We’d like to congratulate Tommy Free, longtime banker and friend of Diana Wright, TRS Owner and President. Tommy will be honored at the Outstanding Civic Leadership Event in Siloam Springs, Ark., on Oct. 13. Since 2008, the event has been a fun way to recognize those who have contributed to Siloam Springs. Not only will Tommy be celebrated for his contributions, but he will also be roasted. He’s a huge Arkansas Razorbacks fan, and this will be the theme for the event.
“Honestly, I like the Razorbacks,” Tommy said. “I’m a big Razorback supporter and fan.” He buys season tickets each year to Arkansas Razorbacks football and basketball games. He attends all Razorback baseball games and is a track official for Razorbacks Track & Field.
Tommy and Diana have been friends for a long time. “I like Tommy,” Diana said. “He’s a lot of fun and has a good personality.” Diana often walked early in the morning at John Brown University, and Tommy would end up walking with her. “He was always very, very nice to me,” Diana said. She was also his customer at Arkansas State Bank in Siloam Springs. “I’ve been a banker for 51 years,” Tommy said. And, Tommy’s wife taught English and drama in Siloam Springs. Two of Diana’s daughters were in her class.
Tommy is senior vice president of business development at Centennial Bank. He started his banking career in Crossett, Ark., and worked at banks in Monticello. He ran a small community bank before moving to Siloam Springs in 1976. He is a graduate of University of Arkansas and LSU School of Banking of the South. “Congratulations Tommy,” Diana said. “Well deserved.”