Gary Head

Gary HeadGary Head
Signature Bank of Arkansas

President and Chief Executive Officer of White River Bancshares and Signature Bank of Arkansas.

Graduate of the University of Arkansas and the SMU School of Banking and Masters from the LSU School of Banking

Serves on the boards of many Arkansas organizations including the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of the State Chamber, the Northwest Arkansas Council, Ozark Guidance Center Foundation, Pagnozzi Charities, Goshen Fire Department, Arkansas Independent Community Bankers Board, and the Washington Regional Medical Center Foundation.

He began his banking career in 1983 with McIlroy Bank and Trust and was recruited in 1984 by First State Bank where he served as Vice President, Commercial Lending. Gary graduated from the SMU School of Banking in 1987 and that same year rejoined McIlroy Bank and Trust as Vice-President Commercial Loans. During Gary’s tenure with the Arvest Bank in Fayetteville (formally McIlroy Bank and Trust) he was Loans Division Manager, Executive Vice-President/Sales Manager and in 1999 was named President and CEO. Gary maintained that position with the bank until May 2004 when he resigned as President and CEO of ARVEST Bank, Fayetteville Arkansas to launch Signature Bank of Arkansas. 

Signature Bank of Arkansas officially opened its doors on May 9, 2005. Under Gary’s leadership, his commitment to customers and the bankers that work with him it has grown to be a $500 million bank.