Tennessee Bankers

Young Bankers Division

On August 10, 1960, a delegation of bankers met in the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville to organize a new division of the Tennessee Bankers Association. There was one goal—to groom future leaders of the banking industry in Tennessee.

The Young Bankers Division was created to nurture the professional development of the state’s young bank officers (under the age of 40) and prepare them to become the industry’s next generation of leaders. It provides a variety of educational opportunities for its members and promotes community awareness of the banking industry.

The success of the Young Bankers Division can be measured through the many leaders in the banking industry, local communities across the state, and the association itself who are products of these efforts. Since the establishment of the Division in 1960, a significant number of bankers who were active in the Young Bankers Division have advanced to become officers, directors, and committee chairmen of the TBA—direct evidence of the division’s continuing success in achieving its goal.

Young Bankers Division


Chairman: Joshua D. Lane, Vice President/Knoxville Market Executive, The First National Bank of Oneida, Knoxville
Chairman-elect: Samuel L. Short, Senior Vice President, Southern Bank of Tennessee, Mount Juliet
Vice Chairman: Derrick Whitten, Vice President, The Hardin County Bank, Savannah
Immediate Past Chairman: Michelle Bing, Senior Vice President/Commercial Banking, Bank3, Union City

East Tennessee Directors

Mark Bryan, Vice President, Commercial Lending, SouthEast Bank, Farragut (2019)
Michael J. Saporito, II, First Vice President & Relationship Manager, Mountain Commerce Bank, Knoxville (2020)
John Seiber, Business Development Manager/Loan Officer, Peoples Bank of the South, Clinton (2021)

Middle Tennessee Directors

Justin Nipper, Assistant Vice President/Risk Officer/Credit Analyst, The Farmers Bank, Portland (2019)
James J. Fuller, Branch Manager/Lender, SmartBank, Tullahoma (2020)
Race Wilson, Branch Manager, First Farmers & Merchants Bank, Lewisburg (2021)

West Tennessee Directors

Lauren Smith, Vice President/Risk Management, Decatur County Bank, Decaturville (2019)
Misty Sharp, Vice President/Marking Director/Internal Audit BSA, Centennial Bank, Medina (2020)
Billie Jo Parker, Managing Director, Renasant Bank, Memphis (2021)

Young Bankers find fellowship through participation in:

Annual Leadership Convention

The annual Leadership Convention, sponsored by the Young Bankers Division, is an opportunity for bankers to learn more about the current state of the industry and to acquire leadership skills that will benefit them in both their bank and their community. The convention business program features speakers, workshops, the election of division leaders, and financial literacy awards. In addition, the agenda includes social activities that provide the networking opportunities that promote both professional and personal growth.

The Southeastern School of Banking

The Young Bankers board of directors serves as the board of trustees for The Southeastern School of Banking, one of the oldest and most respected general banking schools in the country. Established in 1939 as a two-day conference, the TSSB has evolved into an intermediate-level, two-year general banking school. Bankers develop analytical skills and management techniques, along with an understanding of the commercial bank’s role in the changing financial services industry. The instructors include professional business leaders and consultants, university professors, and outstanding bankers.

Financial Literacy / Personal Economics Program (PEP)

Increasing financial literacy and fiscal responsibility among members of our communities is a mission bankers take seriously. The Young Bankers Division has been involved in these efforts since 1962 when the division first initiated an aggressive campaign to assist teachers in broadening the public understanding of banking. Today, members of the division coordinate the Personal Economics Program (PEP), a volunteer effort by bankers to supplement conventional education programs and reach out to students from kindergarten through college, civic and business organizations, seniors groups, and other consumers to help them understand personal money management, the wise use of credit, ID theft, predatory lending, and other such issues. The division presents awards to banks and bankers who demonstrate exceptional efforts in the area of financial literacy.

Day on the Hill

Each March, the Young Bankers Division organizes a Day on the Hil. Day on the Hill encourages building strong relationships with the lawmakers who are ultimately responsible for the business climate of Tennessee and its local communities. The program gives young bankers the opportunity to come visit the General Assembly in session in Nashville. Here, they meet with legislators, staffers, and the TBA legislative team to learn about the processes and procedures of the state’s governing body, tour the Capitol, and attend general and committee sessions. The Young Bankers Day on the Hill is an excellent introduction into the world of government relations that is so critical to the future of our industry.

Please call or contact Stacey Langford (slangford@TNBankers.org) to find out how you can become involved with the Tennessee Young Bankers Division.

Click here to download the Tennessee Young Bankers Division Board application form.

Click here to download the Tennessee Young Bankers Division Flyer which includes the 2018-2019 Young Bankers Division Officers and Directors.