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Associate Members

ACB associate members provide numerous products and services specifically designed for community banks. Through their annual dues, involvement in educational programs and conference sponsorships, our associate members are an integral part of the Association. Our associate members are largely responsible for allowing the ACB to continue our mission of ensuring the success and continued development of community banking in Arkansas.

Due to the support of these companies, we strongly encourage our bank members to look here first when considering purchasing or using a new bank-related product or service. For more information contact Chris Padgett at the ACB office, 501-246-4975.

Become an Associate Member

Your technology needs are critical to your bank.  Allied’s approach is simple.  We implement a set of best practices that help you run your organization more efficiently while reducing risk.  Don’t just take our word for it.  Allied is consistently ranked as one of the top service providers in the country.

Allied is redefining IT Professional Services.  Schedule an executive meeting with us today!

Brad Cicero – 501-372-4909

Helping to Retain, Reward and Retire Key Executives, Argent Financial Group has been working with banks for over 35 years to design solutions for management succession, executive benefits, and supplemental retirement plans. 

Chuck Dudley – 866.350.0010

Arkansas Student Loan Authority has provided student loans to Arkansas families for over 40 years.  We offer the lowest private student loan interest rates available in our state.  When your customers are looking for student loans or student loan refinancing, please consider the Arkansas Student Loan Authority.

Tony Williams
-  501.682.2952

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is a university-based economic development program that assists entrepreneurs, both new and seasoned. We help with every aspect of business creation, management, and operation.

Through our eight locations around the state, ASBTDC works with all types of for-profit businesses, from home-based to high-tech. You can receive one-to-one confidential consulting and cutting-edge market research at no charge, or expand your expertise by participating in our affordable training.

As the state’s premier business assistance provider, the ASBTDC is dedicated to helping small businesses achieve success and to promoting economic development throughout the state. See our results

Unique among Arkansas economic development organizations, ASBTDC serves businesses from any county in Arkansas, in any industry sector, at any stage of business development.

Brandon Horvath  - 501.804.6769 

BHG has been lending for nearly 20 years and is the #1 source for medical and professional loans across the country. Having underwritten over $25 billion in loans, we have gained unmatched insight into these borrowers. Today, more than 1,100 banks have partnered with BHG to buy these high-quality loans through our online loan hub. With record availability, outstanding performance and 4 - 6.5% return, now is the time to join the BHG Bank Network. Learn more.

Courtney Calderwood 315-430-3919

                                MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE  *  MINIMIZE RISK

Bank Strategic Solutions is dedicated to assisting bank management and board members to improve efficiencies across all lines of business to grow the net income while meeting regulatory guidelines.  We focus on managing risk so you can focus on maximizing profits.

Strategic Risk & Planning  *  Credit Risk  *  Operational Risk & IT Management  *  Compliance  *  ALLL/CECL  *  Interest Rate Risk – Asset Liability Management  *  Training

Amy Pierce - 800-281-9980

Financial institutions across the country depend on BKD as their CPA and advisory firm of choice. BKD National Financial Services Group offers the experience and commitment needed to help enhance your institution’s performance.   Regulatory compliance, including Dodd-Frank requirements; Internal audit services; Loan review services; Tax services; Enterprise risk management; SEC reporting; Profitability enhancement; IT risk assessment; Strategic planning; Merger and acquisition services.

Ryan Underwood  –  501-372-1040

At Celerit, we work effectively for your business, reflecting your business goals, helping you reach your full potential. Since our founding in 1985, we’ve been building our knowledge base and nationwide network of resources that know IT, banking, and results.  We mine the expertise of a meticulously assembled team of professionals and accelerate your business.

Although our industry is complex, our guiding principles remain rather simple – take care of our customers and take care of our staff.

Ron Harmon  – 501-312-2900

When people performance is improved, the performance of your bank improves.

That’s why the Center for Financial Training – ACB’s long-time training partner for community banks – is changing to meet the needs of today’s challenging business environment by offering a comprehensive, up-to-date curriculum that will help your bank achieve its goals! It takes more than just keeping up with the changes in this dynamic industry to keep your competitive edge, you’ve got to stay on top! 

Marta Carey  –  800-795-5242

 Smart decisions. Lasting value.

