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BANK ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING CEREMONY FOR BNA BANK PLAZA

November 10, 2022

 

plaza go and rcTUPELO, MISSISSIPPI: BNA Bank will celebrate the opening of its newest location, BNA Bank Plaza at 105 East Main Street in downtown Tupelo, Mississippi on Wednesday, November 16th at 10:00 a.m. with a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration.

"We are excited to expand in the Tupelo and Lee County market and strengthen our presence here with a new user-friendly style of bank lobby,” said BNA Bank CEO James R. Collins. “With Tupelo River Coffee located in our more open format lobby, our staff can offer customers hands on assistance with our digital products and services. This level of in-person customer service reinforces our brand of excellence in ‘relationship banking’ for which we are known.”

To celebrate the grand opening of the plaza, the bank is hosting contests that include a little over $5,000 in cash prizes for downtown Tupelo shopping and dining.

“We are a local Northeast Mississippi bank, and as a business, and as residents who live here, we understand and value the importance of local business,” said Carter Naugher, President Lee County Banking. “During the pandemic so many local businesses struggled, especially the locally owned businesses. The timing of our grand opening works out perfectly for us to show our support and belief in the power of local shopping.”

BNA Bank Plaza is the institution’s third location in Lee County, joining the Belden and Barnes Crossing locations which opened in 2007 and 2014 respectively. The plaza staff will be comprised of both bank veterans and tech savvy Universal Bankers who are able to assist each customer personally with their banking needs. Carter Naugher, President of Lee County Banking is now located at the plaza along with Drew Dodds, Vice President Business Development; Libby Adams, Senior Universal Banker; Bella Vance, Marketing Coordinator and Universal Banker; Morgan Posey, Loan Assistant and Bailey Hanson, Universal Banker.

BNA Bank Plaza is also the new location for Phelps Dunbar Law Offices and features a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of Downtown Tupelo.

BNA Bank, established in 1896, is a state-chartered bank with approximately $710 million in assets. It is one of the few ‘A’ rated banks by Weiss Bank Rating Services and was inducted into the Seifried and Brew Top 15th percentile of community banks. BNA has eight locations in Union and Lee counties and one loan production office in Lafayette county.

 

How to Outsmart Sophisticated Phishing Scams

You’ve probably heard of phishing. But do you really know what it is - and more importantly, how to protect yourself from falling victim to it? Phishing scams have become very sophisticated, but there are some simple things you can do to protect yourself and keep your personal information safe.

Phishing ScamWhat is Phishing?

Let’s start with a basic description: Phishing is a type of scam where an attacker sends a fraudulent message to trick you into revealing sensitive information - often to access your accounts or commit identity theft.

Phishing attempts usually occur through email, over the phone, or via text message. They can be very well-designed to look or sound like legitimate messages from those you know and trust, such as your financial institution, and may contain a link that directs you to a fake website that looks legitimate.

Tip #1: Do not expect phishing emails to be filtered into your Junk mail. Because they are often individually crafted based on information gathered on your social media sites, they can avoid detection from advanced email filters.

How to Detect Phishing Scams

There are ways to avoid phishing scams if you know what to look and listen for. Be on the lookout for these identifying factors:

  • Inconsistencies in email addresses. Phishing emails will typically come from an unfamiliar, unusual email address. The easiest way to detect this is to hover your cursor over the email address to reveal the true “from” address. This will usually reveal the email as a fraud and can be done without actually clicking into the email itself. For example, if an email allegedly originates from your financial institution, but the domain name reads something else, it’s likely a phishing email. Delete it immediately

  • Unfamiliar greeting or salutation. Sometimes the informality or other irregularity of a salutation can and should provoke suspicion. Be on the lookout for this type of irregularity in emails and text messages, and perhaps even phone calls. For example, if your financial institution greets you with a nickname you don’t use with your accounts, it’s an indication of phishing. Bad grammar, spelling mistakes or unusual language. Legitimate emails and text messages will not have these mistakes. However, they are often found in phishing scams.

  • Demand for urgent action. This is key! Emails, text messages and phone calls threatening some type of negative consequence, loss of money, or missed opportunity are key factors in phishing scams. The urgency prompts you to act without thinking and is what ultimately gets intelligent consumers to fall for these well-designed phishing scams. The scams have flaws, but the panic they create can cause consumers to take swift action before errors can be spotted.

  • Requests for passwords. Do not respond to a text alert, email, or phone call asking for a password, PIN, or any other security information. Never give this information to anyone, even if you think it’s your bank or credit union. They will never ask you for this information. Ever.

