ merger with Southwest Bank, and this promotion is a natural extension of his leadership.”

Smith previously served as executive vice president and chief lending officer of Southwest Bank, which merged with Simmons Bank in 2018, and played a key role following the merger as Simmons’ regional chairman for Dallas and Fort Worth. In the year preceding his promotion, Smith oversaw a 12.56 percent increase in loans for Simmons’ Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Smith holds a master’s degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University. He serves as a board member for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and Mays Business School Commercial Banking Program at Texas A&M. Smith is a past board member for Dallas Summer Musicals, Christian Community Action and St. Ann Catholic Church.

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