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A Conversation with Darrin Williams Darrin Williams is a former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives but says he was called to serve as CEO of one of the nation’s largest Community Development Financial Institutions, Southern Bancorp, in 2013. The $2 billion institution serves Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta region from its headquarters in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Since the murder of George Floyd and the onset of the pandemic in 2020, financial institutions such as Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Simmons First National Corp., Block, formerly known as Square, and others have funneled about $50 million in…

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Editor-in-Chief Naomi Snyder is in charge of the editorial coverage at Bank Director. She oversees the magazine and the editorial team’s efforts on the Bank Director website, newsletter and special projects. She has more than two decades of experience in business journalism and spent 15 years as a newspaper reporter. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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