Thursday, 26 March 2020
Georgie Calhoun Joins First Freedom Bank
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Georgie Calhoun has joined First Freedom Bank as a Financial Services Representative, announced Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

“We are excited to have Georgie as a member of the Main Office team,” said Beavers. “She brings a lot of prior banking and retail management experience with her, along with excellent customer service skills.”

Calhoun joins First Freedom with several years of banking experience under her belt, having worked in the industry for a little more than three years. Most recently, she was employed in the restaurant industry as a general manager for the past five years.  

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Calhoun now resides in Mt. Juliet and is a member of The Church at Pleasant Grove. She has one daughter and two sons.

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 $480 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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Posted on 03/26/2020 8:49 AM by Sarah Poss
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Tuesday, 17 March 2020
First Freedom Promotes Mauldin to Deposit Operations Assistant Manager
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Justin Mauldin has been promoted to Bank Officer and Deposit Operations Assistant Manager, announced John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO.


“Justin is a quality employee and continues to make a significant contribution to our Deposit Operations Department. We are pleased to promote him to Bank Officer and look forward to watching him continue his growth in our company,” stated Lancaster.


Mauldin joined First Freedom in August of 2016 as a Deposit Operations Clerk. He had previously worked at a regional bank as a Financial Services Representative. Mauldin also had several years of retail management experience before joining the financial industry.


In 2017, Mauldin was awarded with the First Freedom Internal Service award due to providing the best service specifically to his fellow employees. That same year, he graduated from Leadership Opportunity of Smith County. Mauldin then went on to become a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) in December of 2018.


Mauldin currently resides in Carthage with his family. He is a counselor for Jackson-Smith County Youth Camp, a position he has held each summer since 2009, and is the Youth Minister for Carthage Church of Christ.


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 $480 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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Posted on 03/17/2020 7:53 AM by Sarah Poss
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Tuesday, 17 March 2020
FFB Recognizes Employees with the Chairman's Cup Award
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FFB recognized nine employees for exceptional job performance and exceeding their individual goals for enhancing and broadening customer relationships. Their outstanding performance earned them the prestigious honor of Chairman’s Cup Member for the quarter. The qualifying employees were Abby Hernandez, Cookeville FSR, Kaitlyn Kovalchik, Cookeville FSR, Bryan Sweet, Cookeville FSR Manager, Kim Cowan, Providence FSR Manager, MaKayla Ramsey, Cookeville FSR, Rebecca Birman, Gainesboro FSR, Blair Kirkland, Providence FSR, Sara Beth Kinnaird, Gainesboro FSR.

Sara Beth was also recognized as the Top Performing FSR. Sara Beth is pictured above with John Lancaster, Chairman and CEO. 

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Posted on 03/17/2020 8:32 AM by Sarah Poss
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Friday, 13 March 2020
FFB Supports Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber Annual Membership Meeting
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First Freedom sponsored a table at the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber’s annual membership meeting and awards celebration. The event was held February 20th at the Wilson County Exposition Center and consisted of a dinner, a brief meeting, the swearing-in of upcoming Board of Directors, and an awards ceremony.

Pictured from left to right is Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking, Ryan Woodall, Relationship Manager, Phillip Vance, Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager, John Bradshaw, President/COO & CLO, J.B. Owens, CPA, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking, Aylan Baines, Relationship Specialist, Shelia Ferrell, First Vice President and Managerial Lender, and Maliea Oakley, Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources.

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Posted on 03/13/2020 10:00 AM by Sarah Poss
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Thursday, 12 March 2020
First Freedom Promotes Kirkland to FSR Manager
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Blair Kirkland has been promoted to Financial Services Representative Manager, announced Kenny Beavers, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

“Blair has been a great addition to the Providence Office, her prior retail and management experience has enabled her to quickly adapt to the financial service environment,” said Beavers. “She possesses excellent analytical and customer service skills. We are very happy to have Blair on our team.”

Kirkland previously worked as a manager in the retail industry for five years and is a 2014 graduate of Wilson Central High School. She is currently attending Middle Tennessee State University with plans to graduate in December with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration.

A native of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Kirkland now resides in Lebanon. Kirkland and her fiancé, Austin, will be marrying in October of this year.

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 $480 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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Posted on 03/12/2020 8:19 AM by Sarah Poss
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Thursday, 5 March 2020
FFB Collects School Supplies for JCMS
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First Freedom’s Gainesboro Office ran a school supply drive to benefit Jackson County Middle School. This collection was in conjunction with a donation for the school’s 2019 supply drive, which strove to eliminate the need for students to purchase their own supplies.

Pictured from left to right is Teola Ragland, Gainesboro Personal Banker, Natalie Tinsley, Justice Lynch, Autumn Stephens, Lakelyn Stephens, and Keisha McCoin.  

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Posted on 03/05/2020 8:13 AM by Sarah Poss
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