LITTLE ROCK, ARK – Southern Bancorp is excited to announce the recent hiring of Lou Evans as a consumer lender in Olive Branch, Mississippi. She comes to Southern with an extensive background in small business lending, cash flow analysis, financial consulting, sales management and business development.
“We are so excited to have Lou join the Southern team as she comes with a wealth of experience and a commitment to being a wealth builder for everyone,” said Southern Bancorp Regional CEO Jeff Frazier. “Lou has worked in the Memphis area for many years and we look forward to her helping us intensify our efforts to create economic opportunity in that market.”
Prior to joining Southern, Evans served as branch manager for a bank in Memphis. She is also a licensed insurance agent in the states of Mississippi and Tennessee. Evans received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Mississippi in 2008, and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University.
“Being from an underbanked and low to moderate income area, I learned at an early age how important credit, savings, education, and home ownership are to building a family’s wealth,” said Evans. “Working at Southern Bancorp gives me the opportunity to help underserved communities like the one I grew up in.”
A Cleveland, Mississippi native, Evans now resides in Olive Branch with her 11-year-old son Jere’miah. She is committed to creating generational wealth for her family, and empowers others to do the same. Evans has spent a great deal of time partnering with Junior Achievement in Memphis to teach financial literacy to children. When she’s not working to build wealth, you can find her playing sports with her son or cheering for Ole Miss football.
About Southern Bancorp
Southern Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company; Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) development finance and lending organization; and Southern Bancorp Bank, one of America’s largest rural development banks; were founded in 1986 by a group of business, political and philanthropic leaders who were concerned about the economic decline of rural Arkansas. All three entities are U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) collectively known as “Southern.” With $1.6 billion in assets, 65,000 customers and 49 locations in Arkansas and Mississippi, Southern invests in people and businesses in rural communities; empowers them to improve their lives; and helps them transform their communities. Southern is a Certified B Corp, Benefit Corporation, and proud member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. Learn more about Southern on the web at www.banksouthern.com & www.southernpartners.org.