July 25, 2013 9:56:00 AM
Columbus will be the new corporate headquarters for BankFirst, the company announced Wednesday.
BankFirst president and CEO Moak Griffin said he was excited about the change and saw it as a move in efficiency to benefit BankFirst stakeholders.
"We are as committed to our customers today as our founders were 125 years ago, and these strategic changes reflect that," Griffin said in a press release. "A home base that's more centralized and accessible to most of our branches enhances our efficiency, enabling us to serve our patrons better. Growth and positive change are essential to our goal of providing all the advantages of modern banking, strengthened with individual relationships and community investment."
The company's operations center will remain in Macon.
In addition to changing their corporate office location, BankFirst is adding two new executives to their organization. Marcus Mallory was named as executive vice president of commercial banking and Jim McAlexander was named executive vice president of retail banking and branch administration.
"As a long-time resident of the Golden Triangle, I look forward to working with the BankFirst team and its customers," Mallory said.
McAlexander said he feels moving the corporate office to Columbus will benefit not only customers in Columbus, but across Mississippi.
"As a community bank, we can focus on 'relationship banking' rather than a 'one size fits all' approach. Our knowledge of intangibles - such as local markets, individual character, family history and others- allows for better judgment in managing risk and typically results in quicker and more flexible decisions for our customers."
BankFirst has 13 locations across the state, including Columbus, Flowood, Gluckstadt, Macon, Madison, Ridgeland, Starkville and West Point.
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