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‘The Girl Banker’ lands market president role in Arkansas

A banker well known for her advocacy for women in the financial services industry has landed a new job.

First Community Bank in Batesville, Ark., said in a press release Tuesday that it had hired Natalie Bartholomew as its community president in Rogers, Ark. 

Bartholomew will be responsible for establishing the bank’s presence in the market, which will include hiring a team and building relationships with area businesses. 

The $2.1 billion-asset bank is set to open a loan production office in the market later this month with plans to convert it into a full-service branch later this year.

“Entering the Rogers area is our initial step to grow our footprint in northwest Arkansas,” Dale Cole, First Community’s chairman and CEO, said in the release. “We are very fortunate to have a veteran banker like Natalie join our team and spearhead our efforts in the region.” 

Bartholomew founded the Girl Banker Platform in 2017, which includes a Facebook group and a podcast. Since September, she has been the chief impact officer at Citizens Bank of Edmond in Oklahoma.

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