February 10, 2010 Edition

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Green wins national honor

Valarie Green
Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

The Independent Community Bankers of America recognized Valarie Green of First National Bank of Lawrence County in Walnut Ridge as one of the nation's 2010 "ICBA Rising Stars."

The award, which is featured in ICBA's award-winning monthly publication Independent Banker magazine, recognized five bankers in the United States who are among the best and brightest in the community banking industry.

"These five community bankers, including Valarie, exemplify the core values of our nation's community banks," said Karen Tyson, ICBA senior vice president of communications.

"ICBA congratulates these rising stars for their great work and for demonstrating every day why community banks are truly the foundation of their local communities."

Green, who serves as assistant vice president and trust officer, has worked for First National Bank for 15 years.

"Every task you give Valarie she can tackle and does it in such a pleasant manner that makes her a pleasure to work with," said First National Bank President Milton Smith.

Green's responsibilities include corporate and personal trusts, employee benefits and handling IRA's for the bank.

"I am very honored and humbled to receive this award," said Green. "But the girls in my department are why I'm able to do what I do."

President and CEO of ICBA Financial Services in Memphis William Reed nominated Green for the award.

"I fortunately have the opportunity to meet bankers across the entire country, and Valarie has impressed me as one of the youngest bankers that has a very serious dedication to her customers," Reed said.

Green and her husband, Jimmy, live in Walnut Ridge with their two daughters, Sarah, 15, and Olivia, 13. She is the daughter of Earl and Janice Kegley of Piggott.

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