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Citizens Bank hosted its first annual People First Awards Banquet on Thursday, June 17, honoring seven Citizens Bank associates for their achievements and contributions in 2020. The honorees included Chelsey Dockins, retail associate of the year; Katherine Harris, retail leader of the year; Lori Ross and Darryl Sullivan, lenders of the year; and Michael Bailey, Stephanie Frost and Helen Shaw, outstanding citizens award.

“The People First Awards are meant to honor those that went above and beyond in exhibiting the mission of People First,” said CEO Adam Mitchell. “Each of these associates personify our mission of putting our associates, customers and communities first.”

Each honoree was nominated by their senior leader and was chosen by a selection committee consisting of executive management and board members. This initiative is an important part of the bank's mission to put people first and is a reflection of the priority placed on culture by its progressive leadership team.

“I am so proud of the contributions of each of these honorees who exceed customers’ expectations and those of their colleagues,” said Jeff Teague, Chairman. “As a board, we know we are in good hands with teammates like these serving Citizens Bank.”

Dockins, assistant branch manager and Batesville resident, was recognized as retail associate of the year, an award meant to honor excellent service, knowledge and the delivery of an advanced experience for customers. As a leader, Dockins goes above and beyond to provide support for her teammates and constantly works to improve Citizens Bank’s customer-centric model.

Harris, market retail manager and Batesville resident, was recognized as retail leader of the year, an award meant to honor excellent leadership and the delivery of an elevated service-driven environment for associates to continue career advancement. She continually thinks of people first and provided outstanding leadership during 2020.

Ross, Arkadelphia city president and Arkadelphia resident, and Sullivan, commercial lender and Mountain View resident, were both recognized as lender of the year, an award designated for outstanding lenders who made a significant impact in 2020. Both Ross and Sullivan exceeded their market goals while also supporting customers during the pandemic.

Bailey, loan portfolio manager and Little Rock resident; Frost, senior lending assistant and Fayetteville resident; and Shaw, a security officer and Batesville resident, were each recognized for the outstanding citizens award, one of the highest forms of recognition received as an associate of Citizens Bank. The outstanding citizens award is reserved for associates who made significant contributions to their departments in the prior plan year.

Bailey’s positive attitude and hard work ethic empowered him to implement new processes for the bank, enabling enhanced performance. Frost takes special care to offer exceptional service, giving support to customers and fellow teammates. Shaw models a high level of ethical standards and understands the importance of integrity. She provided outstanding leadership for our associates and customers during the pandemic.

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