J. B. Owens, CPA, Senior Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking of First Freedom Bank, was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of both the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending and the Southeastern School of Advanced Commercial Lending, announced John Lancaster, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Freedom Bank.
The Southeastern School Boards serve as an extension of the Tennessee Bankers Association's board of directors and specifically oversees the administration of these two commercial lending schools on behalf of the Tennessee Bankers Association.
The Southeastern Schools provide a solid foundation on which to build a banking career. Graduates develop the skills that will bring them success in upper-level management positions and forge the networks that will serve them throughout their career.
"J. B. Owens is an outstanding choice as a board member for these important banking schools," stated First Freedom Chairman and CEO John Lancaster. "His practical experience as a commercial lender and a senior level bank manager, coupled with his professional credentials, allow him to give a unique insight into the educational needs of developing bankers."
The Southeastern School of Commercial Lending is an intensive, one-week school that concentrates on all aspects of commercial lending. Students receive over 50 hours of classroom instruction, discussion, and case study.
The Southeastern School of Advanced Commercial Lending is an intensive three-day school focusing on advanced cash flow and loan structure, commercial real estate lending, and new approaches to predicting portfolio credit performance and managing portfolio credit risk. This school is ideal for commercial lenders, relationship managers, portfolio managers, senior credit managers, and others who currently are responsible for or are interested in profitably growing the bank's loan portfolio and better managing portfolio credit risk.