Barry Ledbetter, Executive Vice President & Chief Banking Officer of Simmons Bank
Simmons Bank • 866-246-2400 • simmonsbank.com
Barry Ledbetter, executive vice president and chief banking officer, has always enjoyed people and numbers. And it was that passion that led him to the financial industry.
Having grown up around banking, Ledbetter says he saw early on the impact bank leaders had on their peers and the community. After college, he took his first full-time job with Simmons and has been with the bank ever since.
With 32 years of experience under his belt, Ledbetter has had the opportunity to focus on contributing not only to the bank, but also to his community — which is exactly what drew him to the field. There are three aspects of the job he enjoys most: his colleagues, his customers and the community.
“I think, more than anything, I enjoy mentoring. It was so important in my own life,” Ledbetter says. “I want the bank to be very successful, but I want to look back over my career and see that I’ve helped others… They can, in turn, invest in other people’s lives. If we’re doing our job training our associates, they become better leaders within the bank and can best serve our customers.”
Though Simmons Bank has grown significantly over the years, the bank maintains its community focus.
“To me, community banks are the lifeblood of a town,” he says. “We believe in giving back, not only in our dollars, but also our time… We want to be active and make a difference in the communities we serve.”