Tip #2: Be wary of long text numbers. If you receive a text message from an unidentified number longer than 10 digits, the odds are high it’s a scam.

 

More Dos and Don’ts to Protect Yourself

  • Don’t click on links in an unsolicited email or text message.

  • Don’t use the phone number a potential scammer provided in an email or text message. Look up the company’s phone number on your own and call to verify theauthenticity of the message or request.

  • Don’t give out personal information such as passwords, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or Social Security numbers.

  • Don’t respond to suspected phishing emails, text messages or phone calls, even if you think it would be fun to tease or trick them. It’s best to avoid responding in any way.

  • Do be suspicious of anyone pressing you to act immediately.

Tip #3: Phone numbers and caller identities can be faked to look like the caller ID is from a business you know and trust, like your financial institution. Never trust that the caller ID is accurate. It is best to look up the company’s phone number on your own and call them.

If you detect suspicious activity, contact the alleged company directly. In the case of your financial institution, call at the number listed on the back of your bank-issued debit card, in your banking app, or the bank’s official website. 

Learn more about scams and ways to protect yourself by visiting www.zellepay.com/pay-it-safe or our digital banking safety center

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BNA BANK ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

JULY 28, 2022

On behalf of the BNA Bank board of directors, James R. Collins, Chief Executive Officer, announces the following promotions:

TYLER BASIL 2022Tyler Basil has been promoted to Vice President of Business Development. A graduate of New Albany High School, Tyler received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Mississippi State University and graduated from the Mississippi School of Banking in 2021. During Tyler’s six and a half years with BNA, he has served as the board chairman of the Northeast Mississippi United Way division and president of the Kiwanis Club. He is a member of the finance committee at Hillcrest Baptist Church where he and his wife, Hanna, attend with their children, Kenley and Rob.

DREW DODDS 2022Drew Dodds has been promoted to Vice President of Business Development. A graduate of New Albany High School, Drew attended Northeast Community College and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Mississippi in 2015. During his 7 years at BNA, Drew has served as a member of the Tupelo Young Professionals (TYP), Community Development Foundation (CDF) and the Mid-South Region BNI Elite group. Drew and his wife, Lauren, are expecting their first child in August. They are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo.

KRISTIN NORWOOD 2022Kristin Norwood has been promoted to Vice President of Human Resources. A graduate of Itawamba High School, Kristin received training in Business Management at Itawamba Community College, Leadership Development though Northeast Community College, certifications in Development Dimensions International (DDI) and earned certification in Professional Human Resources. Kristen has 12 years of human resource experience and was the owner of a retail store in Tupelo. Kristin attends Bethlehem Church of New Albany with her husband Jacob, and two daughters, Reagan and Laykin.

TINA ORMAN 2022Tina Orman has been promoted to Vice President of Mortgage Loans. A graduate of Pontotoc High School, Tina earned an Associate of Arts degree in Accounting from Itawamba Community College and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. During her 21 plus years at BNA, she has received additional training with H&R Block and awarded Senior Tax Analyst. Tina is a member of Fairview United Methodist Church in Pontotoc with her husband, David, and two children, Reid and Ryan.

WITT SPENCERWitt Spencer has been promoted to Vice President of Mortgage Loans. A graduate of New Albany High School, Witt earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Prior to his arrival at BNA in 2016, Witt worked in the financial industry for 7 years. He is a member at First Baptist in New Albany and serves as the vice president of the finance committee. Witt is a member of the Rotary Club in New Albany and volunteers at the FedEx St. Jude golf tournament annually. Witt and his wife, Bridget, have two girls, Ivery and Corinne.

ELLEN STATEN 2022Ellen Staten has been promoted to 1st Vice President of the Mortgage Department. She is a graduate of New Albany High School, the University of Mississippi, and the Mississippi School of Banking. Ellen is a member of the New Albany Pilot Club, the New Albany Garden Club and is an Associate member of the New Albany Junior Auxiliary. She is married to Matt Staten and they are members of First United Methodist Church, New Albany.

DANN TANNER 2022D’ann Tanner has been promoted to 1st Vice President of Collections. A graduate of Myrtle High School, D’ann attended Northeast Junior College and South Florida Community College. D’ann joined BNA in 1990 after 4 years of prior experience in the financial industry. She is the president of the Lions Club in New Albany and a member and Sunday school teacher at 1st Baptist Church of New Albany. D’ann enjoys traveling and visiting her son, Justin Kyle of Newport, RI, and daughter, Kellan of Cleveland, MS.

