First Security Bank Fayetteville president David Russell to retire in March

David Russell / Courtesy

Longtime First Security Bank Fayetteville president David Russell will retire after more than 20 years with the company, bank officials announced on Thursday.

Russell began his career with the bank in 2002 as a lender and retail bank manager. He became president of the First Security Bank Fayetteville in 2008, and helped facilitate the opening of the only bank branch on the University of Arkansas campus, along with two other new branch locations in Fayetteville.

“After working for two large banks in Houston and Arkansas, First Security was a breath of fresh air,” Russell said. “I have spent half of my career here, which is a testament to how great a place it is to work.”

Russell also serves on the board for the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Board, and on the local board and national committee for the American Diabetes Association, Fayetteville PublicLibrary Foundation board, and Washington Regional Hospital Foundation board.

“David has been an excellent team leader who cares deeply for his customers and community,” said Adam Rutledge, Northwest Arkansas president of First Security Bank. “He has been an integral part of First Security’s growth in Northwest Arkansas over the last 20 years. We will all miss his jovial personality and words of encouragement.” 

A retirement reception in Russell’s honor is planned for 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at First Security’s Joyce branch, located at 1219 E. Joyce Boulevard in Fayetteville.