Simmons Bank recently named Itzel Meador the Small Business Association (SBA) regional manager of sales and business development for its eight-state operation, according to a news release.

Meador’s responsibilities include SBA loan production, oversight of Simmons’ SBA lending processes and customer experience.

Meador has more than 20 years of experience, having previously served as vice president in the commercial lending group at Regions Bank in Arkansas. Prior to that, Meador was senior vice president at Arkansas Capital Corp., a nonprofit lending company that specializes in SBA lending.

“Itzel’s passion for serving small business owners is unparalleled and is backed by outstanding experience in the Arkansas market,” said Mark Wilson, Simmons Bank director of small business lending. “She is a tremendous asset to our customers and team, and her expertise will further solidify Simmons’ position as a top 100 SBA lender in the country.”

A graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, Meador is a member of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce and serves as a board member and treasurer for the Small Business Technology Development Center and Children’s Protection Center, respectively.

Meador also serves on the loan committee for Rural Missouri Incorporated (RMI), a certified development company that processes SBA 504 loans. These are loans designed to provide long-term, fixed-rate financing with low down payments to businesses and are used to acquire real estate, machinery or equipment for expansion or modernization.