Tennessee Bankers

Independent Bankers Division

Organized in 1973, the Independent Bankers Division focuses on the needs and concerns of Tennessee community banks. Governed by a 17-member board of directors, the Division conducts the Independent Bankers Division Convention each fall, plans and conducts the annual Community Bank Directors Conference, and endorses selected products of the Independent Community Bankers Association of America, (ICBA). The chairman of the Independent Bankers Division represents the division on the TBA board of directors.

Independent Bankers Division


Chairman: Bill Yoder, President/CEO, Southern Community Bank, Tullahoma
Chairman-elect: Ken Jones, President/CEO, Citizens Bank, New Tazewell
First Vice Chairman: Philip Calahan, President, Peoples Bank & Trust Company, Manchester
Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Robinson, President/CEO, Heritage Bank and Trust, Columbia


Terry Eastwood, CEO, First Bank of Tennessee, Spring City (2017)
Gay Dempsey, CEO, Bank of Lincoln County, Fayetteville (2017)
Wright Cox, President, BankTennessee, Collierville (2017)
Travis Edmondson, CEO, Clayton Bank and Trust, Knoxville (2018)
Scott Cocanougher, President/CEO, First Community Bank of Tennessee, Shelbyville (2018)
Jay England, President/CEO, Decatur County Bank, Decaturville (2018)
Adam Robertson, President, Commercial Bank, Harrogate (2019)
Keith Hatley, President and CEO, Sumner Bank & Trust, Gallatin (2019)
John Liddy, President and CEO, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Adamsville (2019)

Past Chairmen - Ex-Officio Directors

Ted Williams, President/CEO, TriStar Bank, Dickson (2017)
W. Logan Hickman, Jr, Executive Vice President, Peoples Bank of the South, LaFollette (2018)
Phillip Renfroe, President/CEO, Community Bank, Lexington (2019)

The Independent Bankers Division finds fellowship through participation in:

Independent Convention

Each year, more than 150 bankers across the state come together at the Independent Bankers Division Convention. The business session on the first day includes a session on a relevant hot topics, followed by a reception for all convention participants.  The business session on the following day covers current issues of interest to community banks and includes the election of division officers and directors.

Independent Bankers Division Contact

Colin Barrett - cbarrett@tnbankers.org
800-964-5525 or 615-244-4871