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Citizens Bank, headquartered in Batesville, Arkansas, announced the promotion of Jeffrey Freiert to Senior Vice President, Commercial Lender.

In this role, Freiert will continue to create opportunities for businesses to achieve success through loans that support their goals. This position will enable him to increase his leadership and develop, grow and maintain the bank’s commercial lending portfolio.

“Jeffrey has proven himself a valuable asset to both the bank and his community,” said Micah Beard, Regional President of North Central Arkansas Market at Citizens Bank. “He is a knowledgeable leader and an asset to our clients, and instrumental in our success in the PPP loan program. We look forward to expanding his influence in this new role.”

Freiert is a lifelong Batesville resident and has been part of the Citizens Bank family for 17 years. He played an integral role by spearheading the coordination of PPP loans for local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Working for Citizens Bank has given me the opportunity to give back to my community by helping local businesses and individuals,” said Freiert. “Our associates truly care for each other and that crosses over to our customers. Our focus really is People First.”

Freiert received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas, obtained a graduate degree from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University, and is a graduate of Barret School of Banking. He is a graduate of Leadership Arkansas Class XIV, has served as a board member with the Old

Independence Regional Museum and as an elder with First Presbyterian Church of Batesville. Freiert and his wife, Jesse, have two daughters, Lily and Georgie. 

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