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COLUMBUS, Miss. — BankFirst Financial Services welcomes two new members to its executive team: Marcus Mallory, Executive Vice President/Commercial Banking; and Jim McAlexander, Executive Vice President/Retail Banking and Branch Administration. Both will have major roles in overall strategic planning for the bank, as well as responsibility for the staff, budget, development and oversight of their respective key areas.

Marcus Mallory has been in the financial field since 1989, most recently as executive vice president, state executive and Starkville office president for a local financial institution. He is chairman of the Mississippi State University (MSU) Finance & Economic Advisory Board and is a member of the Business and Industry Political Education Committee. A Leadership Mississippi alumnus, Mallory has served on the boards of the Mississippi Bankers Association, the Columbus Lowndes Economic Development Association and the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.

He has volunteered for United Way and Habitat for Humanity and is a parishioner at Annunciation Catholic Church. Mallory holds a banking and finance degree from Mississippi State University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He and wife Katherine have two sons.

Jim McAlexander brings 25 plus years of banking experience, where his roles included president and senior credit officer of a local Columbus banking center. During this tenure he also served as a member of the executive strategic planning and compliance committees. He is past chairman of the Golden Triangle Development Link and continues in a leadership role as a member of the executive committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Baptist Memorial Hospital Advisory Board.

Other recent involvements include the Tri-County Steering Committee for Regional Economic Development, The Trust, the MSU Finance & Economic Advisory Board and the Mississippi University for Women College of Business Advisory Board. He is an honorary base commander at Columbus Air Force Base and is a member of First United Methodist Church. He holds a finance degree from Mississippi State University and graduated from the University of Colorado’s School of Bank Marketing and Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking.

McAlexander and his wife Lisa have two daughters.

BankFirst was founded June 1, 1888. Today it has 13 locations in central and northeast Mississippi, in Columbus, Flowood, Gluckstadt, Macon, Madison, Ridgeland, Starkville and West Point.

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