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OakStar Bank Promotes Renee Samuels to Chief Human Resources Officer
Press Release: January 23, 2018

OakStar Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Renee Samuels as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer. Renee is a longtime resident of the Springfield area and has over seventeen years of Human Resources experience. Renee has served as the Director of Human Resources for OakStar Bank since 2013.

Randy Johnson, President and CEO of OakStar Bank, says “Renee is knowledgeable, professional and compassionate. Her level of commitment to our OakStar family is beyond measure and we are excited she has accepted this newly created position as Chief Human Resources Officer. Adding Renee to our Executive Management Team will be a tremendous benefit to our entire organization.”

OakStar Bank Welcomes Jeff Scott as Chief Operations Officer Press Release: November 8, 2017

OakStar Bank is pleased to welcome Jeff Scott as Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer. Jeff is a longtime resident of Southwest Missouri and is a graduate from Southwest Baptist University with a degree in Business Administration and Management. Jeff has over twenty-three years of banking industry experience with Jack Henry & Associates, working most recently as their Manager of Core Acquisition Services. 

Randy Johnson, President and CEO of OakStar Bank, says “Jeff brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience to our OakStar team. We are excited to welcome him to our OakStar family.”

As COO, Jeff will oversee all areas of deposit operations for OakStar Bank. 

OakStar Bank Welcomes Dylan Holloway as Commercial Lender
Press Release: November 8, 2017

OakStar Bank is pleased to welcome Dylan Holloway to their team. Dylan has over seven years of lending experience and is a specialist in FSA (Farm Service Agency) Lending. He is a graduate of Drury University with a degree in Business Administration as well as a graduate of the Missouri Bankers Association School of Lending. 

Dylan has a passion for agricultural lending and enjoys helping customers achieve their goals. Kelly Parson, Community Bank President, says “Dylan is a strong addition to our team. His commitment to the customer is unparalleled and his agricultural lending knowledge and FSA Lending expertise is an asset to OakStar Bank and to our customer base.”

OakStar Bank 1st in SBA Lending
Press Release: November 6, 2017

OakStar Bank is pleased to announce that in the Springfield MSA region they are 1st in SBA (Small Business Administration) lending in both the number of SBA Loans closed and the gross approved dollars for SBA loans. The Springfield MSA covers the seven counties of Greene, Christian, Taney, Webster, Polk, Stone and Dallas.

As a Preferred SBA Lender, OakStar Bank is granted the highest level of independence that the SBA extends to lenders. We were approved to be a preferred lender because of our high level of SBA experience and ability to effectively process and service SBA loans. This designation allows us to make decisions locally, without having to send requests to the SBA for approval, resulting in a quicker and easier process for you.

Travis Beazley, SBA Loan Manager and Vice President at OakStar Bank, says, “OakStar recognizes that local businesses are the lifeblood of our community. We are committed to our support of these businesses and consider it an honor to be the top SBA Lender in Springfield MSA region.

OakStar Bank Opens Downtown Buffalo Location

Our Buffalo Downtown location is now open! On October 20th we hosted our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event. Thank you to the Buffalo community for their support! We are excited to now have two locations to serve the Buffalo community!

OakStar Bank Welcomes Whitney Kenall as Loan Officer
Press Release Date: September 6, 2017

OakStar Bank is excited to welcome Whitney Kenall to their S. Ash Street Buffalo location. Whitney has over 10 years of banking experience, is a graduate of Buffalo High School, and is a long time Buffalo resident. 

Jim Smith, Community Bank President, Clinton Location Jim Smith and Jeff Smith Join OakStar Bank
Press Release Date: July 21, 2017

Jim Smith , Community Bank President, Clinton

Longtime community banker and Clinton resident, Jim Smith , will lead the Clinton team as Community Bank President. Jim is a graduate Missouri State University and a 2001 Outstanding Alumni of Missouri State University. He is deeply rooted in the Clinton community and the banking community at large. His community involvement includes: past President of Clinton Rotary Club, past President of Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Director of Golden Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation, Treasurer and Director of the Henry County Community Development Corporation, and President of Whiteman Area Leadership Foundation (Whiteman Air Force Base). Jim has over fifty years of banking experience and has served as both the President of the American Bankers Association (Washington, D.C.) and the President of the Missouri Bankers Association (Jefferson City, MO). 

Jeff Smith, Vice President, Clinton LocationJim is joined by his son, Jeff Smith , who will serve as Vice President of the Clinton location. Jeff has over eighteen years of banking experience, is a graduate Missouri State University and received his MBA from Baker University. Jim and Jeff are excited to be bringing community focused banking back to the Clinton area.


Jeff Smith, Vice President, Clinton

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