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Executives & Directors

Executive Team

Franklin W.Latta CEO & Chairman of the Board
Larry K. Deason President
Wade Monroe Senior Vice President
Chris F. Latta Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors

Franklin W.Latta CEO & Chairman of the Board
Larry K. Deason President
Millard Young Young Oil, Inc.
Joe Lively Lively’s Foodland
Arthur Fite The Fite Law Firm
John Bekkers Gold Kist, Inc.
David Neisler Deck Foods, Inc.

 

 Franklin W. Latta is the CEO & Chairman of the Board of Farmers & Merchants Bank. He has held the CEO title since his mother retired in 1989, and is the great-grandson of the original President, Charley N. Thompson, and Vice President, John H. Barlow. Mr. Latta began his banking career with Hamilton National Bank in 1974, and came to Farmers & Merchants Bank in 1977. He is a graduate of Auburn University and the Graduate School of Banking of the South at LSU. Mr. Latta is involved in many community activities and sits on numerous boards, such as the Piedmont Board of Education. When not at work he enjoys traveling with his wife, which always includes at least one winter trip to enjoy one of his favorite outings, snow skiing.

 

 Larry K. Deason is the President of Farmers & Merchants Bank. He began his banking career with Anniston National Bank in 1974, and came to Farmers & Merchants Bank in 1988. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and the Graduate School of Banking of the South at LSU. Mr. Deason is involved in many community activities and sits on numerous boards, including the Alabama State Banking Board, the Regional Medical Center Board, and serves as Chairman of the Economic Development Council of Calhoun County. When not at work he enjoys many outdoor activities including hunting, cooking in his outdoor kitchen and enjoying Lake Wedowee, and relaxing wherever his RV is parked.

   

 Wade Monroe is a Senior Vice President with Farmers & Merchants Bank. He began his banking career with Birmingham Trust National Bank in 1980, and came to Farmers & Merchants Bank in 1995. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University. Mr. Monroe has been involved in many community activities including the Greater Anniston Business & Professional Association, serving on the Sunny King Charity Golf Tournament committee for 25 consecutive years, 2 of those as chairman. He was a charter board member of Habitat for Humanity of Calhoun County and also served on the Anniston Industrial Development Board for 13 years, most of that time serving as chairman. When not at work he enjoys playing golf with many of his long time friends, and always takes a couple of golf trips each year to play new courses.

 

Chris F. Latta is a Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. He began his career at National Bank of Commerce in Birmingham in 1999, and returned to Farmers & Merchants Bank in 2002. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and received his MBA from Samford University. He has also earned the CFP® designation. He is involved in many community activities and sits on numerous boards, including the Leadership Community Bankers Board and the YMCA of Calhoun County Board. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his family, and occasionally making it out for a round of golf or tennis match.