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SEARCY, Ark. – Simmons Bank announced the new hire of Monte Elam as a Community Banker in Searcy. Simmons continues to provide excellent service to the area through the work of dedicated financial professionals.

"Monte is passionate about his work and serving our community," said Searcy community president Matt Boyd. "We are confident his experience and knowledge will make him a strong asset to our team."

Elam is originally from Alma, where he went to high school before attending Arkansas Tech University (ATU). He graduated in May 2008 from ATU with a degree in management and marketing.

His most recent work was with Rabo AgriFinance in Cabot, where he grew his diverse portfolio to more than $30 million in just two years. Before Rabo, Monte was an agriculture lender and branch manager for Farm Credit of Western Arkansas for six years.

About Simmons Bank

Simmons Bank is an Arkansas state-chartered bank that began as a community bank in 1903. Through the decades, Simmons has developed a full suite of financial products and services designed to meet the needs of individual consumers and business customers alike. Simmons has grown steadily to approximately $9.1 billion in assets with 150 branch locations throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee. Simmons is the subsidiary bank for Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC), a publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. For more information, visit http://www.simmonsbank.com/.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
CAROLINE P. MAKRIS
Simmons Bank
VP/Manager Marketing & Communications
501.944.0518 (mobile)
501.377.7615 (office)
caroline.makris@simmonsbank.com