Monday, April 15, 2024

Origin Bank Expands Reach into South Alabama and Florida Panhandle with Key Leadership Appointment

by BIZ Magazine

Origin Bank, a financial institution with a legacy dating back to 1912, has announced a strategic move to enter South Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. The expansion is part of the bank’s commitment to furthering its culture of prioritizing people, communities, and personalized relationship banking.

Nate Sommer, a seasoned banking professional with fifteen years of experience in the Gulf Coast region, has been appointed as the Regional President and will lead Origin Bank’s newly established Southeast Market.

“We’re excited to bring Origin Bank’s culture and philosophy, which places people first, to the markets of South Alabama and the Florida Panhandle,” expressed Nate Sommer. “Origin’s hands-on approach to personal and business customers, coupled with its commitment to communities, has been unmatched for more than a century.”

Sommer, an alumnus of the University of Dayton, brings a wealth of experience and expertise. His leadership roles and advisory roles for businesses and personal clients in the Gulf Coast region have solidified his reputation as a trusted figure in the local banking landscape. He is also a graduate of the University of Texas Executive Education Program and Leadership Mobile.

Assisting Sommer in spearheading the Southeast Market are Robin Donlon, appointed as Florida Panhandle Market Leader, and Steve Rockwell, assigned as Greater Mobile Market Leader. Both Donlon and Rockwell are accomplished banking professionals who will contribute to leading a team of talented bankers with extensive market experience.

Origin Bank, with over a century of banking history, currently operates more than 60 locations across Dallas/Fort Worth, East Texas, Houston, North Louisiana, and Mississippi. The bank has seen consistent and solid growth throughout its footprint.

Drake Mills, Chairman, President, and CEO of Origin Bancorp, Inc., expressed enthusiasm about the expansion into one of the most attractive markets in the country. “Our experience and dedication in the communities we serve have set us apart from our competitors. Our vision at Origin is connecting people to their dreams, and we are excited to continue that vision in South Alabama and the Florida Panhandle,” said Mills.

The bank plans to unveil new locations in Alabama and Florida in the coming months, pending regulatory approvals.

About Origin

Origin Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana, is a financial holding company. Its wholly-owned bank subsidiary, Origin Bank, has been serving communities since 1912, embodying a culture committed to personalized relationship banking. With over 60 locations, Origin Bank provides a comprehensive range of financial services across Dallas/Fort Worth, East Texas, Houston, North Louisiana, and Mississippi. For more information, visit Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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