 

BNA Bank, established in 1896, is a state-chartered bank with approximately $700 million in assets. It is one of the few ‘A’ rated banks by Weiss Bank Rating Services and was inducted into the Seifried and Brew Top 15th percentile of community banks. BNA has eight locations in Union and Lee counties and one loan production office in Lafayette county.

 

2022 Lee County Money for Books Winners

MONEY FOR BOOKS WINNERSWe are proud to announce the 2022 Winners of the BNA Bank Money for Books Award!

(Left to Right): Casey Shackelford (BNA Bank Business Development Officer); Sage Cruse (Mooreville); Bryson Bowdry (Tupelo); Bailey Robinson (Saltillo); Mary Vandersteeg (TCPS); and Tonya Hensley (BNA Bank AVP Business Development).
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2022 BNA Bank Scholarship Winners

2022 BNA Bank Scholarship Winners
We are proud to announce the 2022 Winners of the BNA Bank $1,000 Scholarship!
FRONT ROW: Anniston Hodges (New Albany); Kinsley Gordon (Myrtle), Alexis Campbell (Ingomar)
Back Row: Bella Maske (BNA Bank Marketing Coordinator); John Bailey Meinz (East Union); Caroline King (New Albany); Mike Staten (BNA Bank President); Josie Baird (West Union); Jake Moore (New Albany); Amanda Kent (BNA Bank Marketing VP)
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CASEY SHACKELFORD JOINS BNA BANK

April 25, 2022

On behalf of the BNA Bank board of directors, James R. “Bo” Collins, CEO, announces that Casey Shackelford has joined BNA Bank as a Business Development Officer.

CASEY SHACKELFORD“We are proud to add Casey to our business development team as he brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our growing institution,” said James R. Collins, Chief Executive Officer of BNA Bank.

A graduate of The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, Casey has several years of experience in banking, particularly commercial appraisal, and loan review.

“The staff at BNA are second to none,” remarked Shackelford. “BNA is a financial institution where customer relationships and attention to detail are its focus. I am excited to be a part of this great organization and look forward to being a part of its continued growth and success.”

Casey currently resides in Plantersville with his wife Kellon and two sons, Carter, and Cooper. They are all members of First Baptist Church Pontotoc.

BNA Bank, established in 1896, is a state-chartered bank with approximately $675 million in assets. It is one of the few ‘A’ rated banks by Weiss Bank Rating Services. BNA Bank has seven locations in Union and Lee counties and one loan production office in Lafayette County. In the fall of 2022, BNA Bank will open a new office in downtown Tupelo in BNA Bank Plaza.

 


BNA BANK ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

February 7, 2022

New Albany, Mississippi: On behalf of the BNA Bank board of directors, James R. Collins, Chief Executive Officer, announces the following promotions:

BRAD KENNEDY 2022Brad Kennedy has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Trust Officer. A graduate of East Union High School, Brad received his Master of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the Southern Trust School in Alabama. Brad joined BNA Bank in 2001 and oversees credit analysis and loan underwriting from the BNA Bank Financial Services Center in New Albany. He is a past president of the Northeast chapter of the Mississippi Society of CPA’s. He and his wife, Cathy, have two children, Anna and David. Brad and his family attend New Harmony Baptist Church, where he serves as treasurer.

JONATHAN MCCOY 2022Jonathan McCoy has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Lee County Business Development. A graduate of Pontotoc High School, Jonathan received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. Jonathan joined BNA in 2009 and currently serves as a commercial loan officer in Lee County. He is active in the Tupelo tennis community and is a former Kiwanis and Civitan club member. Jonathan and his wife, Hope, reside in Saltillo. They have three boys, Jonathan Thomas, Eli, and Clayton. Jonathan’s family attends Mayfield Church of Christ.

MIKE NOBLES 2022Mike Nobles has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Development. A graduate of New Albany High School, Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Management from Huntingdon College. Mike joined BNA in 1998 and specializes in consumer and small business lending. He is a current member and past president of the New Albany Kiwanis club where he served as chairman of the Hotbed Classic for several years. He is currently a corporate board member of the North Mississippi Boys and Girls Club. He and his wife, Sonya, have two children, Logan (Katie) and Madison. They attend Fredonia Baptist Church in Ingomar where Mike serves as a deacon and treasurer.

DONNA WEEDEN 2022Donna Weeden has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Development. A graduate of West Union High School, Donna received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. Donna joined BNA in 2013 and specializes in consumer and small business lending. She is a founding board member and past treasurer for West Union Endowment for Public Education. Donna served as the accounting chair for the Union County Relay for Life for five years and is the current President of the New Albany Kiwanis Club. She and her husband, Narshal have two children, Kelsey (Chris) McCluskey and Katie (Jake) McDonald, and one grandchild, Archie McDonald. They are members of Bethel Baptist Church.

BNA Bank, established in 1896, is a state-chartered bank with approximately $675 million in assets. It is one of the few ‘A’ rated banks by Weiss Bank Rating Services and was inducted into the Seifried and Brew Top 15th percentile of community banks. BNA has seven locations in Union and Lee counties and one loan production office in Lafayette county.

BNA MARKS 125TH ANNIVERSARY OCTOBER 16

October 13, 2021

 

BNA Bank, Union county’s oldest banking institution, will celebrate its 125th anniversary October 16, 2OLD BANK021.

Founded on October 16th in 1896 as Bank of New Albany, BNA Bank is a state-chartered bank that has grown from a single location in downtown New Albany to 8 total locations. BNA Bank is one of the few ‘A’ rated banks by Weiss Bank Rating Services and was inducted into the Seifried and Brew Top 15th percentile of community banks. In 2013 BNA Bank received the prestigious McLean Award for Philanthropy, recognizing the banks generous record of giving back to the communities it’s serves.

BNA Bank’s headquarters, West Branch, East Branch, BNA Financial Services Center, and BNA Mortgage Center are all located in New Albany. BNA Bank also has the Barnes Crossing Banking Center and Belden Banking Center in Lee County, a branch in Myrtle and a loan production office in Oxford. The bank’s 9th location, scheduled to open in the spring of 2022, will be housed in BNA Bank Plaza in downtown Tupelo.

Over the past 125 years, BNA Bank has grown to over $660 million in assets, has over 100 employees and still operates under the same basic community banking principles and philosophies that have made the past twelve and a half decades profitable and safe for depositors and investors.

Key highlights in BNA Bank’s history:
1896 - Bank of New Albany began with only one location, Downtown New Albany.

1933 – Bank of New Albany survived the Great Depression and is said not to have closed its doors even during the “banking holiday” declared by President Roosevelt.

2007- The bank extended its market by adding its first location in Lee County at Belden. This growth inspired the Bank of New Albany to and grow its community and officially change its name to BNA Bank.

2014 - BNA Barnes Crossing Branch opened with a new floorplan offering kiosks instead of traditional teller counters.

2021 - On September 7, the groundbreaking for the BNA Bank Plaza in Downtown Tupelo took place. This location is scheduled to open in 2022 and will house financial services and banking that will serve as a “solutions center” ushering BNA Bank into the next century.

Today, as the oldest community bank headquartered in New Albany, BNA Bank prides itself on its differentiating factors – outstanding customer service, innovative digital products and local decision-making. BNA Bank continues to grow and meet the increasing financial needs of its customers, embracing the technological advancements of bank delivery platforms while also maintaining strong personal relationships with its customers and supporting its local communities.

“We are proud of aNNIVERSARY CONTESTour banks tradition of service and unwavering commitment to the Northeast Mississippi region throughout our 125-year history,” said BNA Bank CEO James R. Collins. “Community banks like ours ensure our nation’s economic stability one loan, one customer, one community at a time.”

“We believe in our local small businesses and communities because we are a local business too,” continued Collins. “BNA Bank invests most all its capital resources here. Northeast Mississippi is our only focus, and our customers can bank with us knowing their deposits are being used to support the local communities, businesses and organizations of Northeast Mississippi.”

To celebrate the bank’s 125th anniversary and it’s strongly held practice of shopping and supporting local businesses, BNA will give away ten $125 gift certificates for New Albany MainStreet Money or Downtown Tupelo Dollars. To learn more about the contest and how to enter, visit BNA bank on Facebook, TwitterInstagram or any BNA Bank location. 

