As President and CEO, Chris Gosnell focuses on cultivating a HEART culture at Farmers Bank & Trust. In this episode, we talk about:

  • How he began his career in banking
  • What it’s like leading a 115-year-old legacy Bank
  • Why he adopted the HEART core values and what they mean to him
  • Why he seeks non-traditional bankers for employment
  • Goals he has for the future of Farmers Bank & Trust
  • …and more!

For more on the history of Farmers Bank & Trust, visit HERE.

Farmers Bank and Trust Company was chartered on September 26, 1906, in Magnolia, Arkansas. The oldest existing general ledgers indicate that the bank began with approximately $75,000 in assets. The primary business of the bank at the time was deposit services. Today, the bank has assets that exceed $1.9 billion and offers a wide variety of products and services to serve the needs of the communities it serves.

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Farmers Bank & Trust has a branch in Prosper, TX, and during a recent visit there, host Cara Knight stopped by FUSE Workspace to chat with CEO and second-generation hospitality entrepreneur Mike Daugherty.

FUSE is a co-working space where businesses and non-profits can work, build community, and be inspired.

The 3 pillars FUSE operates on are:

  • Hospitality
  • Community
  • Flexibility

They provide resources, space, and the tools necessary to help organizations thrive. There’s even a grab-and-go cafe and concierge staff on-site.

In this episode, Mike shares his humble beginnings, his vision behind FUSE, and the meaning of the #DOMORE philosophy.


Photo Courtesy of FUSE Workspace

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Danyelle Musselman speaking at Behind the Blue Door at the Magnolia High School Basketball Arena on June 24, 2021.

Farmers Bank & Trust and the Farmers Bank Foundation are campaigning for the Boys and Girls Club of Magnolia. It’s called Funding Great Futures! To kick things off, we hosted an event called Behind the Blue Door with special guest speaker Danyelle Musselman. Before the event in Magnolia, host Cara Knight sat down with Musselman to get to know her a little better.

They talk about:

  • Danyelle’s special connection to Magnolia, AR
  • Her passion for Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Her career as a sports broadcaster
  • How she helps the Arkansas Razorbacks Basketball players with life skills
  • How she met her husband, Razorbacks Basketball Head Coach Eric Musselman
  • Her favorite part about living in Arkansas and being an Arkansas Razorback
Danyelle Musselman with Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia junior volunteers.

The Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia still needs your help! To donate, text BGCM to 243725, visit HERE or contact Deneisa Jamerson at 870-234-3300 or djamerson.bgcm@gmail.com.

The Farmers Bank Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates independently from Farmers Bank & Trust. For more, visit HERE.

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Photo provided by Walt Reep of the downtown plaza in Paris, TX circa the 1930s.

One of the newer locations Farmers Bank & Trust has entered is the charming city of Paris, Texas. In early June, the Bank announced it’s opening a second branch there.

In this episode, Paris native Walt Reep explains why it’s a good idea to not only stop and take a photo with the iconic Eiffel tower replica but also stay awhile. He’s passionate about the history of his hometown, and he’s investing in it. He shares many interesting facts about the city, like the unique connection between Paris and Dr. Pepper.

Photo provided by Walt Reep.

He also talks about his new business venture Sundae in Paris that’s coming soon to the downtown area! It’s currently a food truck offering sandwiches, cookies, brownies, ice cream, and more. There are also more projects in the works to make Paris an entertainment district. Reep hopes you might be booking your next weekend getaway soon! 


Photos provided by Walt Reep. Renderings of the Sundae in Paris soda fountain.

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At Farmers Bank & Trust, we love to highlight the successes of members in our communities!

So – in this episode, we talked with Dr. Chris Nelson of Providence Veterinary Care of Malvern, Arkansas. He also has two clinics in Caddo Valley and now Little Rock.

Dr. Nelson shares:

  • How he got started in this challenging career
  • Why it’s important to him
  • How we, animal lovers, can learn to understand the extreme emotional demands that come with veterinary work

Dr. Nelson is hiring! He’s on the search for a large animal veterinarian to join his team. For more information about the positions and how to apply, visit HERE.

Not One More Vet provides necessary support to all members of veterinary teams and students who are struggling or considering suicide. Visit their website HERE.

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Thirty-three-year-old entrepreneur and El Dorado, AR native Greg Williams took it to heart when his mom told him at a young age that he could be anything he wanted to be.

He started putting his dreams of becoming a CEO into action by age 23 when he purchased his first rental property. Now, ten years later, he has more than 100 rental properties, a liquor store which is also Arkansas’ first daiquiri drive-thru, and a grocery store.

In this episode, Greg shares steps he took to get to where he is today, and resources that helped him along the way, including his experience working for a Fortune 500 company.

Farmers Bank & Trust has really been apart of all my businesses. Having really deep relationships with Bankers that is built upon results, trust, and confidence, that’s what allows me to be able to take a chance and bring these core type businesses into communities.

Empire Arkansas:

Empire Properties

Prime Liquors

Williams Foods

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