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MAGEE –Dennis Ammann, President and Chief Executive Officer at Peoples Bank, today announced the promotions of six officers within the bank.

Ammann said that Ginger Kirkley, Mike Long and Jason Smith were all named Vice Presidents while Stella Swain, Becky Sullivan and Jake Brown were promoted to Assistant Vice Presidents.

Ginger Kirkley, who works in the bank’s Collins Office, began her banking career in 1992 with Magnolia Federal Bank prior to joining Peoples Bank in 1997. She has worked as a Customer Care Associate and Loan Assistant prior to being named a Loan Officer and most recently was serving as Assistant Vice President.

She is a 2006 graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking, conducted at LSU, and a 2013 graduate of the Southeastern School of Consumer Lending.  Ms. Kirkley is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce. While at the Mississippi School of Banking, she was one of the winning team members for BankExec, a simulation for the best managed and positioned bank.

Ms. Kirkley and her husband, David, have two children and one grandson.

Mike Long assumes his new title after having served as a Real Estate Officer, located in Mendenhall, he is responsible for ordering and reviewing appraisals and completing evaluations for mortgage loans.

He has been in banking since 1993 and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi State University in 1986. In 2001, he completed studies at the Mississippi Graduate School of Banking, conducted at Ole Miss. He was the 2015 Peoples Bank Promise Award winner and the 2016 Peoples Bank WOW Award winner.

He and his wife, Kim, have two children and one granddaughter.

Jason Smith joined Peoples Bank in 2010 as a Poultry Lending officer at the Magee office.  He attended Hinds Community College and completed studies at Mississippi State University. He is a 2017 graduate of the Mississippi Graduate School of Banking and has been a licensed Real Estate Appraiser since 1997.

Smith is active as Vice President of the Simpson County Jr. Livestock Association. He and his wife, Kim, have two children.

Stella Swain has been in banking since 1998 and has most recently been active as a lender and office manager, located at the Jackson Avenue location in Mendenhall. She is a 1998 graduate of Puckett High School. Ms. Swain is active in various committees at Galilee Baptist Church and Project Graduation, and the Puckett Booster Club and Puckett PTO. She has been the recipient of the Peoples Bank Promise awards for several years for outstanding service.

She and her husband Jon, have three children.

Becky Sullivan joined Peoples Bank in 2007, most recently serving as a Consumer and Commercial Lending officer, including SBA Loans. She also serves as Branch Manager in the Magee location.

During her tenure at the bank, she has worked in the Loan Department, as an Assistant to bank President Dennis Ammann, served as a backup loan committee secretary, and as the Board Secretary. In 2020, she was named Branch Manager and Loan Officer in Richland before returning to Magee in March, 2022.

She attended William Carey. College and will begin studies at the Mississippi Graduate School of banking this fall.

She is active in her church and serves as the Youth Director at Macedonia Baptist Church. She recently was named to the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Sullivan and her husband, Jason, have one son.

Jake Brown has been affiliated with Peoples Bank for three-plus years and serves as a Consumer/Commercial Loan Officer in Richland, where he also serves as Branch Manager.

He earned his Associates degree from Jones County Junior College and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has also completed studies at the Southeastern School of Consumer Lending.

He and his wife, Tatum, have two dogs.

“At Peoples Bank, our wealth is found in talented and dedicated employees,” Ammann said, “I am pleased to announce these well-deserved promotions knowing that our customers will continue to benefit from their efforts, and I commend each of these professionals for jobs well done.” is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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