DeEnna Runyon, former branch manager of National Bank of Arkansas, has joined Regions’ Downtown Conway location as branch manager and vice president.
Runyon has been in banking since 1979, getting her start at the Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.
She relocated to Arkansas in 1997, and enjoyed several years as a stay at home mom before transitioning into a business development officer for NBA.
She later moved into the position of branch manager at the NBA on Oak Street where she stayed for 11 years before joining Regions.
“The vision of Regions Conway Main would be to grow and expand all facets of customer operations in order to better serve our customers and community,” Runyon said, “but the most important thing I want this community to know is that people bank with people, the best service we can give our customers, is our time and we put the community bank back into the banking world.”
The opportunity to hire Runyon was sought out by Jason Culpepper, Regions market president for the city of Conway, and Nancy Sims, area vice president and consumer sales manager.
“We really feel as we are a super regional bank in Conway, Ark., we’ve got every bell and whistle you can imagine, it’s just a matter of hiring the right people that can get out in the community and get the word out,” Culpepper said.
As Vice President of Conway’s main facility downtown as well as the Regions Vilonia branch, Runyon is in charge of day-to-day branch operations and community involvement.
Runyon has served on the Conway Regional Medical Center Women’s Council for 11 years. During her time on the council she has served as president, sponsor chair for Dazzle Daze and social media co-chair.
She also served as chairman of the board for the American Red Cross for five Central Arkansas counties, before the board recently dissolved and moved to Little Rock.
“It’s amazing the contacts she has and the talent that she brings with her in what she does everyday,” Sims said. “You cannot go anywhere in Conway — like to a Chamber [of Commerce] event or anything — without them saying, ‘Do you know DeEnna Runyon?’”
Even University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway congratulated Regions on hiring Runyon, Sims said.
One thing that played into Runyon’s decision to accept a position with Regions, Culpepper said, was her ability to look around and see how the banking world is changing.
“You don’t have to look very far to see all the Metropolitans and Simmons,” he said. “You’ll see a lot more of it in the next five years,” Culpepper said. “It’s regulation driven.”
While Regions has a department whose sole responsibility is making sure Regions complies with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Culpepper said, smaller banks don’t have the resources, so many merge with larger banks.
Runyon accepted her position with Regions just before Arvest Bank Group of Fayetteville bought NBA in October.
“But I can’t help but think as things continue to change the more things stay the same,” Culpepper said, “so as long as we continue to keep banking as a people business, we’ll be fine. You’ve got to have the right people.”
Sims said Regions faces the “big-bad-bank mentality” every single day, but it’s Regions employees that make Regions a community-based bank.
“With us being in 16 states, it gives us that much more that we can do here in the community,” she said, “We are a community bank, and we do want to give back to the community with our continuous involvement with various nonprofit organizations, and DeEnna Runyon is a big part of that and we’re very thankful to have her.”
Runyon, formerly DeEnna Norwine, recently married Jay Runyon, director of programming and sales for Crain Media Group.
She has two children Pierce Norwine, a UCA Bear and employee of David’s Burgers, and Camden Norwine, a seventh grader at Ruth Doyle Middle School and Wampus Kitten football player.
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