First Tennessee opens new Bearden facility

Sandra ClarkOn the Grow, West Knox

“First Tennessee continues to grow,” said Dave Miller, East Tennessee Region president for First Tennessee, at the formal opening of FTB Advisors in Western Plaza.


Kim Jarrard is vice president/financial advisor with FTB Advisors Inc.

Several officeholders and Mark Field from the Knoxville Chamber were on hand for the ceremony. The new facility is at 4315 Kingston Pike, Suite 302. The three-story building replaced the previous one-story branch bank.

The facility brings together FTB Advisors along with private client and trust relationship managers, all on-site at this location. This team approach to providing wealth management services utilizes the experience and expertise of all three specialties to provide comprehensive planning and execution, a bank spokesperson said.

The new office has the latest technology and furnishings with lots of natural light. Kim Jarrard was my tour guide.

First Horizon makes GEI index

First Horizon, the parent company of First Tennessee Bank, has been selected to the international Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the second year in a row. The index recognizes companies for their commitment to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality.

Women at First Horizon represent approximately:

  • 60 percent of the overall workforce
  • 76 percent of manager roles
  • 36 percent in the top three levels in the organization
  • 30 percent of Executive Management Committee

“We strive to create a culture where all have an equal opportunity to achieve their personal and career goals,” said John Daniel, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at First Horizon. “Inclusion in this index is proof that our intentional efforts to date have been effective. We want to continue to ensure that we are identifying and exploring every opportunity to help women succeed, whether they work in our organization or use our products and services.”

First Horizon releases social responsibility report

First Horizon National Corp. has released its inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which highlights the company’s impact and outlines its commitment to its communities, employees and customers. The report, “Here for Good,” which is available online here, details First Horizon’s initiatives focused on promoting social and environmental responsibility and building stronger communities.

Highlights of the strategy and report include:

  • Transparency in the management of the business
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Investments in communities
  • Commitment to environmental sustainability
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
Shepard on Blount Advisory Board

First Tennessee has named William R. “Rick” Shepard as a new member of its Blount County Advisory Board. Shepard is retired after a long and diverse banking career at financial institutions including United Community Bank, SunTrust Bank and the Bank of Maryville. He also is retired from the Tennessee Air National Guard after 21 years of service and is a veteran of the Gulf War in 1991. Shepard is a graduate of East Tennessee State, Community College of the Air Force, Tennessee School of Banking and LSU Graduate School of Banking.

Greg Wilson is First Tennessee’s Maryville Region president.

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