First Volunteer Bank announced the promotion of Joe Waters to executive vice president and retail executive.
“I am excited to make this announcement,” said Patti W. Steele, president and CEO for First Volunteer. “Joe has been a great addition to our leadership team and has brought a wealth of experience to our customers and his branch teams.”
Mr. Waters joined First Volunteer when the bank purchased Benton Banking Company in 2008. He was named president and chief executive officer of Benton Banking Company leading up to the merger and conversion to First Volunteer. He transitioned into the role of retail executive for First Volunteer in late December of 2012.
“I’m excited to be doing exactly what I enjoy doing,” Mr. Waters said. “The deposits we have in our markets are loaned to consumers and businesses within those markets. It’s rewarding to see how we can impact our customer’s lives. In a given day we may be helping a new family purchase their first home; or helping someone realize the dream of owning their own business. That’s rewarding.”
Mr. Waters has more than 22 years of banking experience. He graduated from Polk County High School and Cleveland State Community College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College. He is a graduate of the Southeastern School of Banking at Vanderbilt and the LSU Graduate School of Banking. He is a member of the Economic Development Boards of Polk and McMinn Counties, Cleveland State Community College Foundation Board, the Polk County JECDB, the Benton Lions Club, and the Loan Committee of the Southeast Tennessee Development District. He is past president of the Tennessee Young Bankers Association and active in the Tennessee Bankers Association. He, his wife Donna, and their three children reside in Benton and attend First Baptist Church.
First Volunteer Bank is a $880 million financial institution with 24 branch offices throughout Tennessee and Northwest Georgia.