Two veteran banking officials were recently named at DeSoto County Planters Bank, according to Charles Burnett, III, President of DeSoto County Planters Bank.

Burnett recently announced the appointment of veteran commercial banker and long-time DeSoto County resident Shirley Stevens as Planters Bank First Vice President and Ken Ibsen of Hernando as Planters Bank Vice President-Lending.

Stevens brings nearly 30 years of commercial banking experience to her new position, having served in both commercial and commercial real estate lending for institutions across the state. Her diverse customer base includes home builders, hotels, churches, shopping centers as well as a variety of investment projects. A graduate of Memphis State, Stevens also graduated from the American Institution of Banking School as well as Moody’s School of Banking.

“While Shirley brings strategic knowledge and experience in both commercial real estate and commercial lending,” Burnett noted, “her broad and deep base of relationships makes her an invaluable new member to the Planters team. Here at Planters, we’re focused on people.”

Married, the mother of two and the grandmother of two, Stevens is an active community member and volunteer who has been involved with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, St. Jude-Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity. Stevens is also an active member of Colonial Hills Church in Southaven.

“Our vision is dynamic commercial loan growth in DeSoto and Shelby County,” Stevens noted. “With my experience in this sector and with my deep ties to this region, I look forward to transforming that vision into reality. Planters Bank is helping bring prosperity to all. I’m excited to be back in DeSoto County, and especially excited to be part of the Planters Bank team.”

Burnett said he was equally excited about the appointment of veteran commercial banker and Hernando resident Ken Ibsen as Planters Bank Vice President-Lending.

A 2008 University of Mississippi graduate with a B.S. in business administration, Ibsen brings to his position a broad base of experience in Mississippi’s commercial banking industry, having served as a credit analyst, a commercial loan portfolio manager and as a loan officer.

“Ken’s expertise and experience in lending is a key asset for Planters,” Burnett noted. “Even better, his acumen is matched by his ability to collaborate with customers to create projects that generate prosperity for all. We are pleased to welcome him to the Planters family.”

An involved community member, Ibsen serves on the Board of Trustees for Leadership DeSoto, and is active in the Krewe of Hernando, a non-profit organization of fathers and friends focused on community improvement. Ibsen has also served in the Rotary Club in Hernando. He and his wife, the former Annabelle Reed of Oxford, are expecting their first child in November.

“I want to help grow Planters Bank in a precise, sound manner as DeSoto County continues to blossom for the State of Mississippi,” Ibsen said of his appointment. “Being from the Delta, I know firsthand the customer experience Planters offers, and how seamless and painless they make the lending experience for customers. My goal is to bring this experience to the people in DeSoto County, who may not be as familiar yet with the Planters way. I want to show them first-hand. I can’t think of a better place to be than here in a growing market working for a bank with a rich history and a strong future.”

Founded in 1920 in Ruleville, Planters Bank has grown to a region-wide banking system, with assets in excess of one billion dollars, serving 13 communities in 19 locations, as the bank of choice for customers across Mississippi and the region.

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