First Farmers and Merchants Bank Announces Experienced Staff for New Green Hills Financial Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – First Farmers and Merchants Bank today announced the banking team for its new Green Hills financial center, the bank’s first office in Davidson County.

The leadership team will include First Farmers veterans Richard S. (Dick) Sevier, Berry Brooks, Rory Mallard and Rita S. Conner.

“We expect customers at the Green Hills financial center will have a wide variety of everyday and long-term banking needs,” said Craig Holland, Williamson County president for First Farmers & Merchants Bank, who is overseeing the development of the center. “That’s why we have assigned some of our most experienced bankers to that office. Our core team of Dick, Berry, Rory and Rita are some of our most experienced and innovative commercial and consumer banking experts and their main focus will be to help our Green Hills customers achieve their financial goals.”

Located near the upscale Hill Center retail shopping area, the Green Hills financial center will include personal banking, small business banking, investment services, commercial banking, mortgage lending and trust & estate planning services. The new financial center is First Farmers’ nineteenth in Middle Tennessee.

Dick Sevier will be senior commercial relationship manager at the financial center, a position he’s held at the First Farmers Cool Springs office since it opened in 2009. A banker with more than 40 years of commercial banking experience, Sevier has also held positions at Bank of America. He holds a BS degree from Christian Brothers University of Memphis.

Berry Brooks, also a senior commercial relationship manager, has been in banking in Middle Tennessee since 1971, having worked for Commerce Union, Bank of America, First American and AmSouth. Brooks, who has been with First Farmers for 14 years, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an MBA from The University of Tennessee.

Having held the position of private banking/business banking officer at First Farmers’ Cool Springs office since 2011, Rory Mallard will become commercial relationship manager at the Green Hills office. He previously managed Fifth Third Bank’s Music Row Financial Center and has been both a financial advisor trainee at Morgan Stanley and a senior personal banker at Bank of America in Nashville. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University.

Rita Conner will manage the financial center. She comes to First Farmers from Capital Bank, Nashville, where she served as vice president and branch manager since 2011. Her banking background also includes long-term positions as vice president and branch manager for SunTrust Bank, assistant branch manager at Brentwood’s SouthTrust Bank (Wells Fargo Bank) and as teller/supervisor/customer specialist at First Union Bank, also in Brentwood.

Construction began on the Green Hills financial center in March 2014 and officials expect the new office to open by early Fall.

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