Jeremy Dean, First Volunteer Bank executive vice president and director of Retail Banking, and Trish Phillips, executive vice president and Process Improvement executive, have graduated from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking and Wharton Executive Leadership Program held at the University of Pennsylvania.
Stonier Graduate School of Banking and The Wharton Executive Education and Leadership Program, are intensive three-year programs for bank executives. Students are from the United States and international banks of all sizes, as well as state and federal regulatory agencies and other financial service organizations. This was the schools 86th year with a 2021 graduating class of 540 students.
“Jeremy and Trish are both key executives at First Volunteer Bank and they have already begun to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained at Stonier to guide important initiatives within our
organization,” said President and CEO Patti Steele. “We are excited about the growth of both Jeremy and Trish and what that means for our customers and the communities that we serve.”
Mr. Dean is a member of the bank’s leadership and executive management team. He has been in banking for 23 years. He joined First Volunteer Bank in 2017 and was named the director of Retail Banking in 2020. He is responsible for 24 branches that serve customers in 11 counties located in Tennessee and Georgia. Mr. Dean oversees a full range of consumer financial products and services, including deposit products, digital banking services and consumer, small business and mortgage lending.
Ms. Phillips is a member of the bank’s leadership and executive management team. She started in banking in 1990 and has served with community banks her entire 31-year career. She joined First Volunteer Bank in 2012 and oversees and coordinates multiple processes and improvements within the company. She is responsible for ensuring a high level of company process performance, making continuous process improvements, implementing automation within the company and maintaining efficiency in all of our existing products and processes.