BNA Bank History Timeline 

October 16, 1896
Bank of New Albany Opened.
1906
Paul Rainey purchased 105 shares of stock making him the largest single stockholder owning 17.5% of stock.
January 8, 1907
Mr. Rainey was elected to Board of Directors.
December 1925
The bank reached $1 million in total assets.
March 4, 1933
President Roosevelt ordered a 4-day bank holiday after the depression, Bank of New Albany is said to have never closed.
January 6, 1942
The bank voted against joining the FDIC.
1960
Bank of New Albany entered the 1960's with approximately $4.5 million in assets. 
March 1965
The board passed a resolution to apply for a membership with the FDIC which was approved. In the same month, the board voted to remodel the bank building and to begin offering a passbook saving account paying 3.5% interest.
May 1968
The board approved the purchase of the Jennie Stephens Smith house place directly across from the courthouse, next to the post office.
November 9, 1970
Grand opening in the new main office building, this marked the only time in the banks history that its main office was relocated.
1974
This summer, the Bank of New Albany opened a branch office in Myrtle and made plans to expand the main office building.
1978 
The East branch on Hwy 15 was completed as well as a 500 square foot addition to the main office.
1979 
During the eventful 1960 and 1970s, the bank built a new main office and also built three new branches. The capital stock increased from $60,000 to $250,000, and the assets multiplied approximately 10 times to over $42 million.
July 1980 
The bank opened its fourth branch across from the hospital in the Ray-Bramlitt shopping center. The bank now has 5 locations in Union County.
1986
Bank of New Albany surpassed $100 million in assets.
 1991
The bank had its first Tallahatchie River Run.
 1992
Main office additions started, ATMs at East Branch and Medical Branch.
 1996
100 year anniversary.
1998
West branch opened consolidating Glenfield and Medical branches.
 1999
The bank added internet banking and electronic bill pay.
 2001
Bank of New Albany began offering new investment products and started the Insurance and Investments division.
 2003
The bank began offering mortgage loans.
 2005
Formed holding company BNA Bancshares, Inc. Stock relassification to A & B shares to avoid burdensome rules and exposure of complying with Sarbanos-Oxely.
November 1, 2007
Bank of New Albany officially changed its name to BNA Bank as the bank was expanding it's marketplace to Lee County.
November 5, 2007
BNA officially opened it's doors to the first branch in Lee County in the Belden community on the outskirts of Tupelo.
July 8, 2008
BNA Bank Financial Services Center housing Insurance and Investments and the new East Branch opened.
 2011
BNA Bank sponsored naming rights for the City of New Albany Sportsplex, officially becoming BNA Bank Park.
 2013
BNA received the 2013 McLean award for philanthropy.
December 11, 2014
The ribbon cutting for the 6th branch opening in Lee County at the Barnes Crossing Mall area. In this location, we were one of the first banks in Mississippi to offer the concept of the Universal Banker in a new branch floorplan offering kiosks instead of traditional teller counters.
 2016
The BNA Bank Mortgage Center opened.
 May 18, 2018
West branch celebrated 20 years.
 2021
BNA Bank Plaza groundbreaking in Downtown Tupelo.
 2021
BNA is the oldest banking institution in Union County and the only bank in Union County that is home-owned and home-operated.

BNA BREAKING GROUND ON NEW PLAZA IN DOWNTOWN TUPELO

September 7, 2021

GROUNDBREAKING PICTURENew Albany, Mississippi: BNA Bank, headquartered in New Albany, Mississippi, hosted a ceremonious groundbreaking today, September 7, 2021, for their new 18,000 square foot building in downtown Tupelo. Although already under construction, plans were announced regarding the building located at 105 West Main Street. Eley-Barkley-Dale Architects of Jackson, MS was contracted to design the building with Century Construction building the facility utilizing local subcontractors for all phases of construction.

The first floor of the new building will house the bank’s latest full-service banking center in a state-of-the-art open floor plan, plus have an additional 4,500 square feet of available tenant space for lease. The second floor is 9,000 square feet of office space and has been leased to Phelps Dunbar Law Firm. The building will also have a rooftop venue for events.

The new building will house the institution’s third location in Lee County, joining the Belden and Barnes Crossing Banking Centers which opened in 2007 and 2015 respectively. “We are excited to expand in the Tupelo and Lee County market and strengthen our presence in the community,” said Collins. “This location further demonstrates our commitment to serving the people of Tupelo and Northeast Mississippi.” The building is scheduled to be completed and open for business by Spring/Summer 2022.

BNA BANK DOWNTOWN TUPELO“We know digital and online financial services have experienced significant growth, which has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” remarked Collins. “While our new full-service banking center will still offer the traditional transaction-based bank services, the widespread acceptance of digital financial services has shifted the branch bank focus to assisting customers with solutions to their unique financial needs. The bankers in our downtown center will be equipped to assist customers with a wide variety of needs from digital technology issues to planning for retirement to starting a small business.”

BNA Bank, established in 1896, is a state-chartered bank with approximately $678 million in assets. It is one of the few ‘A’ rated banks by Weiss Bank Rating Services and was inducted into the Seifried and Brew Top 15th percentile of community banks. BNA has seven locations in Union and Lee counties and one loan production office in Lafayette county.




 

 

 

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