Micah Beard transitions to Regional President of North Central Arkansas Market
BATESVILLE, Ark. (April 15, 2021) - Citizens Bank, headquartered in Batesville, Arkansas, announced that effective immediately, Micah Beard is transitioning to Regional President of North Central Arkansas Market, where he will continue to support the bank’s mission to put people first.
In his role as Regional President of North Central Arkansas Market, Beard will be responsible for the North Central Region and will be the primary point of contact for local decisions as a hand-on resource and leader in the Batesville community.
“Micah is the right person to lead our talented team of associates in the North Central Region,” said Adam Mitchell, President and CEO of Citizens Bank. “Through his leadership, Citizens Bank was one of the first banks in the region to originate Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) loans for our customers, demonstrating his true commitment to community banking.”
A native of Monticello, Beard attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Accounting. He later obtained specialized degrees from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.
Beard has been employed at the bank since 2008, and has more than 25 years of experience in banking. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Batesville and is a Board Member for the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the White River Health System Advisory Board and the Vital Link Board. Beard continues a legacy of community-focus both in his career and throughout his personal life. He and his wife Jennifer live in Batesville with their daughter, Avri, age 9.
As outgoing president of the Arkansas Sheriff Youth Ranch’s (ASYR) Board of Trustees, Beard has overseen two of the organization’s most successful years. He helped the ASYR secure a PPP grant, providing crucial margin during the pandemic. Beard also helped by increasing Citizens Bank's matching gift by 50% to encourage even more donations, which ultimately enabled ASYR to have its largest single day of giving in the organization's history. For his community involvement, the Batesville Chamber of Commerce is celebrating him as one of its 2021 Spirit of Independence honorees.