Corporate Member Spotlight: ServisFirst Bank

WMA’s corporate members believe in the transformative power of art, and are committed to supporting the museum’s programs and exhibitions. We chatted with Harrison Morris, CEO and President of ServisFirst Bank, about their company’s role in the Wiregrass community. ServisFirst supports WMA as a Patron level corporate member.

WMA: ServisFirst Bank will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Dothan branch next year. What drew ServisFirst to open here?

Harrison: There were bankers in the community that saw the needs not only for great products, but for excellent customer service. We saw that customer service was a diminishing aspect of banking, and with the 2008 financial crisis, it brought in even more of a crunch on bankers’ abilities to provide for their customers. Banks were closing, and there were many who said to us, ‘Why open now? There couldn’t be a worse time.’ We saw it another way. We thought that there was no better time to open a bank with a focus on customer service, providing predictability, longevity, and loyalty during a time when many were panicking. Our name is our mission, and we always strive to put our customers first.

WMA: What would you like people to know about yourself and your staff?

Harrison: We have a tremendous staff of 28 people in two offices in Dothan, and all of them have a long career in banking. Our customer service is unsurpassed because we care. Even in a time that allows you to do banking online, we find that our customers like to come in, get a cup of coffee and visit with us. We do what it takes to build relationships, and our staff look at each day as a challenge to build a friendly environment.

WMA: What’s your bank’s approach to philanthropy?

Harrison: Giving back is extremely important to our bank, and we focus on the arts, health and human services, and education. We know that when you give to good causes with a good purpose, success will follow. It’s important to us now and always will be.

WMA: The Wiregrass Museum of Art is a part of your company’s corporate giving. Tell us why you choose to support the arts through WMA.

Harrison: When I was coming up as a banker early in my career, I saw how businesses partnered with arts organizations in Montgomery, and how important it was to both communities. It really built an awareness in me of what those partnerships could do. Dothan should be doing the same, building support between businesses and the museum and other arts organizations. We work alongside the museum for common goals, to build a better place to live and work.

WMA: Do you have a personal connection to art, or a memory of going to an art museum that really sticks out for you?

Harrison: I remember clearly when the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ new facility was built in the 1980s, and I remember it being a part of my life from childhood even before that. The landscaping and architecture were really impressive, and the museum and the Shakespeare Festival did a lot of good for the east side of Montgomery.

WMA: Dreaming big — What’s something you want to see happen in the Wiregrass region?

Harrison: I would really love to see the Dothan downtown area turn into a popular destination. A strong, vibrant, and active downtown is a true sign of a strong city. We have a ways to go, but we’re gaining pace and good things are happening.

Is your company or organization interested in becoming a corporate member? Contact Melissa Rea at 334-794-3871 x. 24 or mrea@wiregrassmuseum.org to learn more about building a partnership with WMA.

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Throughout the year, WMA will host “Meet the Educator” days where parents and their children can come to the classroom to meet the instructor before beginning classes and camps. 2019’s schedule is as follows: January 30 from 4pm-6pm, May 29 from 4pm-6pm, and August 28 from 4pm-6pm.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.