Simmons First National Bank recently announced the officer promotions of E. Wayne Bishop to information technology officer and Karla D. Dial to operations officer, according to Marty Casteel, chairman and CEO for Simmons First National Bank.

Simmons First National Bank recently announced the officer promotions of E. Wayne Bishop to information technology officer and Karla D. Dial to operations officer, according to Marty Casteel, chairman and CEO for Simmons First National Bank.

Bishop holds the position of manager of IT computer operations. He has nearly six years experience with Simmons First and previously held the position of network administrator. Bishop has attended Southeast Arkansas College, is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has obtained his Microsoft Certified Professional certification.

Bishop has attended and completed numerous external training courses, including Basic Data Recovery and Acquisition at the National White Collar Crime Center in Springdale and Image Scan Training–Unix Program Application for Forensics taught by the Federal Bureau of Investigations Computer Analysis and Response Team at the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory in Dallas, Texas.

Prior to joining Simmons First, Bishop served a combined 16 years in law enforcement with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff and the Pine Bluff Police Department as a traffic patrolman and ultimately a senior division sergeant and IT supervisor.

Karla Dial holds the position of bank card operations supervisor in the Specialty Banking Group. She has worked for Simmons First for eight years and began as a payment processor for the Bank Card Department.

Dial currently attends Southeast Arkansas College and has completed numerous internal training courses. She is active in her community through her volunteer efforts and participation with Special Olympics, March of Dimes and Race for the Cure. She is a current member of Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Beta Lambda.

Simmons First National Bank is one of eight affiliate banks of Simmons First National Corporation. Simmons First National Corporation is an eight bank financial holding company with community banks in Pine Bluff, Lake Village, Jonesboro, Rogers, Searcy, Russellville, El Dorado and Hot Springs. The Company’s eight banks conduct financial operations from 96 offices, of which 92 are financial centers, in 55 communities in Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas.