First Farmers and Merchants Bank Announces Specialized Business Banking Team

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – First Farmers and Merchants Bank today announced the organization of a specialized business banking team to help businesses better understand how to utilize financial services and systems to run their own businesses more efficiently and profitably.

The group is comprised of seven relationship managers who will be located in Middle Tennessee counties served by the bank.  In addition to lending, the seven will provide strategic guidance for business services such as online bill pay, cash and treasury management, payroll support, remote deposit, business checking and credit cards.

“We’re fully convinced that our nation’s economic recovery will be led by local businesses, one employee at a time,” said Tim Pettus, president, First Farmers & Merchants Bank.  “We’ve long been known as a leader in business banking in Middle Tennessee and this move will help us focus more intensely on this client segment that we know so well.  Together, these banking veterans have over 150 years of business experience and truly understand the challenges that companies face today.  Our goal is to turn that collective knowledge into financial horsepower for each of their clients.”

The seven team members include:  Shela Chessor, Suzanne Estes, Cathy Mashburn, Archie Morrow, Judy Musgrave, Stacey Shedd and Brenda Wolaver.

“One of the most important roles these banking professionals will play is to provide objective, third-party advice on the financial tools that can best help the company at each stage of its growth,” Pettus said.  “Our focus is simply to help businesses grow and succeed.  Because if they do, their success becomes our success.”

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