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Darrin Williams

Darrin Williams

CEO, Southern Bancorp, Inc.

Darrin L. Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of Southern Bancorp, Inc., a family of community development financial institutions, including a bank holding company, a development bank and a nonprofit affiliate that work in concert to revitalize underserved communities in the mid-South. With over $1 billion in assets, over 80,000 customers and 45 locations primarily in rural communities in south Arkansas and the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta, Southern Bancorp, Inc., and its affiliates comprise one of the most effective and largest community development organization in America.

Darrin’s career is a unique combination of business, politics and law. He served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives, ending his legislative career as the Speaker Pro Tempore. As a legislator, he was recognized locally and nationally for his progressive legislative work, including being selected nationally as “one of the rising stars” in American government and offered a prestigious Aspen-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership. The National Capital Coalition named Rep. Williams a Champion of Small Business, and Governing Magazine selected him as one of 12 state legislators from around the country as a “Legislator to Watch.”

Prior to joining Southern, Darrin was the managing partner of Carney Williams Bates Pulliam & Bowman, PLLC, where his law practice focused on protecting institutional and individual investors and consumers from fraud. Darrin’s firm has been responsible for recovering billions of dollars for aggrieved investors and consumers, as well as important corporate governance reforms. Darrin holds a LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law and a B.A. from Hendrix College.

Twitter: @RepWilliams



Thursday, June 15 – 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM, Track 2
Breakout: The Financial Lives of Rural Americans