Crowe LLP is one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the United States. Under its core purpose of “Building Value with Values®,” Crowe uses its deep industry expertise to provide audit services to public and private entities, while also helping clients reach their goals with tax, advisory, risk and performance services.

Steve Wagner  -  214.777.5249

               Nonqualified Benefit, BOLI Administration and Portfolio Services

Equias Alliance delivers nonqualified benefit and BOLI administration and portfolio services to banks across the United States. Equias Alliance offers a near-seamless approach from design to implementation. The Equias Alliance team has helped over 800 banking organizations recruit, retain, and reward executives, directors and employees critical to each bank's success.

Trey Deupree  -  469-252-1038

Federal Protection is trusted as the Financial Industry Security Specialists. Serving since 1969 Federal is a proven innovator in security, bank equipment, and ATM/ITMs. Today, we offer the latest solutions for branch development, ATMs, ITMs, and physical & electronic security. With over 280 security specialists, Federal Protection is the largest security provider of its type in the Central United States. With an in-house 24/7/365 Federal Response Center Monitoring Stations, as well as Federal Construction, Inc. specializing in financial construction; Federal is truly a turn-key solution.

Eric Hoover  -  501-547-7193

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, is a cooperatively owned wholesale bank that supports housing and economic development in the communities served by our member institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Texas. Our credit products and other financial services help members deliver financial products to fund housing, small business, rural development and agriculture. Specialized community investment and affordable housing loan and grant programs help finance community redevelopment and expand affordable housing opportunities.

Steve Otto  –  800-442-9841

A Trusted Partner to Community Banks in Arkansas

Our focus remains fixed on being a trusted partner to community banks – not a competitor. In fact, our charter prohibits us from dealing with the general public so we will never become a competitor to the banks we serve.  Our goal is to ensure that you have the resources you need to focus on your customers and grow your business.

Herbert Thomas  –  800-737-0535

Providing software, services and outsourcing of the technology that empowers the financial world, FIS™ combines the most complete banking and payments solutions with a client-centric service model to help our clients succeed. Partnering with FIS means gaining access to innovation funded by our substantial and sustained investment. We help our clients transform disruption into opportunity, giving them the tools they need to stay ahead of technology and the competition.

John Buck

Gerrish Smith Tuck Consultants and Attorneys is the nation’s preeminent consulting and legal firm for community banks, thrifts, and their respective holding companies that focuses exclusively on community bank corporate and regulatory issues.  The firm’s attorneys and consultants are experienced in assisting investor groups and community bank clients in organizing new banks, offering bank regulatory guidance and examination preparation, and assisting troubled or problem banks in negotiating, contesting, and complying with regulatory enforcement actions.  A full list of services provided by Gerrish Smith Tuck can be found here.

Philip Smith  –  901-767-0900

IL Group is a unique insurance agency. In addition to being your agent, we act as consultants, helping reduce risk and improve efficiencies in your insurance operations. Insurance products offered: lender placed hazard insurance; lender placed flood insurance; REO insurance; blanket insurance; flood determination and insurance outsourcing. Services provided: insurance operations improvement; services platform integration consulting.

 Angelo Adams  –  251-405-2606

JMARK’S Financial Services Team has the specialized expertise to support your strategy while helping reduce your exposure, with custom solutions built for your business:   Short- and long-term technology  planning; Regulatory compliance programs; Audit prep and support; Security planning, monitoring, and response; Business continuity; Backup management;Disaster recovery.

With our team of specialists managing your technology, you’ll be able to deploy more resources toward serving your customers. Meanwhile, we’ll handle all the other aspects of your IT systems and protocols for you and your personnel: Documentation services; Help desk; Application support; Patch management; Server management; IT vendor management and coordination.

Todd Nielson  –  417.875.8375

     Modern Banking Systems is a leading provider of real-time core banking processing solutions.

Essentia, our core banking software delivers profitability, efficiency, and security. Essentia is continually evolving with customer-driven enhancements, innovative technology solutions, and strict                                                       regulatory compliance.

We offer Service Bureau (outsourced), Hosted, and In-house data processing alternatives along with a host of managed services such as payment processing, mobile and Internet solutions, full IT security, real-time teller platform, customized reporting, item and document imaging, and equipment hosting services.

