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Special Recognition for Members of Chairman’s Cup

First Freedom Bank recognized several Financial Services Representatives (FSR) this past quarter for exceptional job performance: Blake Smith, Brooke Weldy, Jordan Kilgore, Devin Sabaski, Ally Miller, Meagan Roberts, Mary Cate Hedge, Abby McCann, Bryan Sweet, Kaitlyn Coe, and Sara Beth Kinnaird. These employees have exceeded their individual goals for enhancing and broadening customer relationships while maintaining accuracy and exceeding audit standards. Their outstanding performance earned them the prestigious honor of Chairman’s Cup Member.

Sara Beth Kinnaird was awarded the title of Top Producer for achieving the highest overall performance score among all eligible members.

Pictured from left to right is Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking, Mary Cate Hedge, Meagan Roberts, Ally Miller, Devin Sabaski, and John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO.

Headshot of Laura Johnson, facing the camera in a red blouse and black blazer.

First Freedom Promotes Johnson

Laura Johnson, AAP, CAMS, Vice President and Deposit Operations Manager, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Information Security Officer. The ISO Officer is responsible for overseeing the bank’s cybersecurity. Johnson will continue to serve as Deposit Operations Manager alongside her new role.

Johnson started with First Freedom in March of 2008 as a Financial Services Representative. She immediately demonstrated strong operational skills and was assigned to the deposit operations area two months later.  Progressing quickly, Johnson was promoted to Deposit Operations Supervisor in January of 2011 before being promoted to Operations Officer and Deposit Operations Manager in June of 2013.  In 2017, she was promoted to Assistant Vice President. Johnson continued to excel in her role and was again promoted in 2018 to Vice President.

“We’re pleased to announce Laura’s promotion to Senior Vice President and Information Security Officer,” stated Chairman and CEO John Lancaster. “Information Security is perhaps the fastest moving and most complex area of our industry. Customer privacy and security continues to be a cornerstone of our company and Laura continues to be an incredibly valuable member of our management team.”

Johnson has twenty-three years of banking experience, compounded by a specialized education revolving around bank automation, money laundering, and information security.  Johnson holds the Accredited ACH Professional certification (AAP) from the National Automatic Clearing House Association (NACHA) and the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist certification (CAMS) from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists. Johnson also holds a General Banking Diploma and a Bank Operations Diploma from The American Bankers Association. Johnson is set to graduate in May of 2023 from the Barret School of Banking’s graduate program at Christian Brothers University. Based in Memphis, TN, the Barret School of Banking offers a curriculum intended to provide a comprehensive knowledge of all commercial banking functions.

Originally from Mt. Juliet, Johnson currently resides in Lebanon with her husband, Jeremy, and their daughter, Kaylee.

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