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First Freedom Announces Staff Promotions


First Freedom Bank is proud to announce promotions for four of its officers. Each of these promotions are well-deserved and further demonstrate First Freedom’s strategy to promote from within.

Sarah Poss, Providence Office Manager and Marketing Officer, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President.

Poss has served in several important capacities since joining the bank as a Financial Services Representative (FSR) in 2015. She has served as an FSR Manager, a Personal Banker, Training Coordinator, Branch Audit Examiner, and Marketing Specialist. In January of 2018, Poss was promoted to Bank Officer and served as our Marketing Officer. In September of 2019, she was promoted to Providence Office Manager and continued to function as the bank’s Marketing Officer.

A graduate of Watertown High School, Poss earned a B.S. in Anthropology with a minor in Latin-American Studies from MTSU in 2014. She is active in both the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and the Mt. Juliet Chamber. Poss is also a member and newsletter editor of the Wilson County Beekeepers Association and she volunteers with the Wilson County Books from Birth Program. Born in Michigan, Sarah moved with her family to Watertown when she was in elementary school and still resides there with her husband, Justin, and daughter, Sylvia.

Rebecca Jennings, Bank Officer and Credit Analyst, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President.

Jennings has spent a significant time in the finance, retail, and commercial divisions of the bank. She began her career with First Freedom in July of 2017 as a part-time FSR in the Providence Office. She moved to full time status in May of 2018 upon her graduation from college. In August of 2019, Rebecca was promoted to Bank Officer and served as the bank’s Credit Analyst.

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 also served as Treasurer of the College Republicans Club and was a member of the local chapter of Campus Ministry International. Most recently, Jennings has passed all four exams to obtain her CPA license and is currently completing courses to be licensed. She and her husband, Christian, attend Grace United Methodist Church.

Ryan Woodall, Bank Officer and Relationship Manager, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President.

Woodall joined First Freedom in November of 2019 after serving with a regional bank in the area.  While working with a regional bank, Woodall completed a comprehensive bank management program and was involved in the opening of a new office in a neighboring county. Since joining First Freedom, he has spent a significant amount of time in credit analysis and has been functioning as a very effective Relationship Manager.

A graduate of Friendship Christian School, Woodall earned a B.S. in Political Science from Tennessee Tech. He returned to graduate school as a working adult and received his MBA from Cumberland University in 2017. While at Cumberland, he was a member in the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. Woodall currently resides in Lebanon with his wife Mary, a teacher with the Lebanon Special School District.

Kayla Ring, Bank Officer and Construction Manager, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President.

Ring started with First Freedom Bank as an FSR in 2013 before quickly being named FSR Manager that same year. In 2015, Kayla was named Construction Specialist and began managing building contractor relationships. She was elevated to Bank Officer and Construction Manager in January of 2018.

A graduate of Wilson Central High School, Ring has taken a number of banking management courses through the Tennessee Bankers Association, including Global Cash Flow Analysis for Underwriters, Residential Construction Lending, Writing Credit Memorandums, and Essentials of Commercial Lending. She currently resides in Bethpage with her husband, Michael, and son, Aiden. They are members of Fellowship Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet.

First Freedom Bank, headquartered in Wilson County, was established in 2006. A full service, community bank, First Freedom Bank offers personal and commercial banking services from six locations in Wilson, Putnam and Jackson Counties, and has approximately 70 employees. First Freedom Bank has assets in excess of $600 million and is owned by more than 1,100 shareholders throughout Middle Tennessee. First Freedom Bank is member of the Better Business Bureau, an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additionally, First Freedom has earned the prestigious Five Star rating by Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.


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