Danny Robbins, president of Southern Bancorp of Manila, has been on the job at the bank, serving the community, for three decades.
Robbins remembers well interviewing for the position at Merchants & Planters Bank in Manila.
Robbins graduated from Manila High School and Arkansas State University. He went to work with retail stores of Goodyear Tire and Rubber where he worked for 14 years.
"We were transferred nine times in 14 years," Robbins said. "We had two young children and going to work at the bank gave my family the opportunity to settle in my hometown and allow me to work at a job I love."
Robbins said he appreciates the opportunity the Cheadle and Schrader family gave him.
"Honestly, I was one of three candidates they interviewed and I didn't think I had a chance because I did not have experience in banking," Robbins said. "They chose me and I still appreciate them for giving me the opportunity. It has been a great blessing to me and my family."
Robbins started as a teller. He worked every job in the bank before becoming a loan officer where he served for several years.
"Being a loan officer was rewarding," Robbins said. "Making loans to people, in the guidelines of the bank, helped people. It was good for them but it was good for me, also."
The bank was Merchants & Planters for Robbins' first 17 years of service and became First National Bank in 1999. It became part of the Southern Bancorp group in 2009.
"Each ownership group has been supportive," Robbins said. "The bank's mission statement is Building Communities and Changing Lives. I am glad to be playing a small part in making that statement a reality."
Robbins commended the staff at Southern Bancorp. "I am fortunate to have the team I have here," he said. "We have an excellent crew. One of our employees will celebrate her first anniversary here and our branch manager has 29 years. I could not ask for a better group to work with. We also have great support from the community."
Robbins has several customers who are third generation family members he has served in his 30 years.
He has seen a lot of changes, especially in the available technology, but one thing has never changed for him -- serving his customers to the best of his ability.
Robbins also believes in giving back to the community he calls home. He serves on the Manila School Board, is a deacon at the First Baptist Church, officer for the manila Lions Club, member of Manila Industries, the cemetery board, and serves on the board of The Butterfly House.
Robbins and his wife, Pat, have two children, Beth Jolliff and Matthew Robbins. Beth and her husband, Petey, live in Manila. Matthew and his wife, Brandy, live in Paragould. They have three grandchildren, Abbie and Garrett Jolliff and Jack Robbins.