The Bank Slate


Encore in Ark. adds Patriot partner to its board

Encore Bancshares in Little Rock, Ark., has added a former banker with ties to one of its investors to its board.

The $3.5 billion-asset company said in a press release that Kelly Brown had also joined the board of Encore Bank. Brown is a partner at Patriot Financial Partners, a private equity firm that became Encore’s first institutional investor when it participated in the company’s 2022 private placement.

Brown founded First Wisconsin Bank & Trust, which was sold in 2008. She later founded and served as chairman and CEO of The American Deposit Management Co. in Wisconsin.

Encore recently appointed Rita Lowman, former president of Pilot Bank in Tampa, Fla., to its bank board.

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