NASHVILLE James "Jimmy" T. Cox has been named a Leader in Banking Excellence. Cox was among three Tennessee bankers honored by the TBA at the Leaders in Banking Excellence ceremony on Thursday, Aug 15, where commemorative plaques highlighting the careers of each of the three honorees were unveiled at the TBA¹s headquarters building in Nashville.
Cox, who serves as senior officer of First National Bank of Pulaski, is among an elite group that represents Tennessee bankers past and present who have excelled in the areas of banking, community service, and civic involvement.
The ceremony featured remarks by TBA Chairman Jeff Agee, president and CEO, First Citizens National Bank, Dyersburg, and each of the three honorees. Honorees were: James "Jimmy" T. Cox, senior officer, First National Bank of Pulaski, Pulaski; Michael B. Swain, president, CEO, and chairman, The First National Bank of Oneida, Oneida; and Bradley L. Barrett, president, Tennessee Bankers Association, Nashville.
A Giles County native, Cox began his banking career in 1961 with First National Bank of Pulaski after graduation from Martin College and Middle Tennessee State College. He completed the School of Banking at LSU and in 1969 joined Union National Bank, Fayetteville, eventually becoming president. Cox returned to First National Bank in 1991 as vice president and manager of the Fayetteville office. He ultimately rose to president, chairman, and CEO. Dedicated to community banking, he serves the community through organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, and 4-H. Cox has been active with the Tennessee Bankers Association, the Plateau Group executive board, Motlow Foundation, and Weatherford Chair of Finance at MTSU.
"Leaders in Banking Excellence is an initiative by the TBA to recognize and celebrate exceptional bankers throughout Tennessee¹s history," TBA Chairman Jeff Agee said. TBA-member banks can submit nominations for the honor. The TBA board of directors reviews and approves the applications.
"One of the main missions of the Tennessee Bankers Association is to encourage our members to be involved in making our industry better and in making their communities better places to work and live," said Colin Barrett, TBA executive vice president. "The Leaders in Banking Excellence recognizes those who have made a difference, and we hope it will be an inspiration to other bankers across the state."