Charlie Cross considers himself a competitor. It’s a trait that’s served him well in nearly 25 years as a community banker, the past 20 leading the growth of one of the last family-owned banks in Arkansas.
“Competition has never bothered me,” he said. “I am a very competitive person, and the more there is, as a bank, we’ve really seemed to rise up and meet those challenges and do well.”
Cross, 47, has spent the past 20 years at Eureka Springs-chartered Cornerstone Bank, a $202 million-asset lender with 65 employees and four branches in Carroll County, another in Madison County (Huntsville) and a loan production office in Shell Knob, Mo., near Table Rock Lake.
Cross’ family has owned the bank since 1929 when his great-grandfather, former Third... [ MORE ]