First Volunteer Bank Receives Top Honor From U.S. Small Business Administration

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Shown, from left to right, are Jeff Bridgman, First Volunteer commercial banker; Greg Haskew, First Volunteer Credit administration; Walter Perry, SBA Tennessee district director; and Steve Bullard, First Volunteer commercial banker.
Shown, from left to right, are Jeff Bridgman, First Volunteer commercial banker; Greg Haskew, First Volunteer Credit administration; Walter Perry, SBA Tennessee district director; and Steve Bullard, First Volunteer commercial banker.

First Volunteer Bank was awarded the 2012 Tennessee SBA First Mortgage Lender of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“In an environment when many banks are not lending, this confirms that First Volunteer is not only lending; but is finding ways to help business consumers with their credit needs,” said Patti W. Steele, president and CEO for First Volunteer. 

First Volunteer ranked first in number of 504 First Mortgage Loans for Tennessee by the Small Business Administration.

“These award winners represent the many excellent small businesses that we have in the Volunteer State,” said Walter Perry, district director of SBA’s Tennessee District Office.  “All across Tennessee, our hard working award winners are the very best at what they do,” said Perry. “SBA is proud of our partnership and pleased to honor these award winners for their role in helping small businesses start up, grow and succeed.”

“We are so excited to be able to work with our customers and offer the great products that the Small Business Administration provides.  In the economy we are in, we are always looking at opportunities to help our customers with their credit needs,” Ms. Steele said.

Gregory K. Haskew, senior vice president of Credit Administration, accepted the award on behalf of the Bank at an SBA awards meeting in Chattanooga.


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