Equity Bank promotes Harris to Arkansas market president

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Wichita, Kan.-based Equity Bank has promoted Justin Harris of Harrison to president of the company’s Ozark Mountain region in Arkansas. That includes banks in Harrison, Berryville, Eureka Springs and Pea Ridge.

Equity Bank is a $5-billion asset lender with locations throughout Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Equity entered the Arkansas market in 2016 as a combination with Community First Bank of Harrison.

Harris started his new job in February. He was previously the bank’s president and senior lending officer in Harrison.

According to a company news release Tuesday (Feb. 28), Harris will oversee regional strategy, commercial and consumer business development and local banking operations throughout Equity’s Ozark Mountain locations.

“I am thrilled to announce Justin’s promotion to Region President, and we’re proud to have him as a resource for his teammates and customers in our Ozark footprint,” said Brad Daniel, Community Banking CEO for Equity. “During his time at Equity, Justin has been crucial in the growth and development of our banking team and our market leaders, and has had a positive impact on our brand and our team members throughout our bank offices in Ozark Mountain.”

Harris joined Equity Bank in 2021 and has worked in various roles throughout more than 20 years in the community banking industry, including roles in commercial and small business lending, retail deposit leadership, and positions as relationship manager, deposit operations, and senior lending and business development.

Harris is a graduate of the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. He earned his accounting degree from Utah State University and an MBA from the University of Arizona.

In a corresponding move, Brad Daniel, previously region president of Ozark Mountain, was promoted to Community Banking CEO of Equity regions in Arkansas, Central, Western and Southwestern Kansas, and Western Oklahoma.