First Freedom Bank is excited to announce promotions for four of its staff members. Each of these individuals started with First Freedom in an entry level position. Their promotions are reflective of their hard work and the company’s focus to educate, train and promote from within.
Laura Johnson AAP, CAMS, CBSM, Assistant Vice President and Deposit Operations Manager, has been promoted to Vice President.
Johnson started with First Freedom in March of 2008 as a Financial Services Representative. She immediately demonstrated strong operational skills and was assigned to the deposit operations area two months later. Progressing quickly, Johnson was promoted to Deposit Operations Supervisor in January of 2011 before being promoted to Operations Officer and Deposit Operations Manager in June of 2013. In 2017, Johnson was promoted to Assistant Vice President.
Johnson has eighteen years of banking experience, compounded by a specialized education revolving around bank automation, money laundering and information security. Johnson holds the Accredited ACH Professional certification (AAP) from National Automatic Clearing House Association (NACHA), the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist certification (CAMS) from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists and the Certified Banking Security Manager designation (CBSM) from the SBS Institute. Johnson also holds a General Banking Diploma and a Bank Operation Diploma from The American Bankers Association.
Originally from Mt. Juliet, Johnson currently resides in Lebanon with her husband, Jeremy, and daughter, Kaylee.
Laura Morris, Operations Officer and Loan Operations Manager, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President.
Morris started with First Freedom in November of 2011 as a Financial Services Representative. As a result of her interest in loans and background in Accounting, she was promoted to Loan Operations in December of 2012. In August of 2016, Morris was promoted to Loan Operations Supervisor before being promoted to Operations Officer and Loan Operations Manager in January of 2017.
Morris has eight years of banking experience. She holds an Associate Degree in Accounting from Everest College. Originally from Portland, Tennessee, Morris resides in Old Hickory. She has one son and one grandchild.
Kayla Ring, Construction Specialist, has been promoted to Bank Officer and will function as the Construction Manager. In this role, Ring now has responsibility for documentation, structuring, closing, inspecting and funding of the bank’s residential construction loan portfolio.
Ring started with First Freedom in August of 2013 as Financial Services Representative before quickly being promoted to FSR Manager in November of 2013. In September of 2015, Ring was promoted to Construction Specialist where she assisted in the management of the bank’s new and existing construction loans.
Ring has ten years of total banking experience. She has completed multiple training modules through the Tennessee Bankers Association in the areas of cash flow, credit analysis and credit documentation. Ring is a Wilson County native and a graduate of Wilson Central High School. She currently resides in Bethpage with her husband, Michael, and their son Aiden.
Sarah Poss, Personal Banker and Marketing Specialist, has been promoted to Bank Officer and will function as the bank’s Marketing Officer. She will also continue to serve as a Personal Banker in the Providence Office.
Poss started with First Freedom in January of 2015 as a Financial Services Representative. By the end of the year, her performance warranted a promotion to FSR Manager for the Lebanon Office and Training Coordinator for the entire company. In May of 2016, Poss was instrumental in establishing and eventually managing the bank’s uniform operational audit process throughout the company’s footprint. In June of 2017, Poss was promoted to Personal Banker and Marketing Specialist in the company’s Providence Office.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Poss is a graduate of Watertown High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from Middle Tennessee State University. She has taken additional classes in the areas of training and communication through the Tennessee Bankers Association. She resides in Watertown with her husband Justin.