Star Staff Reports
BARTLETT – They say you can never go home again. But for one former First South Financial employee, that’s not true. Melissa King, First South Financial’s Senior Vice President of Lending and Collections, actually started her lending career at the credit union. She originally worked for First South Financial in 1999 in the Mortgage Department. After about a year, she moved to Peoples Bank in Millington and from there to Real Estate Loan Services where she worked as a closing agent. When Trustmark National Bank bought Peoples Bank, she moved back into the banking world and became a Vice President and Mortgage Loan Officer. King has handled construction lending, residential mortgage lending, and worked with commercial lenders all while keeping her productivity high and her staff motivated.
“When I left First South Financial one of the senior managers told me that I’d be back someday. And that stuck with me over the years. So when the opportunity came about to come back home, so to speak, I jumped at the chance. I’m thrilled to be with First South Financial and to help this great organization become even greater.”
King’s expertise gives First South Financial a great source for expanding its lending efforts and product offerings.
“We are extremely pleased to have Melissa King back with us in this capacity. She has the background, the determination and the drive, and we have no doubt that she will be a tremendous asset to our organization” says Craig Esrael, President and CEO.
First South Financial is a full-service financial institution with 15 banking centers and approximately $450 million in assets. It is ranked by all independent rating agencies as one of the strongest financial institutions in the entire nation.
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