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Little Rock, Ark. – Southern Bancorp, Inc., a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), today announced the hiring of Ginny Markham-Jones as its Director of Mortgage Operations & Compliance. The position marks the latest step in the CDFI’s expanding efforts in the mortgage industry.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ginny to our growing mortgage team,” said Jeremy Davis, President of Mortgage. “Her decades of experience in the industry and as a purpose-driven leader align well with the Southern Bancorp mission and the impact we hope to create with our expanded mortgage department – to bridge the homeownership gap for minority and under-resourced households and communities throughout the South.”

Markham-Jones brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in mortgage operations, during this time holding nearly every role in this subsect of the industry. Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations for InQlusion Mortgage Capital, a full-service concierge home financing company specializing in increasing the access to homeownership for marginalized communities throughout the southeast United States. Prior to this role, Markham-Jones successfully executed the launch of a diversity-focused homeownership division for FirstBank, which was awarded the 2020 National Mortgage Bankers Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Award for market outreach strategies.

In her new role with Southern Bancorp, Markham-Jones will lead and facilitate practical and efficient mortgage operations that put people first and further Southern Bancorp’s principles to balance profits with purpose.

“It’s an honor to join the Southern Bancorp team and be part of this exciting growth period for both the company and our mortgage division,” said Ginny Markham-Jones. “As we expand our capabilities and reach in the industry, we seek to deliver the opportunity of homeownership for more families and communities, particularly those that have long faced barriers to entry.”

One of America’s oldest and largest community development banks, Southern Bancorp’s organizational umbrella consists of three separate CDFIs working together, including Southern Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company; Southern Bancorp Bank, a community development bank; and Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit loan fund. Southern Bancorp’s customers and communities are served by all three certified CDFIs, which together provide the full scope of access, support, and resources needed for individuals and families of all types to build wealth and strong financial futures.

About Southern Bancorp
Founded in 1986 by some of the nation’s leading political, business, and philanthropic leaders with an initial investment of $10 million, Southern Bancorp, Inc., along with its development partners – Southern Bancorp Bank and Southern Bancorp Community Partners – has grown into a $2.5 billion asset organization with 56 locations serving 65,000 customers across two states. Southern Bancorp has a unique array of financial products and services designed to help individuals at all stages of life’s financial journey – from teaching kids how to save to helping entrepreneurs and families realize the American Dream. Southern Bancorp is a certified Community Development Financial Institution, certified B-Corp, and proud member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. Learn more at and