First Security Bank has promoted Brad Edwards to senior vice president, credit risk officer. Edwards led First Security’s entry into the Jonesboro market upon joining the company 17 years ago as president & CEO.
Edwards has an extensive record of community service, having served in leadership capacities and board member roles with numerous local organizations. He said he looks forward to continued service with St. Bernards Healthcare’s Governing Board of Directors as well as Jonesboro Economic Development Corporation and Jonesboro Unlimited.
“We greatly appreciate Brad’s commitment and service to our community”, said former Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, who currently serves as senior vice president of business development for First Security. “As he moves on to an expanded role with First Security, our Jonesboro team looks forward to continuing the bank’s legacy of service to the place we are proud to call home.”
In success of Edwards, Aaron Bell has been named market leader for First Security Bank in Jonesboro. Bell has served with First Security for 12 years, most notably as senior vice president, senior lending officer. He has worked in several First Security market areas, including Northwest Arkansas, Central Arkansas and now Northeast Arkansas, as of the past two years.
Bell was born in Jonesboro but grew up in Texas. When the opportunity arose to move back closer to family, he took the leap and immediately began investing in the community via Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission Sports Complex Steering Committee, Arkansas State University Museum Advisory Council, and United Way Loaned Executive Program.
“Aaron’s history with the bank and ties to this community give me confidence he will continue serving our customers and leading our team forward with excellence,” said Brad Edwards. “I am incredibly proud of our entire First Security Jonesboro team and their array of involvement in our growing community. We are very excited about the future for Jonesboro and First Security Bank.”