Brenda Belcher has been promoted to executive vice president and market leader in Alma by Bank of the Ozarks.

Belcher has 35 years of banking experience in Crawford County. Over the years she has served as teller, note teller, customer service representative, loan secretary, consumer lender and commercial lender.

She joined Bank of the Ozarks in 1997. She now is responsible for leading all banking activities and customer relationships for Bank of the Ozarks in Alma.

Belcher is a native of Crawford County and a resident of Alma. She has served as president of the Alma Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Crawford County Public Facilities Board, and president of the Boys and Girls Club of Alma. She is a member of Grace Church in Alma. Belcher and her husband Marty E. Belcher have two children and four grandchildren.

Bank of the Ozarks has 166 offices in nine states. In its third quarter 2014 issue, Bank Director Magazine named Bank of the Ozarks the top performing mid-sized publicly held bank in the nation for the second year in a row. The ABA Banking Journal ranked Bank of the Ozarks as the top-performing bank nationally in its size category for 2011 and 2010. A separate ranking from SNL Financial in April 2012 named Bank of the Ozarks as the top performing regional bank in the country.

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. is a bank holding company with $6.77 billion in total assets as of Dec. 31. The company owns a state-chartered subsidiary bank that conducts banking operations through 166 offices in Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, New York and California.