Friday, 24 March 2017
Sycamore Kindergartners Receive School Supplies from First Freedom
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First Freedom Bank donated school supplies to Sycamore Elementary’s incoming Kindergarten students on March, 24, 2017.

Pictured left to right: Donna Sloan, Kindergarten Teacher, new incoming Kindergarten students, and Ladell Medley, VP and Cookeville and Algood Office Manager.

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Posted on 03/24/2017 2:36 PM by Sarah Poss
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Sycamore Elementary Participates in Bank Day
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On March 10, 2017, the Sycamore 4th graders that passed their reading requirements for the year participated in Bank Day at First Freedom Bank's Cookeville office.

Pictured above is Ladell Medley, Vice President and Cookeville Office Manager, giving a tour to the students. 

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Posted on 03/22/2017 8:15 AM by Sarah Poss
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Monday, 20 March 2017
First Freedom Bank Promotes Hawkins and Vance
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John Hawkins and Phillip Vance have been promoted to Assistant Vice President at the Lebanon office, announced John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO. Hawkins will continue to serve as Portfolio Manager. Vance will continue to serve as a Relationship Manager.


As a Portfolio Manager for First Freedom, John Hawkins is responsible for managing a sizeable portfolio of loans in many different industries. He has ten years of banking experience and has been with First Freedom since February of 2014.


“John is very deserving of this promotion,” said Lancaster, “He governs a significant portfolio and manages it with a high level of accuracy and great detail. John’s many years of community banking experience gives him a great foundation for this significant role with First Freedom.”


Hawkins is a 2007 graduate of Tennessee Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He is a graduate of both the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending and of the Southeastern School of Advance Commercial Lending. Hawkins is also a 2016 Graduate of Leadership Wilson.


Hawkins volunteers in a number of community organizations, including Sherry’s Run, Relay for Life, and Jere’s Ride. He also serves as a board member for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Originally a resident of Gainesboro, Hawkins now resides in Lebanon with his wife, Kayla. They are expecting their first child in August. Hawkins is a member of College Hills Church of Christ.


Phillip Vance has been employed with First Freedom since July of 2014. As a Relationship Manager, he will continue to be responsible for managing existing customer loan and deposit portfolios, developing new customer relationships, underwriting loans for approval and originating new loans.


“We are excited about Phillip’s promotion and the role he plays in our bank and our community,” said Lancaster, “He is very intelligent, has the customer’s best interest at heart, and is creative in the way he approaches his customer’s needs. We are honored to have Phillip on the First Freedom team. “


Vance is a 2014 graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He has extensive involvement in the community, including participating in Habitat for Humanity Builds and serving as the Treasurer for the Little Lights Pre-School at Maple Hill Church of Christ. He is currently the Fundraising Coordinator for the First Freedom Bank 2017 United Way Campaign and is serving on the 2017 Allocation Panel for Wilson County United Way. Additionally, Vance is a member of the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club and is an upcoming board member. 


Vance resides in his hometown of Lebanon with his wife Emily and daughter, Hazel. He is a member of Maple Hill Church of Christ.


 

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Posted on 03/20/2017 2:34 PM by Sarah Poss
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Friday, 10 March 2017
First Freedom Bank Promotes Kaitlin Wattenbarger to Personal Banker
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Kaitlin Wattenbarger has been promoted to Personal Banker in the Providence office effective December 2016, announced Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

“Kaitlin has adapted extremely well to the First Freedom system, having progressed from Customer Service Representative to Customer Service Representative Manager, and now to Personal Banker. She is a valued member of the Providence Office, having worked at this location for the past 4 years. Kaitlin provides excellent customer service and always greets her customers with a warm smile and friendly hello. We are proud to have Kaitlin as a member of the First Freedom team,” said Beavers.

Kaitlin has been employed with First Freedom since 2013, when she started as a Customer Service Representative before being promoted to Customer Service Manager in 2015. Overall Kaitlin has more than nine years of sales and customer service experience.

Wattenbarger is originally from Hermitage, where she still resides with her husband Joshua. They are members of Crosspoint Church in Nashville. Active in the community, Wattenbarger has been the First Freedom Team Manager for Wilson County Relay for Life in each of the last four years.

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Posted on 03/10/2017 8:55 AM by Sarah Poss
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Wednesday, 8 March 2017
First Freedom Attends Lebanon Senior Citizens Valentine Banquet
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First Freedom Bank sponsored a table at the Lebanon Senior Citizens Valentine Banquet on Saturday, February 18th. The Valentine Banquet is the largest fundraiser of the year.

Pictured from left to right: John Scott, Kathy Scott, First Freedom Customer Service Manager Karen Elmore, Albert Cason, and Evelyn Cason.

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Posted on 03/08/2017 1:19 PM by Sarah Poss
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Friday, 3 March 2017
First Freedom Bank Promotes Sarah Poss to Personal Banker
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Sarah Poss has been promoted to Personal Banker/Marketing Specialist in the Providence office effective January 2017, announced Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

“Since joining the bank Sarah has already served our company in several capacities, most recently as CSR Manager and Training Coordinator in the Lebanon office. Sarah has a proven track record of handling additional duties in a prompt, efficient, and professional manner. She will now assume additional responsibilities for marketing and customer service. Sarah is an asset to our organization, and we are proud to have her on the First Freedom team,” said Beavers.

Sarah has been employed with First Freedom since 2015, when she started as a Customer Service Representative before being promoted to Customer Service Manager that same year. Overall, Sarah has seven years of customer service experience.

Poss received a B.S. in Anthropology, with a minor in Spanish and Latin-American studies, from Middle Tennessee State University in 2014. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sarah has been a resident of Wilson County for fourteen years.  She currently lives in Watertown with her husband Justin. 

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Posted on 03/03/2017 4:41 PM by Sarah Poss
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