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Dee Davenport, Senior Vice President & Trust Officer, Simmons Wealth Management

Dee Davenport is a senior vice president and trust officer of Simmons Wealth Management. She is an experienced writer and presenter on topics ranging from the cultivation and stewardship of wealth to the transfer of legacies.

A licensed attorney with certified family mediator training for Arkansas courts, Dee was recognized in 1994 by the Arkansas Bar Association for outstanding contribution to the Committee on Opportunities for Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession.

Dee chairs the Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Services Foundation board with a mission to bring healing love to children and families in crises. She also chairs the Probate and Trust section of the Arkansas Bar Association, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Psychiatric Research Institute (PRI) at UAMS – an organization she previously chaired. Dee also formerly served as president for both the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers and the Central Arkansas Estate Council.

A graduate of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program Class VI, Dee holds an undergraduate degree in Spanish and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Carole Smith, Senior Vice President & Commercial Banker, Simmons Bank

As senior vice president and commercial banker at Simmons Bank, Carole Smith spearheads business development for corporate and personal accounts while managing an $80 million loan portfolio.

Carole brings 36 years of banking experience to her role at Simmons, with expertise that ranges from marketing and cross selling to commercial lending and deposit services. Carole began her banking career in 1983 at Worthen Bank & Trust Company, where she became the company’s first female senior vice president.

In 2008, Carole was named to Soiree Magazine’s list of “Power Women of the Year” for her outstanding professional accomplishments. Carole later created a Woman of Distinction program for large Arkansas banks to highlight the achievements of female community leaders.

Carole serves as chairman for UA Little Rock’s College of Business Advisory Council, and previously served as both president and chairman for Leadership Greater Little Rock’s Board of Trustees.