Philmon Promoted as Loan Operations Manager for Union Bankshares

Jarrod Yarnell, President of First National Bank at Paris has announced the addition of Paris native Jessica Philmon as Loan Operations Manager for its parent organization Union Bankshares, Inc. (UBI). First National Bank at Paris (FNB) has been a division of Union Bankshares, Inc., based in Mena, Ark., since 2005. Philmon will be responsible for loan operations at all UBI banks including: Paris, Ozark, Clarksville, Booneville, Waldron, Mena and Wickes.

Philmon holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing degree from Arkansas Tech University. Her career with FNB actually began on a part-time basis while she was attending Arkansas Tech. She began as a teller, moved to bookkeeping and ultimately to the department she will now lead, loan operations.

“Jessica is very progressive and is always embracing more effective technologies and methods to serve our customers. Besides being customer focused, she is very team centered which will be very helpful in centralizing the loan operations across the two subsidiary banks of UBI,” said Yarnell. “She has all the attributes we need for this crucial leadership position and I couldn’t be more excited to see her in this role.”

She and her husband of 14 years, Max, are local business owners as well.  The couple own and operate Paris Insurance Group, MJ’s Bar and Grill, MJ’s Bar and Grill Too, as well as Nubbin Ridge Convenience Store. 

Outside of her role at FNB, she enjoys coaching and watching their 10-year-old daughter Cora in little league softball, basketball as well as camping and attending Razorback football games. The family also attends St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Paris.  Philmon has previously served on the Logan County Single Parent Scholarship board as well as the St. Joseph’s School Board.

Philmon will still work primarily from the Paris bank but will be traveling to Mena and other branches in her new role. She is thankful for the opportunity, “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the staff at both banks and looking forward to implementing new processes to make loan operations more effective and efficient.” 

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