Bryant AR


While the episode of this podcast is “How to Become a Millionaire,” we all know, unless you’re very fortunate, it doesn’t happen overnight. Entrepreneur Greg Shinn learned from a young age the importance of hard work. His family business specializes in hospitality and radio broadcasting. Despite already having multiple streams of income, he shares an exciting new venture he’s taking on! Hear his advice on making financially smart decisions to put yourself ahead. 

“You have to have a good relationship with your bank. That’s one thing we’ve always had – we’ve always had a good relationship with our lenders. You have to have that open communication because when you go in to put in an investment especially into something like a hotel, that’s quite an investment. You have to save. You always have to have a nice nest egg. I’ve learned that from my father.”


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Oftentimes, heart health is put on the back burner by people until it affects them. To shine a light on this topic, we’ve talked to Dr. Peyton Card of the Arkansas Heart Hospital.

This year, the Arkansas Heart Hospital is celebrating its 25th anniversary! He shares his experience while leading the COVID response unit, information about their Keep the Beat program, and the impact mental health has on the heart.

“Our Keep the Beat program is the ultimate cardiovascular screening program for many patients who have had a loved one that had a cardiac event, or if their family members have had problems they decide they want to get checked out,” said Dr. Card. “We check your labs and do some baseline imaging studies to see if you’re at a higher risk of having a blockage in your heart and things like that.”

To see if you’re eligible for the Keep the Beat Comprehensive Heart Screening, visit HERE. It’s $99 and includes nine components to build your cardiovascular risk profile. Dr. Card said to celebrate the hospital’s anniversary, there may be specials happening this year.

To read the Arkansas Heart Hospital blog, From the Heart, which includes heart-healthy recipes, surgery success stories, tips for heart health, and more visit HERE.

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Elizabeth as a young girl with an old Farmers Bank & Trust trucker hat.

Elizabeth Burns Anderson’s earliest memory of Farmers Bank & Trust is sneaking suckers from behind the teller line as a young girl. Her great-great-grandfather started the Bank 115 years ago. Now, she leads the Farmers Bank Foundation and has a passion for developing partnerships with the Bank to help local schools, non-profits, and municipalities.

“The mission of the Farmers Bank Foundation is to enrich the communities where our customers and employees live, which is so important because not only are our customers how we sustain, but our employees are how we succeed,” said Anderson.

One way the Farmers Bank Foundation gets involved in the Bank’s communities is by hosting events. Here are a few in the works for 2022:

  • Arkansas State Police Foundation Golf Tournament – Friday, March 25, 2022
  • Texas A&M-Texarkana Distinguished Speaker Series with NASA Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly – Thursday, April 7, 2022
  • Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation South Arkansas Outdoor Social Trap Tournament – Saturday, September 17, 2022

Stay tuned to our social media pages for announcements on new Foundation events and more details! Follow us on our Facebook HERE and Instagram HERE. For more on the Foundation, visit MyFarmers.Bank/FarmersBankFoundation.

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This is the BONUS episode with Texarkana Santa! He made a special trip to Bryant, Arkansas to answer some kids’ tough questions.

“How did you become Santa?”
“Have you ever caught a kid on Christmas?”
“How many cookies do you eat in one night?”
“Who is your favorite reindeer?”
“Do you ever shave your beard?”
…and more!

Santa shared with each child their own “Elfin” name. He says that’s the only language they speak at the North Pole! So please welcome Sneezlewee (Shad), Lillywee (Elin), Lillywoo (Etta), Flunk (Warner), and Floober (Slater) to the Podcast!

Etta McClure interviewing Santa

You can listen to his interview with Farmers Bank & Trust Right at the Heart Podcast Host Cara Knight HERE.

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Farmers Bank & Trust Bryant, AR Branch
Farmers Bank & Trust Bryant, AR Branch

Farmers Bank & Trust has opened its second full-service branch in Saline County. Located at 3345 Highway 5 North in Bryant/Benton, AR, the Bank completely remodeled the former Crush Wine & Spirits building.

“This location is perfect for us because it’s close to both Benton and Bryant, and we will be able to serve both markets,” Kent McClure, Bryant Market President, said. “This area is booming, and we want to be a part of it.”

Kent McClure, Bryant Market President
Kent McClure, Bryant Market President

The new building will provide full teller, account and loan services, a drive-thru, and a notary. In addition, there will also be a MyFarmers iTeller Interactive Teller Machine with live teller services available from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, and 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday, with 24/7 ATM services.

“We’ve adopted a more modern approach to banking,” Joe Pieratt, Chief Operating Officer, said. “I think you will notice that when you walk into our new branch. The teller pods offer an opportunity to really connect with our customers.”

The Bryant/Benton branch team will include Kent McClure, Market President; Elizabeth Anderson, Business Development Officer; Jordan Irby, Commercial Loan Officer; Eric Shelnut, Mortgage Loan Originator; Allie Stokes, Branch Supervisor; Vanessa Perez, Retail Banker; Hannah Wolf, Retail Banker; Kayla Ray, Retail Banker; Emilee Neal, Loan Assistant; and Cara Knight, Marketing Specialist.

The public is invited to visit the new branch to open accounts, speak to a loan officer, or receive assistance with any banking needs Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. A grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for the location will be postponed until the spring to follow COVID-19 safety measures.