Jerry P. Maland was appointed to Equity Bancshares’ Board upon the closing of the merger of Equity and Community First Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Maland served as a director on the board of Community First Bancshares since its formation in 1997, and served as Chairman of the Board for Community First Bank and Community. Mr. Maland is the former owner of McDonald’s restaurants in Harrison, Berryville, and Eureka Springs. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Security Bank and First Commercial Corporation from 1984 until forming Community First Bank in 1997. Mr. Maland is a 1972 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. A resident of Harrison, Arkansas for more than 36 years, Mr. Maland has been active in the Harrison community and has served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, the City Advertising and Promotion Committee, the Harrison Parks and Recreation Commission, Boone County United Way, Boone County Special Services, American Legion Baseball and Consolidated Youth.