STARKVILLE – Guaranty Bank & Trust Company CEO and President, Hue Townsend, today announced that John C. (Jay) Willis and Crystal Collier have both joined the bank and will serve in its new Starkville Loan Production Office (LPO). The branch is applying for full-service status in the near future. Willis will serve as Vice President and Branch Manager while Ms. Collier will be an Assistant Vice President and Relationship Banker.
Willis brings more than 25 years of banking experience, the last 18 of which were with Regions Bank as Branch Manager in Starkville, Kosciusko, and Louisville. A native of Hollandale, he is a graduate of Washington School in Greenville and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Mississippi State University.
Willis is a member of the Starkville Rotary Club and a past President of the Louisville Rotary Club, past President of Louisville Country Club, past Board member of Winston Academy and the Winston/Louisville Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Deacon at Poplar Flat Baptist Church in Louisville. He and his wife, the former Natalie McClure of Louisville, have two sons: Collin and Evan. He enjoys golf and hunting in his free time.
Ms. Collier is a native of Fredericktown, Missouri, where she graduated from Fredericktown High School. She has three children: Alexis, Adler, and Keegan, and she enjoys MSU football during the season.
“As we grow our presence in and around Starkville, I am pleased that Jay and Crystal will be at the helm of our branch there,” Townsend said. “Our customers will be well-served by their experience and commitment to our brand of banking.”
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