First Freedom staff pose at hospitality tent for Mt. Juliet golf tournament

First Freedom Supports Mt. Juliet Chamber Event

First Freedom was a sponsor at the annual Mt. Juliet Chamber Golf Tournament. Held on September 20th at the Pine Greek Golf Course, this event serves as a fundraiser with proceeds going back to the chamber of commerce. First Freedom provided a hospitality tent at hole # 10.

Pictured, from left to right, is Ryan Woodall, Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager, Phillip Vance, Vice President and Relationship Manager, Ally Miller, Mt. Juliet FSR, and Meagan Roberts, Providence FSR Manager.

First Freedom Staff Pose Around Table Decorated in Football Theme

First Freedom Sponsors Table at CASA Event

First Freedom Bank was a table sponsor at the Wilson County CASA annual Red Shoe Event on September 15th. The Red Shoe Event is a fundraiser and fashion show held at Tuckers Gap with local boutiques providing the clothes. Attendees were also able to shop from these boutiques during the event with part of the sales proceeds donated to CASA. First Freedom’s table theme was football.

Pictured from left to right is Shelia Ferrell, First Vice President and Managerial Lender, Sarah Poss, Assistant Vice President and Marketing Officer / BSA Analyst, Christy Trammel, Administrative Assistant, Natalie Stark, Vice President and Mt. Juliet Office Manager, Helen Green, Administrative Assistant, Lola Mullican, Executive Administrative Assistant, Kayla Ring, Assistant Vice President and Construction Manager, and Ashley Montgomery, Assistant Vice President and Providence Office Manager.

Two First Freedom Staff Stand Behind Booth with Raffle Baskets at Del Webb Trade Partner Fair

First Freedom Bank Participates in Trade Partner Fair

First Freedom Bank hosted a table at the annual Del Webb Trade Partner Fair. This year’s raffle giveaway included a Tennessee themed gift basket and a Tennessee Cheesecake.

The bank has been a proud participant in the Trade Partner program since 2013.

Pictured from left to right is Ashley Montgomery, Assistant Vice President and Providence Office Manager, and Denise Bingham, Providence Senior Personal Banker.

First Freedom Bank Employees Pose Around Sponsored Table

First Freedom Bank Table Sponsor at FFA Breakfast

First Freedom Bank sponsored a table at the 7th annual Tennessee State Fair FFA Ham Breakfast. This event was held at the Farm Bureau Expo Center. Speakers included Governor Bill Lee, Honorary Breakfast Chair and State Comptroller Jason Mumpower, Commissioner of Agriculture Charlie Hatcher, and Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn. The two Tennessee State Fair Grand Champion hams were auctioned off and proceeds benefited the Tennessee FFA program. The event was widely attended by prominent members of the community, including U.S. Senators Bill Haggerty and Marsha Blackburn and Congressmen John Rose and Mark Green.

Pictured from left to right is Phillip Vance, Vice President and Relationship Manager, Shelia Ferrell, First Vice President and Managerial Lender, Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking, J.B. Owens, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking, Ryan Woodall, Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager, Kayla Ring, Assistant Vice President and Construction Manager, and Maliea Oakley, Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources.

Group photo of Ladell Medley with Sycamore Elementary Staff Holding Donated School Supplies

First Freedom Bank Supports Sycamore Elementary School

First Freedom Bank hosted a booth and handed out goodie bags to students at Sycamore Elementary’s annual Back to School Bash. The bank also donated a variety of school supplies from the teachers’ wish lists.

Pictured from left to right is Ladell Medley, Vice President and Cookeville-Algood Office Manager, with Tracy Nabors, Sycamore Principal, and Allison Evans, Sycamore School Counselor.

Group photo of Chairman's Cup members

Special Recognition for Members of Chairman’s Cup

First Freedom Bank recognized several employees this past quarter for exceptional job performance. These employees have exceeded their individual goals for enhancing and broadening customer relationships. Their outstanding performance earned them the prestigious honor of Chairman’s Cup Member.

Ally Miller 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, Sara Beth Kinnaird, Gainesboro FSR Manager, Devin Sabaski, Mt. Juliet FSR Manager, Blake Smith, Lebanon FSR Manager, Ally Miller, Mt. Juliet FSR, Rebecca Birman, Gainesboro FSR, and John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO.

group photo with school supplies

Gainesboro Office Donates School Supplies

First Freedom Bank’s Gainesboro office donated school supplies in conjunction with Mabry Nursing Home. These supplies will be distributed to Gainesboro Elementary School. 

Pictured from left to right is Donna Elrod, Vice President and Gainesboro Office Manager, Ashley Tippit, Gainesboro Assistant Manager, Diana Reich, Mabry Nursing Home CFO, and Amy Mabry, Nursing Home Administrator.

First Freedom Announces Promotions

First Freedom Bank is proud to announce four staff promotions. These promotions are well-deserved, and a testimony to the bank’s strategy to educate and develop from within. We are honored to have such knowledgeable and industrious individuals on our team.

 John Hawkins has been promoted to Vice President / Specialty Lending. John previously served as Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager. He joined the bank in February of 2014 and has fifteen years of banking experience. He is a 2007 graduate of Tennessee Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a graduate of both the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending and of the Southeastern School of Advance Commercial Lending.

Blair Fry has been promoted to Bank Officer and will continue in her role as Credit Analyst. Blair joined the bank in February of 2019 as a Financial Service Representative at the Providence Office. In 2020, she was promoted first to FSR Manager and later to Personal Banker. She moved into her role as Credit Analyst in January of 2021. Blair graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration.

Heather Spurlock has been promoted to Bank Officer and Portfolio Manager. Heather joined the bank in March of 2012 and previously served as an Administrative Assistant in the loan department.  In 2021, she graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Leadership / Management.

 Ashley Montgomery has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Providence Office Manager. Ashley joined the bank in 2015 as a Customer Service Representative at the Lebanon Office and soon after was promoted to Personal Banker at the Mt. Juliet office. In 2019, she was promoted to Senior Personal Banker and assumed an additional role as Retail Audit Supervisor. Ashley has completed over 70 hours of training with the American Bankers Association and has completed IRA training with the Tennessee Bankers Association. She has twelve years of retail banking experience.

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