Simmons First National Corp. announced the appointment of Tom Purvis of Fort Worth, Texas, and Russell Teubner of Stillwater, Oklahoma, to its board of directors. The announcement was made Friday.


Purvis previously served as a director of First Texas BHC Inc., which Simmons acquired Oct. 19. He is a real estate broker and president of Continental Real Estate Inc., a Texas-based commercial real estate company. He also serves as managing partner to a portfolio of real estate assets and consulting ventures. Purvis is a member of the boards of directors of Streams & Valleys Inc. and the Fort Worth Zoo. He attended the business school at the University of Texas and graduated from Texas Christian University.


Teubner previously served as a director of Southwest Bancorp Inc., which Simmons also acquired Oct. 19. He is the founder and chief executive officer of HostBridge Technology LLC, an Oklahoma-based technology firm. He previously served as president of Esker Inc. and as director of Esker Software. Teubner is a director of the OSU Center for Innovation and Economic Development and an advisory council member for the OSU Museum of Art. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.


“We are grateful that Tom and Russ have agreed to serve as directors of Simmons,” said George Makris Jr., Simmons’ chairman and CEO. “Tom is an accomplished executive with expert knowledge of the Texas real estate market. Russ is a successful IT entrepreneur who has valuable experience developing and working with cutting-edge technology. Both of these individuals will play important roles in our company as we continue to expand into new markets and enhance our products and services.”