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Southern Bancorp Inc. Governing Board

Glen Jones
Glendell Jones, Jr.
Chairman
President, Henderson State University
Glen Jones is the President of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Prior to this appointment, he served as interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of Arkansas State University where we was responsible for the daily operations of the campus in addition to having primary oversight responsibility for advancing the University’s academic and research agenda. Additionally, his responsibilities included the strategic development, implementation and monitoring of diversity initiatives throughout the university.

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Glen is a co-founder and current Past President of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education whose mission is to serve as the preeminent voice for diversity and inclusive excellence in higher education. He currently serves on the Governing Boards of St. Bernard’s Healthcare, Southern Bancorp Bank, City Youth Ministries (Past President) and the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority (Vice Chairman). Glen previously served Arkansas State University in the roles of Senior Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Research and Executive Assistant to the Chancellor for Diversity Initiatives.
Tony Berkley
Tony Berkley
Director, Mission Driven Investing, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Dr. Anthony (Tony) Berkley is the Director of Mission-Driven Investing at W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. Tony is an anthropologist with 15 years of domestic and international experience in program design, strategic planning, and education research.

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He is the author of numerous publications in the fields of knowledge of management, education, and anthropology. Tony holds both master’s and doctoral degrees in anthropology from the University of Chicago. In addition, he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago. Tony is a member of several professional associations including Grantmakers for Education, American Educational Research Association, and the American Anthropological Association.
Jerry Damerow
Jerry Damerow
Retired Ernst & Young Partner Jerry Damerow served as Associate Director of UAMS BioVentures; as a Managing Partner for Ernst & Young operations in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Southeast Asia; and as a management consultant for early stage businesses. Damerow’s civic and professional involvement includes serving as a member and past director of the Little Rock Rotary Club; as a University of Arkansas at Little Rock Business Advisory Council member; and as treasurer of the Piedmont Neighborhood Association.
Herman Davenport

Herman Davenport
President and Chief Executive Officer, Davenport Group Herman Davenport is president and chief executive officer of the Davenport Group. He previously served as community affairs officer for the Levi Strauss Foundation, providing development funding to low-wealth communities and neighborhoods. Mr. Davenport is an advocate for economic development and serves on the board of directors of the Rural Community Assistance Program.

John Edwards
John C. Edwards
Partner, Anible & Edwards John Edwards is a partner in the firm of Anible & Edwards, a general law practice in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has served as an aide to former United States Senator David Pryor, where he was responsible for working with agricultural related issues. In 1996, he was appointed Arkansas State Director of USDA Rural Development. USDA Rural Development is the lead federal agency providing funding for rural housing, businesses, and water systems. Edwards has served as Colonel in the Arkansas Army National Guard and the Army Reserves and has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Humanitarian Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, and his Paratrooper Wings. He served one year in Iraq, served one tour for Katrina relief in New Orleans, and was on the Task Force evacuating the New Orleans Convention Center.
Colette Honorable
Chair, Arkansas Public Service Commission Colette D. Honorable was designated Chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission by Governor Mike Beebe in January 2011. She was appointed to the Arkansas Public Service Commission by Governor Beebe in October 2007, and designated interim Chairman from January through August 2008. Chairman Honorable previously served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board. Honorable is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and is a graduate of the University of Memphis (previously Memphis State University). She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