We’ve been in the banking business for over 50 years and we've built a strong reputation as a trusted partner delivering solutions that help keep you strong and ahead of the competition.

Mike Corbin  -  210-978-4621

PCA Technology Solutions was founded in 1994 knowing the IT industry was lacking in companies devoted to the end user. On one end of the spectrum, mass market over-the-counter sales operations, where guidance and support stop at the sales counter, and on the other end, corporate consulting firms which ignore both smaller businesses and individuals.

In between is a river of need, and PCA Technology Solutions is here to provide the bridge. We combine knowledge, experience and a genuine care for the client providing a blueprint for success year after year. Our business model is built around the "Golden Rule" and every recommendation we make to you is one that we'd want made to us if the roles were reversed.  This blueprint has helped us to achieve multiple accolades including: "Best of Biz" since 2005 and Business of the Year Category I finalist on three different occasions.

 Visit our website and feel free to CONTACT us to let us know how we can best help you!

Ted Clouser  -  501.907.4722

Retriever Merchant Services, part of National Processing Company (NPC), provides customized payment programs for all types of financial institutions. Together we can evaluate your resources to build a program dedicated to meet your needs. You will receive dedicated sales representatives and a relationship manager to assist you in attracting new customers, retaining existing customers and working to increase your institution’s profitability. Our complete offering can include sales, customer service, terminal help-desk support, equipment deployment and training allowing your team to focus on core banking products and service. Our programs are designed as zero risk, turnkey solutions that allow you to provide quality payment processing to your customers.

Dana Nordwall  –  901-271-6641

Based in Little Rock, Smiley Technologies is a core provider for community banks that was founded in 2002 out of the need for better software and superior service. The company’s two founders are Elizabeth Glasbrenner and Vance Smiley; their father, Walter Smiley, founded Systematics, the pioneer of outsourced data processing for banks.

Our core banking platform is a vertically integrated solution with most banking functions in one system allowing better access to information you need. Add our high-touch customer service and continuous innovation, our team understands core banking and how to provide value to community banks

We have a number of Arkansas community banks on our platform and look forward to meeting more Arkansas community banks.

Ben France 501-413-2874

The SouthState Bank Correspondent Division employs over eighty-five dedicated  correspondent banking professionals.  The Team manages over 600 relationships in 43 states.

In addition to the Bank’s main office in Winter Haven, Florida, Correspondent offices are located in Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; San Francisco, CA; and Winston-Salem, NC.  Additional Business Development offices are located in Dallas, TX; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; New York, NY; and Tampa, FL.

With a dynamic and rapidly changing banking environment, and as a fellow Community Bank facing many of the same opportunities and challenges, our commitment remains focused on providing innovative Correspondent products delivered with world-class service, including:  Capital Markets Services; Payment Solutions; Commercial Banking Services; International Services.

Shawn Gillis 205.335.1955

UFS was founded by community banks for community banks, and our charter requires us to be owned by community bank customers. That unique perspective keeps us aligned as we provide purpose-built solutions to ensure community banks thrive. For most of our history, we grew though referral to supporting nearly 30% of our Wisconsin home state banks, and are now sharing our community with banks from Nebraska and Arkansas, to Minnesota and Illinois. Our customers look to us to provide reliable, accurate, and best of breed technology solutions that help them thrive. People are the heartbeat of our company, we’ve had minimal voluntary turnover in recent years, and we attract passionate people to our mission driven vocations. Our core support team has an average of 13 years of banking experience before joining the UFS team. Bankers serving bankers with passion. Does your technology partner do that?

Tom Szews – Regional Business Development  - 262-376-3000

Wallace Consulting Co., LLC (WCC) is dedicated to identifying and mitigating fair lending, CRA, and HMDA risks faced by banks of all sizes. With 22 years of compliance experience, including 19 as a bank regulator, Michael P. Wallace and WCC provide unparalleled regulatory insight and targeted best practices. Services include redlining analyses, comparative file reviews, CRA self-evaluations, community development 
                                              reviews, HMDA transaction testing, and training for staff and the board of directors

Michael P. Wallace – 501-258- 9463

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