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Ron W. Strother.

Name: Ron W. Strother Age: 42 Title: President/COO of First Commercial Bank

Much has happened since Ron Strother was listed in November among our 30 emerging leaders for the 1990s.

At the time, he was chairman and chief executive officer of First Commercial Mortgage Co. of Little Rock

Since then, First Commercial Corp.'s chief executive officer, Bill Bowen, has retired and resurfaced as Gov. Bill Clinton's chief of staff. He was replaced by Barnett Grace.

Joe Hatcher is coming from Hendrix College as First Commercial Bank's vice chairman.

And Strother has been named president and chief operating officer of First Commercial Bank.

"We continue to see consolidation within the financial community at a rate unlike anything we have seen before," Strother says. "We're extremely pleased ... to be a major player in this change."

Strother emerged as a major player himself by working his way up. He entered banking in 1973 as a branch manager trainee at Commercial National Bank. Commercial National merged with First National Bank in 1983 to form First Commercial.

A Hot Springs native and a resident of North Little Rock, Strother is an adjunct professor of finance at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and teaches real estate courses for the Arkansas Bankers Association.

He serves on the board of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the Northside YMCA and the UALR Business Advisory Council. He also is on the Chenal Country Club Board of Governors.
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Title Annotation:Our 30 for the 90's - An Update
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Sep 16, 1991
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