Simmons First National Bank recently announced the promotion of Steven C. Wade to Arkansas regional chairman and C. Adam Mitchell to Little Rock community president.
Marty Casteel, chairman and CEO for Simmons First National Bank said: “We are extremely fortunate and pleased to have both Steve Wade and Adam Mitchell as part of the Simmons First team. They have been tremendous assets to the company, outstanding leaders and continue to be involved in giving back to the communities that we serve. Steve and Adam are very deserving of these new roles and are excited with this expanded opportunity to develop more customer relationships throughout Arkansas.”
Wade joined Simmons First in 2001 and previously held the position of community chairman of the central and north Arkansas regions as well as Little Rock community president. Wade has more than 30 years of banking experience, 24 of which have been in the Little Rock market. He has also worked in Memphis.
Wade is a Little Rock native and graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and holds an Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas Graduate School. He attended the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree.
Wade currently serves as chairman of the Arkansas Bankers Association Group 2 Board, chairman-elect of the Little Rock Rotary Club’s Club 99 Foundation, chairman emeritus of the Heart of Arkansas United Way Board of Directors and a member of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Board. In addition, he serves as treasurer of the Arkansas Baptist College Board of Trustees, a member of the Little Rock Christian Academy Board of Trustees and is a member of the Leadership Greater Little Rock Alumni Association and the Arkansas Bar Association.
Wade is an instructor with the Arkansas Bankers Association Commercial Lending School and has taught courses on structuring loans, identifying and managing problem loans and assessing the borrower’s competitive position. He has previously served as an instructor for the Central Arkansas and Greater Memphis chapters of the American Institute of Banking.
Mitchell has been promoted to Little Rock community president. He previously held the position of senior vice president and community executive of the Little Rock region. Mitchell has more than 15 years of banking experience in Arkansas and more than 11 years with Simmons First.
Mitchell is a graduate of Hendrix College and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He has attended the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking, the Risk Management Association Lending School in New Orleans and the Risk Management Association Real Estate Lending School in Little Rock.
Mitchell is a member of the Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 class of 2003, was selected to the 2003 class of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Greater Little Rock and completed the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business Emerging Leaders Program in 2011.
Mitchell currently serves as chairman of the Heart Association Board, is incoming chairman for the 2014 Heart Ball and serves on the Arkansas Health Group Board of Directors, Hendrix College Board of Governors and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advisory Board.
Mitchell is a past president of the Emerging Leaders of the Arkansas Bankers Association Board, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Communities in Schools. He has served on the Hendrix College Advisory Council, the Junior Achievement Board of Directors and has served in various capacities with the Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas, United Way of Southeast Arkansas and the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.