Chattanooga, Tenn.—Patti W. Steele, President and CEO of First Volunteer Bank, is pleased to announce that Jeremy Dean, Executive Vice President and Director of Retail Banking and Trish Phillips, Executive Vice President and Process Improvement Executive, recently graduated from the American Bankers Association (ABA) 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 & 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.”
Jeremy Dean is the Executive Vice President of Retail Banking and is a member of the bank’s leadership and executive management team. Jeremy 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 our customers in 11 counties located in Tennessee and Georgia. Jeremy oversees a full range of consumer financial products and services, including deposit products, digital banking services and consumer, small business and mortgage lending.
Trish Phillips is the Executive Vice President of Process Improvement and is a member of the bank’s leadership and executive management team. Trish 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.
First Volunteer Bank is a full-service community bank headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee offering banking products and services to both residents and businesses in our 24 banking offices located through-out Tennessee and North Georgia. First Volunteer Bank is a 117-year old bank with $1.3 billion in total assets and 236 employees. First Volunteer Bank also has a full-service insurance agency, First Volunteer Insurance.