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Prior to her gubernatorial appointments, Honorable served as Chief of Staff for Attorney General Mike Beebe. She worked in the Attorney General’s Office for over five years, serving as an assistant attorney general in the Consumer and Civil Litigation Departments, and as senior assistant attorney general in Medicaid Fraud. Her previous work experience includes serving as a staff attorney at the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, as a judicial law clerk at the Arkansas Court of Appeals and as an assistant public defender.Chairman Honorable has practiced law for over fifteen years and is licensed to practice in the Arkansas state courts, in the United States District Courts of Arkansas, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Honorable has litigated before all of these courts, including state and federal jury trial litigation and state and federal appellate work. She has also served as a special judge in Pulaski County Circuit Court and has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.Chairman Honorable is Second Vice President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), serves on the Audit and Investment Committees of NARUC, and is a member of the Committees on Gas, Consumer Affairs and the Utility Market Access Subcommittee. She also serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. She serves on NARUCA/White House Smart Grid Working Group, the Smart Grid Collaborative, a joint effort of NARUC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and is a member of the Advisory Council of the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities. Chairman Honorable is a member of SEARUC and is Vice President of MARC. Honorable was appointed by the Department of Transportation Secretary to the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee and serves on NARUC’s Pipeline Safety Task Force. She was honored to serve as national spokeswoman for the Anybody Can Serve, So Let’s Conserve energy efficiency and conservation campaign. She also holds several state and national legal memberships and affiliations as well, including the Arkansas Bar Association and National Bar Association.Honorable’s honors include being named one of AY’s 2010 “Powerful Women,” Arkansas Business’s “Top 40 Under 40″ in 2006; and she is a recipient of the 2007 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Legacy Award from the Central Arkansas Sphinx Foundation.
Daniel Koehler
Daniel Koehler
President of Koehler Software, Inc. Daniel Koehler, President of Koehler Software, Inc., is a former Chief Financial Officer of Union National Bank of Little Rock. Prior to his banking career, he was a certified public accountant with Arthur Young and Company in New York, where he divided his time between the firm’s audit and tax practices.

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A graduate of Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA in Finance from Harvard Business School. He served as president of the Arkansas chapter of the Financial Executives Institute, has written software used national by financial firms, and is the author of four novels. A native of North Little Rock, Arkansas, he is married with three children.
Rodney Slater
Rodney Slater
Partner, Patton Boggs, LLP Rodney Slater is a partner in the public policy practice group of Patton Boggs, LLP in Washington, D.C. Mr. Slater was unanimously confirmed as the nation’s 13th secretary of Transportation and served as secretary until the end of the Clinton Administration. Mr. Slater is on the board of directors of Verizon and Delta Airlines, and has held past positions as chairman of the board of United Way of America, director of Government Relations at Arkansas State University, and secretary-treasurer of the Arkansas Bar Association.
Dorothy Stuck
Dorothy Stuck
Retired Civic Leader and Businesswoman Dorothy Stuck is a retired civic leader and business woman. Ms. Stuck owned three eastern Arkansas newspapers for 20 years and served nine years as director of the 5-state Southwestern Regional Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. She was a partner in Stuck and Snow Resultants, a management and publications firm, for fifteen years. She was a founder of The Wilowe Institute, a statewide, membership-based leadership development organization. She is co-author of the award winning biography, Roberta: A Most Remarkable Fulbright.
Sherman Tate
Sherman Tate
President & CEO, HT & Associates Sherman Tate is President & CEO of HT & Associates. Previously he served vice president and general manager for operations of Verizon, as well as vice president for Arkansas Distribution Operations at Arkla Gas. A former president of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Tate serves on the boards of directors of Philander Smith College, St. Vincent Health System, and the United Negro College Fund and on the Pulaski County Facilities Board.
Diane Tatum
Regional Customer Service Manager, Entergy Arkansas Diane Tatum has 35 years’ experience in the electric utility business and is currently the Southeast Regional Customer Service Manager for Entergy Arkansas. She currently serves on the boards of the Pine Bluff-Downtown Development, Jefferson County Port Authority, Arkansas Public School Resource Center and board president of the Arkansas Business & Education Alliance. Previously, she served on the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation Board of Directors, and as the Board President for the HUD funded Golden Age Apartments.

 


Southern Bancorp Bank Governing Board

Sherman Tate
Sherman Tate
Chairman
President & CEO, HT & Associates
Sherman Tate is President & CEO of HT & Associates. Previously he served vice president and general manager for operations of Verizon, as well as vice president for Arkansas Distribution Operations at Arkla Gas. A former president of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Tate serves on the boards of directors of Philander Smith College, St. Vincent Health System, and the United Negro College Fund and on the Pulaski County Facilities Board.
Hugh Arant, Jr.

