Four promoted at Commercial Bank



special to The Star

Commercial Bank president and CEO Michael Dudley has announced that four bank officers have been promoted.

Dudley said that Sharon Monroe, Wayne Smith, and John Lyle Briggs have been named vice presidents while Leah Hearn has been promoted to compliance officer.

Monroe currently serves as manager and loan officer at the bank’s Briarwood Office. She has been in banking since 1972 and a member of the Commercial Bank family since 2001. She is a graduate of Mississippi School of Banking and has a son, William Tracy Monroe. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Lauderdale.

Smith has been with Commercial Bank for more than 22 years and currently serves as a loan officer in DeKalb. He received a bachelor’s degree in business statistics and data processing from Mississippi State University and is an honor graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking. He currently serves as president of the Kemper County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as vice president of the Kemper Academy Board of Directors. He is active with the Kemper County Gideons. He and his wife, Jamie, have two sons, Dusty and Matthew. They are members of Dry Creek Baptist Church, where he serves as deacon, treasurer and music director.

Briggs joined Commercial Bank in 2002, and currently serves as a loan officer in the DeKalb office. He is a graduate of East Mississippi Community College where he was selected to Who’s Who Among American Community Colleges, and earned his banking and finance degree from Mississippi State University. While there, he was selected as a scholastic all-american certified by the National Secondary Educational Council. Briggs is a licensed and bonded Mississippi Auctioneer and a member of NWTF and MAA. He currently serves as treasurer of EMCC Wesley Foundation. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children, Vince Cusimano Jr., John Ross Briggs and Nicole Marie Briggs. He attends Scooba Methodist Church and Briggs Chapel Memorial Church.

Hearn joined Commercial Bank in 2004 and has been working in the areas of financial reporting and risk management. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the honors college at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting in 2002. The basis for her honor’s college thesis work was published in the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives. She is licensed as a certified public accountant in the State of Mississippi and a member of the Mississippi Society of Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to joining Commercial Bank, she worked in the field of public accounting. She attends Oak Grove Baptist Church in Shubuta, where she serves as assistant treasurer and co-minister of music. Leah is the daughter of Bill and Martha Williams of Whynot. She is married to Matthew Hearn and they live in Quitman.

“I am pleased to announce these promotions,” Dudley said, “Each of these outstanding individuals has reflected the finest traditions of Commercial Bank and worked diligently to provide the best in service to our customers either directly or indirectly. We look forward to their contributions in the years ahead.”



Wayne Rawson elected

vice-president of

Professional Photographers



Local professional photographer Wayne Rawson was recently elected vice-president of the Professional Photographers of Mississippi and Alabama (PPMA) at the organization’s annual convention.

Rawson also received a distinguished award from the PPMA annual print competition for his portrait of a mother and child entitled, “Sweet Innocence”. Rawson serves and is involved with Meridian Council for the Arts, and as a 4-H leader for the 4-H Photography Club, with the Mississippi State Publication “Mississippi LandMarks”, and the Photography Club of Meridian.

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