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BancorpSouth Expands Equipment Finance Division

December 06, 2018, 07:25 AM

BancorpSouth Bank announced the addition of six new teammates to BancorpSouth Equipment Finance and Leasing, which provides equipment financing for commercial markets and municipalities across the Southeast and parts of the Midwest.

New to the department are:

  • Lori Dean as Senior Vice President and Director of Operations;
  • Whit Ross as Vice President and Credit Manager;
  • Teena Smith as an Operations Specialist;
  • Shawn Lowe as Vice President and Equipment Finance Specialist for Alabama and Tennessee;
  • Zane Burgess as Vice President and Equipment Finance Specialist for North and East Texas; and
  • Dawn Day as Vice President and Equipment Finance Specialist for southern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

“Our team of industry veterans has the resources and knowledge to help our customers finance many types of equipment,” said Kyle Gilliam, President of BancorpSouth Equipment Finance and Leasing. “The growth of our team will enhance our efforts to compete in the marketplace and allow us to continue to provide exceptional service.”

Dean is a Certified Leasing & Finance Professional (CLFP) and a graduate of the Barret School of Banking in Memphis, TN. She has more than 25 years of banking experience and previously served as the Director of Operations for an Arkansas-based community bank’s equipment finance division. 

Ross previously served as a Bank Examiner with the Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance. He earned an associate’s degree in business administration from Copiah Lincoln Community College in Mendenhall and a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He is a graduate of The Mississippi School of Banking and is enrolled in the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
Smith, a CLFP, has more than 24 years of banking experience with 11 of those years being in the equipment finance industry. She has worked in a variety of roles, including Director of Operations, Operations Manager, Sales Support Specialist, Assistant Manager and Teller Supervisor.

Lowe, a CLFP, has 18 years of experience in the equipment finance industry. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Burgess earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. He has more than 26 years of banking experience and most recently worked in the equipment finance division of a community bank in Dallas, where he was responsible for new business origination of companies in the transportation, construction, manufacturing, healthcare and information technology industries. 

Day, a CLFP, earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS, and master’s degrees in communications and business administration from Mississippi College in Clinton. She has 15 years of banking experience, serving in various commercial lending and branch manager positions throughout her career.  

BancorpSouth Bank is headquartered in Tupelo, MS, with approximately $18 billion in assets. 

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