One of the first levels of achieving confidence in the individuals that support you in the management of your financial affairs is knowing their background and qualifications. Following is a brief paragraph on the experience and education of each one of OakStar's Senior Management Team:
Randy Johnson is the bank’s President and CEO.
His career began as Vice President of United Missouri Bank. From there he moved to Empire Bank where he was a pivotal part of the management team serving as Vice President in Springfield, Manager of the Walnut Lawn facility and President of the Marshfield Bank. In 1997, he became a founding shareholder of The Bank, Springfield, and served as Chief Lending Officer, a position he maintained when The Bank merged with Signature Bank.
With 26 years of banking experience in the Springfield area, Randy brings extensive experience in both bank management and in asset quality evaluation. Before this new role, he served as Regional Loan Administrator for BancorpSouth, responsible for large relationship credit approval for the
Mike Lawson is the bank's Sr. Executive Vice President.
Mr. Lawson has 20 years of experience in banking in Springfield, Missouri. He worked as President of the Battlefield Branch of The Bank and The Signature Bank, Springfield, Missouri from January, 2001 until The Signature Bank merged with BancorpSouth in March, 2007. After the merger, from March 2007 to November 2008, he served as Senior Vice President of BancorpSouth Bank, Springfield, Missouri. His primary duties included Senior Lender for the Springfield Market and loan portfolio management of a $100 million loan portfolio. In November, 2008, he began work as Senior Lending Officer, Loan Production Office, First State Bank of Purdy in Springfield, Missouri.
As the Chief Lending Officer he manages all of the Bank's lending staff and activities, actively solicits new business and works with the President/CEOto oversee problem loans and their resolution. He is responsible for providing support, direction, credit information, and loan policies and procedures to ensure the overall quality of the Bank's lending portfolio.
Mr. Lawson received a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the University of Missouri in 1987 and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Drury University in 1992. He also graduated from the University of Colorado Graduate School of Banking in 1994.
Junior Lee (J.L.) Phillips is the bank's Senior Executive Vice President, Finance.
In this position he is responsible for the direction of the accounting and compliance department activities; providing leadership, training and supervision within the department to ensure compliance with Bank policies and procedures.
Mr. Phillips has 31 years of banking experience in Southwest Missouri. Before coming to OakStar Bank Mr. Phillips worked as Vice President of First State Bank of Purdy, Monett, Missouri and is Manager of the Loan Production Office in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to working for First State Bank of Purdy, Mr. Phillips worked for Empire Bank, Springfield, Missouri as the President of the Christian County division from October 1991 through January, 2008. At Empire Bank, his responsibilities included oversight of the bank's four county retail branches with total assets of over $150 million, development of deposit and income growth, and coordination of all personnel matters for the region. Prior to working for Empire Bank, Mr. Phillips served as a Vice President and Loan Officer for First State Bank of Purdy from 1987 through 1991 and Senior Vice President of United Missouri Bank of Monett, Monett, Missouri from 1977 through 1986.
Mr. Phillips received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri in 1967 and a Masters of Science in Education degree from Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri in 1971. He also received a degree from the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin in 1985.
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