Kevin Hester was one of the original 13 employees at Centennial Bank in 1998, and became Chief Lending Officer of Home BancShares in 2010. He has more than 33 years of banking experience. From 1985 to 1998, Mr. Hester held various positions at First Commercial Corporation, including Executive Vice President of Lending at First Commercial's Kilgore, Texas, affiliate. Mr. Hester is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in accounting and is an honor graduate of the National Commercial Lending School in Norman, Oklahoma. He is a former board member of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL) and is still active within the organization.