Hugh Arant, Jr.
President, Arant Farms Hugh Arant, Jr. is President of Arant Farms, Inc. and is a partner in his family business, Arant Acres. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1973 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Mr. Arant is a Member and past President of the Drew – Ruleville Rotary Club; Member of Board of Directors of the Ruleville Chamber of Commerce; Director of Delta Council; Director of Farmers Grain Terminal; Director of Leflore County Farm Bureau; Chairman of the Minter City Water and Sewage District; Chairman of the Leflore County Farm Service Agency County Committee; and Director of the Mississippi Rice Council.

Jerry Damerow
Jerry Damerow
Retired Ernst & Young Partner Jerry Damerow served as Associate Director of UAMS BioVentures; as a Managing Partner for Ernst & Young operations in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Southeast Asia; and as a management consultant for early stage businesses. Damerow’s civic and professional involvement includes serving as a member and past director of the Little Rock Rotary Club; as a University of Arkansas at Little Rock Business Advisory Council member; and as treasurer of the Piedmont Neighborhood Association.
Kim Evans
Kim Evans
Vice President of Development and Client Services, Arkansas Community Foundation Kim H. Evans is the Vice President of Development and Client Services for the Arkansas Community Foundation where she works to build the fund base of ARCF and provide support to the organization’s 27 affiliates across the state. While previously serving as the Director of the Center for Nonprofit Organizations at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Center released the first study of the economic impact of nonprofits on the Arkansan economy.

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As Director, she also coordinated the UALR Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate program, provided technical assistance to nonprofits, and served as a research associate with the Institute of Government. A former Assistant Attorney General of Arkansas, Kim serves on a number of nonprofit and for profit boards that seek to improve the lives of Arkansans. The list currently includes the Heart of Arkansas United Way, CareLink, Southern Bancorp, Inc., Centers for Youth and Families, e-STEM Public Charter Schools, and the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation of Dallas, TX. A Sustaining member and past president of the Junior League of Little Rock, Ms. Evans also served on the Nominating and Strategic Planning Steering Committees of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) headquartered in New York, NYMs. Evans holds a Bachelor’s degree in international economics from Georgetown University as well as a juris doctorate from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She lives in Little Rock with husband, Harold, and daughter, Katie.
Walter L. Morris, Jr.
Walter L. Morris, Jr.
President, H&M Lumber Company Walter Morris is the President of H&M Lumber Company located in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Arkansas. Morris is an active member of the Rotary Club, where he previously served as President and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

John Olaimey

John Olaimey
President and Chief Executive Officer, Southern Bancorp Bank John Olaimey came to Southern with over twenty years of experience in banking, finance, corporate law and executive management. Prior to joining Southern, Olaimey served as President for Radius Group, a software company that specializes in the management and disposition of bank owned real estate. His previous experience also includes serving as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Secretary for Centennial Bank. Before his position at Centennial, he was the Vice President of Corporate Law for Alltel Corporation where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters, real estate matters and financial transactions. Olaimey received his Juris Doctorate with High Honors from the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas in Business Administration and Financial Management.

Southern Bancorp Community Partners Governing Board

Herman Davenport
Herman Davenport
Co-Chairman
President and Chief Executive Officer, Davenport Group
Herman Davenport is president and chief executive officer of the Davenport Group. He previously served as community affairs officer for the Levi Strauss Foundation, providing development funding to low-wealth communities and neighborhoods. Mr. Davenport is an advocate for economic development and serves on the board of directors of the Rural Community Assistance Program.
Brian Miller
Brian Miller
Co-Chairman
United States District Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
Brian Miller was confirmed as U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas in 2008. Prior to joining the federal bench, he served as a judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Prior to that, he was an attorney in Arkansas and Tennessee, and served as the city attorney of three rural Arkansas communities and the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of Phillips County. Mr. Miller joined Southern’s Board in 2000, and in May 2008 he rotated off Southern Bancorp’s Board to become Chair of the SBCP Board of Directors.
John Edwards
John C. Edwards
Partner, Anible & Edwards John Edwards is a partner in the firm of Anible & Edwards, a general law practice in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has served as an aide to former United States Senator David Pryor, where he was responsible for working with agricultural related issues. In 1996, he was appointed Arkansas State Director of USDA Rural Development. USDA Rural Development is the lead federal agency providing funding for rural housing, businesses, and water systems. Edwards has served as Colonel in the Arkansas Army National Guard and the Army Reserves and has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Humanitarian Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, and his Paratrooper Wings. He served one year in Iraq, served one tour for Katrina relief in New Orleans, and was on the Task Force evacuating the New Orleans Convention Center.
Dr. Bob Fisher
Dr. Bob Fisher
President, Belmont University Bob Fisher is president of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Fisher serves on the board of directors and is the past chair of the Greater Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Country Music Foundation, the Nashville Symphony, the PENCIL Foundation, the Nashville Alliance for Public Education, the Nashville Business Committee for the Arts, Cumberland Region Tomorrow, and Fifth Third Bank.

