BATESVILLE, Ark. – October 6, 2014 – Citizens Bank today announced the initial step of its expansion into Northwest Arkansas with the opening of a Loan Production Office in Fayetteville.
Doug Lynch, a veteran banker in Northwest Arkansas, will lead this effort as Citizens Bank’s Northwest Arkansas Market President. Lynch has served as Citizens Bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer since 2012.
“Our Board of Directors is committed to a strategic growth plan that is both exciting and challenging,” said Phil Baldwin, President and Chief Executive Officer, “and we believe Doug is the right person to lead us into this important region of our state. Doug is a 15-year veteran of the Northwest Arkansas market with a proven track record and many strong relationships and good friends in the Northwest Arkansas business community.”
“I am excited to have the opportunity to return to Northwest Arkansas and expand Citizens Bank’s rich heritage and tradition of serving the needs and dreams of Arkansans,” Lynch said. “Our commitment to serving customers and community will continue to be strongly emphasized as we establish a presence in Fayetteville and beyond.”
Over his 27-year career in banking, Lynch has served in key leadership roles in numerous banks throughout Arkansas. He has displayed passion and commitment to giving back to the community by serving in leadership positions with numerous organizations such as United Way, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rotary Club, American Heart Association and Independence County Family Violence Prevention.
Lynch was honored by being named by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal as one of the publication’s “40 under 40.”
He and his wife, Becky, have three children: Andrew, a worship pastor and Director of Youth Ministries for New Heights Church in Fayetteville; and two daughters, Allison, who will be a sophomore at the U of A, and Emily, who will be a sophomore at Fayetteville High School.About Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank was founded in 1953 by business and civic leaders to serve the financial needs of middle income families and small businesses. Citizens Bank works to improve the quality of life for all community residents by promoting educational opportunities, economic growth and innovative civic partnerships.