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LITTLE ROCK, ARK – Southern Bancorp recently announced the hiring of Josh Newsom as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending in Hernando, Mississippi. Newsom has worked in the banking and finance industry for more than 12 years.

“We’re excited to welcome Josh to the Southern Bancorp team and look forward to the economic impact he will make in DeSoto County”, said Alan Sims, DeSoto County Market President. “He brings with him a wealth of banking experience and knowledge.”

A Corinth, Mississippi native, Newsom received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University in 2006 and is currently continuing his education at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He is also a graduate of the 2014-2015 class of Leadership DeSoto and a 2017 graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to grow my career with a mission-focused bank like Southern Bancorp,” said Newsom. “I look forward to helping our customers attain their financial goals by providing access to fair, quality loans.”

Newsom lives in Hernando and is a past president and current member of The Rotary Club of Olive Branch. He and his wife Laura have a seven-year-old daughter named Ava Grace and are expecting their second child later this month.

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 then Governor Bill Clinton, former Walmart Chair Rob Walton, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and others 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 $1.4 billion in assets, 65,000 customers and 47 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. Learn more about Southern on the web at and