Shelia Ferrell has been promoted to Senior Vice President announced John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO. She will continue to serve as the Managerial Lender at the Lebanon Office.
Shelia is a career community banker. Throughout her career, she has worked in virtually all areas of the bank including compliance, technology, internal audit, operations, lending, and management. In 2012, Shelia joined First Freedom as a Vice President in commercial lending. In 2017, she was promoted to First Vice President / Managerial Lender, which gave her elevated responsibilities in the department.
“We are pleased to recognize Shelia with this significant promotion,” said Lancaster. “She is a natural leader within our company and is a recognized and respected member of our management team.”
Ferrell has been recognized by senior management with the Community Champion Award and by her co-workers with the Red-Carpet Service Award. She has been involved in many community leadership roles and currently serves on the board of Wilson County CASA and the Smith County Living Committee. She is a former President of the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.
Ferrell is an honor graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration. She also holds certificates of graduation from the Southeastern School of Sales Leadership, the Southeastern School of Banking, the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending and the Georgia Bankers Association Bank Audit and Operations School. Originally from Defeated, Ferrell now resides in the New Middleton community of Smith County with her husband, Chris. They are members of Cornwell’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. They are big UT fans and enjoy hiking and traveling.