Three Veteran Bankers Join New FNB Bank Office In Chattanooga

Monday, September 16, 2019

FNB Bank has received regulatory approval to open a banking office at 1101 Broad St., expanding their presence in the Chattanooga market which began with the 2018 acquisition of Capital Bank and its three northwest Georgia locations. Three veteran area bankers have joined the FNB Bank team to lead the Chattanooga expansion. 

President and CEO Steve Rownd highlighted the importance of finding experienced and proven bankers to launch the FNB brand in Chattanooga. “When we formulated our plans to expand in Chattanooga, we concentrated on attracting a team of veteran bankers. We searched for bankers the business community would know and recognize.”

Mike Baggett, FNB executive vice president and chief lending officer, announced the appointment of three bankers to lead the effort. Kevin Smith, Bryan Fryar and Jennifer Griffin have already joined the bank and are temporarily based at FNB Bank’s Fort Oglethorpe office.

“We wanted talented bankers with strong roots in the community and good reputations," said Mr. Baggett. "Three experienced bankers joined us in 2018 with the Capital Bank acquisition, and it is an honor to have these three additional veteran bankers, each with more than 20 years of experience, join our team.” 

Mr. Smith is senior vice president, Chattanooga commercial leader. He will lead the relationship management team responsible for assisting and advising FNB clients and prospects in the East Tennessee area. Mr. Smith earned his B.A. from Appalachian State University and currently serves as treasurer for Glass House Collective, president of the Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association Chattanooga, and the Mountain Education Foundation board.

Mr. Fryer was appointed senior vice president, commercial banker. He will concentrate on managing commercial and private banking relationships. Mr. Fryar is a graduate of The Baylor School and Queens College (NC); he enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Ms. Griffin is the commercial lending specialist on the team. In her role, she will provide advice and assistance to commercial and private banking clients. Ms. Griffin is also a native of the Chattanooga area. She graduated from West Georgia College and currently lives in Chickamauga.

FNB Bank currently has 16 offices located in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. As of June 30, 2019, FNB Bank had $669 million in total assets, $583 million in deposits, and $467 million in gross loans. For additional information, locations and hours of operation, please visit www.accessFNB.com.



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