First Freedom’s Jennings Recognized as CPA
First Freedom Bank’s Rebecca Jennings, Vice President and Controller, has been recognized as a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy. In order to become a CPA in the state of Tennessee, an applicant must have completed a Baccalaureate or higher degree with at least 150 semester hours from a regionally accredited college or university. Candidates must also pass all four sections of the extensive Uniform CPA Examination within 18 months, pass a separate ethics examination given by the AICPA, and complete at least one year of relevant work experience.
“Rebecca Jennings is one of the brightest individuals I’ve ever worked with,” stated John Lancaster, CEO of First Freedom. “She is a key member of our Finance team and is a significant contributor to the success of our company. We celebrate this notable accomplishment with her.”
Jennings has spent a significant amount of time in the finance, retail, and commercial divisions of the bank. She began her career with First Freedom in 2017 as a part-time FSR while still in college. She moved to full-time status in 2018 upon her graduation. In 2021, she was promoted to Assistant Vice President in the Accounting division. Jennings excelled in her role and was again promoted in 2022 to Vice President and Controller.
A graduate of Wilson Central High School, Jennings earned Summa Cum Laude honors with her B.B.A in Accounting from Cumberland University with a perfect 4.0 GPA. While at Cumberland, she received the Most Outstanding Performance Award in Accounting and was a member of several prestigious academic honor societies such as Alpha Lambda Delta, Delta Mu Delta, and Alpha Chi. She and her husband Christian live in Lebanon.