SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Great Southern Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ: GSBC), the holding company for Great Southern Bank, announced today that Douglas M. Pitt has been appointed to the Boards of Directors of the Bank and the holding company, effective January 21, 2015. The addition of Pitt brings the total number of directors to nine with six being independent directors.
Pitt has been a technology entrepreneur for more than 24 years, merging his computer networking firm with TSI Global, LLC in 2013. Pitt's former company, ServiceWorld Computer Center, was a past recipient of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award and was also recognized as the Springfield Business Journal's Philanthropic Business of the Year.
Great Southern President and CEO Joseph W. Turner said, "We welcome Doug to our boards. His expertise and demonstrated leadership will bring unique perspectives on issues that will be of great value to our Company as we position ourselves for future success."
Pitt is a 1990 graduate of Missouri State University. He is a well-known philanthropist and civic leader, both locally and internationally. He currently serves as a board member of WorldServe International, which operates one of the largest water drilling companies in East Africa. Locally, he founded Care To Learn, a non-profit organization with a mission to fund child health, hunger and hygiene needs. Since Care To Learn's inception in 2009, it has expanded to 19 school districts and funded nearly 400,000 requests in Missouri. Pitt is a past Chairman of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. He has been recognized by multiple organizations for his service, including an induction into the Springfield Public Schools Hall of Fame, Rotary Volunteer of the Year, Sertoma Service to Mankind award recipient and CASA of Southwest Missouri Champion for Children.
Other members of the Great Southern boards include Chairman William V. Turner, President and CEO Joseph W. Turner, William E. Barclay, Julie T. Brown, Thomas J. Carlson, Larry D. Frazier, Grant Q. Haden, and Earl A. Steinert, Jr.
With total assets of $3.9 billion, Great Southern offers banking and investment services. Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., the Company operates 108 retail banking centers and more than 200 ATMs in Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Nebraska, and loan production offices in Tulsa, Okla., and Dallas, Texas. Great Southern Bancorp is a public company and its common stock (ticker: GSBC) is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
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