Southern Bank Welcomes Chris Roberts

Searcy, AR Greg Steffens, President and CEO of Southern Bank, is pleased to announce that Southern Bank has named Chris Roberts as its Community Bank President of Searcy, AR. Roberts brings over 20 years of banking experience to Southern Bank and will play a vital part as Southern Bank expands its footprint in the Arkansas market. With an extensive tie to the Cabot and Searcy communities, Roberts is excited to bring his experience and energy to Southern Bank.

Steffens stated "We are so pleased that Chris has joined Southern Bank. Southern Bank is committed to the Searcy community and Chris will help us make a positive impact in the community!”

March 22, 2012, marked Southern Bank’s 125th anniversary of its founding as a building and loan association. Today, Southern Bank is a full-service commercial banking institution with 18 locations in Missouri and Arkansas. With strong roots in America’s Heartland, they have grown by offering outstanding products such as their innovative Kasasa checking accounts, residential, commercial and consumer lending; and by treating customers with dignity and respect.

Southern Bank was included in SNL Financial’s listing of top 100 community banks for 2011. Among all publicly-traded community banks in the United States, Southern Bank’s 2011 performance was ranked ninth. Among all public and privately owned community banks in the listing, Southern Bank was ranked 25th. Southern Bank is a subsidiary of Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc., which trades under the ticker “SMBC” on the NASDAQ Global Market.

For more information regarding Southern Bank, visit www.bankwithsouthern.com or 501-268-0500.