Freshman State Rep. Monte Hodges (D-Osceola) is following the footsteps of State Rep. Darrin Williams (D-Little Rock).

Hodges was named Vice President of Commercial Lending for Southern Bancorp Bank’s North Region on Monday (June 3).

A native of Mississippi County, Hodges joins Southern with two decades of lending experience. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Arkansas State University and an Associate degree in Arts from Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville. Additionally, Hodges attended the Lending School within the Arkansas Banking School at ASU.

“We are delighted to welcome Monte to Southern Bancorp in Blytheville, and are confident he will make a significant contribution to our bank,” said Gary Griffin, President and CEO of Southern Bancorp’s North Region.