First Farmers announces new leaders to guide mid-state expansion

First Farmers announces new leaders to guide mid-state expansion

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First Farmers and Merchants Bank, which recently announced a new branch to be located in Berry Farms, has named a new president and vice chairman.

First Farmers and Merchants Bank, which during the past three years bank has established a significant presence in Williamson and Davidson counties and recently announced its third Williamson County branch to be located in Berry Farms along the I-65 corridor at Peytonsville Road, last week named a new president and new vice chairman.

Brian K. Williams has been named President of the bank and holding company and Timothy E. Pettus has been designated Vice Chairman of the bank and holding company effective Jan. 1.

“On behalf of the First Farmers Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team, we are pleased to announce these two critical leadership appointments.” said T. Randy Stevens, Chairman and CEO of First Farmers and Merchants Bank. “Brian and Tim are both highly respected members of the Tennessee banking community and bring over 60 years of collective leadership to their new roles. At First Farmers, we have been blessed to assemble a team of dedicated professionals poised to lead our institution through an exceptional period of growth.”

Williams will oversee the day-to-day operations of the bank and will be responsible for executing the organization’s strategic initiatives. A Maury County native, Williams has been with First Farmers for over 22 years and most recently served as Executive Vice President of the bank. During his tenure, Williams has held numerous leadership roles including Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the bank and holding company; Senior Executive of Commercial Banking; Chief Credit Officer; Vice President/Assistant Credit Officer and Trust Officer.

“I am truly humbled by the opportunity to lead this extraordinary organization and our dedicated team of professionals across Middle Tennessee.” Williams said in a press release announcing the appointments. “It has been an honor to serve this bank and our customers for the past 22 years and I look forward to leading the organization as we expand our services across the region.”

Pettus, a 40-year veteran of the financial services industry, will be charged with coordinating the bank’s growth strategy across Middle Tennessee, primarily focused on the Williamson and Davidson County markets. Pettus has held numerous positions with the bank including Regional President of the bank’s Southern Region; Vice Chairman of the bank and most recently as President of the bank and member of the Board of Directors for the bank and holding company.

“Over the past 13 years, it has been the highest privilege to serve our bank and our customers in numerous capacities during an unprecedented period of growth.” Pettus said in the press release. “I look forward to applying those experiences in my new role as we strategically grow our brand and cultivate new relationships within our strategic growth markets.”

First Farmers and Merchants Corporation is the holding company for First Farmers and Merchants Bank, a community bank serving the Middle Tennessee area through 19 banking locations in eight Middle Tennessee counties. As of September 30, 2015, First Farmers reported total assets of approximately $1.2 billion and total shareholders’ equity of approximately $120 million. For more information about First Farmers, visit First Farmers and Merchants Bank at

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