AMORY – A vacant corner of the Park Hotel is now a pleasant office housing First American National Bank, Amory’s latest lending institution headed by Ivan Bryant.
“In 1964, First American National Bank founder Dr. Kelly Segars, Sr. saw the need for a financial institution that would be more than Webster’s definition of a bank – ‘An establishment for receiving and lending money,’” Bryant said. “He envisioned a financial institution that would not only provide traditional banking products, but also an institution that would be a partner and aggressively promote the community’s growth and development. From this vision, in September of 1964, First American National Bank was born. Now with assets of more than $270 million and 10 locations, First American has expanded into five counties in northeast Mississippi – most recently Monroe County.”
Bryant and lending assistant Amy Robinson seek to offer a unique experience for customers who visit the new office, which is decorated with art prints of scenes from throughout Amory done by a local artist. An empty brick wall facing the intersection of 1st Avenue and Main Street has also been emblazoned with a mural of an American flag that overshadows the bank name below.
“Banking trends and technology have changed dramatically through the years, and FANB has progressed along with the times,” he said. “However, the true hometown, ‘promoting community growth’ mantra has remained the same and sets FANB apart from the others.”
The Amory office is building relationships in Amory and Monroe County with the bank’s customer relationship banking model. Bryant has the same vision for the Amory and Monroe County market that First American’s founder had 55 years ago – serve the community and build relationships that will invest back into the local economy.
“Currently, we are a loan production office only in Amory, which means we cannot accept deposits for the time being,” he said. “We hope to go full service in the future and offer all loan and deposit services. We are looking forward to growing in Monroe County and the surrounding areas.”