Southern Bank Looks to the Future in its New Main Office

Only 15 years ago, Southern Bank was a small community bank with less than $150 million in assets. Today, the Poplar Bluff, MO bank is approaching $1.5 billion via 35 branches across two states. Growth puts pressure on the main office, as discussed in previous articles. And that pressure calls for leadership to decide how they will position the Bank as it moves into the future.

For Southern Bank, it became clear that they were outgrowing their current main office operations. Additional space was needed that not only met their needs today, but also tomorrow. Our team has partnered with the Bank for nearly seven years on the design-build of freestanding branches, micro branches and renovations, so when the opportunity arose to develop the Bank’s new 40,000 square foot main office, the team was already in place.

A team that understood and resonated with the Bank’s brand message and skew toward technology and relationship building. A team that understood the Bank’s bias toward cost and schedule. The design-build of a main office is not a frequent event for most financial institutions, so having our LEVEL5 experts partnering with the Bank throughout the process truly resonated with the management team.

The video story below tells the entire journey from the lips of the two bankers driving the process – Greg Steffens (President and CEO) and Kim Capps (COO).