Jason Stone to lead Licking branch

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Jason Stone accepts leading role at Licking branch of Progressive Ozark Bank.
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Jason Stone knew joining the Progressive Ozark Bank branch in Houston would be a fulfilling career move. He never expected it would provide an opportunity to advance his career so quickly by accepting the lead role at the soon to open Licking branch of Progressive Ozark Bank.
“I was both shocked and thrilled,” said Stone, “Progressive Ozark Bank is a great organization and exactly what the people of Licking need right now in banking.”
Jason came to Progressive Ozark Bank’s Houston branch in October 2019 as Senior Loan Officer with over 18 years of lending experience, much of it in the Licking market.
“I really like helping farming families and small businesses,” Jason said, “and now I get that opportunity in my own home town.”
The new branch will be located at 109 West State Highway 32 in Licking. The building there previously housed Landmark Bank which sold to Simmons Bank earlier this year. After a period of remodeling, the new Licking branch is expected to open sometime mid-July 2020.
“It clearly makes sense to have Jason lead the Licking market,” said Kara Huitt, Progressive Ozark Bank President and CEO. “We are confident he and the staff will be a great resource for the community and the bank.”
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Jennifer Williams, Loan Officer at Houston branch of Progressive Ozark Bank.

With the transition comes a new opportunity for Jennifer Williams, who joined the Houston branch in February of this year. 
With over 20 years of banking experience, predominately with Landmark Bank in both Houston and Licking, Jennifer has held positions in retail banking, consumer lending and middle management. As such, she is well suited to assist customers with all types of loans.
“My specialty is matching customers to solutions to fit their needs,” Jennifer said, “I really like supporting local families with local resources and lending is just that.”
Houston VP & Market Manager Cynthia Ramsey said bringing Jennifer on as Loan Officer for the branch is indicative of Progressive Ozark Bank’s heart and vision. “Finding mutually beneficial solutions is our ultimate goal. It makes sense to have Jason in Licking and Jennifer is the perfect fit to best serve Houston clients.”
Progressive Ozark Bank is a locally owned bank with five locations and a strong track record of serving client’s financial needs in Dent, Texas and Wright County, Missouri.

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