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Tennessee Bankers Association elects new leadership

  chris holmes
Chris Holmes, Tennessee Bankers Association chairman-elect

Chris Holmes, president and CEO of FirstBank in Nashville, was installed as chairman-elect of the Tennessee Bankers Association during ceremonies at the organization’s recent 129th Annual Meeting. More than 600 members of the financial services industry and related businesses attended the convention.

After joining FirstBank in 2010 as chief banking officer, Holmes was named president in 2012 and CEO in 2013. In 2016, Holmes led FirstBank’s transition from a privately held, single shareholder bank to a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, along with the acquisitions of Northwest Georgia Bank (2015), Clayton Bank and Trust, and American City Bank (2017), at 14 branches of Atlantic Capital Bank in Tennessee and Georgia (2019), which expanded the bank’s footprint in the Southeast.

Other executive officers elected by the TBA membership include Mott Ford of Memphis, chairman, and Allen McClary of Jellico, vice chairman.

The Tennessee Bankers Association is a not-for-profit organization representing Tennessee’s commercial banks and thrifts. The Association provides continuing education, develops and monitors state and federal legislative agendas, disseminates information on all facets of the financial services industry, and promotes the public image of financial institutions. For more information, please visit

Published August 5, 2019

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