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He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Nashville and participates in Nashville’s Agenda.Dr. Fisher is co-author of Real Dream Teams, a book on team leadership, published by St. Lucie Press and has published numerous articles on management and leadership including articles that have appeared in the Personnel Journal and Personnel Administrator.He has consulted with a wide variety of organizations on human resource and strategic planning issues including Kimberly Clark Corporation, Alltel, Arkla Gas, and the United States Department of Transportation.Dr. Fisher has served in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a Fulbright Scholar conducting research and consulting with the National Institute of Public Administration, and was a keynote speaker at the Arabian Society for Human Resource Management Conference in Bahrain.
McCray
Jacquelyn Williams McCray
Retired Dean School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Jacquelyn W. McCray retired as dean of the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Having served most of her professional career at UAPB, McCray came to administration from a faculty position in the Department of Human Sciences. For more than 20 years she conducted housing and community development research in Arkansas.

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During this time she served as Chair of two Southern Region Housing Research Projects, conducted contract research for the Lower Mississippi Delta Commission, the Winthrop Rockefellow Foundation and the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.Professionally, McCray is a long-time member of the American Association of Housing Educators having served on its board of directors (1982-85), chair of the research section (1989-90), and national president (1991-92). She has been a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Housing Assistance Council in Washington, DC and is widely published in major Housing, Family and Community Development Journals and has more than 50 referred publications to her honor. Though no longer engaged in housing research, McCray has given professional expertise in support of housing and community development initiatives through the Jefferson County Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity and the Pine Bluff Community Housing Resources Board.McCray has served as chair of the Association of 1890 Extension Administrators and as a member of the National Extension Committee on Organization and Policy. She is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, and Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society for Family and Consumer Sciences. She is listed in Outstanding Young Women of America and International Who’s Who and is a recipient of the Arkansas Women of Achievement Award in Energy.
Walt Patterson
Walt Patterson
Senior Vice President, Government Services, Division of TransFirst Holding Inc. Walt Patterson is senior vice president of Affiliated Computer Services. He is the national board chair of Volunteers of America and the Electronic Fund Transfer Association. His current and past affiliations also include the National Council of State Human Service Administrators, the Arkansas State Job Training Coordinating Council, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Futures Advisory Committee.
Freddye Petett
Freddye Petett
Retired Program Officer Freddye Pettet retired from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2005 where she served most recently as coordinator of the Mid South Delta Initiative. Prior to that, she directed the Kellogg International Leadership Program. Before joining the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 1990 as an associate director for the Leadership program, Ms. Pettet was administrator of Oregon’s Adult and Family Services Department and held other public service positions, such as…

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assistant to the mayor of Portland, Oregon; executive director of the Urban League of Portland; director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, Washington; Board Chair of the Housing Authority of Portland; and management consultant to community-based organizations and state and local governments. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland State University, and has carried out doctoral studies in Sociology at the Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dorothy Stuck
Dorothy Stuck
Retired Civic Leader and Businesswoman Dorothy Stuck is a retired civic leader and business woman. Ms. Stuck owned three eastern Arkansas newspapers for 20 years and served nine years as director of the 5-state Southwestern Regional Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. She was a partner in Stuck and Snow Resultants, a management and publications firm, for fifteen years. She was a founder of The Wilowe Institute, a statewide, membership-based leadership development organization. She is co-author of the award winning biography, Roberta: A Most Remarkable Fulbright.

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