With nearly 30 years in the banking industry, Hattiesburg-area bank
executive David E. Johnson will bring his experience and expertise
into the classroom for students, faculty and guests of the College
of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern
and chief executive officer of The First Bancshares, Inc. and The
First, A National Banking Association, will speak on "The Role
of the Community Bank in Our Economy" during a Feb. 26 lecture
at 11 a.m. in Room 303 of Joseph Greene Hall.
on the board of directors of the New Orleans Branch of the Federal
Reserve Bank of Atlanta, as well as on the board of directors of
The First Bancshares, Inc. and on the board of directors of The
First, A National Banking Association.
career began in 1977 when he joined First National Bank of Jackson.
He joined Sunburst Bank in 1988 as a senior vice president and senior
lender for the Hattiesburg branch and was promoted to senior lender
for the southern region in 1992.
In 1995, after
Union Planters purchased Sunburst Bank, Johnson left to organize
a new bank in Lamar County. The First Bancshares, Inc., a holding
company, was formed and The First National Bank of South Mississippi
in Hattiesburg was organized in 1996.
In 1999, First
National Bank of the Pine Belt was chartered under the same bank-
holding company. Last month, the two banks were consolidated to
form one bank, The First, A National Banking Association.
the College of Business and Economic Development brings into the
classroom leading business executives to share their experience
of the real world of business. The public is invited.