Promoted to chief operating officer in February 2021, Brant Ward is responsible for bank rates, liquidity and asset/liabilities of the bank, as well as management of the bank’s bond portfolio. Ward serves on the Executive Management Committee, steering strategic business planning, policy development and overall problem solving. He also initiates the development of deposit products, pricing and delivery systems. In addition to providing leadership and oversight in new market development and guidance for the retail department, Ward supervises the bank operations, mortgage, and information technology departments. Ward received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Henderson State University and a Master’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship and Finance from the University of Arkansas. Ward completed International Studies in the British Studies Program and Italy Study Abroad, and his banking education was completed at the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in 2018.
The C-Suite: That place where most of us strive to be when we launch a career. Referring to the cluster of top-level executive positions within most companies — chief executive officer (CEO), chief operating officer (COO), chief financial officer (CFO) and chief information officer (CIO) — the C-Suite entails hard work, high stress and long hours. But the rewards can be substantial.
AMP asked readers to tell us who their favorite C-Suite executives were. Their titles may not precisely reflect “CEO” or any of the others, but their roles do. This isn’t a “best of” or a “top executives” list; but it’s a way to recognize many of those business executives in Arkansas whose hard work makes The Natural State a great place to live and work.
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