Accounting Veteran Jill Giles Joins First Farmers and Merchants Bank as Controller

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – First Farmers and Merchants Bank today announced the hiring of Jill Giles as Controller.  Previously the audit manager at the Brentwood, Tennessee certified public accounting firm Rayburn, Bates & Fitzgerald, Giles replaces Robert Matthews, who has become the bank’s new director of human resources.

“As a newcomer to First Farmers, Jill brings with her a wealth of experience that should serve us well as we continue to grow and provide the best possible customer service,” said T. Randy Stevens, chairman and CEO, in making the announcement.  “Her background working with community banks gives her a unique perspective and will enable her to make a valuable contribution to our team.”

In addition to preparing and assisting the bank’s CFO with quarterly and annual financial and regulatory reporting and month-end close responsibilities, Giles will be responsible for supervising the quality of the bank’s accounting and financial reporting.

Giles has been at Rayburn, Bates & Fitzgerald since 2011, and has extensive experience overseeing auditing and consulting projects for public and privately-held community banks, non-profit organizations and small private companies in Tennessee.  Prior to that, she spent five years at Kraft CPAs, first as an audit senior and then an audit manager.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Tennessee at Martin in 2003 with a B.S. in Business Administration and Middle Tennessee State University in 2005 with an M.S. in Accounting and Information Systems.

Giles is a native of Maury County, having attended Spring Hill High School.  She is an active CPA and member of both the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Tennessee Society of CPAs (TSCPA).  She currently serves on the TSCPA Scholarship committee.

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