Matt Hicks has been hired by Chambers Bank as its chief credit officer. Hicks has more than 14 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as a commercial lender and Fayetteville market leader at First National Bank NWA.
After graduating from Arkansas State University in 2004, Hicks began his banking career at Liberty Bank in retail operations. He later led the loan administration department at Liberty and served as Benton County market president for Centennial Bank. Hicks also served as commercial loan market manager for northwest Arkansas for Great Southern Bank.
“We are thrilled to add Matt to our Chambers Bank executive team,” executive vice president J.R. Meeks said in a news release. “Matt’s breadth of experience in banking makes him uniquely qualified to lead our credit administration department.”
A native of Lawrence, Kan., Hicks worked in the Northwest Arkansas market since 2006. He currently serves on board for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas and was recognized as the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Volunteer of the Month in March. He’s a past board member for the Children’s Safety Center, Students in Free Enterprise (now Enactus) at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, and Northwest Arkansas Emerging Leaders.
“Northwest Arkansas continues to be an important part of our growth strategy for Chambers Bank,” President Mike Donnell said. “Not only does Matt possess the knowledge and skills to develop and manage our overall credit strategy to help grow the bank, his passion for helping others will help us to grow our Arkansas communities, as well.”
A graduate of Leadership Fayetteville, Hicks also holds an MBA from Harding University.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the Chambers Bank team as chief credit officer,” Hicks said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the seasoned group of quality bankers leading the company and am thrilled to be a part of what promises to be a bright future.”
Chambers Bank has 18 branches in Arkansas.