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Bank of Bolivar recruits Southern Missouri Bank execs

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Bank of Bolivar recruited three executives from Southern Missouri Bank of Marshfield, which recently was purchased by Poplar Bluff-based Southern Missouri Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: SMBC).

Former Southern Missouri Bank of Marshfield President Chris Owens joined Bank of Bolivar as a senior vice president working out of the company’s Bolivar headquarters, according to a news release.

Bank of Bolivar also brought on Chan Crooker and Melissa Smith. Crooker was a senior vice president and Smith was a vice president at Southern Missouri Bank of Marshfield.

“Each of these individuals fits very well into the personal, community bank culture that we have worked so hard to develop,” Bank of Bolivar President and CEO Brad Gregory said in the release. “At the same time, they bring with them new perspectives and new opportunities that will allow us to be an even better bank in the future.”

Bank of Bolivar employs more than 75 and operates five full-service branches in Bolivar, Fair Grove and Springfield. The company ranked 14th last year on Springfield Business Journal’s list of the area’s largest banks with $226.3 million in deposits held in the Queen City metropolitan statistical area covering five counties.

The executives’ former bank, Southern Missouri Bank of Marshfield, was acquired by Southern Missouri Bancorp for $15.1 million. The deal closed Feb. 23, according to a separate release.

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