Thursday, 18 February 2016
John Bradshaw named President of First Freedom Bank

John Bradshaw has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of First Freedom Bank, announced John Lancaster, Board Chairman and CEO. Bradshaw was previously Executive Vice President and COO.

"John Bradshaw has been instrumental in the structure, substance and culture of First Freedom since inception.  It is with great pleasure and confidence that our board announces the promotion Mr. Bradshaw to President and Chief Operating Officer," said Lancaster.

Bradshaw was instrumental in the organization of First Freedom and served as an original organizer and board member.  In addition to COO, he serves as First Freedom's Chief Lending Officer. He has more than twenty five years of experience in all aspects of banking. Prior to his involvement with First Freedom, he was Senior Vice President of First Tennessee Bank, N.A. in Lebanon and headed the commercial lending and business development in Wilson County.

A lifelong resident of Lebanon, Bradshaw graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy and received his Bachelor of Science degree in finance at the University of Tennessee. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Cumberland University. He is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Banking and the Tennessee Commercial School of Banking at Vanderbilt University.

Bradshaw is past Chairman and Ambassador Vice Chair of the Board for the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Health and Education Board of Wilson County. He is a member of the Lebanon Rotary Club, and has volunteered with Middle Tennessee Junior Achievement as an adult leader/teacher with students at Lebanon High School. He is a past board member of the American Heart Association, the Empower Me Day Camp, and Leadership Wilson Alumni Board. He graduated from the inaugural class of Leadership Wilson in 1994.

Bradshaw and his wife Karen have been married for over twenty-five years and have three children. They are active members of the First United Methodist Church in Lebanon.

Posted on 02/18/2016 8:28 AM by Giulia Ware
Friday, 12 February 2016
First Freedom Bank donates to Empower Me Center

In honor of ten years of service in the Wilson County community, First Freedom Bank is spotlighting ten worthy community service organizations, and donating in support of their efforts.  The first honoree is Empower Me Center, the Lebanon organization that has been serving special needs individuals for 17 years. Empower Me Center is in the process of raising funds to build a permanent facility which will allow their weekly enrollment to increase from 35 to more than 200 participants. 

Pictured at the check presentation are John Bradshaw, Executive Vice President, Director & Chief Operating Officer of First Freedom Bank; Michelle Hill, Executive Director of Empower Me Center, and John Lancaster, Chairman & CEO of First Freedom Bank.

Posted on 02/12/2016 10:31 AM by Giulia Ware
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Poss Promoted to Customer Service Manager & Training Coordinator

Sarah Poss was promoted to Customer Service Manager & Training Coordinator, announced Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

In her new role, Sarah will be responsible for the training process of all new Customer Service Representatives, while managing the frontline of customer contact for the bank.

"Sarah is well qualified to lead our Customer Service training efforts. Her prior experience in the service industry, educational background, and commitment to excellent customer service will greatly enhance our training process," said Beavers.

Poss has more than four years of experience in customer service. She began employment with First Freedom Bank as a Customer Service Representative in January of 2015. She earned her B.S. degree in Anthropology with minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Middle Tennessee State University in 2014.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Sarah has lived in Wilson County for the past 11 years. She and her husband currently reside in Watertown.

Posted on 02/02/2016 9:37 AM by Giulia Ware
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