Hunter Gammill was one of the pioneers in Financial Technology in Arkansas. He grew up in Pine Bluff and graduated from the University of Arkansas with an electrical engineering degree in 1962, followed by additional courses in marketing. In 1963 he went to work at IBM as a systems engineer and began to work automating banks. This led to his becoming a VP in charge of computing at Pine Bluff’s National Bank of Commerce in 1965. In this position Hunter saw a great need for banking software and for service bureaus to process banks. He worked with Rudy Martin to open a small service bureau and became part of the ferment in Arkansas that led to the formation of Systematics in 1968.
Hunter was one of the original group at Systematics and worked in a marketing role at Systematics and its successor Alltel Information Services for over 25 years. He made the key sales that took Systematics from a servicer of small banks in Arkansas and neighboring states to a company with large bank customers around the country. His feedback on customer requirements helped the product grow. Hunter was a mentor to many and the Arkansas FinTech community still benefits from that. He never gave up on a prospect and closed deals based on relationships developed over decades.
After retirement, Hunter was an important part of Trinity United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Trinity Presents. He died of cancer in October 2002 and was inducted posthumously into the charter class of the Arkansas Academy of Computing in 2006.