Citing Guaranty Bank’s extraordinary growth and mission of offering the best community banking experience, bank President and CEO, Hue Townsend, announced today that Keith Mitchell was named Chief Banking Officer. Mitchell had been serving as Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiative.
“Our success is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and willingness to go the extra mile for our customers and teammates,” Townsend said. “Adding Keith to our executive team will strengthen our infrastructure in preparation for continued growth and our ability to exceed the expectations of our customers.”
In Keith’s position, he will be responsible for developing and delivering new products, services, and growth in the bank’s retail, commercial, and mortgage areas. Before joining Guaranty Bank, Mitchell was responsible for 35 banking centers for a large regional bank, managing more than 400 employees and $2 billion in deposits and $1 billion in loan commitments.
“Under Keith’s leadership, we will continue to hire exceedingly qualified bankers across our bank’s departments,” Townsend noted. “We have become an employer of choice in the banking community and will continue to elevate our services for the benefit of our customers to the point that we will remain the community bank of choice in the communities we serve.”
Mitchell is a graduate of Delta State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance. Additionally, Mitchell has completed studies at the Graduate Banking School, conducted at Louisiana State University, the Vanderbilt School of Commercial Banking, and the School of Commercial Banking held at the University of Oklahoma.
Mitchell has long been active in numerous civic, church, and economic development organizations. He is a Deacon at Grace Baptist Church and serves as the Grenada County Economic Development District chairman. Additionally, he is a board member of the Grenada Public Education Foundation, Inc., and former Treasurer of the Delta Council. Mitchell is married to the former Beth Pinnix of Grenada, and they have one son, Matt (Leah), and a granddaughter, Emma Grace. “There is an excitement and level of enthusiasm that exists from our Board on down,” Townsend said. “We are taking the best in true community banking and elevating it even higher.”